Remembering Legendary Mia Tansen…

Remembering one of India’s all time musical greats, Mia Tansen, students and staff from Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music presented a ‘musical bouquet’ entitled ‘Tansen Samaroh’ this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam. Tansen Samaroh is an annual four-day musical extravaganza organised at Behad village of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the birthplace of Tansen, honouring the legendary musician.

In the evening, the presentation commenced with an introduction by Prof (Ms) Indrani Chakravarti, Principal, Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music. Hailing Tansen a ‘tradition by himself’, Prof Chakravarti, then briefed about Indian Classical Music, recalling Tansen’s greater contribution. Tansen, who invented the musical tradition, ‘Gharana’, that survived time and tradition till today, would heal and soothe many with his musical prowess and was one of the ‘nine-gems’ at Emperor Akbar’s court; it was the Emperor who honoured the musician with the title ‘Mia’ meaning ‘one who is learned and honoured’.

Beginning with three Omkars and three Sai Gayathris, the students began the ‘samaroh’ with an offering to Maa Saraswathi singing “Maa Saraswathi Sharade…”. A Mira Bhajan next, Mhare Ghar Aaoji in Nirguni style was followed by a Veena recital in Rag Desh, Teen Taal… .

A Khayal, a modern genre of classical singing involving imaginative style, Lagan Lagi Tumare Charan Ki… in Rag Rageshwari, Teental and a ‘Tabla ensemble’ in Teental followed up before the concluding piece of fusion music, a Tarana in Rag Yaman, Teental.

Sheer talents, picked and nurtured by The Divine Hands, peaked to excellence in this beautiful evening, presenting a classical presentation enthralling The Divine, Who is verily watching the proceedings in Prasanthi in His omnipresent form.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi, marking the end of the proceedings.

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