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Confluence Thumri Ghazal Kavita Makrand Pt Ajay Pohankar Ansh Review


Musical Morning with #AnshTheatre ‘s Confluence #review
Pt #AjayPohankar ‘s vocals in a purely acoustic setup where he sang beautiful compositions starting with madhya lay composition in Gurjari Todi
मन के पंछी भये बाँवरे
कैसी बीन बजायी साँवरे
तार तार की तान निराली
झूम रही सब बन की डाली
बजाओ खुसरो निज़ाम मिल गाओ रे (we had learnt as पीर निज़ामी बीन बजाओ, खुसरो सब मिल गाओ रे)
Panditji was accompanied by his son Abhijit Pohankar on keyboard , Ninad Mulaokar on flute and Akshay Jadhav on tabla.

“जब कोई सोंची हुई चीज़ लिखी जाए तो उसे गद्य कहते है
और जब कोई चीज़ बिन सोचे लिख लिख जाए तो उसे कविता कहते है” #Makrand #Deshpande started with these lines of the very famous poet Gopaldas Neeraj, and read out his poem “अबके सावन में”. The poem was teasing and situational, talking about the poet’s loneliness in the rainy season(sawan ). Makrand’s well balanced voice created such a vibrant environment with his crescendos and dips creating ripples of laughter and ‘wah wahs’
Panditji changed the mood to Jhinjhoti with the lines
“हारी रे मैं पिया तोहे मैं मनाके”
Just one line of song was sung with so many different emotions of anger, despair, love. It was such a treat to music lovers. Panditji was constantly explaining his presentations to the audience like here in between he mixed up ” तू ही रे” from the movie Roja mentioning that movie songs and popular songs are practical applications of classical learnings. This was also his past project in Jhinjhoti with Hariharan ji.
He continued with the thumri
सैंया मोसे बोल बतिया
तड़पत हूँ सारी रतिया
His playful jugalbandi with the flautist was an added attraction.
Panditji demonstrated a bit of Moorchana here by considering the Nishad नी as Shadaj सा and going into yaman and coming back to jhinjhoti.

Taking नी Of jhinjhoti as सा he sang the following pattern
सा नी प रे ग सा , .नी रे ग म’ ध नी प रे ग स, ( यमन)
And then coming back to नी as सा

“रंग ऋतु के बदल गए होंगे” was the next poem by Neeraj that Makrand recited. The audience continued from quiet enjoyment to sporadic laughter to pensive thoughts.
He also read these lines
“शक झूठे हैं सभी सत्य कथाओं की तरह” and created a seamless integration between the pleasant musical to the engaging reading session

Pandit ji moved ahead to the very famous Kabir Bhajan “रहना नहीं देस बेगाना”. I would need a little help from other listners ( Nivedita Pohankar ) as I could not quite make out the raag clearly as panditji kept moving in and out of Bhinna Shadaj, Bihaag, also Nand at one place.
This was the beginning of most interesting part of the afternoon. Makrand started reading a बोध कथा

Makrand Deshpande started reading out
एक बियावन बियावन में था एक क़ब्रीस्तान
क़ब्रिस्तान में था एक मलँग पगलों से the ढंग
क़ब्रिस्तान me था पत्थर, and he went on reading when mid way he realised half of the script was missing…. he made the whole episode so interesting
He started narrating “in the morning they were picking volunteers for photocopying and sanjay dadich was chosen. He was new so I said he will learn… लगता है आज आधा सीखा है कल आधा सीख जाएगा ” the crowd bursted out laughing.

Very humbly Makrand invited Mrs Anjali pohankar to join on stage and sing a song. Anjali ji presented a Nazm in malhar (miyan /sur)
हाल-ए-दिल यूँ उन्हें सुनाया गया
आँख ही को ज़ुबान बनाया गया

ज़िन्दगी की उदास रातों को
आपकी याद से सजाया गया
इश्क़ की वह भी इक मंज़िल थी
हर क़दम पर फ़रेब खाया गया
दिल पे एक वह भी हादसा गुज़रा
आज तक दिल से न छुपाया गया
लाख तूफ़ाँ समेट कर, या रब
किस लिए एक दिल बनाया गया

