Last evening saw the rare phenomenon of famous “Purav Ang” thumri 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.