When a music lover thinks ‘चैन आता ही नहीं जब याद तेरी आये है, छा रही काली घटा जियरा मेरा लहराए है ….’ a few famous names of classical and light classical singers flash into the mind , but normally Kishori Amonkar’s is not among those names as she is not known to sing this kind of Ghazal sort of Bandishes. So when I came to know of this rendition and listened to it I too got a little surprised !
So I spoke to Kishori Amonkar Ji on phone and inquired about this rendition of her’s available on net. The conversation went on for almost 30 minutes as I was speaking to her after a long time. The reply she gave about this rendition was not much different from what I guessed !
During past 35 plus years I have listened Kishori Amonkar live more than two dozen times and each listening has been an experience of its own kind. And this is also true that during these concerts I never heard this rendition being sung by Kishori Tai. So when I came across this recording a year back my first reaction was of surprise and my second reaction was my guess that most probably some body has recorded it without her knowledge while she must be demonstrating the elaborations of this rendition to her disciples.
So I decided to verify it from herself and spoke to her in June last year on phone about this rendition and then about other things as well. The relevant part of conversation about this rendition went some thing like this (almost verbatim to the best of my memory)
I : Kishori Tai aapne ye kab aur kahan gaa diya ?
KM : tune mujhe suna hai Arun kabhi ye concert mein gaate !
I : aaj tak to nahin suna isiliye to poochh raha hun ki ye kab gaa diya
KM : arre main to apne yahna kuchh disciples ko is tarah gana aur uske bolon ka vistaar karan sikhaa rahee thee, na jaane kis …. ne bina mujhe pata chale record kar liya aur net pe daal diya , ab to lagata hai ki sikhaane se pahale bhee sub ke phone bahar hee rakhwaane pada karenge ”
But the rendition is a showcase of her competence and hold over the medium and is a proof that what difference an accomplished artist of Kishori Tai’s caliber can make to a bandish when she renders it.