Manipal University Jaipur witnessed a mesmerising evening with the Maestros of violin. The MUJ organised the Indian classical music festival Kala Samagam on Friday. The jam packed Mrs Sharda Pai auditorium in the campus enthralled with the series of Ragas creating great melodies and presented by the eminent Indian classical musicians of our times Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath, who is the cultural ambassador of India and a Violin Maestro. Dr. Manjunath one of the youngest Central Sangeet Natak Akademy Awardee was accompanied by Vidwan Arjun Kumar, one of today’s most respected Mridangam artists, and great Tabla artist of Jaipur Gharana Pandit Mahendra Shankar Dangi. The most marked part of the evening was the presence of Ms Malavi Manjunath, daughter of Dr. Manjunath who also joined and played in the concert for the first time with her father.
The Kala Samagam started with a ceremonial lamp lighting by the dignitaries of the event Mrs. Malini Prabhu wife of President Dr. G K Prabhu, Pro President Dr Thammaiah CS along with his wife Mrs Roshni Thammaiah, Registrar Dr Nitu Bhatnagar, Prof. Anil Dutt Vyas, Dr Sandhya Vyas, Dr Komal Audichya, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Mr. Sridhar M S, Head human resources. The musical evening was also graced by the presence of great violin artists of Jaipur Mr Ravi Shankar Bhatt Tailang, Prof Madhu Bhatt Tailang, Dr. Shyam Sundar Sharma, Head of Department of Music, St Wilfred’s College, Jaipur and the students and professors of MUJ.
The first performance of the evening began with Raga Saraswati, followed by Raga Hindola. The spell bounding performance of the artists took every audience to a different alter. Then the Raga Kapi was the attraction of the evening where artists played Jagata Udharana Parthi Udharana. Before the winding up of the musical concert everyone was amused to witness the Jugalbandi of Tabla and Mridangam by their maestros Pt. Mahendra Shankar Dangi and Vidwan Arjun Kumar respectively. The excellent part of the concert was that the artists not even played but rather never met each other before. Without any practice or experience together, they delightfully performed with connecting rhythms and beats. At the end Dr. Manjunath presented two bhajans Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram and Vande Mataram.
Dr Manjunath with his great experience and skills said that Indian music is all about improvisation, and self-realisation. It is connected with the emotions of people and hearts and souls. He also said that Music is a language of hearts and is beyond religion, discrimination and linguistic barriers. Whatever profession a person belongs to there always exists music in hearts.
The event ended with the end note given by Mr. Sridhar MS and a vote of thanks by Dr Prashasti Jain. At the end of the event a token of gratitude was given to the artists by university authorities. The event created a mesmerising atmosphere where only music ruled. The artists showed the best of themselves when their fingers danced over the instruments with efficiency and beauty. They took the audience to a world where communication is through music only. Similar events are organised in regular intervals by the Manipal University Jaipur for the holistic development of the students.