A tribute to Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur, an exponent of Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, who handed away not too long ago

A tribute to Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur, an exponent of Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, who handed away not too long ago

It might not have been straightforward to be Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur’s son. I bear in mind asking Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur this, forward of a celebration in Bengaluru, when he turned 60. He selected to not say a lot, however it was not tough to determine that it was a fancy, however fruitful negotiation. Pt. Rajshekhar, an exponent of Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, who carried the legacy of his legendary father, handed away early this week.

Formal coaching in music started late in his life as a result of Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur didn’t need his kids to comply with the trail he had taken. The lifetime of an artiste is in spite of everything not straightforward. Music, nevertheless, continuously reverberated in the home, and Rajshekhar used to say, there was “no escape”. Music was part of his life proper from childhood. “I woke as much as and went to sleep listening to my father do  riyaaz. The sounds stayed with me and made a deep impression on me.”

Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur

Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur
| Photo Credit: SREENIVASA MURTHY V

At 16, started his formal coaching and it was rigorous. But he left to do a level in literature and linguistics on the University of Wales, and returned to work as professor on the University of Dharwad. It additionally marked the start of his life as a live performance musician, accompanying his father for practically 30 years.

Rajshekhar Mansur believed that  riyaaz is as vital as interested by music. Throughout his life, he mirrored on a spread of topics regarding music and sometimes wrote about them. “There may be no vacation for  riyaaz. Unless the vocal cords don’t co-operate, or one is unwell, a musician can’t afford to take a break,” he wrote. “ Riyaaz, like respiratory, is a steady course of. It isn’t a senseless train. What you’ve got learnt must be polished to shine like 24-carat gold.

His chief concern was pushing the boundaries of established tradition. Without such makes an attempt, the raga won’t reveal itself. He harped on on the lookout for one thing new, however by no means misplaced perspective of the previous. “What do you suppose previous masters have been doing of their on a regular basis  riyaaz. They have been discovering newer areas in ragas.”

In truth, in his translation of his father’s memoir,  Rasa Yatra, he added a number of pages in the direction of the top, which carried his observations. These notes are extraordinarily attention-grabbing — at occasions poignant — since they aren’t merely a file of the a number of live shows by which he accompanied his father, they’re a doc of his inside musical journey.

Sample this one: Gaud Malhar, Hubli: “Our well-known Gaud Malhar bandish: ‘Mana na kariye’ within the decrease a part of the sapthak has the phrase: MGMR, RPGPMM, RGM, GRG, RP, RGM, P, G MMG, G, RS… these are additionally the attribute phrases of the opposite well-known Gwalior bandish, ‘Kaahe ho hum se pritam.’ The two bandishes have totally different, however distinct areas for his or her  badhat. ‘Mana na kariye’ develops within the second a part of the sapthak, whereas ‘Kahe ho’ progresses within the first a part of the sapthak. But on this specific event, my father indulged in doing badhat within the ‘Kahe ho’ vogue and shocked us all. It sounded lovely to me. But my father hardly did it ever once more! When I requested him why he didn’t do it, his reply was fairly revealing of the respect he had for the gharanas. ‘Son, the masters of their nice knowledge have propounded the 2 bandishes otherwise. If one grasp thought he might present the vistar of Gaud Malhar within the second half of the sapthak, one other grasp noticed the vistar within the first half of the sapthak. It appears to me that each have been proper of their respective positions, and we should always not intrude with their totally different visions.’ I actually have tried mixing the 2 vistars however realised that there was no actual affinity between the 2, and therefore I’ve come to stay to what my father stated about bandish structuring.”

Pt. Rajshekhar Mansur walked in his father’s footsteps, but maintained his originality. “I’ll undergo each ordeal to maintain my father’s legacy going,” he usually stated. For him, music was a duty, however greater than {that a} private pleasure.

The Bengaluru-based creator writes on artwork and tradition.

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