Punita and Students pay tributes to Kothare

Punita Gupta with her Sitar
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Punita Gupta and her  students mesmerized the audience with their performance held in memory of their Tabla master Madhukar Kothare…writes Rajitha Saleem

Punita Gupta with her Sitar
Punita Gupta with her Sitar

Mesmerising sounds of Sitar and Tabla echoed the main hall of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, when noted Sitarist Punita Gupta and her students showcased their talent for a memorial service for their friend Madhukar Kothare.

Punita Gupta, the ace sitarist and a devoted student of the late Pandit Ravishankar conducted the show in memory of her tabla associate who performed with her for 40 years and who had passed away recently. The main hall of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was filled to its capacity by well-wishers and friends of Punita and her husband Shambhu Gupta who had come together in solidarity for the noble cause.

Immersed in Music
Immersed in Music

The function began with a `guruvandana’ and went on to showcase many young talents on stage which included Punita Gupta’s sitar students who were eager to perform with her on stage. She also had able tabla students who gave required accompaniment to their recital. Punita Gupta controlled the entire recital with her command over the strings and timely directions to her students.

Late Madhukar Kothare’s wife and son were present at the occasion and was felicitated by the Bhavan leadership. In turn, Kothare’s son Shashank, offered his father’s various musical instrument to Bhavan’s students to learn.

The latter half of the function was the solo performance by Punita which left the audience mesmerised with the soulful music. She entwined her performance with happy and soulful music on her sitar much to the enchantment of the audience, who left the Bhavan with the sound of sitar still ringing in their ears.