Born about 90 years back in BIDASAR village of Churu district in Rajasthan, Baba Bihari Ji Kathak is one of the greatest Folk Artist that India has borne.
He took his initial classical music training from his mother. Later, he also got trained in various ‘Gharanas’ of Kanpur, Banaras, Kolkatta. Apart from Classical Music, he attained great heights in Ghazals and Rajsthani Folk Music. Sadly, this ‘Gem’ of Hindustani Music left us all in 1990.
There is also a Baba Bihari Ji Kathak Fan Club on Facebook, the link for which is given below:
Jaltarang, Jal Yantra, Jalatarangam or Jalatharangam is a unique instrument in the sense that it is both a percussion as well as non-percussion instrument. Basically, it is a series of china clay bowls of descending size laid in a circle, or row or any other convenient configuration. These bowls are tuned to the notes of the Raga being played by adjusting the amount of water held in the cups. When struck with chop-stick like strikers, these bowls produce very sweet chime or tickle like sound and can be used to play solo as an accompaniment of Tabla, or as an accompanying percussion instrument, mostly seen with Kathak style dance music.
Anayampatti Dhandapani & S Ganesan – Vathapi :
Anayampatti Dhandapani & S Ganesan – Sarasa Samadhana :
Anayampatti Dhandapani & S Ganesan – Parathapara :