“I miss him intensely,” says Aravind Bhargav, talking of his guru Mandolin U Srinivas. Final 12 months, the mandolin artiste organised a tribute to his instructor with Jaalam through which he collaborated with the Sunshine Orchestra, a undertaking of the AR Rahman Basis. 9 members of the orchestra’s string part carried out by Srinivasa Murthy and Aravind performed the Thyagaraja kriti ‘Evarani Nirnayincheeri raa’ and a specifically composed piece for the event.
“The response we received was so good that it inspired us to explore further,” says Aravind, explaining why he has provide you with Jaalam 2 this 12 months. “It is also my guru’s 50th birth anniversary year,” he provides.
This time the composition is ‘Bolava Vittala’, an abhang by Sant Tukaram set to music by Vidushis Ranjani and Gayatri. “We chose this piece because of the freedom it gave us to explore the various facets of both solo and orchestral instrumental styles and techniques.”
Talking of how they determine what to play, Aravind says they attempt to choose compositions and musical types which might be completely different. “The priority is to choose ragas and composition that allow ample space for everyone to showcase their capability.” The abhang, he admits, was a problem since they’d “to present a vocal-centric piece in an instrumental collaboration and yet highlight our individual strengths.”
Jaalam 2 is the second time Aravind is working with the Sunshine Orchestra. He recollects that when he first approached the AR Rahman Basis and Srinivasa Murthy, he wasn’t considering past one video. And because it was a tribute to Mandolin Srinivas, “they graciously accepted”. He describes working with the kids as “great fun” and with Srinivasa Murthy as a “learning experience. As time went by, we became closer and the synergy between the mandolin and the orchestra became stronger.”
Reminiscences for a lifetime
- Mandolin Srinivas was extra like a beloved uncle than a instructor, recollects Aravind. “He would never give us advice on personal decisions and only tell us to follow our hearts.” When he was in Std X, Aravind facedthe standard dilemma of balancing his music and his research. “During a one-on-one class, I mentioned it to him,” he recollects. “I was expecting the “follow your heart” response. He thought for a second and mentioned, ‘I don’t learn about different fields however, in the event you dedicate your self to the mandolin utterly with out having any expectations, I promise, on my mandolin, it’s going to care for you.” Listening to such a robust opinion from him shook me and impressed me to take up the mandolin.”
- A extra musical recollection is of Srinivas enjoying Aravind’s favorite raga Malaya Marutham. “I’d all the time pester him to play that raga throughout his December season concert events. I’d be sitting within the wings of the stage with the opposite college students. Throughout one such event in 2008, he turned and winked at me earlier than asserting, ‘Aduthadu. ‘Dhanyudu Evado’, Ragam Malaya Marutham!’ I used to be so excited and, after the live performance, he requested playfully, ‘Aravind garu, was the Malaya Marutham okay?’ I don’t bear in mind what my response was however I’m certain he understood my pleasure. Simply 10 days earlier than being hospitalised, he recorded near 10 kritis for me in that last class.
Talking of musical collaborations, Mandolin Srinivas was a member of Keep in mind Shakti (together with John McLaughlin, Zakir Husain, Shankar Mahadevan and V Selvaganesh). Is Aravind following in his guru’s footsteps in additional methods than one? “Keep in mind Shakti is a research on how all types of music can come collectively when legends collaborate,” he laughs.
Based on him, “respect for each other’s music is essential. Giving space to each other is crucial not only to showcase the artistes’ individual skills, but also to allow the different colours and forms to shine through. There needs to be an innate level of understanding and an open mind between artistes. Take this collaboration for example. In Indian classical music, extempore improvisation plays a pivotal role. An orchestra is very organised and stick to the score. So we have to understand each other’s styles and adapt. It’s interesting journey and the result is magical.”
With the video being launched, Aravind is hoping to carry out it dwell as nicely. “We carried out Jaalam 1 dwell in Coimbatore earlier this 12 months. We look ahead to extra such alternatives.”
Jaalam 2 will be considered at https://youtu.be/xEsMoVXKOQM