Hindustani classical instrumental music travelled across seven seas in the early 1950s, thanks to Pandit Ravi Shankar, the wizard of sitar. As a part of his ensemble was a man, a percussionist par excellence, one of the pioneers in introducing the tabla to the western world.
He accompanied the legends of music like Ali Akbar Khan, Ashih Khan and a host of others . That's Pandit Chaturlal for you, a well known percussionist of the post independence era.
As a mark of respect to Pandit Chaturlal, who passed away in 1965, a musical ensemble Love and Peace, will be presented on June 14 at the Chowdaih Memorial Hall Bangalore.
“It is a unique presentation of performing arts," said Shruti Lal, granddaughter of the legend.
The show features Pranshu Chaturlal on tabla, western drums and Turkish drums followed by a grand jugalbandi involving Roop Kumar Rathod, singer Abhijith Pohankar and Pandit Ajay Phohankar of Piya Baawari fame.
A colossal in the percussion art, Pandit Chaturlal created a niche for tabla in the western world. The fact that he travelled across the globe sharing the stage with legends of Hindustani music is a testimony to his talent. Pandit Chaturlal was acknowleged by Lord Yehudi Menhuhin, the world renowned violin player for the brilliant skills he demonstrated in the presentation of tabla as a solo instrument. "I am happy to be a part of the concert conceptualised by his granddaughter Shruti Lal,” said Roop Kumar Rathod.
“My connect with Bangalore was through Piya Baawari concert in the year 2003. Also, I have performed with my father Pandit Ajay Pohankar in the city. We have been associated with Pandit Chaturlals' family through music," said Abhijith Pohankar
He added,"The young generation of Bangalore is very clear of the kind of music it wants to hear. The response to all genres of music, whether it's pop, rock, heavy metal or fusion, is good and that is the biggest motivator for artistes.” The programme is a initiative to 'celebrate the girl child, 'through music and art. The event is open for public and the entry is free.