It was a starry night filled to the brim with both bhava (emotions) and laya (movement of music) for the music lovers of Muscat. Bhavalaya, an endeavour launched by Dr J.Retnakumar to serve the international arts community marked yet another milestone by conducting mind and soul refreshing musical concert 'Raag Malhaar' on 25th March 2011 at Al Falaj Hotel.
An event organised by Bhavalaya to honour Hindusthani music, saw different phases of Indian art promotion that evening. Introducing awards honouring artistes for the first time, Bhavalaya recognised Hinduthani veteran artiste and guest of honour for the evening, Pandit Ramesh Narayan with 'Taan Samrat' award which was awarded by chief guest, ambassador of India, His Excellency Anil Wadhwa. The programme started on a devine note with a short film on Pandit Ramesh Narayan. Portraying the dedicated musician's passion for music and devotion for his teacher and guru, eminent Pandit Jasraj, the film showed a glimpse of the humble life Padit Ramesh led and how proud he made his teacher through his contributions to music.
Setting the Guinness World Record for giving a concert for 30 hours continuously, setting schools in Kerala on Hindusthani music of'Mewatti gharana' (a style in Hindusthani music), directing music for the Malayalam as well as Bengali film industry being some of his major achievements, was honoured with'Taan Samrat award' and a ponnada as a token of gratitude for his laudable contributions in the field.
The event also saw award ceremony to recognise the winners of the Bhavalaya Hindushtani Singing Talent Contest that was held earlier this month. Winners Murali Ramaswami and Akhilesh Krishnan from the seniors' group and Malavika Menon and Akshara from the juniors' group were presented the award and an opportunity to perform that evening.
Without much delay, another highlight of the evening - ghazal performance by renowned Hindishtani classical vocalist and popular playback singer of Indian films, Ms Gayathri and the upcoming sensation in classical and contemporary music, Mr Nishad. The magical combination of Gayathri's effortless singing and Nishad's lively voice with the gripping orchestra led by the famed artiste Mr Prakash Ulleri enthralled the audience in Muscat recreating the magic of classic ghazals. Popular Hindi numbers like'Jhoom le hass bhol le','Ahde Masti hai, log kehte hain' and'Chitti aayi hai' were some of the many appreciated songs for the evening. Gayathri and Nishad made sure not to disappoint the Malayalam audience by singing evergreen numbers like'Oru pushpam maathram', Gayathri's awards winning songs'Deena dayaallo raama','Enthe nee kanna' and'Chanjaadi aadi'.
HE Anil Wadhwa who felicitated the event said, The cause of this organization being the promotion of art without diluting its purity, I wish this institution all success and hope to see it reach out global forums. India has diverse culture and art forms and to see eminent artistes like Pandit Ramesh work towards the promotion and revival of his art is humbling. Addressing the event, Retnakumar said, This organisation is a product of my passion for art and it addresses the issue of a lack of common platform to unite global art forms. Our works not only include providing platform to showcase art-forms but also supporting yester year artistes and charity work. Through this venture we realise the power art has on the society and the power art has to change the society.