By Lakshmi Sreeram
The National Centre for Performing Arts, committed as it is to the propagation of India’s rich cultural heritage, in collaboration with Music Club IIT Madras, presents Gwalior gharana singer Pt. Kedar Bodas in a Khayal recital in Chennai.
Kedar Bodas belongs to the direct sishya parampara of Pt Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, whose missionary work in propagating Khayal music made him one of the most influential persons in the world of Hindustani music in the 20th century.
Kedar Bodas’s grandfather, Lakshman Sripad Bodas, was Paluskar’s student who lived and taught music in Karachi until partition. He was also Kedar’s first guru. Kedar later learnt from Dr. Ashok Ranade, who, with his profound musicological vision, exposed Kedar to the stylistic specialties of various gharanas such as Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.
Kedar Bodas also learnt from T.D. Janorikar of the Bhendi Bazaar gharana with its exquisite compositions and unique engagement with tonality.
Kedar Bodas is highly regarded among connoisseurs for the strong grounding he has in basics of sur, taal and raga grammar as well as his sensitivity to the composition itself. How he amalgamates his exposure to varied styles into his presentations is also a matter for great admiration.
Kedar Bodas performs at the Central Lecture Theater (CLT) at IIT Madras on 4th March from 6.30 pm. He will be accompanied by Dattatray Bhave (tabla) and Vyasmurti Katti (harmonium).
Admission is free.