Pune, January 20, 2024: The stage was set on fire with enthralling performances during the first half of day 2 of ‘Vasantotsav’ by Yashwant Vaishnav’s solo Tabla performance and Prachee Shah Paandya’s rhythmic dance. The 17th edition of the festival is being held at the Suryakant Kakade Farms, Kothrud.
The first session commenced with a solo performance of Tabla player Yashwant Vaishnav. He mesmerized the audience with his gripping Teen-Taal, a special Kayda of Delhi Gharana in Teen Taal, two compositions of his Guru Pt. Yogesh Samsi, a Bandish of Ustad Firoz Khan, an Antakshari Gat of Punjab Gharana, an Ustad Zakir Hussain composition with a slight variation as played by his Guru Pt. Yogesh Samsi, along with various other compositions of the Punjab Gharana in Mishra Jaat. He was accompanied by Milind Kulkarni on the Harmonium.
The second session saw the graceful performance of Kathak exponent and well-known TV actor Prachee Shah Paandya. She began with Ganesh Vandana set in 14 beat taal and a prayer ‘Japar Kripa Guru Ki Huyi, Tapar Kripa Ram Ki Huyi, Aur Japar Kripa Ram Ki Huyi, Kare Kripa Sab Koyi’ composed by her Guru late Ganesh Hiralalji of the Jaipur Gharana.
She then performed Taal JhapTaal in 10 beats showcasing 4 Thaat and Amar in the narrative style following the traditional essence of Kathak. Next, she performed a Farmaishi Chakradar, a Tarang composed by her Guru, and a Triveni Tihayi.
She performed a ‘Kavit’, a poetry rendition in Kathak followed by her foot-tapping Jugalbandi with Mrunal Upadhyay on Pakhwaj and Yashwant Vaishnav on Tabla.This was followed by Teen Taal with ’27 Chakkar’ (Important aspects of Kathak) and a Thumri in Bhav Paksh, Rajasthani Maand – (an original folk) ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Des’Her last performance for the day was a footwork in Teen Taal – Panchmukhi Tatkaar
She was accompanied by Yashwant Vaishnav on Tabla, Mrunal Upadhyay on Pakhwaj, vocal support by Shaguni Chaudhary, Farooq Lateef Khan on Sarangi, Nilay Salvi on Harmonium, and Sibte Hasan Khan on Sitar.