Sameehan Kashalkar to perform on 21st November 2012

Sri Sameehan Kashalkar, son of Sri Ulhas Kashalkar, will perform at the ITC SRA auditorium on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 from 7 pm onwards. He will be accompanied by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya on tabla, Smt Rupashree Bhattacharya on harmonium and Sri Sarwar Hussain on sarangi.

Our Programs page has been updated with this information.

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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

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

An evening of sitar and vocal recitals

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Arranged by Kailash for the birth centenary of the guru of their founder, an evening of sitar recital by Sri Ramprapanna Bhattachayya and vocal recital by Sri Ulhas Kashalkar took place at the G D Birla Sabhagar on 25th September … 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.

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

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.