A little while ago, I went live on Instagram and on Facebook for an episode of “Utsaah” by Durga Jasraj. Durga Jasraj is the daughter of Sangeetha Marthand, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj. She is an acknowledged singer of Hindustani Classical and Devotional Music, has contributed greatly to reaching the appreciation of our classical arts to the audience at large. Her TV Show Idea Jalsa has also been hugely popular.
For the first part of the show, we went live on Instagram for a chat. It was wonderful to see so many lovely comments coming in the whole time. After our Instagram chat, we moved on to Facebook where I performed live for 1.5 hours.
We started the session with me talking about the basics of Carnatic music – alaap, tanam, improvisations (kalpanaswaras), etc. with backstories and snippets of songs to explain and demonstrate my points. I thought that would be of interest to singers and enthusiasts of Hindustani classical music watching the episode.
The program ends with me singing several songs that were requested by viewers finally wrapping up with Kalinga Narthana Tillana explaining the different parts of the song.
You can watch the episode below – I hope you enjoy it.