The missing Naina Devi connection

Sri Debdas Mukherjee, husband of Smt Paromita Mukherjee, has been kind to point out that this year’s VSK Baithak Purab Ang Gayaki Utsav was dedicated to the memories of late Smt Naina Devi, the thumri legend.

For reference, here is a Times of India Crest article on Naina Deviji.

We thank Mr Mukherjee for pointing out this significant omission. We also thank him for his appreciation of our report on this festival, and at present it seems we are the only one in Calcutta who did it this year.

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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

Purab Ang Gayaki Utsav on October 27 and 28

The Calcutta section of the Girija Devi Puraskar Purab Ang Gayaki Utsav organized jointly by VSK Baithak and Sangeet Ashram will be held on 27th and 28th October 2012 at Chowdhury House, Ballygunge, Calcutta.

Contestants are mainly from Calcutta and Howrah with the exception of one from Pune. Details are available on our Programs page.