Sidhartha Sridhar for RVCF
My father and I were indeed lucky to be part of a spellbinding concert called Samay. Words cannot describe the scintillating melody created by the flute sisters accompanied by the Tabla and the Pakhawaj. True to tradition, the performance started with a mellow aalap, slowly introducing the raga. This slowly built into a brisk paced jod accompanied by the Pakhawaj akin to the ancient and immortal Dhrupad style of Hindustani classical music. The jod, made way to the composition a beautiful melody composed by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia accompanied by the tabla. The sisters took turns in improvising the composition, showing different shades of the raag with each improvisation.
This wonderful opportunity to hear an Indian music concert in Northwest Arkansas was provided by the Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation. The concert provided a platform for the musically inclined population of NWA to meet and interact with each other and soak in musical bliss. To sum it up, it was a well spent evening with beautiful music in the company of some extremely warm people. Will love to be back for more.