Jammu Tawi, February 18
The 10th annual edition of SaMaPa Aalap Festival, February 2016 on Day 3 featured mesmerizing recital by the legendary Mohan Veena exponent Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt from Jaipur who regaled the audiences with his performances at K.C. Public School witnessed by over 1000 students and large number of parents and general public. Apart from the host school, a large number of students from various others institutes like K.C. International, K.C. Gurukul and Heritage School also came to attend the concert in large numbers.
Creator of the Mohan Veena and the winner of several national and international awards like the Grammy Award, Padmashri and Tansen Samman amongst others, Pt. Bhatt, a disciple of the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar, have traveled across the globe in around 80 countries mesmerizing the world with his pristine, delicate yet fiery music. With blinding speed and faultless legato, he captivated the audience of Jammu and Samba border. He was ably accompanied on Tabla byPranshu Chaturlal and on Pakhawaj by Rishi Shankar Upadhyay, both brilliant young stars of Indian music. Pt. Bhatt explained the nuances of music, melody and rhythm to the audience and the basic system of playing a raga. He played Raga Nat Bhairav starting with Aalap and Jod followed by compositions in Vilambit and Drutlaya Teentaal. The fascinating combinations of the Veena with Tabla and Pakhawaj captivated the audience during the extraordinary 1½ hour recital. Maestro Abhay Sopori thanked the students for coming in such large numbers and said the Aalap festival is a cultural movement and will be part of a revolution and urged every student to come forward and attend any cultural shows in the city. He thanked the parents who participated in the concert. He also thanked the media for its tremendous support to SaMaPa. In another concert held on the cool night of 17th February at the Police Technical Training Institute (PTTI), Vijaypur, Samba, concerts by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ragini Rainu’s Sufi vocal enchanted the audience of more than 700 people who came to attend the concert at the border area.