Pune, 16th February, 2013: The amphitheatre facing the picturesque sunset and bosoming the cool winds was being lit up by lanterns by the enthusiastic young hearts of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Lavale. The setting was perfect for the genesis of the relationship of SPICMACAY and SIMC, Lavale with the institute hosting its first SPICMACAY concert featuring the enchanting Shri Rajendra Kulkarni performing on the Flute, promising a magical evening.
At around 7:30 PM, the programme started with the Indian tradition of deep-prajvalan or lighting of the lamps by the artists, the deputy director, Mrs. Prasanna Hulikavi and also Brian and Kate Donaghue. The artists were then introduced to the students by Miss Shruti Venkatesh before being felicitated by Mrs. Hulikavi. Kulkarni ji then commenced the concert by addressing the students and sharing with them the fact about how he has been associated with SPICMACAY since its inception in 1977, which, let me say, truly has been a great blessing for SPICMACAY and its cause. It is all these artists and the faith that they have in SPICMACAY that has made this organisation into the movement that it is.
Kulkarni ji started his performance with Raga Yaman. The sur from his flute, when he played the alaap, were like communicating with the soul of the listener. Shri Harshad Kanitkar, accompanied Kulkani ji on the Tabla, playing Taal Rupak. His exquisite performance on the table left the audience awestruck. Later, as the raga picked up speed, Kulkarni ji played the bandish ‘mai vari vari jaaungi preetam par’ with Kanitkar ji playing the Teen Taal. Kulkarni ji also explained how the Rupak Taal has a seven-beat cycle and the Teen Taal has a sixteen-beat cycle.
Kulkarni ji then performed a dhun which embodied various amusing variations that enraptured the audience with delight. With the perfect setting of the hill-top amphitheatre and the cold winds, the audience made a pharmaish or request for Pahadi, and Kulkarni ji graced us with it. The experience of listening to Pahadi was absolutely bewitching and fascinating.
He concluded his performance, as per the tradition of Indian Classical Music, with Raga Bhairavi. Even in the cold weather, and chilling winds, all the students were completely attentive and absorbing all that Kulkarni ji offered, right until the end.
Kulkarni ji was aptly accompanied by Kanitkar ji and every soul present there was revelled and beguiled by their performance. The artists were given mementos as a token of the love and respect of the students and the institute by Mrs. Prasanna Hulikavi.
I, on behalf of the Pune chapter, would like to thank the artist for a wondrous evening and their dedicated love and support to SPICMACAY. I would also thank SIMC for kindling the flame of SPICMACAY in the hearts of its students and hope that we keep this flame alive by having more of such events in the future. I would also thank the Deputy Director, Mrs. Prasanna Hulikavi, the faculty members of SIMC, the chief coordinator, Mr. Amir Tameem and all the student volunteers of SIMC for making this event possible and making it a great success. And importantly, I would thank the students for being the lovely audience that they were and I hope that they would join the cause of SPICMACAY in every way they can.