An evening of Sitar recital by Rais Khan

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It is not everyday that you expect to watch and listen to sitar maestros like Rais Khan, especially that now his domicile is on the other side of our national border. It is not everyday that you expect to watch … Continue reading

The second evening of Purav Ang Gayaki Utsav 2012 – 2013

In continuation of our last post reporting the first evening of Purav Ang Gayaki Utsav 2012 – 2013, let us now proceed to the second evening of the festival, held on 28th October 2012 at Chowdhury House, Calcutta.

The first participant of this evening was Smt Pallabi Ghatak, who started her presentation with a thumri on raaga Mishra Bhairavi (bansuria kaisi bajai ri) and next switched to a dadra on raaga Pilu (nath bisar balam).

Smt Santa Kundu was the next participant and she opened with a thumri on raaga Desh (mora saiyyan bulawe). Her second presentation was a dadra on raaga Majh Khamaj (aisi bedarda se).

The third participant was Smt Sohini Roy Chakraborty, who started with a thumri on raaga Mishra Khamaj (mori maano batiyaan) and then presented a dadra on raaga Kaushiddhwani (shyam tohe najaria).

The last participant, Smt Nandini Chakrabarty, a deciple of Smt Poornima Chaudhuri, presented a thumri on raaga Majh Khamaj (ab ke sawan ghar aa jaa) and ended the evening’s program with a dadra on raaga Bhairavi (jao main tose nahin bolun).

Throughout the two days covered by the festival, the accompanists Sri Jayshankar Mishra (tabla) and Smt Paromita Mukherjee (harmonium) worked tirelessly and brilliantly with all the eight participants.

A word on the Mrs Paromita Mukherjee – she was so magnificent at her harmonium skills that some of the alankars sounded more like being played on a flute rather than a harmonium! A disciple of late violinist Sri V G Jog, she left Calcutta a while back and now lives in Delhi. While Bengal should mourn losing her, we should be equally proud of her as a great Bengali artiste.

As in the past, the VSK Baithak 2012 – 2013 at the Chowdhury House was a delight for the audience. Superb aesthetics, great hospitality, attractive floral appointments and closeness to the artistes created a warm, cozy and homely atmosphere.

To illustrate, here’s a photo of the auditorium. This photo is a bigger one than the rest and was created by joining three normal photos. Click on the photo if you want to see its bigger version.

VSK Baithak Purab Ang Gayaki Utsav 2012 – 2013 being at Chowdhury House, Calcutta

We wish luck to all the participants and congratulate Sri V S Kapur on his sincere efforts to revive this particular tradition of Indian classical music. Hope to see you all next year!


Update (05 Nov 12):

The photo of the auditorium is not being displayed for some reason unknown. This may be because of a WordPress bug which can’t resolve different formats of posts (Standard, Gallery etc.). However, here is a separate link for the photo if you want to have a look.

The first evening of Purav Ang Gayaki Utsav 2012 – 2013

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The festival of Purav Ang Gayaki Utsav, held yearly in Calcutta, Varanasi and Delhi, celebrates the unique musical heritage of the Ganga-Yamuna region. The festival is organized by VSK Baithak, lead by Sri Vinod S Kapur, who is tireless in … Continue reading

An evening of vocal recital by Padma Talwalkar

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Organized by Sangeet Ashram, the evening of 30th September saw Smt Padma Talwalkar presenting a vocal recital at the G D Birla Sabhagar. The surprise element of the show was Padmaji’s daughter Savani Talwalkar, who accompanied her mother on tabla. … Continue reading

Listening to the “Sundari”

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Santanu and Milan went over to listen – but no, gentlemen – they haven’t lost their characters. This “Sundari” was non-human and was of the instrument type! It’s a close relative to shehnai, only narrower and shorter. The number of … Continue reading

Bangla Sangeetmela 2012 on 13th – 14th April 2012

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To continue with our last post about this program on 12th April 2012, we were finally able to procure the tickets, which were being sold at the gate of the auditorium. As an example of the various mismanagement issues we … Continue reading

An evening of classical music with Sugata Marjit

In memory of the great music exponent late Krishna Chandra Banerjee, Sangeet Darbar arranged an evening of Indian classical music at Shishir Mancha last evening.

The program started with a sitar recital by Saptarshi Hazra. He was accompanied on the tabla by Shankar Prosad Chowdhury.

The next (and last) performer was Sugata Marjit (a disciple of late Krishna Chandra Banerjee, popularly known as “Keshto Babu”), for whom this performance was a tribute to his former teacher.

He started his repertoire of kheyals with raag Shankara (“Vamana Devata“) and followed it up with raag Chhayanat (“Jhana Nana“) and an excellent piece on raag Bahar.

Later he switched to raagpradhan Bengali songs (light classical / songs based ob raagas) and rendered three songs based on raag Nandkosh, raag Surdasi Malhar and raag Bhairavi.

He ended the evening’s performance with a short kheyal on raag Vasant on requests from the audience.

He was accompanied quite ably on tabla by Aurobinda Bhattacharjee and on harmonium by Pradip Palit.

Video clips will be posted soon – stay tuned.

A four-day Dhrupad Festival has started

Door Darshan, along with Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, has organized a four-day Dhrupad Festival to be held from 2nd March to 5th March at the Vivekananda Auditorium inside the Institute’s Golpark premises.

Please visit our “Programs” page for the full schedule of this festival. Admission is free.

On the first evening, the first performance was by Sukhdev Chaturvedi. He started with the rendition of raag Vasant, moving on next to Sahana and ending his repertoire with a short piece of Khamaj. The pakhwaj accompaniment by Mohanshyam Sharma was quite impressive and the sarengi of Asif Ali Khan with the tanpura of Debal Mukherjee was perfect in blending in.

The second performance was a solo pakhwaj recital by Ramashish Pathak. He was accompanied on pakhwaj by Anil Chaudhary, on sarengi by Asif Ali Khan and on tanpura by Debal Mukherjee.

The last performer was Kartik Kumar with his surbahar with Manik Munde on pakhwaj. He started with the recital of raag Hemant and ended the evening with a Kaafi. This presentation was disturbed from the beginning by an audio glitch (microphone feedback) which prevented the listeners from enjoying it fully.

(Forgot to take the camera – so took these photos with my cellphone – apologizing for their low quality)