A MESMERISING EVENING OF CARNATIC HINDUSTANI MUSIC
Today, June 13, 2018, House No. 248, Sangolda, is hosting a Carnatic Hindustani Concert with P Haridas Dogra on saxophone, Madhav H (France) on saxophone and flute, Nithyanand Devadiga on thavil and Mayank Bedekar on tableThis event, for which P. Haridas and Nityanand are coming down just for a day from Karnataka just for this, is part of the Eternal Sound Project (ESP). Not many are aware that the Carnatic Saxaphone Tradition, whose origins can be traced back to the British era in Mysore, remains popular in the temples of South Karnataka even today. “This will be a magical evening that proves music never had any boundaries,” says Ranjit Pais, the creator of Eternal Sound Project (ESP), under the aegis of which, the Carnatic Hindustani Concert is being held today, June 13, 2018, hosted by House No. 248, Sangolda. Saxophone vidwan P Haridas Dogra and thavil exponent Nithyanand Devadiga have come down to Goa especially for the concert, which will also feature Madhav H (France) on saxophone and flute and Mayank Bedekar on tabla. Organised by Ranjit Pais since the 1990s (first in Goa and now in Bombay), ESP has been a journey to discover and test new original music across genres and these gatherings have slowly grown into much sought after gigs, where the audience is driven by the kind of vibes great music can bring. This event that will begin at 7:30 pm, has already receiving a great response in anticipation from the Goan audience and promises to be a treat for the senses.
THE INDIAN CLASSICAL QUARTET
P Haridas Dogra is the son of late Sri Venkatappa Dogra from Puttur, who, in the late fifties, was the first Indian musician to play Carnatic classical music on the saxophone. At a young age, his son, Haridas, started to perform and learn with him, and dedicated his life to this art. He is a well renowned artiste, has an A grade in All India Radio on saxophone and clarinet and has performed all over south India.
Nithyanand Devadiga, from Hiriyadka near Udupi, started learning to play the thavil – a barrel shaped percussion instrument – at a very young age from a great thavil master of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, Shabanar Kovil Rajendran. His talent and musicality made him one of the youngest masters of thavil in South Karnataka.
Madhav H from France, a former saxophone jazz player, came to India in 2004, where he met P Haridas Dogra. Deeply moved by Indian music, he started to learn and perform with him. For four years, he lived in south Karnataka, learning Carnatic saxophone from his guru, Haridas. He then moved to Varanasi, where he learnt Hindustani classical on bansuri from vocalist Pt Devashish Dey, for more than 5 years. He has been living in Goa since four years and has started many projects with bands, integrating Indian music with jazz, gipsy music, African and Sufi music. He still often performs Indian classical music, either Hindustani or Carnatic, on saxophone and flute.
Mayank Bedekar has been playing the tabla since the age of three, under the tutelage of Vinay Wagle at Ujjain. Later on, he obtained training from Suresh Tulankar in Nagpur for three years and Kaleram Ji in Punjab for two years. Since then, Mayank has been learning under the Guru-Shishya Parampara (Tradition) from great tabla exponent Padmashree ‘Taal-Yogi’ Pt Suresh Talwalkar at Pune. He has also procured his Master’s degree in Tabla from Khairagad University. Mayank has participated and performed in many prestigious festivals all over India and abroad (US, Paris, Switzerland, Thailand, etc.) with many renowned artistes
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