Just as it finished, someone asked Makrand if he found the remaining text. Makrand said in one of his plays there was a discussion on 1st and 2nd wife. He said that the one who is at home takes care of you is the 1st wife and the 2nd wife is the breeze that floats around, taking away the fragrance of the freshly brewed tea making you yearn for that aroma. So जो अतृप्त छोड़ दे वो दूसरी पत्नी है।
Over one hour of the morning had gone listening to so much good music and conversation. What more could one ask for.
The afteroon continued with Abhijeet and Ninad presenting a beautiful instrumental in pahadi. This was the first time I was hearing ninad. His ” सुरों की अठखेलियाँ ” with panditji reminded me of many of Birju Maharaj jis concerts where he would demostrate Krishna in conversation with his flute where sometimes the flute would be annoyed that he loves Radha more, or sometimes refuse to play. This conversational play of notes panditji with ninad’s flute kept the audience amused and entertained.
Akshay jadhav accompanied panditji in a perfectly balanced manner.
Makrand had vanished for a while and just as the instrumental piece finished, he entered back shouting “मिल गई”
He finished the remaining lines from the poem, the audience was finally glad to hear the whole of it.
Panditji continued with Pahadi
बाग़ों में पड़े झूले
तुम हमको भूल गए
हम तुमको नहीं भूले

Makrand read few very interesting lines from Rahat Indori
Panditji followed with दरबारी कानाड़ा
यूँ तो हर शे उम्मीदों में गुज़र जाती थी
आज कुछ बात थी शाम से रोना आया
ऐ मोहब्बत तेरे अंजाम पे रोना आया
जाने क्यों आज तेरे नाम पे रोना आया

मकरंद read lines from Gopal Sing नेपाली
गंगा किनारे
कुछ यहाँ दिल जमता है
कुछ देर तबीयत लगती है

Panditji finished the presentation with bhairavi
कागा सब तन खाइयों
चुन चुन खायियो मास
इन दो नैनन मत खाइयों
इन्हें पिया मिलन की आस
कब आओगे
Flowing into the chota khyal
कैसी ये भलाई रे कनहाई
पनिया भरन मोरी
गगरी गिरायी
करके लराई
2 hours of intertwined flow of poetry and music, is definitely enviable for those who missed.
I had seen Makrand’s Sir Sir Sarla way back when sonali Kulkarni and anuraag kashyap were part of it.
Coming back to ansh in Darshak Festival with 2 of their musical experiments #Patni and #confluence was indeed very pleasurable.

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Posted by on July 30, 2017 in Uncategorized


Indu Sarkar Movie Review


#InduSarkar #movie #Review
Just last week I got curious on what is #madhurBhandarkar upto. Havent heard about any latest project after calendar girls. That’s when I chanced upon his next release Indu Sarkar. Then followed news of #PriyaPaul (claiming to be sanjay gandhis bilological daughter ) requesting a stay order due to misrepresentation of SanjayGandhi and Indira Gandhi’s character in the movie during the emergency era.
I got curious and started reading about the emergency era. Even before I left my home in the morning I saw some highlights of “emergency” in the newspaper.
So as far as what I learnt was:-
It was a period between 25 June 1975 to 21 March 1977
Initially a short term plan got extended to 21 months
Free press rights were taken away. (All media-print/av was under scrutiny for content.)
Mass Sterilisations with many instances of forceful procedures.
Razing down of residences at Turkman Gate by bulldozers
Sanjay Gandhi’s high handedness in implementation of emergency
20 point and 5point schemes for economic development
Opposition leaders jailed
Singer Kishore Kumar unofficially boycotted by AIR for refusing to perform at a political meet
There were many more of them. But all of the above finds mention in this cinema. The sad thing is nothing is touched upon crisply. All important highlights are dragged beyond its stretchability. After the initial 2 hrs of slow paced drama, it picks up for 5 min only to fall flat.
The movie is narrative of the emergency from the eyes of a reticent, stammering, commoner ‘InduSarkar’ played by Kirti Kulhari, who gets embroiled in this situation and eventually finds her voice to oppose the system with the help of a rebel outfit. Neither Indu’s story nor the situations she went through were reasons convincing enough to have an all time teary-eyed Kirti. While her husband Naveen played by Tota Roychoudhry still had few varying shades of concerned husband, ambitious govt officer, cold and stern puppet of the system, Neil Nitin Mukesh’s character sketch of Sanjay gandhi trying to be dark fell flat without enough dialogues and situations to justify.

