It was a rare treat that music lovers of the city beautiful would cherish for a long time to come. Three young Tabla players from different cities and Gharanas came up with superlative Trio Tabla recital at a special programme organized by Pracheen Kala Kendra here this evening at Dr. MS Randhawa auditorium of Punjab Kala Bhawan.
City based percussionist Avirbhav Verma belongs to famous Punjab gharana while Madhuresh Bhatt from Patiala and Rupak Mitra from Kolkata have mastered nuances of Banaras gharana. Beginning with traditional starting point Peshkar, the trio gradually unfolded alap-like elaboration, crisp kaidas with rhythmic variations, complex parans, gat, rela, laggi, tihais — almost all the different idioms of Tabla playing within the frame of the 16-beat cycle of the tala with tricky numerical permutations and combinations. Young percussionists displayed different shades of Tabla playing with superb clarity. Trio shared great rapport to the delight of the listeners.
Then followed a sequence of improvised variations known as Palta played according to set rules. They showed skill in reaching the ‘sam’ with ‘tihais’ and kept the audience mesmerized.
The trio then moved on to Drut teen taal in which he played ‘uthaan’ and ‘gats’ showing different kinds of layakaris while unfolding mukhre and mohre in this piece. Each artist possesses a very crisp and clear hand. They reflected restlessness of spirit, dexterity of hand, a mathematically precise approach, artistic endurance, appealing and captivating the masses instantaneously.
They concluded recital with a drut teen taal piece amidst applause. Sh. Ravindra Bhatt played Nagma (Harmonium) with expertise and contributed to the success of the concert.Kendra Registrar Smt. Shobha Koser honoured the artists.