An evening of Sitar recital by Rais Khan

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It is not everyday that you expect to watch and listen to sitar maestros like Rais Khan, especially that now his domicile is on the other side of our national border. It is not everyday that you expect to watch … Continue reading

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

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.

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 dhrupad with H Sayeeduddin Dagar

Dhrupad recital by H Sayeeduddin Dagar on 3rd August 2012 at G D Birla Sabhagar

On the eve of 3rd August 2012, Calcutta was fortunate to be treated with a recital from the dhrupad exponent Sri H  Sayeeuddin Dagar, who is none other than the son and disciple of the illustrious “Tansen Pandey of Calcutta” – late Hussainuddin Khan Dagar. The program was organized by Sangeet Ashram and was held at G D Birla Sabhagar, Calcutta.

Though weak from being released from the hospital a few days earlier, his immense dedication and love for his art let him forget all about himself as he immersed himself and his audience with touching recitals of raag Adbhut Kalyan, raag Behaag with some dhamar to conclude his program.

He was ably accompanied on pakhwaj by Sri Mohanlal Sharma.

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.

Sitar recital by Nishat Khan this evening

In a program organized by Sangeet Ashram and Young Leaders Forum at the G D Birla Sabhaghar this evening, Nishat Khan performed a solo recital of sitar with Sabir Khan accompanying him on tabla.

After an interactive session for about an hour on elaboration of his role as a Bollywood music director and fielding general questions from the audience – Nishat Khan played a wonderful rendition of Hameer – rarely heard these days.

Shorter but skilful raagas Nand and Shankara (another rarely heard) followed. Program ended with a tune composed by him for a Bengali song.

Detailed report/critique will be posted soon.