Arpan Festival 2017
As a harbinger of the celebration of the victory of good over evil, Durga Puja, ITC Sangeet Research Academy presented its Arpan Festival last week. The two-day event was held in collaboration with The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, in its Vivekananda Hall.
Kumar Mardur’s sonorous presentation in Raga Shree heralded the event. The Thumri that followed was enthralling. Ayan Sengupta’s Shyam Kalyan was precise and impressive. The evening was concluded by Ulhas Kashalkar’s Basanti Kedar followed by Malati Basant. The uncrowned king of paired Ragas, Ulhas Kashalkar, proved once more that there is no one like him when it comes to a masterful display of these rare combination Ragas. His meditative Bhiravi Bhajan ended the first evening of the programme.
His former Scholar, and now a Guru of the Academy, Omkar Dadarkar chose Raga Bhimpalasi to start off the second evening of Arpan. His nuanced presentation bore marks of his learning from his Guru but shone with the individuality that the vocalist is now known for. His Durga Bhajan was delivered with consummate artistry.Paramananda Roy’s Puriya and Bahar were both inspiring. The festival concluded with Ajoy Chakrabaty’s Kafi Dhrupad and a Bhajan in the rare Raga Parameshwari. Dazzling in its impact, the presentation in Kafi was exceptional in its study of the Raga as well as in layakari. The Bhajan was also delivered with the assurance of a master.