Bagful of surprises on final day of Sawai fest

The final day of the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav was full of pleasant surprises for the audience. The day kicked off with the performance of Kalpana Zorkarkar who sang a Bhupali Todi bandish, 'Bhorbhai sanu mukda', and a tarana titled Rasiya.

The refreshing performance was followed by vocalist Vijay Koparkar's rendition exploring the Vasant Mukhari raga. A chartered accountant, Koparkar also presented a Natyapad called Shatajanma Shodh Tana.

Santoor exponent Shiv Kumar Sharma surprised the audience by introducing a new raga Antardhwani, which is composed by him. He charmed the audience with the soulful raga and even gave them a few tips on how to imbibe music instead of letting it drown in a roar of claps.

A recording of Pt Bhimsen Joshi was also showcased on the final day of the fest. The highlight of the day, however, was Pt Bhimsen Joshi's grandson Viraj Joshi who took the stage with his father for his debut performance. Nine-year-old Viraj sang his grandfather's most acclaimed bhajan Maze Maher Pandhar apart from Ramache Bhajan Hechi Maze Dhyan and Baje Muraliya Baje. The audience was happy to hear the music prodigy and blessed him by voluntarily handing over money to Viraj for his performance. The little one showed no sign of nervousness or stage fright as he faced a swelling crowd on such a large platform for the first time.

"Music is in his blood and he has such a powerful heritage. He is as confident on stage as his grandfather," said SukanyaPanekar, a member of the audience.

The second session of the festival started at 4 pm with the performance of Apoorva Gokhale and Pallavi Joshi. The sisters are granddaughters of Gajananbuwa Joshi. They sang two bandishes in Multani ó Kavan Des Kari and More Mandirva ó after which they explored Marwa with more bandish-es like Ae Mai Re and Guni Man More and a tarana. They ended their performance with a Sant Kabir bhajan.

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