Soul-stirring Carnatic and Sarod Recital…

Music aficionados were treated to a soulful symphony of music in Sai Kulwant Hall on this evening as part of Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam. The first performance was by the acclaimed carnatic music artiste Bombay Jayashri. The second performance was by Ayaan Ali Khan, younger son of Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan. One can call them purists in Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music.

Bombay Jayashri began her performance with the song Jagadisha Sureesha… and followed it up with Gopala Gokula Vallabheeyam… and then the song that struck the chords in every heart, the melodious Vuyyala Luguma Sri Sathya Sai… One could well imagine our dear Lord Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba swaying in the swing to the song. The artiste topped her performance with the song Krishna Nee Begame Baaru… After this song, Bombay Jayashri and her accompanying artistes were honoured with clothes and mementoes.

The second performance for the evening by Ayaan Ali Khan, who made his solo debut at the age of eight, won plaudits from everyone in the hall. It was a soul-stirring performance from the young artiste. Having performed all over the world in front of varied audiences, the artiste was at ease in handling the Sarod. The recitals were in Raag Shri. One piece after the other had a cascading effect on the audience. At the end of the performance, Ayaan Ali Khan and his accompanying artistes were honoured with shawls and mementoes. After a few Bhajans and distribution of Prasadam, the session ended with Arati at 7 p.m.

II Samasta Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavantu II