Arati Ankalikar Tikekar

Arati Ankalikar Tikekar
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It is the season for monsoon raags at classical music live shows around the nation. For centuries, these melodies have been heard heralding and accompanying the rain clouds. Malhar, the raag that signifies the season, has many variants comparable to Miyan Malhar, Megh Malhar, Sur Malhar, Ramdasi Malhar and Gaud Malhar. It is mentioned {that a} virtuoso can invoke rain by rendering the notes of a monsoon raag. And as soon as the rains are right here, very similar to the peacocks that dance and the bulbuls that sing, artistes and audiences appear to rejoice monsoon via these ragas.

Well-known Hindustani vocalist Arati Ankalikar Tikekar not too long ago sang on the first day of the Badal Raag pageant at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal. As the major presentation, she sang Miyan Malhar, adopted by her guru Kishori Amonkar’s Anand Malhar.

Arati, a performing musician for over 40 years, she should have sung these ragas innumerble instances and but, when she sang at this live performance, it sounded contemporary. Like the annual rains, the music could also be acquainted however it is by no means the similar.

In a post-performance dialog, Arati spoke about her artwork, and the mindscape of an artiste.

Arati recently performing at the Badal Raag festival in Bhopal

Arati not too long ago acting at the Badal Raag pageant in Bhopal
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What is the distinction between your expertise of music now vs if you started?

At first one is targeted on the bodily facets, then you definately transfer to serious about it intellectually, then there is emotion and expression and at last, you overlook all the things and the system goes into an auto-mode. After years of apply, you could have activated a state the place your mind has distilled the essence of the raag and also you merely watch because it makes permutations and mixtures. There is nothing to be completed.

You learnt from so many famend gurus. How did you give you your personal fashion?

What I sing now is a concoction, an unpremeditated combine of all the musical influences that I’ve had, that is my very own. I couldn’t have consciously come to my very own fashion. With every guru, one has to adapt to the software of the voice, the method of considering and that was difficult. Being Kishori (Amonkar) tai’s pupil was by no means simple however it was divine. Tai was born to do music and to that, she gave 100 per cent at each second. I felt like I used to be underneath a spell and Tai may flip all the things into Yaman or whichever raag that she was singing, like each kind (sagun) was turning formless (nirgun). And that is the objective of sadhana — to go from saakar

to niraakar.

You say this music is not for leisure. Who then, is your excellent listener?

There are many varieties of audiences. Some pay attention blindly, they pay attention solely with emotion, and it is a pleasure to sing for them as they simply get overwhelmed. Then there are audiences who perceive music, who scan the music intellectually, really feel the emotion and transcend it to accompany the artiste right into a religious realm. That is the excellent listener that I need to sing to, a listener who will problem me to attract him/her to my music, even when I used to be to sing each weekend.

What would you say to aspiring musicians on this age of know-how?

What one wants is a level of inherent expertise, persistence and the sort of firm that can facilitate your musical improvement. The new technology is very gifted and tech-savvy. But reels and message alerts can even kill this music. I’ve seen accompanists on stage test their messages mid-performance. It is not a fault however it means you aren’t immersed in what you might be doing. This music is so intricate, wants such stability of thoughts and physique that should you don’t take pleasure in it, you possibly can’t keep in it.

How do you see the guru-sishya equation evolving in modern instances?

Our custom has positioned the guru on a pedestal. Once it has been established and acknowledged that the pupil has come to the guru as a result of the guru has one thing to present, give up to the guru is of the thoughts, and touching the ft and different social protocol ought to matter much less. Ideally, a guru ought to educate the similar method whether or not or not you show your devotion, however gurus are people too. With my sishyas, I hope that some of the posturing around guru worship is replaced by true friendship.

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