Mesmerising sarangi strains


The who’s who of the Capital knew they had a common place to be on the evening of June 8 — Regal Hall at Yak and Yeti Hotel.

The evening, hosted by the Indian Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee and his wife Nalini Mukherjee, was to celebrate a special event Sarangi Sangeet with three Sarangi maestros

— Hari S Nepali and Shyam S Nepali from Nepal, and , Ghulam Waris from India, who were set to weave their magic.

As you approached the hall through the corridor, you could see walls bedecked with flowers, diyos lined on both sides and a sarangi resting on a bed of flower petals.

The traditional instrument looked bestowed with the respect it truly deserves.

The evening too did not fall short to meet the expectations. The maestros came in one by one at first and assisted by their ensemble wowed those present.

They played various folk tunes, raag and fusion pieces, among others.

The programme came to an end with the combined performances by the whole gamut of musicians which was a rare treat for all.

The evening also saw Mukherjee unveiling 8-, 12-, and 16-stringed sarangis designed by Hari

S Nepali. Traditionally, Nepali sarangis are four-stringed.

The three artistes have been on a musical tour since June 6.

Before this, they performed at Bandipur and Pokhara.

“We have received a very good response till now. This is my first musical tour to Nepal, and I

have really enjoyed playing with my expert Nepali counterparts. Their initiative to safeguard

and promote sarangi in Nepal is really laudable,” said Waris, the Indian guest artiste.

The concert was organised by Kaal Bhairav in association with the Indian Embassy and the BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation.