IGNCA releases DVDs on Hindustani classical music maestros PanditHaldankar and Dr. SuhasiniKoratkar


Pune, Aug 10: Hindustani Classical music icons PanditShrikrishna “Babbanrao” Haldankarand Vidushi Dr. SuhasiniKoratkar were honoured today by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) with the public release of DVDs on each of the artist, detailing their musical journey and their unique contributions.

 

The DVDs, which contain hours of footage of their performances, compositions and talks, form a part of the “Masters of Hindustani Classical Music” research project undertaken by the IGNCA, to preserve the musical traditions of various gharanas that have been passed down through the generations.

 

A total of 25 recordings have been made under the Masters series, a project led by noted Hindustani vocalist MeetaPandit. IGNCA has archived this treasure trove of audio-visual material and is now compiling selections from these into DVDs to make them more accessible for the public.

 

The DVDs on Pt Haldankar and Dr Koratkar, which were released at a ceremony at the Lalit Kala Kendra, SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune are the 11th and 12th in the series.

 

“This is a monumental work of IGNCA on music. It is a gift of the present generation to the next on the unbroken tradition of music,” said IGNCA Member Secretary, Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi who was the Chief Guest at the event.

 

“The gurus of Hindustani classical music have shared their depth and treasure of knowledge with the world. It can be a valuable learning tool for young leaders and scholars,” he added.

 

Stalwarts who have been featured previously are: noted vocalist Pt Mani Prasad;Pakhawajartist Pt. Dalchand Sharma, Harmonium legend Pt PurushottamWalawalkar, SitartistPanditArvind Parikh, doyen of the Gwalior GharanaLaxmanRaoPandit; violinist Dr N Rajam; Dr. ShannoKhurana, a renowned exponent of the Rampur gharana;  Thumri exponent Smt. Savita Devi; the late UstadFaiyaz Khan and UstadGulamSadiq Khan of the Rampur SeheswanGharana.

 

The research material on all 25 artists under the Masters project is available at the Media
Centre of IGNCA for public reference. The DVD pack consist of select footage from this archival material including conversations with the artists, their performances, photographs and a booklet with details.

 

The DVDs are available at Svasti, the IGNCA’s souvenir shop in Janpath, New Delhi and at its other centres in India. The IGNCA plans to make it available at art, culture and literary exhibitions and such events. A selection of the footage is also being broadcast on the DD Bharati channel.

 

Prof. P N Paranjpe, Former Head of the Department of Journalism, Pune University, was among the dignitaries present at the event today. The DVD release was followed by concerts by Pt Haldankar and Dr. Koratkar and their disciples.

 

 

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Brief profile of the artists:

 

PanditShrikrishna “Babbanrao” Haldankar :

 

The maestro has the distinction of being trained under renowned exponents of two gharanas -- Jaipur-AtrauliGharana and Agra gharana. That experience of being groomed in two great musical traditions was like being in harmony with two great tanpuras, Babanrao later recalled in a book of critical essays aptly titled, Julupahanare don tambore (Two tanpuras trying to jive together).

 

PanditHaldankar has made a unique contribution to Hindustani Classical Music. When he became director of Indian Music at the Goa Kala Academy in 1985, he initiated the ambitious project of standardisation of ragas on an All-India basis for which he invited noted artists of some well known gharanas as also musicologists.   They helped to get 54 ragas standardised, which is considered to be a monumental achievement in the annals of modern Hindustani classical music.

 

Vidushi Dr. SuhasiniKoratkar:

 

A well –known exponent of BhendibazaarGharana, Dr Koratkar was born in the family of music lovers. Her father ShriRamraoKoratkar was an aircraft engineer while her mother Smt. Sarla Tai had acquired some education in music. Due to her keen interest in music, her father supported and encouraged her to learn music from Pt. T.D. Janorikar.

 

Dr Koratkar lent her voice to this beautiful genre of music and propagated this musical tradition through music concerts and seminars. She has contributed several articles for popularizing BhendibazaarGharana. She earned her Doctorate in ‘Spiritual importance of Indian Music’.

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