It was a musical conversation between the audience and the artists, when the 40 tabla players dressed in white presented hit Bollywood songs at a concert organised by Taal – The School of Rhythm.
The concert on 11 May, at Wyndham Cultural Centre in Werribee commenced with a brief introduction by Ashok Chavali, the founder of Taal.
The students began their performance by playing a devotional song, followed by songs in various taals (rhythm cycles). The students demonstrated their skill in playing kaidas, mukdas, tukdas, and chakradhars in ‘teen taal’. They also accompanied singers Vidhi Patel, Aashna Katyal, Deepti Khazana, Ranjeev Bhan and Vinay Samudre. The live songs were ably supported by Rohit kumar on the keyboard, Sarabjeet Singh Gahir on the harmonium and Kamal Mudit on the guitar. High level of professionalism and discipline prevailed throughout was the main highlight of the concert. The amazing dance performance by Disha Patel in the duet Hasta Huva Noorani Chehra fabulously sung by Vidhi and Aashna had the audience stunned.
The Kathak dance performed by Supriya Vashishta and her students Ila Srivastav, Ashna Khurana, Bhavi Nagar and Vanshi Nagar was a feast for the eyes. The audience was mesmerised by Canadian artist David Balaban who played Raag Yaman in teen taal on the sitar and Ashok Chavali (also the organiser and teacher) on the tabla.
The highlight of the concert was the jugalbandi (literally meaning ‘entwined twins’) and the taal signature song — ‘Taal Se Taal Mila.’ The audience needed no invitation, they were on the floor the minute the music started. A much-deserved standing ovation completed the evening’s entertainment.