When one singer dedicates himself completely into the devotion and when such a true dedication and devotion gets accompanied by ‘swara’, leads to the birth of saintly man like Haridas. This expression of devotion is the founding stone of the tradition of Gusai Gharana. And this great ideology was descended into this tradition by swami Haridas.
I’d listened to him only once but his rendering of Purva Kalyan (Indian Raga/ Scale or melody) gave a huge vision of his great grandeur, which is a balanced mixture of poem / lyrics, swar i.e. musical notes and tempo creating equilibrium of musical performance. His style of presenting a composition / raga ensured that it will not disturb or dilute the atmosphere of the musical notes .
Jaunpur is a musical city. It has gifted the world of Indian Classical Music with the form of “Khayal” and soulful ragas like Jaunpuri. A small village named Surtaanpur of Jaunpur district, was the birthplace of Pt. Rajaram Shukla in the year 1925. Since from the childhood Rajaram used to listen to the musicians of those times.Those great Maifals of various ragas like Pilu, Khamaj and Kaafi etc.
I have come across three types of musicians. some despite being in lime light hanker for publicity and are labeled as media crazy. Their so called disciples act as media agents and ensure proper and intelligent coverage in the press and Doordarshan. There are some others who run after publicity and publicity eludes them. There is yet another small group, who run away from media but media seeks them out.
Shyamrang is a young vocalist of ‘Kunwar Shyam Gharana’ also known as ‘Gusai Gharana’. This Gharana is well known for its Bandish or compositions. Shyamrang was a versatile vocalist. He could present forms of music like Thumri, Khayal etc effortlessly. Following is an excerpt from the interview of Shyamrang by Omprakash (Allahabad, 2 February 1993).
The concept of “Gharana” system in music underwent many amendments over centuries. One section of followers considers it as a hurdle or constraints, that don’t believe in imitation but on creativity and condemn it through non assertive ways. The remaining half of artist believes it a simple way where one can learn from a particular institution and move ahead.
During 1950-60, a great Hindustani classical singer dominated the performing platform of music with his simple and yet effective vocalism, sweet and yet bold Taan patterns, complicated and yet impressive Bandishes which almost mesmerized the entire audience in the whole of India. He was none other than Guni Gandharva Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, a saint philosopher vocalist of the Gusaien Gharana.
Jaunpur, the town which was the birthplace of the most important form of Hindustani Music, Khayal gayaki was also the birthplace of Pt. Rajaram Shukla. Those days were not so conducive or favourable for one to be musician but there were some great men who were trying hard to keep the tradition alive and protect it for future generations. Panditji was born on May 1 1925 in a small village of Sulatnpur in Juanpur.
शायद इसी सत्य की तलाश, कलाकार में पपीहे की स्वाति-बूंद के लिए प्यास की तरह समायी रहती है| जिसके लिए वह अपनी टेर में आत्मा को उडेल देता है| इस सनातन पीड़ा व व्यथा के स्वर में ही उसके आनंद की परिणति है| उसकी उस पि-कहाँ की कसक में उसके लिए बस आनंद-ही- आनंद है| दर्द की अनुभूति तो दूसरे लोग करते हैं| पं. मुरली मनोहर शुक्लजी का आनंद भी इसी कोटि का है|उनका मानना है की ‘स्वरों के साक्षात्कार से बढ़कर दुनिया की कोई उपाधि नहीं है’|
The rich hierarchy of Chandra Vardayi, from Marwad near Jaipur Bikaner had flourished with many great artists and poets who held a respectable position in royal courts. In later period when this curve suffered a negative slope they turned their path towards Music and my father Pt. Baldev Prasad was a simple saintly musician and dancer. His dance guru, Pt. Vindadinji Maharaj was a great dancer of his time.
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