“Every note has to be like pearls strung on a necklace — the way Kishoritai does so effortlessly,” writes Shubha Sharma in her tribute to Kishori Amonkar, in The Hindu. Sharma was referencing a lesson her teacher imparted suring music classes; Amonkar — the renowned Hindustani classical vocalist — passed away at her home in Mumbai aged 84. Reports stated she had been suffering from a brief illness.
Kishoritai, was herself the daughter of an iconic singer, Mogubai Kurdikar, and was the leading exponent of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.
While learning the finer points and techniques of the Jaipur gharana from her mother, Kishoritai also developed her own personal style, which reflects the influence of other gharanas and was generally regarded as an individual variant of the Jaipur tradition.
And what better way to remember her, than by listening to her soulful music?
From Bageshri, one among the raagas she loved to perform, to Bhoop ('Sahela Re') which was an audience favourite, here are a few of Kishoritai's renditions. These don't necessarily reflect her all-time best performances — but they're among the best of what's available online.
The below recording is believed to have been made during the 1970s-80s. Exact date unknown.
The audience would request Kishoritai for 'Sahela Re' in raag Bhoop at her concerts. This is in teen taal.
Raag Yaman Kalyan
A recording of Kishoritai's live performance of raag Yaman Kalyan.
This much-loved piece of music epitomises the transcendental quality of Kishoritai's voice.
Kishoritai performs the morning raaga Miyan ki Todi.
Raag Ahir Bhairav
A recording from one of Kishoritai's older performances at the BNHS.
Published Date: Apr 04, 2017 11:06 am | Updated Date: Apr 05, 2017 11:44 am