Arun Kashalkar | Into the Night
Curated by: First Edition Arts
Arun Kashalkar | Into the Night
An evening of Hindustani classical vocals in tribute to Pandit Babanrao Haldankar (1927 – 2016)
Curated by First Edition Arts and presented in association with the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mahalaxmi.
Pandit Arun Kashalkar “Rasadas” is considered by connoisseurs to be one of India’s most spectacular khayal singers. Into the Night is a tribute to his guru, the Agra gharana legend Pandit Babanrao Haldankar, who passed away on November 18 (1927-2016).
As Pt Haldankar’s senior most student, Arun Kashalkar will be retracing the unique qualities of the Agra gharana that are part of his own taleem and tradition. The khayal concert will have a long and unhurried stretch from evening to night showcasing the artistry and repertoire of compositions belonging to this time of the day. The concert will end with a brief narration by Pt. Kashalkar of his relationship with Pt Haldankar, who was his last guru.
Pt Kashalkar’s rare artistry comes from two decades of rigorous training in the guru-shishya parampara with two of the 20th century’s greatest gurus, the late Gajananbuwa Joshi, who trained with masters of the Agra, Gwalior, and Jaipur gharanas. The Agra gharana shaped the music and teachings of Pt Haldankar, who received training from Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan for two decades, beginning from 1959. Under Ustad Khan’s tutelage, Pt Haldankar learnt the challenging art of rhythmic improvisation in dhamar taal, a rhythmic cycle of fourteen beats with a complicated internal structure that comes from the dhrupad tradition.
In tremendous command over his form at the age of 74, Arun Kashalkar is rare among Hindustani vocalists for his highly original and rich style, drawing from the three leading gharanas, Agra, Gwalior, and Jaipur. He incorporates the best elements of the Agra gharana, such as the rhythmic nom-tom aalap, jod and jhala; intricate bol-baant; double, triple and other multiple-note taans; as well as its treasure trove of compositions. At the same time, he also draws on the Jaipur gharana’s strengths, such as its aesthetic and off-beat taan patterns, and its precise and complex note-beat combinations in filling avartans, and the Gwalior gharana’s melodic swings, its gamaks and its sapaat or straight taans.
Pt Kashalkar will be accompanied by Praveen Karkare on tabla, Praveen Kaslikar on harmonium and his students Mukul Kulkarni and Vishal Moghe on tanpura and backing vocals respectively.
His book Swar Archana, which has more than 150 compositions, has been widely admired.
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