Dance, Drama, Music – Kabir

23 Jan

The Karnataka Sangha auditorium is an old one, but its comfortable, quite and has good acoustics. All of which contributed to making the evening for everyone who was present there to witness the confluence of dance and music.

First Sanjukta Wagh rendered the words of Kabir sung by ___ in Kumar Gandharva’s musical tradition to a visually graceful dance that had the audience mesmerized by its soul stirring quality. Her dance embraced the potential of ‘nirguni’ symbols and archetypal images in their stark directness and simplicity.

Veteran Neela Bhagwat rendered popular Kabir poems into Hindustani music. Her innovative performance combining the purity of raga with the folk idiom of Kabir, captivated the audience.

However it was Dhruv Sangari, who has been the disciple of legends ilke Ustad Meraj Nizami Qawwal of the Delhi Gharana and legendary maestro late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who took the audience to a different plane. He not only sang Kabir, but Bulle Shah, Amir Khusro and many other poets. He even sang a song in Pharsi, which though the audicene did not understand, the music still scintillated them. It was an apt ending to the second day of the main events of The Kabir Festival, Mumbai.

In The Mirror


Music, sandwiched between two tanpuras

Sound from the depths

Neela Bhagwat

Dhruv Sanghari, pointing the way to Kabir


Ibadat by Dhruv Sanghari

All Photos by Satyen K. Bordoloi


2 Responses to “Dance, Drama, Music – Kabir”

  1. Sanjukta Wagh January 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi. The Performance I did on the 22nd was called Bheetar Baahar. It was not on Kumarji’s renditions of Kabir but explored improvisation as performance. The vocalist in collaboration with who I developed the piece is Makrand Deshpande. Do add his name.


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