The ‘ragas’ of Indian classical musical tradition have been grouped under 10 divisions, called ‘Thaat’. Though many ragas get grouped under the same Thaat, each has a different character, a different temperament and a different identity. Some ragas under the same Thaat do have similarities, and presenting them without confusion calls for great skill and years of ‘riyaz’(practice).
The artiste today, Shri Praveen Sheolikar, will present to us ‘Shades of Kalyan Thaat’, through four ragas on violin – Shuddha Kalyan, Chhayanat, Hameer and Kamod, all extremely popular evening melodies.
The tonal quality of the violin comes very close to the human voice. Though originally a western instrument, the violin has been and is being used in Indian classical music to such an extent that it has become an important part of the Indian musical tradition. However, the real beauty of the instrument and its close resemblance to human voice gets manifested only when it is played in the Gayaki style, which is Shri Praveen’s forte.
Shri Praveen Sheolikar started learning music at a very young under his grandfather Late Rambhau Sheolikar of Raipur, himself an accomplished musician. He learnt advanced techniques and finer nuances of concert presentation from his father Shri V.R. Sheolikar, a violinist of repute and a regular broadcaster on AIR. The result has been a very fine blend and an impressive and distinctive style, to be witnessed by us this evening.
Currently associated with AIR Bhopal, Shri Praveen Sheolikar has participated in numerous prestigious music conferences throughout India and also in Italy.