“Enthralling Music ‘Taalbandi’ of Braj and ‘Ravab’ of Kashmir Mesmerized the Audience”
New Delhi: On the foundation day of the “Kala Darshan” division of the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, the auditorium “Samvet” of the IGNCA reverberated with magical music. On this occasion, Amit Paliwal from Brajnagar, Bharatpur (Rajasthan) and his colleagues gave an enticing performance of ‘Taalbandi’ in front of the audience, while Abdul Hameed Bhatt from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, and his group enthralled the audience with their ‘Ravab’ music. The chief guest of the program was eminent cardiologist Dr. Subrata Gangopadhyay, who had come from Houston, USA. He is also the founder of “Indian History Awareness Research” (IHAR). Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, and Dr. Priyanka Mishra, Director (Administration) IGNCA were also present on the occasion.
Dr. Subrata Gangopadhyay said in his statement that culture is a holistic term, and holistic aspects of it is being protected by Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts. He further added there are many aspects and forms of conservation of this culture, which includes many genres from fine arts to music. He also said that when we talk about the history of ‘Taar Vadya’ (string instrument) like ‘Saraswati Veena’, ‘Rudra Veena’, it is related to our scriptures. Through art and music, ‘God’ and ‘self’ is attained. That’s why art is sacred. Science is external knowledge and art is intrinsic knowledge.
Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi said that “Kala Darshan” is a very important division of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He said that until the scriptures are not used, the things contained in them are not revealed and till then the purpose of the scriptures is not realised. There should also be a system for the use of scriptures. The ‘Kala Darsana’ division does this very important work. He also said that unnecessarily there is a distinction between ‘Shastra’and ‘Lok’ which has been raised . The word “folk” in English does not reveal the meaning of the word “Lok” in Hindi. What happens in the world gradually becomes more developed gradually and takes birth in the form of a scripture and when the scripture is used a lot, it gradually becomes established in the world. ‘Lok’ and ‘Shastra’ are not different but complement each other. He gave the example of ‘Ravab’ and ‘Sarod’ in this context that ‘Ravab’ is ‘Lok’ instrument and its modified form ‘Sarod’ is played in classical music form.
‘Taalbandi’is a 400-year-old form of Braj music that includes various styles of classical music. However, unlike classical music, it is sung standing up. ‘Taalbandi’ famous singer late Dr. Babulal Palwar has played an important role in keeping this singing tradition alive in rural areas. His grandson Amit Paliwar and his colleagues gave a wonderful presentation of ‘Taalbandi’ singing on the foundation day of ‘Kala Darshana’ division. There was a wonderful combination of the sweetness of Braj and the valor of Rajasthan in this genre of music. Before this mesmerizing presentation, Amit Paliwar told that Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali had told three types of music – classical music, folk music and easy music. With the advent of time, there was a difference that arose between these three types of music. Then a genre was born, namely ‘Taalbandi Gayaki’. ‘Taalbandi’ singing erased the difference between the three genres.
After this, Abdul Hameed Bhatt and his companions who came from Srinagar presented the beauty of the folk life of Kashmir in front of the audience through their music. In his ‘Ravab’ presentation, one could feel the flow of Jhelum-Chenab and the pleasant air of the plains of Kashmir. Abdul Hamid Bhatt told that he had learned this trick from his father when the situation in Kashmir was very bad in 1990. Despite this, he did not give up the practice of Ravab. He played many tunes on Ravab, including the famous Kashmiri song “Bumro Bumro”.
At the end of the program Dr. Sachidanand Joshi and Dr. Subrata Gangopadhyay honored all the artists. Dr. Richa Kamboj, HoD of ‘Kala Darsana’ thanked all the guests, visitors, and artists.