Raga On My Sleeves
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From Malhar to Kedar and Bhairavi, T-shirts inspired by Indian classical music ragas are dominating the Sawai merchandise this year
For 47-year-old Jyotsna Bhurke, music and art are one. She visualises music, thinks about the colour of different ragas and talks about how some ragas are rigid, dark, soft and romantic. Alumnus of JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, it was just three years ago that this music connoisseur found a way to bring together her passions by making raga-inspired T-shirts.
At the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, Bhurke was busy unpacking various cartons. Inside, was her collection of T-shirts from her brand raga T-shirts. Bhurke, a Fine Arts graduate, has designed these shirts based on various moods of music. For example, the raga Malhar T-shirt comes in green, blue or white colours and sports a peacock feather motif. "It is very important to see what kind of emotions the raga evokes. Malhar is a very soft raga, that is very suggestive of fresh, new beginnings. A peacock feather is a symbol for the approaching rains and raga Malhar is traditionally sung to evoke rains," explains Pune-based Bhurke.
Eleven ragas can be spotted on these vibrant T-shirts. Priced at Rs 380, they come in various sizes. We even spotted a few people at the festival buying the shirts and wearing them immediately. "They gel so well with the festival's mood," says 23-year-old Ruchi Bhatia, who has come down from Mumbai to attend the festival.