Bengal Classical Music Fest
Saturday morning performances begin with Rajan-Sajan brothers
Renowned Indian duo pandit Rajan Misra and pandit Sajan Misra moved thousands of audiences on Saturday dawn presenting some tuneful morning ragas at the open air concert at the Army Stadium. The classical music lovers, who forwent snuggling under a comforter back home in the chilly night, would have felt justified in the morning for making the call to hang back in the stadium. The audiences were treated by the two maestros with a spell of raga bhairabi that embraced the beginning of a new day.
The Misra brothers took the stage very late into the night. To note, raga bhairabi is often played as an offering to lord Krishna, which is expressed as thumri in the Indian classical music. The duo wowed the audiences with their mastery of improvisation on the raga while presenting khyal and at times presented the raga bhairabi through tarana, a type of composition in Hindustani classical vocal music.
Five local and five Indian classical musicians also performed on the second day of the five-day Bengal classical music festival organised by Bengal Foundtion. The prime minister’s international affairs advisor Gawhar Rizvi was present at the programme as special guest.
The second day’s programme began with the presentation of a group performance of rhythm instruments by four local artistes- mridanga player Enamaul Haque and tabla players Goutam Sarkar, Zakir Hossain and Biswajit Natto.
Subsequently, the local artiste Supriya Das presented raga nanda, which focuses on the feeling of joy entering the night. She also rendered a khyal and a thumri based on raga kafi, a midnight raga. Indian sarod player Abir Hossain presented raga jaijaivanti and misra pilu with the string instrument. Rahul Sharma improvised on the raga koushik with the melodious string instrument santoor.
Umakanta and Ramakanto Gundecha brothers rendered well composed classical presentations on raga yog and gayetri in the mid-night.
About 40-thousand music lovers, who were present at the stadium till late night enjoyed the presentation of the traditional Karnataka rhythm instruments by guru Karaikudi Mani and his troupe.
The third edition of the Bengal Classical Music festival has been dedicated to the Pallikabi Jasimuddin.
-With New Age input