Award-winning Hindustani classical vocalist Manjiri Asanare-Kelkar takes center stage at GIG Performance Space on September 15 for a performance of traditional Indian music.
Joining Asanare-Kelkar for this special concert are Sanjay Deshpande on tabla and Shri Suyog Kundalkar on harmonium.
Asanare-Kelkar says she will mainly present Khayal, a modern form of classical singing in North India that has flexibility within its structure and allows for a good bit of improvisation.
Like all Indian classical music, Khayal has a single melodic line and no harmonic parts.
“I will choose some of the popular ragas as well as some of signature ragas of my style,” says Asanare-Kelkar via email. “I will also try to include some semi-classical music such as Tappa and Bhajan. I will explain the raga, its meaning, just to give an idea to anyone who is new to the Hindustani Classical music experience.”
The daughter of renowned tabla maestro Shri Anand Asnare, Asanare-Kelkar has been studying classical Indian music since childhood. She has worked with some of the most revered musicians and teachers in India, including Pt. Madhusudan S. Kanetkar and Gaan Sraraswati Kishoritai Amonkar.
“Training plays an important part in the development of Hindustani classical singer,” says Asanare-Kelkar. “There are different stages where the student needs to focus. The difficulty level depends on these stages.
“I think the best quality of a Hindustani classical singer is that he or she should be able to connect with the audience, should be able to convey the feeling of the raga.”