My biggest dissappointment was Aziz Nazan’s classic ” chadhta sooraj ” in its totally ruined audio visual mismatch version. The visuals had instruments which were not part of the revamped audio like a dholak and tabla picturised on the sounds of some percussive drums,a harmonium player sitting with the qawwals in the song whereas the audio hardly used harmonium. The background extras giving unnecessary animated gestures of happiness in a sarcastic line was a total eyesore. And the song hardly took the story ahead. So we had to watch all the unnecessary gimmicks.

I recently saw the movie RagingBull of RoberDeNiro playing LaMotta directed by Martin Scorcece. The movie stands out because it was not about the boxing matches of laMotta but a human story of a human conditions that pulls you down from an altar. It is a brilliant story telling with minimalistic use of words. Such were the films of Madhur till I saw fashion. In his films, while he would be subtly suggestive of the real people from the society but his lead actors had story of human emotions to tell like Konkona in Page 3 or Priyanka and Kangana in Heroine or Tabu in Chandni Bar. Indu Sarkar fails to look like a #MadhurBhandakar Film.

But I feel every film derives different emotions out of different people. I was never a witness of the Emergency. May be someone who has experienced or heard of it from those who experienced it, will feel a different emotion. So my suggestion would be to watch it once and form your opinion.
Watch out for the song Yeh Pal by #AmrutaFadnavis

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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Uncategorized


PATNI – Ansh Darshak Utsav 2017 – Makrand Niladri – Play Review



PATNI #review #theatre #play
1st day 1st show #AnshDarshakUtsav #anshdarshakutsav #ansh

#PATNI is a beautiful portrayal of a man losing his wife but unable to accept the reality and continuing to live with her memories, with her pseudo-existence post death. The beauty of this play is added when we get to see accompaniment by sitar vituoso Niladri Kumar live on stage, taking the story to the next level with his magical fingers on his Sitar and Zitaar. #Makarand and #Niladri compliment each other perfectly with Niladri’s “foreground score” (in this case as Niladri is accompanying onstage with his music, including reverbs/delays on his zitar and Jhalas on sitar) throughout Makarand’s monologue. Whatever I say of Niladri’s choice of melody lines and sound special effects are less. You can feel the pain, the pleasure, the raging emotions, the fear of losing a near and dear one- expressed with thoughtful sensitivity of his music. The play of lights also does a lot of story telling in PATNI.


#Patni is a solo act of #MakrandDeshpande where he deals with a man’s perspective of loss of his beloved. Loss of partner, widowing has many colors when it comes to women portraying the character. They can talk of loss of support, loss of caretaker, loss of protector, loss of love but what happens when a man loses his spouse. Mostly they deal with the situation straight-faced and move on with work and responsibilities.
But this solo act #PATNI is about a male protagonist who moves on with his life imagining what would it be like if his wife continued living with him after death. He is unable to accept the very idea of her non-existence. He imagines that she still lives with him posthumously and since now she’s a ghost she can probably fly around even take him around with her in flights of fantasy. He imagines she continues to exist as a ghost. He imagines he is still a provider, a caretaker, a protector, a lover, a husband in despair of his nagging wife. His inability to release her to go to the other world, his inability to explain to people that he is still so entwined with her memories, his obstinacy to hold on to her even in her misgivings as an imaginary ghost-wife, were so very man-thing. The whole concept was so uniquely intriguing, where #Makrand #deshpande with his usual madcap eccentricities shows depair about what happens when you lose someone you were taking care of, someone you would argue with for small reasons, someone who takes you for granted as a provider, someone who is like “as-wife-as-possible” and continues to irritate you, love you, indulge you, ignore you. He as the protagonist in Patni has invited the audience to introduce is wife and slowly let her go from his memories.


The play tries to touch upon the side of a men otherwise considered unemotional and unattached, with a lot of sensitivity, without being a tear jerker, conveying that loss is equally hurtful for both spouses. How each of them deal with it is a very personal thing.

