The Pracheen Kala Kendra conducted its 11th quarterly Baithak, under the series, “Legends of Tomorrow” at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi on November 9, 2018. Renowned Sitar player, Pandit Manu Seen and his equally talented son Rishabh Seen, ably accompanied by Tabla maestro Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra and his live wire performing son Rahul Kumar Mishra, along with another Tabla sensation, Pandit Anubrata Chatterjee and Pandit Shubh Maharaj, set the evening on fire, with their electrical performance. The evening stage cast a magic spell with the spectacular Sitar-Tabala fusion.
Pandit Manu Seen, a top grade artist of All India Radio (Air) and the national television, Doordharshan, is one of the best Sitar practitioners, who is globally renowned artist and the most sought after Guru to the young generation aspiring artists in India and the foremost Shagird of the of the another globally renowned Sitar legend, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan of Etawah Gharana. Manu Seen is renowned for his extremely energetic, vibrant and soulful Sitar rendition along with praiseworthy knowledge of subtle nuances and techniques. What is more, his mastery over the Sitar, bandhishes and Rasas. Globally, Manu Seen is better known for his electrifying and vibrant Sitar performance.
On other hand, creating history on many fronts, Rishabh Seen has not only established himself as one of the best and most interesting Sitar players of the modern era, but also a very forward thinking musician and composer. Rishabh Seen draws lot of inspiration from his father Pandit Manu Seen, both in terms of music and in terms of his life, thus aiming at living up to his Guru’s work, guidance an expectations in all walks of life.
Today, the young artist is globally recognised as the first ever Sitar player to bridge Indian and Metal music, after he founded Sitar Metal. Rishabh’s playing and efforts have been increasingly inspiring and sparking the youth’s interest in their culture and traditional music and instruments. Rishabh is a man with an artistic voice which shall meet no limits.
Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra is one of the top ranking exponents of Tabla in India. Grandson of Tabla maestro, late Pandit Anokhe Lal Mishra and son of legendary vocalist Padma Bhushan Pandit Chhannu Lal Mishra, Ram Kumar Mishra learned “Tabla Talim” from his mother Manorama Mishra, daughter of Pandit Anokhe Lal at the tender age of four. Highly gifted Ram Kumar Mishra has performed across the country as a solo artist. Mishra has also accompanied almost all the top musicians and covering all major music festivals. The Tabla exponent is credited with conducting in excess of 30 workshops and lecture demonstrations all over the world.
Son of the world-renowned Tabla maestro, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Anubrata Chatterjee was nurtured from a very tender age to be a tabla Chantterjee has the rare fortune of being the youngest and the last “Ganda-Bandh” disciple of the great guru, Padmabhushan – Deshkottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Subsequently, Anubrata Chatterjee continued his training under the tutelage of his father.
Shubh Maharaj was born in 1987 in a musical family of tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj as his grandson. His father Pandit Shankar is a renowned Kathak dancer, naturally Shubh Maharaj got music in his blood from both families. As the heritage passes on, Shubh Maharaj formally became his grandfather’s “Ganda bandh shaagird” in 1993 The sadhna and practice began and the time changed the relation of grandfather and grandson into teacher and pupil (guru and shishya). In 2000 Shubh Maharaj gave his first tabla solo performance at the age of twelve and after that the percursionist had the privilege to perform at the big stages of Indian classical music festivals of India. Furthermore, he is lucky to perform in front of legends such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amzad Ali Khan, Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra, Pandit Viswa and got their blessings. He is also appreciated and blessed by senior Tabla players like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Kumar Bose and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.
Pandit Manu Seen and Rishabh Seen began recital with the quiet dignity of the methodical and reposeful aalap in Raga Jhinjhoti.This was followed by jod-alap and jod-jhala which were a variant of the usual Sitar playing. The duo was impressive in establishing a rapport with the receptive audience. The duo concluded the alap with Dhun. They were accompanied by Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra and Rahul Kumar Mishra on Tabla. That concluded the jugalbandi of Sitar and Tabla amidst thunderous applause.
Thereafter the celebrated artists, Anubrata Chatterjee and Shubh Maharaj took the centre stage. The duo made an impressive display of unique rhythmic patterns. They presented special classics of their respective gharanas before the detailed delineation of specialised technique and performances of the maestros of the famous gharanas of Tabla sticking to only teentaal.
They won applause for every move on the stage. Rajendra Banerjee accompanied them on harmonium, matching up to their pace. To conclude the event, Pracheen Kala Kendra’s Registrar Dr. Shobha Koser, Secretary Sajal Koser and noted tabla teacher, Pandit Govind Chakraborty honoured the artists.