Classical music for the soul


The maestros kept their audience spellbound for two hours with their remarkable performances, and the audience left the hall with the melodies still resonating in their minds and hearts.

On January 15, the Shastriya Sankranti at Gurukul featured senior artistes Gopal Nath Yogi and Homnath Upadhyay, accompanied by Kriti Yogi and Bikash Nath Yogi, and special guest artiste Snehal Majumdar from India.

The programme began with Gopal Yogi on santoor, Homnath Upadhyay on tabla and Kriti Yogi on the tanpura. The melodious tones of raag yaman on the santoor set the mood for the evening.

Yogi also performed his new creation titled Samjhana, which he dedicated to the martyrs of the Jana Andolan II. This was followed by Gopal Yogi playing the violin and Bikash Nath Yogi joining the team on his violin. The music created by the four was commendable from slow, soft tunes to the invigorating notes specially delivered by the fusion of the violin and tabla.

The second segment was equally entertaining with a performance by Majumdar, a santoor artiste from India. After successful performances in countries like Paris, London, the US and many others, he charmed the audience at Gurukul who were captivated by his mastery in playing the instrument.

He started by playing raag Baageshwari. Once more it was the fusion of the tanpura and the brilliance with which Upadhyay played the tabla that left a lasting impression.

The evening’s recitals proved one thing — those of you who think classical music is a big bore, it is time to let go of your preconceived notions. Attend one of the shows held on the first of every Nepali month at Gurukul, and decide. And do reach there on time, not Nepali time.