The morning session began with a Santoor recital by Ulhas Bapat. Bapat
played elaborate alaaps and gats in raga Nata Bhairav. Bapat is one of
our most competent santoorists and his presentation on this occasion was
stylish as usual.
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It is a delight to watch Bapat handle the instrument in a different style,
more resonant notes emerge, perhaps, because of certain modifications
the artists himself has carried out. What impressed one was his successful
attempt to bring in the meend element lacking in Santoor.
His delicate sticks deftly touched the Santoor strings which subtly created
an heavenly atmosphere where no words were required to communicate feelings.
Pt. Ulhas Bapat has a distinctive style. His system of tuning sets him
apart from other Santoor players. Thanks to his chromatic tuning, where
he can shift from one raga to another with facility. This is an advantage
to the musician as well as the listener. He produces meends on the Santoor
which was once considered next to impossible.
In a gracefully soft yet assertive style, Pt. Bapat delved into the heart,
of the raga. The easy-going pace of his alaap unfortunately was too short,
leaving one pining for more of his meticulous elaboration.
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Pt. Ulhas Bapats Santoor recital was marked by a thorough command
on rhythms of a very wide spectrum. He took up the main challenge of his
tuning system with a Ragamalika set to nearly 9 ragas of widely varying
scales, from Yaman to Kirwani, ragas seem to blend and cross paths to
create a new experimental field.
Aural divinity....Meena Banerjee
recently got a taste of Pandit Ulhas Bapats feather-weight glides
of santoor and Mukul Shivaputras nimble handling of ragas.The restive
soul of Ulhas Bapat sought path-breaking innovations to make the santoor
self-contained. A memorable santoor recital by Pandit Ulhas Bapat at Golpark
in Kolkata proved once more that precision in any given subject is an
eternal quest that sets a new goal after every success. Read
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