A rare opportunity

Calcutta will have the rare opportunity to listen to a sitar recital by the renowned and elusive Rais Khan. Being arranged by Sangeet Ashram, the program will be held at G D Birla Sabhagar on the evening of 17th November 2012.

According to the organizers, Rais Khan is arriving from his domicile Pakistan directly to Calcutta for this program. We have also been informed that he might be accompanied by his sons Farhan Khan and Suhel Khan.

The Programs page has been updated with the details.

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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.

An evening of vocal recital by Girish Chatterjee

Last evening saw an impressive performance by Girish Chatterjee at the Kalakunj (secondary auditorium of Kalamandir), organized by Holy Home in association with Taan Sur Sangeet Vidyalaya. His performance was a tribute to his guru, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Girishji started his recital with raag Yaman (video clip), followed by a magnificent rendition of raag Kalavati (video clip) on request from “Denner” Milan from the audience.

Next was the bhajanJo Bhaje Hari Ko Sada“, made immortal by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He concluded the ceremony with the popular tune “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” at requests of some of the listeners.

In his accompaniment with tabla, Ashish Chatterjee was smooth and blended well with the vocals throughout the performance.

We thank Girishji for treating us with a superb performance and sincerely wish that he continues to visit this city more often.

The third evening of the Dhrupad Utsav

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.

A four-day Dhrupad Festival has started

Door Darshan, along with Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, has organized a four-day Dhrupad Festival to be held from 2nd March to 5th March at the Vivekananda Auditorium inside the Institute’s Golpark premises.

Please visit our “Programs” page for the full schedule of this festival. Admission is free.

On the first evening, the first performance was by Sukhdev Chaturvedi. He started with the rendition of raag Vasant, moving on next to Sahana and ending his repertoire with a short piece of Khamaj. The pakhwaj accompaniment by Mohanshyam Sharma was quite impressive and the sarengi of Asif Ali Khan with the tanpura of Debal Mukherjee was perfect in blending in.

The second performance was a solo pakhwaj recital by Ramashish Pathak. He was accompanied on pakhwaj by Anil Chaudhary, on sarengi by Asif Ali Khan and on tanpura by Debal Mukherjee.

The last performer was Kartik Kumar with his surbahar with Manik Munde on pakhwaj. He started with the recital of raag Hemant and ended the evening with a Kaafi. This presentation was disturbed from the beginning by an audio glitch (microphone feedback) which prevented the listeners from enjoying it fully.

(Forgot to take the camera – so took these photos with my cellphone – apologizing for their low quality)

Vocal recital by Sutanu Sinha last evening

Last evening at the the G D Birla Sabhaghar, our own Sutanu Sinha delivered a pleasing performance of vocals.

He started his presentation with raag Rageshree in vilanmbit ektaal, and later rendered it in drut teentaal and drut ektaal. His next was a bandish in raag Jay Jayanti in madhyalay teental. He closed the ceremony with a bhajan.

He was ably supported by Subrata Dandapat in tabla, Hiranmay Mitra in harmonium and Archit Behera in taanpura.