Raag- Jayant Malhar and Pilu (live baithak) by Pt. Ajay Pohankar

Pt. Ajay Pohankar was born in Jabalpur on 24th February 1947. He was introduced to the Hindustani classical world as a star child prodigy at the age of 10 by none other than Ustad Amir Khan Sahib in 1958. He went on to sing some of the most prestigious classical festivals at that tender age, and was claimed as one of the most amazing child prodigies of the era by veterans like Ustad Amir Khan Sahib, Ustad Salamat-Nazakat Ali Khan, Hirabai Badodekar, Beghum Akhtar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and other legends of that era. He continued his journey as a versatile artist of the Kirana Gharana who also could sing the Patiala and Gwalior Gharana very efficiently.

Raag Jayant Malhar is an amalgamation of two very delightful raagas, Raag Jaijaiwanti and Raag Miyan Malhaar . Raag Jayant Malhar creates a mood of rainfall so surreal that, if you just close your eyes and let yourself adrift amidst the spellbinding notes of the raag, you can virtually smell the parched earth, which had just been drenched by the first drops of rain.

Raag Pilu is a light raag, raag of “shaant ras” and hence apt for Thumri and Bhajans and is full of devotion and piety. Since the structure of the raga is left to the artist’s style and interpretation, it is sometimes referred to as Mishra Pilu (“mixed version of Pilu”) which incorporates not only the main notes but grace notes. The mood of this raag is Bhakti and Ebullience of folk love. Raag Pilu is generally played between 12pm and 3pm i.e. “Tritiya Prahar” (Third part) of the day.

Vocals – Pt. Ajay Pohankar
Tabla – Mithilesh Jha
Harmonium – Vinay Mishra

This baithak was held at the initiative of Ved gupta as a part of bazm e Khas foundation live concerts.
The idea behind this purely non-monitized upload is to preserve this collection of great music for all music lovers and students of Hindustani music.

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