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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Rare Musical Confluence @ Nazrul Mancha Kolkata

Swara Samrat Festival Season 5, on 17 Dec 2016 was organized by Shree Rajani Trust (founded by elite Sarod maestro Pt. Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar) dedicated to his Guru Swara Samrat Ustad ALI AKBAR KHAN.

The festival gifted Kolkata with some rare moments as the world renowned Ustad Zakir Hussain (Tabla maestro), and Santoor Samrat Pandit Shivkumar Sharma gave a gala performace after 10 long years in the city. The Hindusthani Classical Duo Pandit Rajan & Sajan Mishra ( Benaras Gharana Legends) enthralled the audience with their graceful voices.

Kelucharan Mahapatra disciple Sujata Mahapatra inaugurated the soiree with her majestic Odissi classical dancing portrayal of the Ramayan ( Sita Haran Episode). She was ably complemented by her troupe of singers and musicians who set the evening tone.

Then Pandit. Ajoy Chakraborty ushered the Pandit brothers with anecdotal greetings that the audience  savored with delight. Pandit Rajan Sajan ji were at their best flow as they started with raag "Marwa" followed by raag "Sohini". The grandeur and tradition of Benaras gharana mesmerized the audience with their eloquent improvisations and picturesque tune.

Finally the much awaited moment arrived when Kolkata's very own Tabla Legend Pandit Swapan Chaudhury felicitated the world famous musicians and with Pandit Tejendra Narayan the stage was vocal with Indian Glorious Classical Parampara ( Lineage). Pandit Shivkumar Sharma stole the audience instantly with raag Rageshree Alaap ( the perfect musical acquaintance ), then by droot ( the improvised composition in accordance with rythm or tala) and ofcourse the sawal jawab ( musical conversation) with none other than the Tabla Legend Ustad Zakir Hussain. More than one and a half hours seemed like fleeting seconds as the audience rapt in the engrossing musical journey admiring each magical moves. Ustadji as usual demonstrated his inimitable finesse starting with "Teen Taal" following with " Jhap Taal". Such was the aura of the performance the audience would not settle for less and on request the duo performed the improvised dhun typical of Kashmir accompanied by delectable tabla roll.


The Magical Moments created by the Maestro Duo


SUJATA MAHAPATRO ( ODISSI DANCER)


PANDITS RAJAN & SAJAN MISHRA ( VOCAL DUET ) WITH PANDIT SUBHEN CHATTERJEE ( TABLA) AND SANATAN GOSWAMI (HARMONIUM)


PANDIT SHIVKUMAR SHARMA (SANTOOR) WITH USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN ( TABLA)




Curtesy: 
Report: Prat 
Photo: Santanu

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