Two days ago, I had an experience that satiated not only my musical appetite but also gave me an opportunity to witness musical maestros perform alongside their offsprings live on stage. Prathaa: Celebrating Fatherhood, an initiative of Vivikta Entertainers Pvt Ltd, brought together on stage the three classical virtuosos namely Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Kartick Kumar, Pandit Bhavani Shankar and their equally talented children.
Held at Mumbai’s celebrated venue – Shanmukhananda Hall in Sion – a perfect ambiance treated my senses when I reached the place. In no time, the hall was full and everyone waited with bated breath for the artists to grace the stage with their presence. The event started with the host Piyu Roy giving us a gist about Prathaa, Vivikta Entertainment and the significance of music in the context of Indian culture.
The first performer for the evening was Ustad Rashid Khan, who, in flawless sync with the other members of his ensemble, created a wonderful maahol with perfect sur and taal. After Ustad Rashid Khan’s magical rendition of Raag Gorakh Kalyan, his daughter Suha Khan performed a fusion song Rabba. A musical extravaganza was witnessed when both the father and daughter came together on stage with a complete Coke Studio-like setup, rendering several Sufi numbers.
The next to perform were the father-son duo Pandit Kartick Kumar and his prodigious son Niladri Kumar who amazed everyone with their mystic yet breathtaking chemistry. Their perfect play on the sitar strings struck a chord with everyone in the hall.
The last performers of the evening just set the stage on fire with their percussion instruments and the loud, vivid yet unadulterated sounds these instruments produced. Pandit Bhavani Shankar, the master percussionist, performed alongside his sons Uma Shankar and Jai Shankar. The divine aura that this father-son trio created during their performance has to be the highlight of the event. Personally, I enjoyed this last musical act the most.
Last, but not the least, was the short performance by Uma Shankar wherein he sang the famous number Mora Saiyaan Mose Bole Na. The event concluded with a loud, thunderous applause from the audience.
Vivikta Entertainment organizes events that not only entertain but also provide deep cultural insights. If you did not get a chance to attend Prathaa, do not worry as they will be back with yet another mind-blowing concept and lineup soon. To get regular updates about the same, stay tuned.