A classical music concert coinciding with the UK India Year of Culture and a movie screening on pressing social issue of Dementia among the elderly were hosted at Maharashtra Mandal London recently….reports Asian Lite News
Acclaimed Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Upendra Bhat, a senior disciple of legendary Guru late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi has presented an evening of spell-binding rendition that included Bhav Geet, Natya Sangeet and Sugam Sangeet, aside several songs as desired by the audiences extemporaneously.
Intermittently, Pt Bhat also added his memories with his Guru and the opportunities to perform before him. Recipient of several awards and accolades for his impeccable singing, his modesty was evident when he attributed his success to his humble beginnings at Maharashtra Mandal London decades ago. Mangalore-born Pandit Upendra Bhat initially learnt from Sangeet Vidvaan Narayan Pai in Mangalore and then Shri Madhava Gudi, before shifting to Pune to sharpen his knowledge and skill under Pt Bhimsen Joshi. An exponent of Kirana Gharana, Pandit Bhat has performed on prestigious platforms, travelled to different countries bringing the classical singing to several western audiences, and was felicitated by former President Shankar Dayal Sharma for his musical genius.
Dr Mahadeo Bhide, Chair and Sushil Rapatwar, President of MML have rendered thanks to the artistes Salil Tambe and Rajeev Deodhar who accompanied Pandit Bhat on Tabla and Harmonium respectively. Executive Committee members Chetan Harpale, Shivangi Gokhale and Ragasudha Rapatwar were present and assisted with arrangements at the event.
Following the classical genre, Maharashtra Mandal hosted an event depicting the social genre, by screening the acclaimed Marathi movie Astu (So Be It), with English sub-titles. The movie deals with a powerful and ongoing issue of Alzheimer’s Dementia among the elderly, and the impact it has on family members.
Directed by duo Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Suktankar, the lead character is played by Dr Mohan Agashe, who was present at Mandal for an interaction with the audiences. A Sangeet Natak Award winner and a real life medical professional who worked as Professor in Psychiatry himself at BJ Medical College, Dr Agashe skilfully plays the role of a Sanskrit professor diagnosed with advanced stage of Alzheimer’s. The film has received National Film Award for Best Screenplay. In the Q and A session that followed, Dr Agashe has also explained the crisis of the problem and care homes dealing with Dementia patients.
Both the events received a very good feedback from the audiences.