Sunday, April 9, 2017

Awagha Rang Ek Jahla

What a beautiful film this is! When our cultural icons pass away, we feel lost. This film takes us back  to the 80's to shows like प्रतिभा आणि प्रतिमा when Mumbai Doordarshan brought artists, writers, poets and other culturati into our homes on Sunday morning. 

From the time before I was mature enough to appreciate her singing, I always thought Kishori Amonkar was very beautiful. Her look was that of an intense thinker and scholar and style was similar to other maharashtrian artists of her time like Lata Mangeshkar and the poet Shanta Shelke -  traditional (काठ - पदराची) sadi draped snug over the shoulders (Amonkar and Mangeshkar preferred silks, Shelke stuck to cottons) and prominent kunku on the forehead. 

In her interviews as in the above film whether she is talking about the language of music or explaining the intricacies of Indian classical singing, her mastery of the language is unmistakable.  She said when she speaks from the heart, it comes out in marathi but she didn't hesitate to answer questions in fluent hindi or english when required.  

Famously reclusive and moody, she said the aim of classical music is to bring peace to the listeners not to excite them (which she believed today's music tends to do). In the film she explains how she prepares before a concert, saying the mood she tries to get into is so fragile that it can shatter with the slightest bit of intrusion hence she prefers not to see anyone in the green room. 

आयुष्यभर एकचित्तानि सांगिताची साधना करत राहिलेल्या किशोरी अमोणकरना मानाचा मुजरा. 

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