Vocalist Meeta Pandit of the Gwalior gharana was recently in Chennai to present her maiden recital in the city. Held at the Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, it attracted many a Hindustani rasika and Meeta Pandit did not disappoint them. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Pandit Ravishankar, the late sitar maestro.
Madhuvanti was the raga that Meeta sang in the beginning, but she went on to provide a rich fare of khayal in Tilak Kamod, a thumri in Misra Pilu and a moving Bhairavi to close.
Meeta is a granddaughter and disciple of Pt. Krishna Rao Shankar and the daughter of the legendary Pt. Lakshman Krishna Rao.
In the raag Madhuvanti, the opening vilambit in Ektal “Ab to suniye araj hamariya’ showed the power of Meeta’s voice. Dhrut in teen taal followed – ‘Unse mori lagan laagire’ was an enchanting rendition. The third component of Madhuvanti was a romantic piece.
The khayal in japtaal for the lyric ‘Teerath ka sab kare’ and the subsequent dhrut in teen taal for the line ‘Neer bharana kaise jaavun sakhi ab’ were scintillating. The thumri was another lilting song in Misra Pilu. The well known Bhavani dayani rendered at the close enthralled the audience.
Harmonium accompaniment by Vyasmurti Katti and tabla by Vishwanath Nakod contributed to the success of the concert.
An awardee of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, Golden Voice of India, Sur-mani, Yuva Ratna, Delhi Ratna and FICCI award in the field of music, Meeta Pandit in her opening remarks said she was proud to present her maiden performance in Chennai. Both India Today and the Week.
Have hailed her as a representative of youth power. Music Today, SaReGaMa, and EMI Virgin have released her albums. Meeta presented a music appreciation series ‘Swar Shringar’ on World Space Satellite Radio. She is now a Consultant with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
Meeta Pandit has taken part in prestigious festivals outside India, in France, Germany, U.K., Switzerland, Norway, Rome, U.S.A, Canada, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. She was invited as Artist in Residence in 2003 by the Government of France to Paris. In the following year, she was sent to Islamabad as Cultural Ambassador for the 2004 SAARC Music Festival held there. ‘Meeta – Linking a Tradition with Today’ is a film on her, produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, in association with Prasar Bharati.