Chandigarh, November 17, : Sunday evening was enriching for the audience at Navrang Theatre at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23 here today, which witnessed scintillating performances by Vinita Gupta and her son Vinayak Gupta at a concert featuring classical fusion music. The concert was organised by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala.The highlight of the day was ‘Khayaal- The band’ which presented a beautiful and unique blend of the traditional east and west through their music. Featuring Vinita Gupta, who is a well-known vocalist of the north, the performance left everyone spellbound as she sung in her melodious voice to win the hearts of the audience.The band started their concert in a traditional way, with a composition in Raag Khamaj set to Teentaal, dedicated to Sri Ganesh, composed by the late Acharya Brahaspati. After which, beautiful compositions in Raag Yaman, Ahirbhairav, Surmalhar, Jog, Des and Malkauns followed.
Their original song ‘Tore bina piya’ which was nominated in the category of ‘Best Pop Artist’ for the Radio city Freedom 4 awards won a rousing applause from the audience.Vinita has learnt her art form from the late Dr. Sharayu Kalekar and Vidushi Sulochana Brahaspati of the Rampur Sadarang lineage, is a well-known artiste of the northern region. She is proficient not only in Khayal gayan, but also in semi classical forms such as Thumri and Bhajan. She has performed at various prestigious platforms across the country.
Outside of her forte of Hindustani music, Vinita has worked on a fusion project along with her musician son Vinayak Gupta – (Delhi based music producer, composer and singer) and together they released an EP named ‘Inflections’, featuring some of the most well-known musicians from the Delhi music circuit.
Singing with the western chord arrangements would normally seem a challenge for an Indian classical vocalist, but Vinita sang effortlessly and won the hearts of audience. Her renditions of the traditional ‘khayaals’ and Sufi compositions were remarkable. Vinayak also joined Vinita in a couple of raagas, and proved his mettle not only in playing the keyboard, but also in singing.
Vinayak Gupta who was there to support her in the performance further added melody to the already melodious evening with his spellbound performance.He has a versatile musical background, which comes from his Indian classical roots. He grew up listening to Indian classical music from a very early age alongside pursuing his passion for western music on the keyboard, an instrument he started playing at age four.