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.