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)