Letting go a lover is easy to say but a very difficult emotion to deal with. There are memories we bind with a thread called commitment (with matrimony in our Indian tradition). PATNI tries to convey that when we let go someone, we let go a part of us too, we release the physicality of the relationship and enter into a spiritual bond which can be altered by none.
Remembering here the lyrics by #IrshadKamil from movie #Rockstar
“Ho mujh pe karam sarkar tera
Araj tujhe kar de mujhe
Mujhse hi riha”

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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized


Gift of education

Give the gift of education to your children. Education of sciences, commerce, politics, sports, arts, music. Yes the whole package. Wholistic education should emphasise on learning not mugging. Teach them to visualise all of these. Teach them to be sincere. Just sending them to different schools and coachings is not enough. It is imporant to sit them down and look at all these subjects through their lens and facilitate them with the needed resources. It is not just about teaching them. Learn to Learn with them.
Expecting a school to do it all and putting up your hands in their intellectual development is completely unacceptable. Spending money will not educate them. But spending some time with them will definitely educate you to understand their choices.
Let them decide which of these gifts they want to keep and which one they would want to pass. Pick up signals from their choices and nurture and help them mould their skills.
You respect their choices,
They will respect your advices.
#BasBolDiya #examblues #jitteryparents #chilledOutChildren #unnecessaryStress #liveAndLetLive

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Posted by on July 23, 2017 in Uncategorized


Lipstick Under My Burkha Movie Review



#LipstickUnderMyBurkha #review #moviereview
Ever since I read about the movie not getting clearance for Indian viewers, I was following it’s news. Kudos to Ekta Kapoor to take it up and bring this wonderful movie to the audience.
The story line is well balanced to depict different women of the society suppressing their desires due to societal pressures.
The desires are that of career, sex, freedom to dress, freedom to choose a life partner. In all it’s about freedom to be.

Everything else in the movie is as expected

I would like to add that the representation could be extended to not just oppressed women. Pointing fingers on smaller sections of societies was also not justified.

Even today when girls get married the so called ” ladke wale” do the regular questioning of ” Kitna Lagayenge ” (financial assessment) to the “ladki walas”, in all classes and cities (more prevalent in upper classes). Doesn’t end there. The woman getting pregnant means job insecurity, women with kids means lesser earning capacity, divorcee/widows/menstruating means exclusion from religious ceremonies and so on.

We women behave think and act a certain way not just because of oppression but also because We are Human. We need to be allowed to make mistakes and learn and move ahead. We have allowed men to make mistakes since ages and still put them in a higher pedestal above us. Then why would something like exploring one’s own sexuality (at any age) be a taboo or one’s decision of career, need to go through so much approval.

That’s exactly how it ended. Not being heavy with some preachy social message but just as it should:-

Continue Wearing Bold Reds – Burkha or No Burkha

My take:- Definitely Watch It. Splendid job by #RatnaPathakShah . Why hasn’t this lady ever got an award? or did she and I missed it. Let me google that bit while you watch this one.

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Posted by on July 22, 2017 in Uncategorized




It does matter. Try harder.
My dear musician friends, dont lose hope so easily. When you are low, rant well but keep holding on to hope. Everyone is going through their share of upheavels, but giving up on life, cannot be your choice alone. There are so many out there who love you and need you. Reach out to them. Why waste it on something/someone that/who doesnt care.
Find a larger purpose in life besides money. We all need money but that can’t be the end. Keep a plan B ready and going.
Any life is precious. So many who want it but lose it due to illness and accidents. Then How Dare u just give it up. Someone needs you… badly. Your family, friends, fans, so many far off who dont know you but have a need of someone like you. They love you. We love you. I love you for the simple reason that you are born on this planet. Love yourself the most. Please dont give up so easily.

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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized


Like share subscribe

For all negative posts, hate posts, we have so many people jumping in commenting crying foul but for their good work we have just few likes and shares. This is my observation over a period of time from fellow musicians’ posts where if they mention they are upset due to non payment they get about 100+ likes and 500 advices and 5000 shares (exaggerated) but if they post about their gigs or achievements there are hardly a dozen views.
Can we promote some love too. For every 1 rant 3 good things ( at least 1 to offset that pain)

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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Uncategorized