Bhopal: Three generations on violin at ‘Adwitiya’

BHOPAL: A two-day event ‘Adwitiya’ began with painting exhibition and violin recital at Bharat Bhavan on Friday to mark the International Women’s Day. The day one event began with violin recital under ‘Swarpeedhi’.

It was presented by female violin players including N Rajam, Sangeeta Shanker, Ragini Shanker and Nandini Shanker from Delhi. They represent three generations of their family. The oldest artist is 81-year-old and the youngest 26 years. They presented various ragas which mesmerized the audience.

Dr Rajam’s family boasts of generations of talented violinists. Rajam incorporates vocal music and the ancient Veena into her playing. Her yearning for self-development took her to the holy city of Benaras, on the banks of the River Ganges, where she embarked on a rigorous musical journey for fifteen years under the guidance of legendary singer Pundit Omkarnath Thakur of the renowned “Gwalior Musical Tradition”.

As a devoted disciple, Dr Rajam served out an invaluable apprenticeship, regularly accompanying her teacher on stage, echoing all of his subtle vocal nuances. Her technique is the envy of violinists worldwide, and in India. She is regarded as a musicians’ musician. Besides, a group painting exhibition ‘Aadi Swaroopa,’ based on female tribal artists was also showcased. Minister for Culture, Dr Vijaylaxmi Sadho inaugurated the event b and secretary, Culture Renu Tiwari gave welcome speech.

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