Source: The Hindu; Author: Neha Mujumdar; Photo Courtesy: Bhagya Prakash K.

Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia was asking the question. The audience was divided into Pahadi and Bhairavi; eventually, the ‘pahadi’ section got louder. “Sure,” said the 74–year-old flute player, as casually as if the entire mass of people gathered at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall were a single friend. And the flute legend launched into the aptly-named raga, which typically evokes pastoral scenes. Pandit Chaurasia was in the city for Barkha Ritu, an annual monsoon-themed concert. The concert series taps into Hindustani music’s seasonal ragas – such as the Malhar family – and invites top artists from the country to perform. The result is a treat for music-lovers.

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Tuning into Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Venkatesh Kumar Photos: Bhagya Prakash K.