Musical Wednesdays -
The New Year’s first Wednesday recital
featured vocal music by ITC SRA scholar Nilanjana Roy. Disciple
of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, she presented khayals in Raga Yaman and
Raga Chhayanat. Able tabla accompaniment wa provided by Tarak
Saha while Rupashree Bhattacharya manned the harmonium.
The second week’s Wednesday recital brought ITC SRA scholar
Gourab Chatterjee to the microphone. Presently being trained by
Guru Arun Bhaduri, he began with khayals in Ragan Shuddha Kalyan.
He then sang khayals in Raga rageshree, ending with the Bhajan
“Main dwar khol kar baitha hoon” Chandrabhan played the tabla
while Rupashree Bhattacharya gave harmonium support.
19th January 2005 brought a visitor from Texas, USA. A student
of the late Suresh Mishra and now training under Ustad Ashish
Khan, Amelia has also received vocal training under ITC SRA Guru
Girija Devi. She began with alap, jod and jhala in Raga Marwa,
followed by vilambit and drut gats. She concluded with a dhun in
Musical Wednesdays – October – December ,
In Kolkata, October is often replete with
holidays because of Durga Puja. In 2004, only one Wednesday
recital could be scheduled for the month. It featured a guest
artiste from Varanasi, Dr. Ritwik Sanyal. Presently Head of the
Vocal Music Department of Benaras Hindu University, Dr. Sanyal
belongs to the famed Dagar gharana of Dhrupad singers, trained
by Ustad Zia Moinuddin Dagar and Zia Fariduddin Dagar Beginning
his recital with an elaborate alap in Raga Jog, he presented a
dhrupad by Nayak Bakshu set to choutala, “Pyari tere nainan”,
following it up with a Baba Kali Das bandish set to teevra tala
“Ved so nad”. Invoking the Goddess Durga, he sang “Daya kar
dayani” in Raga Yaman, set to sooltala. His concluding item was
a dhamar in Raga Bageshree “Nath chale aavat”. Tapas Das
accompanied him on the pakhawaj and Rupashree Bhattacharya on
ITC Sangeet Research Academy organised a Bijoya Sammelan on 3rd
November 2004. As has become almost customary, ITC SRA Guru Arun
Bhaduri sang for the occasion. In a jubilant mood, he began with
khayals in Raga Multani and then presented khayals in Ragas
Durga, Anandi and Adana. He concluded with a bhajan made popular
by the late Guru A.Kanan “Main dwar khol kar baitha hoon”. His
accompanists were Tarak Saha on the tabla, Jyoti Goho on the
harmonium and Gourab Chatterjee on vocals.
The second week’s Wednesday recital presented instrumental
music. ITC SRA scholar Supratik Sengupta, presently being
trained by Guru Budhadev Dasgupta, began his sitar recital with
alap, jod, and jhala in Raga Puriya Dhanashree, followed by
vilambit and drut gats. He concluded with a gat in Raga
Rageshree. Gopal Mishra provided tabla support.
In the last Wednesday recital of November, Omkar Dadarkar
presented a vocal recital. Disciple of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, He
began the evening with khayals in Raga Shree, after which he
presented khayals in Ragas Anandi and Sindhura. He concluded
with a bhajan. Sandip Roy Chowdhury provided tabla support while
Rupashree Bhattacharya was on the harmonium.
Wednesday recitals in December began with Ranjani Ramachandran’s
vocal recital. Disciple of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, she began with
khayals in Raga Puriya Dhanashree and then sang khayals in Raga
Chhayanat, concluding with a Thumri. Swapan Mukherjee was her
tabla accompanist while Gourab Chatterjee was at the harmonium.
On 8th December, Samarth Nagarkar, disciple of Guru Ulhas
Kashalkar, began with “E ma dhan ghan re”, a khayal in Raga
Bihag set to vilambit tilwada tala, after which he sang the
ever-popular “Aba ho lalan main ka” set to drut teentala.
Turning to Raga Yaman, he presented “Tori nazaria lage pyari”
set to teentala. He concluded with Raga Desh, “Firat na fere
naina” set to jhaptala and finally “Eree bansuri” in drut
teentala. Aslam Khan provided tabla accompaniment while ITC SRA
scholar Sandeep Bhattacharya was on the harmonium.
