Jayateerth Mevundi | Raag Bhatiar
Filmed on location • 8m 43s
Early morning in spring Jayateerth Mevundi borrows one of the Darbar teams jumpers as it is too cold to sing. He warms up and goes straight into Raag Bhatiar. Mevundi is one of the Kirana gharana’s leading vocalists. Born in Hubli, his initial training began at home, informally singing bhajans and other devotional music. He recounts that “there was no musician as such in my family, although they would listen to songs on the radio, identify the ragas and appreciate music in general".
Aged 14 he ventured out to find a guru. He received instruction from Arjunsa Nakod for over a decade, and later trained with Shripati Padigar, a disciple of Bhimsen Joshi. Many hear a resemblance between his voice and Joshi’s, with strong incorporation of ideas from Carnatic music and a rich abhang repertoire.
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