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Ali Akbar Khan excels
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Ali Akbar Khan excels By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, January 29, 1989 Sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan, acclaimed as the greatest instrumental virtuoso of this generation, is also known to be extremely moody and temperamental. If he is in the right mood, there are occasions when he has taken his audiences to transcendental heights. The packed audience that had gathered to listen to...

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More Show than Substance
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THE State festival of music and dance held recently at the open-air Rang Bhavan in Bombay was a mammoth cultural event. By GURUDEV SHARAN* Times Weekly, March 28, 1971 The Directorate of Culture, which organized the festival, featured nearly 50 artistes. The impressive array of 17 vocalists, 12 instrumentalists and 7 dancers included many top names. The selection seemed to be largely confined to...

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Paying homage to Keshavrao Bhonsale
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, August 27, 1989 August 9, this year marked the beginning of the year-long stage-level celebrations in observance of the birth centenary of Keshavrao Bhonsale, the great singing thespian and founder of the Lalitkaladarsh Natak Mandali. He was a contemporary of Bal Gandharva (whose birth centenary was celebrated last year) and it is on record that many knowledgeable stage...

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Nisha Nigalye excels
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, January 1, 1989 Looking to the unprecedented turn-out one witnessed at a week-end concert featuring a youngster, one was left in little doubt that happier days are here again for the emerging generation of youngsters who have been, by and large, denied their rightful opportunities to display their attainments’ on the public platform specially by major music circles...

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Newcomers delight listeners
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, December 25, 1988 Pratima Patwardhan and Pranati Mhatre, both newcomers to the performing platform, delighted the listeners with their confident recitals at two separate concerts staged in the city in the course of last week. Pratima was feaured by “Swara-Maauli” at Vile Parle while Pranati sang for “Rageshwaree” at Dadar. Before evaluating their individual performances, it will be...

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New star on classical horizon
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, July 9, 1989 At a time when lighter forms like ghazal, geet and bhajan continue to carry popularity and glamour among the elige, and youngsters are driven by the temptation to meet “popular” demand, one also comes to witness a ray of hope amid the apparently bleak prospect on the classical music scene. Over the last five years,...

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