All-women concert: It is girl power at its best

Instrumental concert events are uncommon within the metropolis. An all-women live performance is even rarer. The month of March celebrates ‘girl power’ as three younger ladies instrumentalists come collectively for a novel live performance at Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) in Madhapur this weekend. Organised by ArtHub, the classical live performance encompasses a jugalbandi between sisters Sanskrati Wahane (sitar), Prakrati Wahane (santoor) and Savani Talwalkar on tabla.

Sanskriti and Prakrati take ladies empowerment a notch increased. At a time, when artistes taking over taking part in the classical devices like sitar and santoor is on the decline, the sisters carved a distinct segment and are happy with their musical selection. Trained by their father sitar participant Lokesh Wahane, the duo carry out solo however are principally recognized for his or her musical jugalbandis on stage. Prakrati was 9 when she heard the sounds of santoor and sarod however was drawn to santoor due to its distinctive sound. She says, “Ever since pandit Shivkumar Sharma brought it to classical music, the instrument has kindled interest even among youngsters. Now we also have women playing it.” Calling the Hyderabad present a possibility for 3 younger ladies to showcase their musical talents, she says. “We promise to come out in flying colours.”

Instrumental in some ways

It is a proud second for Sanskriti as she joins her sister on stage. “We celebrate women in the month of March and it’s special that we perform on this big stage and carry forward the tradition.” She equals her proper hand as an engine which helps in sitar play. “Women need power and techniques to pluck strings on sitar through their right hand index finger and also hold the instrument tight. The left hand has many cuts and only through practice one learns to bear the pain and master the techniques,” she provides.

One query that Savani Talwalkar is routinely requested is the ache felt in her fingers after a tabla play. “I just laugh at those comments. People assume a woman tabla player experiences more pain than male tabla players,” she says. Savani was 5 when she gave her first live performance for her grandfather’s birthday and since then it has been an thrilling journey in tabla. She began when there have been just a few ladies tabla gamers within the music circuit. “In urban areas, the audience is used to women percussionists. but in towns and districts, the crowd is curious,” she says, and provides, “One of the limitations was in physical strength. Some women feel they lack that muscle power but that is not true. With practice one can do anything and the situation is changing with many young girls making a mark as percussionists.” Savani has been a part of Sakhi, an all-women ensemble since its inception and travelled to many nations.

(An night of Indian classical music by ArtHub at Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Madhapur on March 1, 6.30 pm onwards; Entry free. Call: 9100 771 888)

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