An evening of sitar and vocal recitals

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On 24th June 2012, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan (UMAK) Center for Culture celebrated the 101st birth anniversary of the maestro by arranging an evening of music performed by two great artists at Uttam Mancha, Calcutta. The first performer was a … 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

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.