21 January, 2021

Raag Kishori

Different gharanas came together at Sahela Re, Pune’s tribute to Kishori Amonkar

Apoorva Salkade
Raag Kishori

For a music universe still coming to terms with the demise of its adored and venerated banyan, Bhimsen Joshi, Sahela Re, a two-day festival of music, could not have come at a better time. Held last week in Pune, his home for decades, it was a banquet that lifted spirits and celebrated the 80th birthday of another great, Kishori Amonkar. (Sahela Re is her composition that mesmerised even ‘non-classical types’ when she first sang it in her prime, and the LP hit music stores.)

The act of simply getting onto a plane, train or bus to perform in tribute to someone is not unusual. It is seen as a privilege by most musicians. What turned this event into something of a magnificent mahayagna, as someone called it, was the coming together of musicians from so many gharanas from across the country. And they came bearing gifts as ephemeral but priceless as that one special taan, a mesmeric tabla bol, a Carnatic composition with the name Kishori woven...



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