Sahaj Parav, a root music festival, came to a close on Sunday. The two-day festival saw more than 100 performers from all over the country putting on several engaging acts. Many folk artistes from Bangladesh too enthralled the audience. Held at the Eastern Zone Cultural Centre (EZCC), the festival was organised by singer Lopamudra Mitra and band Dohar. Day 2 began with a folk music performance by Kohinoor Akhtar Golapi from Bangladesh. This was followed by folk dance performances like Dahal Thungri Folk Dance by Barlangfa Narzary and team (Assam), Chandi-Mukha dance by Khagail and Mahishbathan Sarkar Mukha dance team (Dinajpur) and Hojagiri folk dance by Hojagiri Dance Academy, Doshomi Reang Para (Tripura).
Arts personality, Chaitali Dasgupta, who was mesmerised by the performances, said, “The idea of having a root music festival in open air was an idea conceptualised by Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya. Now, his band, Dohar, and Lopamudra have beautifully carried forward the tradition through Sahaj Parav. This festival provides a platform for many big and small folk artistes to showcase their work in front of the people of Kolkata.”
The second half of the show took place inside an auditorium on the EZCC premises. First up on stage was band Eastern Folks, comprising Tapas Roy, Nirmalya Dey, Betofen Phukan and Sanjay Das. They presented a few instrumental folk compositions. The ensemble also played fusion instrumentals with songs like London Thumakda, Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ashe and Aha Ki Ananda Akashe Batashe, followed by instrumentals inspired by Middle Eastern music.
We also spotted poet-lyricist Srijato at the do. He said, “The line-up of artistes that Sahaj Parav brings to us every year is very unique. We generally don’t get to see their performances in Kolkata. I eagerly look forward to the festival every year.” The next act was by Bangalore-based singer, Raghu Dixit, who performed along with members of his band, The Raghu Dixit Project. The band presented multilingual folk music that got the crowd grooving. As Raghu rendered one of his hit songs, Lokada Kalaji, the members of the audience gathered in front of the stage and danced to their hearts’ content. Some of the other songs the band crooned were Khidki and Ambar. While talking to us, Raghu, said, “I am grateful to Rajib Das of Dohar and Lopamudra Mitraji to have thought of my band to perform at this beautiful festival. It was a congregation of some hidden gems of the country and the incredibly discerning audience of Kolkata. We had a great time performing on stage. We hope this show leads to many more in the immediate future. We would love to come back here and perform again.”
Source: Times of India