Yhe human mind incessantly seeks novelty, excitement. Its is
never enough to savour the fragrance of the experience, one
must always move on to experiences which are new. Then the
music lover or connoisseur is the catalyst for change for the
unceasing introduction of any receiver is also obsessed with
another phenomenon ' the need to feel an object of pleasure in
the context of a perspective and in relation to other things
The idea of the Jugalbandi perhaps was born out of this
curiosity of both artiste and listener to se how a certain star or
style fares in relation to another.
Jugal, gaan or two vocalists performing together is an old, albeit
isolated, tradition in Indian Classical Music. The pair of
singers however were always either brothers or students- of the
same teacher and thus developed a concert style where each
would take turns at improvisation and one would complement
or echo the other in. turns.
The concept of a musical 'duel' was also strongly entrenched in
the tradition in a different context. This was a purely ,
competitive medium, often quite negative in spirit and intent.
The modern day Jugalbandi is a duel' with a difference' in that it
o a highly positive and creative exercise, born of a great degree I
of mutual respect between the players. The object is primarily to >
create a synergy of ideation and sound in a celebration of the
solidity pf structure in Indian Classical Music which enables
two perfect strangers to come together before an audience and
make music together on the spot.
For the listener however, it cannot be denied that the spirit of competition between titans is of great attraction. Perhaps it is this which makes jugalbandi the most popular concert format in contemporary times.
1. Raga : Yaman
2. Raga : Nandkalyan
Aalap and Gat Teental
3. Mishra Dhun : Kehrwa
Ustad Bismillah Khan s Party
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