Queensland Sangeet Mela Association (QSMA) continued their series of mini Sangeet Melas with their event “Shishir Sangeet”, an evening of beautiful Hindustani classical music featuring vocal, surbahar and sitar, at Finnish Hall on 26 June to mark the transition to winter. In a time of rapid changes and event cancellations, live music from top local artists was enjoyed by those present.
The evening opened with the delightful voice of Dr Mansey Kinarivala Gandhi, accompanied on tabla by Shen Flindell and on harmonium by Joseph Nand. Mansey presented raga abhogi in jhaptaal (10 matras) and teentaal (16 matras), followed by a tarana and raga mala.
After the interval, Dr Indranil Chatterjee treated the audience to Raga Shree, firstly in chautaal (12 matras) on surbahar, whose deep resonant tones are a rare treat to hear, and then in ara-chautaal (14 matras) on the sitar, with very exciting rapid taans and tihais all presented with aplomb. Tabla accompanist Shen Flindell interspersed the performance with dynamic solos to good audience response.
It was wonderful to see a large and diverse audience with many people of all backgrounds deeply absorbed in the performances.
QSMA team saw Shen (organiser), Umesh (association president, catering sponsor), Sanjeev, Jesinthan, and Sharujan come together to present this event.
Photos Credit: Brian Sullivan