Evolution of the CM-HM Jugalbandi..
I would have loved it,if that could have taken off from the "Thanam" (and of course ragam too before that) aspect of performing.
It is such a fertile ground for both the artists to find something in common and then go on to other experiments.
Have a look at what TNS and Ajoy Chakraborthy do here.
Simply mesmerising !
In fact in a few spots , I cannot find out who is who !
Little wonder that it took this duo to produce this magical piece --one artist who is arguably the most innovative in CM and another HM artist who at the ripe old age of 60 decided to learn CM !!
This article overlooks the fact that Ravisankar-S Balchander gave major duets in Chennai in the early 70s and late 60s.Even AIR chennai broadcast a series of jugalbandis .But that is all hearsay .That class of music must be lying in forgotten spools in some attic in a house waiting to be pulled down to make way for a flat !
Even Bhatt and Gindes popularity at SGS sabha in the 60s could have something to do with their Dhrupad style of singing.
But alas , Jugalbandis today are more a show of flashy colours.Big names ,tackling a small range of ragas -yaman , malkauns and Sohini .
Duets that turn into duels , at the slightest provocation.
(in fact my Dad used to compare such concerts to a tennis game where two players get onto the lawns to play a doubles match and end up playing singles with each other !!-while standing on the same side of the net-no wonder most serious rasikas loathe them and a large % of the rest wait for the percussionists to add to the confusion .
It is a pity that Chennai sabhas have not given space to the likes of N Rajam who gave some splendid duets with TN Krishnan..
Common ground between CM and HM -----
The work is all ahead of the current generation.
If only they can cast away the baggage of the famous gavthis, yaman's and malkauns's and look into the dharmavathis , shudh Dhanyasis,Brindavana sarangs , Meghs-Madhmath Sarangs....