Rasik Performing Arts continued its tradition of organising intimate baithaks. With Rasrang, held on 7th May 2016, our studio in Nirvana Country, Gurgaon saw the focus shift to Hindustani classical music with the showcasing of a phenomenal new talent. Upcoming artist Ramakant Gaikwad of the Patiyala gharana, son of well-known artists Shri Suryakant Gaikwad and Shrimati Sangita Gaikwad, presented an impressive range of items carefully chosen from the repertoire handed down to him by the great gurus of the gharana.
Not yet 30 years old, Ramakant’s youth belies his tremendous talent and dedication to his art form. This was evident as he vowed the audience with his gayaki. Accompanied by renowned tabla artist Shiv Shankar Ray as well as Paromita Banerjee on the harmonium, Ramakant presented a range of items including vilambit in Raag Yaman, thumri ‘Mein bhej piya pachhtayi’ in Raag Mishra Bageshri, and bhajan ‘sadho rachna ran banai’, finishing with the popular bandish ‘ka karun sajnaa aaye na baalam’.
Baithaks such as this one are held regularly by Rasik Performing Arts in an attempt to popularize Indian classical music and dance among contemporary audiences that are more attuned to commercial forms of entertainment. Founders Jayashree Acharya and Shiv Shankar Ray have worked hard at nurturing a passionate group of those who enjoy and appreciate the classical arts through regular kathak classes, workshops and baithaks in Gurgaon. The aim is to offer the opportunity for young people to have meaningful and intense artistic engagements while also preserving these important aspects of Indian culture.