“Amar Jyoti” concert: a musical evening in Delhi with soulful bhajans and a dance performance


The highlight of the event was a bhajan and Kathak jugalbandi by renowned performers Anup Jalota and Geetanjali Lal

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Ahead of the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day, ‘Amar Jyoti’, a musical concert, was organized by the Pandit Chaturlal Memorial Society – named after the late tabla maestro – to pay musical tribute to the martyrs unknown to the country at Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium in August. 4. The highlight of the event was a bhajans and kathak jugalbandi by renowned artists Anup Jalota and Geetanjali Lal.

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The event featured a special feature – a Vande Mataram-interpretation organized and conceptualized by Indian classical singer Swaransh Mishra and tabla player Pranshu Chatur Lal, followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp.

Mishra was a new version of the national song with new lyrics, as Pranshu worked on the rhythmic structures of the song.

Vande Mataram’s interpretation curated and conceptualized by Indian classical singer Swaransh Mishra and tabla player Pranshu Chatur Lal.

This was followed by the soul jugalbandi by Jalota, a renowned musician, and Lal, a native of Jaipur Gharana and winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Jalota presented three of his popular interpretations – ‘Aisi lagi lagan‘, ‘Jag mein sundar hai yeh do naam‘ and ‘Shyam piya mori rang from chunariya‘ — and Lal played there, with modulations on the Pranshu tabla.

Mishra said indianexpress.com this Vande Mataram “always pumps [his] heart with patriotism”. “The lyrics were my tribute to all the martyrs. Pranshu’s percussion design has given wings to my composition and my lyrics. Performing in front of music lovers and connoisseurs is always a treat for any musician, and I am grateful that the Pandit Chaturlal Memorial Society gave me this opportunity to play Amar Jyoti.

Pandit Charanjit ChaturLal with Chief of Staff Manoj Pande.

Pranshu told this outlet that Vande Mataram “beautifully showcases the diversity of India with its language, culture, race and musical styles”.

“This is our salute to all true superheroes, who gave their lives for the freedom of our country, and through music and beats, we honor them. Reuniting with Swaransh bay – with him composing it – felt like a sincere effort in the most organic way.

Shruti ChaturLal, artistic director of the Pandit Chatur Lal festival, said Amar Jyoti’s concert marked 25 years since its inception as India celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

Geetanjali Lal performs on Anup Jalota’s bhajans.

“The company under the leadership of Pandit Charanjit and Meeta ChaturLal has spared no effort to present jugalbandislike the first and the last duet between Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Shankar Mahadevan, Sivamani with Louis Banks, Rekha Bharadwaj, Suresh Wadekar and Roop Kumar Rathod.

“We really believe that a lot of credit goes to music lovers, who gave us the courage to be at this stature to promote Indian culture all over the world,” she told this outlet.

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First published on: 2022-08-05 at 21:40:08


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