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Music without mike
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, June 5, 1988 The microphone has, for several decades now, become indispensable to music concerts and other varieties of stage entertainment. The listeners’ ears are now so inured to the ubiquitous gadget that music without mike is simply unthinkable. It was therefore to my great delight that I had an opportunity to savour two hours of mikeless music...

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“Parampara” Sammelan
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, January 22, 1989 The two-day Parampara Sammelan sponsored by Mansion House in aid of Purva Seema Vikas Pratishthan at Vile Parle, during the week-end, turned out to be, only good in parts, although it was well-attended and well-publicised. The event was designed to present the various facets of guru-shishya parampara of the Gwalior gayaki, which is the oldest...

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Innovative Yet Thoughtful
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, May 1, 1988 Two concert presentations, widely differing in content and character but both based on Hindustani music, came my way, one after the other, in the third week of April. In the first programme, which was attended by students of music as also serious concert-goers was designed to unfold all the facets of the charming evening raga,...

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‘More impressive than expressive’
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, April 24, 1988 Music – as perhaps all creative art – is of two types. One is characterised by the sheer physical ability and the intellectual skill with which the executants conjures tonal and rhythmic patterns to present an impressive melodic build-up. The older variety is marked by the moving humanistic faculty (which inspires all great creations). There...

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Mixed fare from Kankana
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, June 18, 1989 What should be the ideal pasce of tempo in a vilambit exploration of a khayal composition? What is the role of sargam in the raga portrayal, and how much of it should form part of a total melodic build-up? And, finally, although taans form an integral part of khayal singing, how and to what extent...

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Erudition, scholarship mark Pt. Abhyankar’s fare
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, July 23, 1989 Erudition and scholarship were the distinctive features of the three-hour sitar solo by Pandit Shankar Abhyankar, featured by the Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre at its monthly concert on July 9. It was an evening programme and the melodies chosen were in tune with the moods evoked by sunset and early night hours. They included Marwa, Poorvi,...

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