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A blessed santoorist

There is a touch of class about santoorist Satish Vyas and tabla player Anuradha Pal who presented their recital at the Bhaskar Rao auditorium of the Pracheen Kala Kendra on Friday evening as part of 50 years of country's Independence. That class has been inherited by the two from their legendary gurus, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Allah Rakha Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain, respectively.

Although Anuradha is essentially an accompanist, her superior skill and the speed coupled with perfectionist approach, provides her an edge in every performance as was also evident in the kendra's programme.

Satish is doubly blessed in being the son of great vocalist Pandit C.R.Vyas and a disciple of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Though he had fallen in love with the string instrument at a rather young age of 14, it was not until he had completed his Masters in Business Administration from Bombay University that he was allowed to devote himself to learn santoor from none other than the great maestro.

For his recital, Satish Vyas choose Raga Yemen which seems to be favourite with him and his guru. After "alap", "jod" and "jhala" spread over nearly 40 minutes, he delineated the raga in three short compositions. While "vilambit" was in "roopak taal", "madhya" and "durt" were in "teentaal". Each and every note in these compositions emphasized the artistic abilities of the santoorist as also the accompanist Anuradha, drawing repeated applause from the audience.

The two had reached here from Shimla where they had gone to take part in classical music concert organised by All India Radio.

They programme appropriately concluded with a choice bandish in Raga Mishra Khamaj, again a very favourite one with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, and at times the recital reminded of the great maestro as it bordered close to his style.

Both Satish Vyas and Anuradha Pal have performed at key music concerts at home and abroad and the two are set to take the great masters they have been learning with.

By Ramesh Kapila, The Tribune.