On 15th December 2004, Rita Ganguli, noted thumri exponent who
received talim from the famed Siddeshwari Devi and Begum Akhtar,
gave a vocal recital. Beginning with the pragya virahini nayika
mood, she sang “More shyam na aaye” in Raga Jhinjhoti. Turning
then to a mugdha virahini nayika mood, she sang “ Ayo hai
phagunmasa” set to rupak tala. She then presented the dadra
“Aayila Banwari” and then the popular “Nirmohi tora jiya kaise
jadu dala”, after which she sang ‘Raski boond pade”. She went on
to present ghazals “Hava mein raksa hai”, “Tere karib aake’,
“Aake hum bichhade” and “Nazar uthake”. She concluded with
Bengali poet Shakti Chattopadhyay’s famous “Abani badi aachho”.
Ananda Gopal Bandyopadhyay provided excellent tabla
accompaniment while Sandip Bhattacharjee coaxed tunes on the
22nd December brought ITC SRA scholar Pampa Banerjee to the
dais. Smt Shruti Sadolikar Katkar is presently training her. She
sang Raga Bihag, beginning with the bada khayal “Jogiya ne man
bourayo”, after which she presented “Shyam mori bindiya na
niharo”. She concluded with a thumri in Raga Khamaj. Gopal
Mishra played the tabla while Rupashree Bhattacharya wa a t the
The last Wednesday of 2004 was spent listening to instrumental
music. Abir Hussain, ITC-SRA scholar being trained by Pandit
Buddhadev Dasgupta, presented a sarod recital accompanied by Sri
Ashok Saha on the tabla. He began with Raga Rageshree,
presenting alap, jod and jhala followed by vilambit and drut
gats set to teentala. He concluded with an introductory alap and
a madhyalaya teentala gat in Raga Pilu.
International Music Day , October 1, 2004:
At ITC Sangeet Research Academy, it has become customary to celebrate
International Music Day with performances by employees and their children. However, on
this October 1, instead of the usual mornings variety programme, the scholars
followed it up by presenting recordings of world famous performers of different genres of
music, thus ensuring that the event really portrayed music of the world. Veteran
octogenarian vocalist Shrimati Dipali Nag inaugurated the programme commenting that
universality is a recent concept. "In our days there was no International Music Day!
This is a welcome addition to our calendar and I am looking forward to the
The programme began with two Odissi songs presented by Raghunath Panda of the
Administration Department. Shahana Khan, daughter of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, sang a
khayal in Raga Yaman set to teentala, which was by followed by a tarana in the same Raga
by Swati and Sweta Mishra, daughters of Purushottam Mishra of the Accounts Department.
A.K. Bhattacharya of the Executive Directors Department then played tunes on his
mouth organ first a Tagore song "Alo amar alo" and then the film song
made popular by Mohammed Rafi "Lakhon hai nigahon mein". ITC SRAs veteran
tabaliya Lakshmi Narayan Mishra, then assuming a new role, presented a thumri in Raga
Bhairavi Bansuriya kaise bajayi shyam. It was a pleasure seeing his son
Purushottam accompanying him on the tabla.
|The scholars led by Samarth Nagarkar, disciple
of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, conducted the rest of the programme. In his introduction
Samarth said, "Though we specialise in one form of music, it is important to
appreciate the other forms." The pieces that were then played were recordings by
musicians known the world over. The first was a Baul song, folk music of Bengal, sung by
the great Purna Das Baul Mon moina boli dharena. A Quawali by Ghulam Fareed
Sabri followed this. Next came a jugalbandi by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi
Shankar accompanied by Ustad Allah Rakha, a jhaptala gat in Raga Shree.
Turning now to the West, the first movement from Beethovens
Emperor Concerto was played, followed by an interesting piece of fusion music Raga
Adana played by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andre Previn. It was then
time to turn to jazz perhaps the only western form that permits the improvisation
that is basic to Indian classical music. A bright piece of Flamenco music came later, and
the finale was provided by an orchestral composition by Yanni, played by the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra at the Acropolis. Thus on International Music Day this year, thanks
to the scholars, everyone at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy paid their tribute to music
of the world.