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.

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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

Vocal recital by Chhannulal Mishra last evening

Last evening saw the rare phenomenon of famous “Purav Angthumri singer Chhannulal Mishra delivering a bouquet of kheyals, thumris, dadras and horis to a packed house in the “Holi Milan” program organized by Sangeet Ashram in G D Birla Sabhaghar.

It was rare not only because the tradition of solo programs featuring a single thumri and dadra artiste are fading away, but also because this was one of the very few (if not the first) performance by Chhannulalji in Kolkata. We all thank Sangeet Ashram for arranging this rare event.

Channulalji started the evening with a bandish in raag Yaman set to jhaptaal. Next, he switched to the thumris he is so renowned for, which were based on raag Khamaj, raag Tilang and one on a mishra raag based on Kalyan thaat.

He then took up a dadra and followed it up by a chaiti based on raag Khamaj. Next was the time for a series of horis based on raag Mishra Kaafi, raag Khamaj and raag Desh.

He concluded the memorable evening with a fine rendition of a Shiv ka Hori.

He was ably accompanied on tabla by Samar Saha, on harmonium by Jyoti Goho and on taanpura by our own Shubhajyoti Mukherjee (Bambi).

A detailed critique of the evening’s performance will be posted soon.

The third evening of the Dhrupad Utsav

Last evening was the third one of the Dhrupad Festival being held at Ramakrishna Mission, Golpark.

The first performance was a solo pakhwaj presentation by Ravishankar Upadhyay. He first rendered a self-composed piece based on how Hanumanji created havoc in Lanka, which he followed by several other short laykari-s. He was accompanied on sarengi by Asif Ali Khan and on tanpura by Debal Mukherjee.

The next artiste was the dhrupad vocalist, Nirmalya Dey. He started with the rendition of raag Purvi in mandlay alaap, madhyalay alaap and drut alaap. Next was a sadra in jhaptaal, followed by a bandish in raag Desh and an araana. Manik Mude‘s pakhwaj, Asif Ali Khan‘s sarengi and Debal Mukherjee‘s tanpura were flawless in their supports.

The last presentation of the evening was a raag Kaafi played by Pushparaj Koshthi on surbahar. He was skilfully supported by Mohanshyam Sharma on pakhwaj.