After having performed at the world’s best venues with some of the best musicians in the business, Asad is honoured to be here at this unique Indo German ‘Urban Mela’ festival.
Asad will present Raag Jog. He is being accompanied on the Tabla and Pakhawaj by Shri Ashok Shinde. He will begin with the traditional alap followed by the jod. Jod, in olden days was also known as ‘lay baddh alap’ or alap done to a beat in Dhrupad style (Dhrupad- Dhruva Pad, the pure and highly rich traditional style of singing and playing. Dhrupad was essentially devotional music). There are no fixed taal as such and nor there is any percussion accompaniment.
This got him thinking and he came up with a brilliant concept. Why not use the pakhawaj for the jod? This was an old Indian tradition performed in temples hundreds of years ago. The sound of sitar which is essentially a female instrument accompanied by the deep and somber ‘male’ sound of the pakhawaj should thrill the audience. This must be the first time such an experiment is being done by a sitarist. Another important thing, - the Dhrupad style jod is also a Mewati Gharana speciality since there have been famous ‘Rudra Veena’ players throughout the Gharana and the jod has been an integral part of recitals.
This will be followed by a composition in Madhya lay teen taal where Asad will be accompanied by the more familiar tabla.