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Rajat Prasanna brings his Sweet Flute Melodies to The Maitri Project
After performing in various concerts held over multiple global cities in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Egypt, France, South Africa, Mauritius, etc. Rajat Prasanna, the esteemed flautist of Hindustani Classical Music is coming to The Maitri Project to put a smile on our faces.
Belonging to the Benaras Gharana of Hindustani music, Rajat is the scion of a reputed family rooted in Indian classical music. His father, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasanna, as well as his grandfather, the flute maestro, Pandit Raghunath Prasanna, played a great role as mentors and music teachers in his life.
Rajat is a highly sought-after artist in Indian classical arts, and has been the recipient of the prestigious CCRT Scholarship for Young Artists. His long affiliation with Doordarshan, All India Radio and ICCR has had him touring around the world for numerous collaborations with national and international artists, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, etc. representing his country through his sweet Flute melodies.
Join us as we host this special guest this week on The Maitri Project on October 23 at 7 PM.
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Watch the teaser here to get a glimpse of the performance - https://youtu.be/gFyBApd9J2A
Milind Tulankar opens The Maitri Project's first monthly series with his exquisite Jaltarang
They say the divine can be found even in inanimate objects. But Milind Tulankar proves that you can even hear the divine in them.
Opening the first monthly series of The Maitri Project’s new season, the Jalatarang Maestro demonstrated to us what the unique symphony between science, art and nature can mean and achieve.
The Jaltarang is a unique and ancient instrument. It is one of the oldest instruments which is said to have originated in our own Indian subcontinent. The instrument is actually sets of china or porcelain bowls filled with water; the player produces the music by rhythmically beating the bowls with two thin bamboo sticks. Each bowl can be tuned to the desired frequency by varying the quantity of water in it.
With a beautiful rendition of ‘Saare Jahaan Se Achchha’, Milind Tulankar, who is a well-known Jaltarang Vaadak in Indian art scene as well as one of the most revered and influential figures in the Indian classical music industry, explained why the Jaltarang is a cure for all fatigue- our bodies, just like the Jaltarang, are seventy-five percent water. The vibrations that make the melody in a Jaltarang are made by water, which on touching the various focal points of the body, feels a connection towards the water within our own body and responds to it.
“Jaltarang is an instrument that requires personal assembly. You cannot go to a music shop and buy a jaltarang. To possess it, you will have to shop in a number of crockery stores. .. You may find the do, re, mi at one place, the la, si, do at another and end up waiting for the fa, so for three months. The wait is for the right-sized bowl that matches your tone. .. You have to be patient in creating your jaltarang,” says Milind Tulankar
Playing a range of melodies, from the humble classical composition ‘Paayal Jhankaar’ to the modern, iconic signature tune of the Raymond Men’s clothing brand, Tulankar demonstrated how the liquid form of this instrument is the actual reason for its versatility and flexibility. It suits any kind of music, whether it be classical or contemporary. Doesn't matter how tired you are, it always finds a way to soothe you.
The scientific workability of a divine instrument such as the jaltarang was lauded by the audience too. “Your collaboration (Milind and Ganesh) reminded me of the iconic duo Ustad Ali Raakha and Zakir Hussain. In fact, today, you have beaten them,” said Alok from Canada.
“I cannot express how very happy I am to see the little details that I see, which demonstrate your devotion towards the jaltarang. The way you fill the water, tend to the bowls, it almost looks like a priest praying to their God,” said Anusha, an audience member to Tulankar.
As wonderful as this instrument may be, it stands on the verge of extinction too. It is astonishing that Indians spend thousands of bucks each year to buy newer and newer, more westernized instruments when music can be fetched from simple everyday things around us. A is known, there is no greater symphony than that of art and nature.
Tulankar Ji realizes the importance of the Jaltarang’s preservation. He not only promotes it throughout the world by just playing it. He also loves innovating it too. Over the years, he has experimented with the various substances that he can use to improve and tune the Jaltarang to produce even more intricate results. This includes using alternatives to bamboo sticks, like plastic sticks, adding cable wires to the end of the sticks, using plastic cuboid coasters for the bowls instead of using wooden coasters like his grandfather used, etc.
His efforts are praiseworthy, and will probably go down in history, but that is not enough. We need to realize the importance of indigenous instruments like the Jaltarang, the Ektara, the Dotara, the Udukkai, the Shehnai, the Tanpura, and various other such instruments that are fading into oblivion. This can only be achieved when we start promoting them on an elementary level. The need of the hour is to introduce these instruments in schools and colleges and organize free training for people who wish to learn them.
The performing arts industry needs to re-introduce the beauty of instruments that were fashioned out of simple things, at a time when resources were limited. The focus should be on the universality and relevance of those substances even to this day.
Treading on this approach, Match My [Talent] has promoted this message about the upcoming set through various means. With organic ads on Facebook, Google and Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, through teasers and trailers on YouTube cultivating the mystique of this innovative instrument, and via chat rooms of Clubhouse, and of course, the amazing work by the team at Match My [Talent ], this campaign has reached out to a whopping 15 K people. The #Jaltarang is not going to lose its name just yet.
The Maitri Project has been quite instrumental in bringing to the fore such artists who have impacted societies and the global performance industry with their talent and their art. In line with an auspicious beginning of the first monthly series of the new Maitri Project, the team at Match My [Talent] also guarantees a truly unforgettable monthly series too.
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Coming up Next: Shweta Sinha is one-half of the indie-pop band Two-Seater Melodies. She is a singer and songwriter drawing influences from acoustic pop, rock, indie, soul and folk rock music .
Apart from covering classic songs, she also creates her originals songs and EP, which are available on several platforms.
Catch her live on The Maitri Project on July 10
Next in Line: Soumitra Thakur, acclaimed Sitar Instrumentalist and a student of Ustad Rashid Khan, who has performed at several shows and concerts around the country.
Catch him live on The Maitri Project on July 25.