Tuesday, December 6

A night-long classical music extravaganza in city enthrals all

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It was a delight for the classical music lovers as they gathered for an all-night Indian classical music concert, which recently took place in the city.
The event started with a sarangi solo by Allarakha Kalavant. He presented ragas Shuddha Kalyan and Sahana. Tabla player Chiranjit Mukherjee accompanied him during the performance. Up next was vocalist Koushik Bhattacharya, who rendered a soulful number in raga Darbari Kanara. Apart from that, he sang a Kirwani Thumri, which was followed by a bhajan. He was supported by Subrata Manna on the tabla and Jyotirmoy Banerjee on the harmonium.
One of the highlights of the evening was a tabla solo in Tintaal by Pt Samir Chatterjee. His presentation was a crosscurrent of Rasas. Samir’s performance was supported with raga Saraswati on the sarangi by Allarakha and Joyita Talukdar on the tanpura. “Performing at this all-night concert was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Sharing some of my experiences and realisations of life through my music in a live concert in the physical and virtual presence of a receptive audience was a blessing for me,” said Samir.

The penultimate performance of the concert was by sitarist Mita Nag, who rendered her alap in the midnight raga, Jogkaunsh, and a few other compositions in raga Ahir Lalit.

Having the stage set for morning ragas, the final act of the show was by vocalist Rajyasree Ghosh. She started with a beautiful Khayal in Raag Bhatiyar based on a Vilambit composition by Late Pt Ratanjhankar. Her second performance was on raga Bairagi. She concluded the concert with two semi-classical pieces.

Pt Koushik Bhattacharya, who also performed at the do, shared, “It was an honour to be a part of such a lovely line-up of artistes. It was a great feeling to have performed along with Subrata at the concert.”

The show was organised by a city-based arts centre in association with percussionist Pt Samir Chatterjee.

Source: Timesofindia

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