Jus Fusion (An Evening Of Sitar Music)

July 30 | 5PM
The Imaginarium
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The Sitar recital for one hour will have the following presentations:

The presentations will include Ragas, each of which is a fixed combination of notes which brings out a certain mood.

Alaap – This initial item introduces the Raga. It is like a prayer, in which the Sitar artiste bows down to the instrument and the Raga and invokes the complete musical fragrance of the Raga. This is a solo Sitar piece which consists of soft, meditative notes rendered by the Sitar artiste to create the mood. One of the main aspects of this school of music (Maihar Gharana) is the use of the heavy, bass strings of the Sitar which brings out the vocal effect from the instrument.

Jod – The word Jod means joining. This second item consists of the Sitar artiste performing the same Raga but with a subtle or inherent tempo with a slightly faster pace than the Alaap. It is the bridge joining the Alaap with the Gat or the composition.

Gat – This third item consists of the actual composition or song. This is the Jugalbandi or the fusion between the Tabla artiste and the Sitar artiste. The song is based on a rhythm which consists of a cycle of beats. The Sitar artiste does several technical and rhythmic improvisations (called Paltas, Gamaks, Layakaris) around the song, all of which play with the rhythm, like a bird playing with the wind. The Tabla artiste also reciprocates with rhythmic solo pieces while the Sitar artiste holds or plays the fixed song. The Gat consists of Vilambit Gat (slow tempo), Madhyalaya Gat (medium tempo) and Drut Gat (fast tempo).

Jhala – This is the climax of the recital. It consists of the Sitar artiste playing the rhythm strings along with notes at a high speed. This concludes with a pattern repeated three times.

Artist Line Up

Nikhil Patwardhan Sitar
Born to Shri Kumar Shrimangalmurti Patwardhan and Smt. Madhura Kumar Patwardhan, Nikhil started his musical journey at the tender age of four. His grandmother, Smt.Sarojinidevi Patwardhan and his grandfather, Shri Shrimangalmurti Patwardhan were deeply into Hindustani Classical Music. Nikhil was introduced to Hindustani Classical Music and received his initial Sitar and vocal taalim by his grandmother. He continued to receive the initial training by his father. At the age of eight, Nikhil gave his first public performance at Balgandharva. He then became a Balodyaan AIR artiste at the age of nine. At the age of twelve, Nikhil won the prestigious Center for Cultural Resources and Training scholarship from the Government of India.. "Nikhil Patwardhan is a professional and performing Sitarist from India with over 30 years of experience with Sitar and Indian classical music. He belongs to a family of musicians and is the third generation of musicians and Sitarists.

He started his Hindustani Classical music training at the age of five with his grandmother, Smt Sarojinidevi Patwardhan and father, Shri Kumar Patwardhan. He plays pure Hindustani classical music as well as classical fusion music on Sitar and electric Sitar

Partha Mukherjee : on the Tabla
Partha started learning the Tabla from a very young age. He learned with Pandit Kishore Banerjee followed by Pandit Shubhankar Banerjee. He has also performed in multiple countries and also teaches Tabla. than pursuing their passions.


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