Malhar Service to The Music
The word has very strong visual connotations.
Whenever one hears this particular word, just the word, not even the Raaga, Read More..
one gets images of the rains, Malhar, of course, has a traditional association with the rain, and according to the Senia tradition, there are twelve malhars, many of which are now extinct, but new malhars have come in such as Jayant Malhar, Des Malhar, Anandi Malhar, etc. There are many variations on Malhar, each with a very distinct identity.
Beyond all the musical technicalities of the raagas, they have one thing in common, representing the moods and expressions of the different colors of rain and monsoon. Rain and the monsoon season are very important in the Indian subcontinental culture. The monsoons have two sides to them, one where they bring happiness and joy to people in dry and sultry weather, and another side destructive, causing massive loss and despair. Rain represents both sides of the coin, life and death, the good and the bad.
Rains can also be synonymous with romance. For example, in the iconic myth of Radha and Krishna, we see these divine lovers meeting under the cloak of dark clouds on a dark rainy night and Abhisarika Radha is wrapped up in a blue saree which is like the dark blue rain clouds as she goes to meet Krishna.
We also see Biraha, the pain of separation from the raagas’ melodic movements. In the mind of a Great Naster of Indian classical music, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Malhar brings the vibrant emotive rasas and colours which He specially presents in this concert with his instrumental creations, namely Chaturangui Gandharvi Anandi and Pushpa Veena.
With the vibrant accompaniment of rhythm by four young tabla maestros and a keyboard player and music maker, It makes the event even fuller with varieties. This concert is also a part of the Birth Sentential of Great Legend Baba Ali Akbar Khan.
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NO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
Many governments around the world have already announced policies that explicitly do not consider music, art, or entertainment as essential. Consequently, no funding is forthcoming from those governments. And yet we all know that music, art, and entertainment provide critical spiritual and emotional nourishment for millions who are suffering through the pandemic alone and frightened. Brilliant artists cannot perform in person or go on tour. Devoted music teachers have lost jobs teaching. Promising students are selling their instruments. Master instrument makers are instead selling vegetables from bicycles. We are all in the deepest pain.
Against this desperate backdrop, Debashish is determined to seek out new solutions to the challenges of providing music to listeners and education and training to his students and young musicians to get paid in digital concerts.
As Debashish Bhattacharya says..
" I've performed hundreds of fundraisers in the past forty years for drought, funding Ministers, Hurricane Sandy victims in New York, or kids in crisis in Florida, or for School College funds, our soldiers on borders, for flood relief, and for thalassemia. Concerts for cause, music for cause is the most popular avenue for raising funds. My music and these people around me have been givers. Now I and my bigger music family suddenly and unexpectedly need funding. I think I've plenty to share with our donors, in return. "