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Timeless Melodies

January 11, 6:30 pm

timeless melodies

Celebrating the Genius of C. Ramachandra and Vasant Desai

Featuring Prajakta Satardekar & Group

Compere: Manohar Iyer


This thematic presentation has been designed to enable uninitiated listeners to enjoy and appreciate the rich raga legacy of Hindustani music by associating a particular raga with a corresponding raga-based film song. In this event, we present select works of two veteran music directors: Vasant Desai and C. Ramachandra.  Vasant Desai (1912-1975) was closely associated with the famous Prabhat Company as an actor, singer, and composer. He scored music for well-known Hindi films like Do Aankhen Barah Hath, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje, Gunj Uthi Shehnai, Guddi, and many iconic Marathi films. His composition of Sanskrit benediction Maithreem bhajata was performed by the legendary singer M. S. Subbulakshmi at the United Nations. Having trained with veterans like Vinayakrao Patwardhan and Shankarrao Sapre, Ramchandra N. Chitalkar alias C. Ramachandra (1918-1982) started his film career as an actor, and soon went on to become an iconic music director, composing and occasionally singing songs that broke records for films such as Albela, Anarkali and Navrang, in addition to popular non-film song, ‘Aye mere vatan ke logo’. Besides Hindi, he also composed for films in Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, and Bhojpuri. Born with a silky voice and outstanding talent, Prajakta Satardekar is mentored by Suresh Rao. With a mature voice that is best suited to sing the songs immortalised by Lata Mangeshkar, she is at ease with singing songs in multiple languages from Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, to Bengali and English.





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January 11
6:30 pm
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Experimental Theatre: NCPA
Nariman Point, NCPA Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021, India + Google Map

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