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ITC SRA News - March 2017

ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelan, Baroda

The music lovers of Baroda gave a fine account of themselves, turning up in large numbers for the ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelan jointly organised by the Faculty of Performing Arts, MS University, and the ITC Sangeet.Research Academy. If a turn-out of 1000-odd listeners expectedly turned up for iTC SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar's performance, it was wonderful to see the enthusiastic response to Musician.Tutor Shri Waseem Ahmed Khan's performance. But what was most heartening was the amazing interest in the upcoming Sarod player Debasmita Bhattacharya's rendition of Raga Jhinjhoti. A bursting-at-the-seams CC Mehta Auditorium, the venue for the two-day event, broke out in spontaneous applause each time Debasmita effortlessly executed a nuance of the Raga. Waseem Ahmed Khan's choice was Jaijaiwanti while Ulhasji presented Nand, Basant and Adana.

Holi Celebrations at ITC SRA

Spring manifests itself through various Ragas and musical forms in Hindustani Classical Music. Many of them centre around the festival of Holi, which was recently celebrated at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy. A repository of all genres of north Indian classical music, the Academy’s offering naturally went well beyond the vibrant colours of 'gulal'. It touched upon the pulsating energy of the season of youth and effervescence.

Traditional Dhamars, Khayal Bandishes, instrumental renditions of Ragas, Thumris and Horis livened up the programme. The Musician Tutors of the Academy, Omkar Dadarkar,Waseem Ahmed Khan, Kumar Mardur and Arshad Ali Khan jointly explored the Khayal form. Sagar Morankar and Prasanna Vishwanathan chose Dhamar compositions based on the festivities. Instrumental duets were presented by Abir Hussain and Ayan Sengupta and later on by Ratan Bharati and Paramananda Roy. Kriteka Iyer and Nirbhay Saxena and, to conclude the evening, Deborshee Bhattacharjee and Sankumay Debnath, together presented Thumris to complete a lively evening of music.

In the audience were some of the stalwarts of Hindustani Classical Music and Gurus of the Academy, Girija Devi, Arun Bhaduri, Ajoy Chakrabarty and Uday Bhawalkar.

Sarangi Maestro, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, passes away

Mastering over one of the most difficult unique string instruments ' Sarangi', Pandit Ramesh Mishra passed away on the 13th of March 2017 in New York. Son of sarangi maestro Pt. Ramnath Mishra, Ramesh started his initial intensive training at very tender age from his father and acquired further knowledge and training from finest musicians of Benaras Gharana Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra, Late Pandit Gopal Mishra and Late Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ramesh Mishra's high aesthetic sense, and artistic sensibilities along with his inner soft nature gave him recognition both in home and aboard as an eminent soloist as well as an adept accompanist. His perfect restrained tuneful music enthralled the global audience. Besides a recipient of India's most prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards) for the year 2008 for his outstanding contribution in the field of music (sarangi), Pt. Ramesh Mishra also received of Sangeet Natak Award of Uttar Pradesh 1992, honored with Geetanjali, Uttam, Dishari Award, Jhadhu Bhatta award from West Bengal in 2007 and various other awards from different musical organizations. In 1959 Ramesh was sent as a cultural delegate to Pakistan by late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. Both as soloist and accompanist, Pandit Ramesh Mishra traveled all over the world accompanying internationally reputed artists. In addition he has produced numerous recordings including his own solo records and earned a niche in the hearts of millions of music lovers. Mr. Mishra's creativity and imagination along with his profound knowledge of Indian classical, folk and light music and his vast experience of music performance and recording is worth mentioning. He was an asset to the music world and his mesmerizing melodies produced by his sarangi can be heard in many music productions including Ravi Shankar's 'live in Kremlin' and the Grammy nominated album 'Legacy' produced by the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. He was also a participating artist in the production of the "Concert for George" at Royal Albert Hall in London, November 2002. Pandit Mishra is one of the recording artist in Aero Smith's much acclaimed album " Nine Lives ". Ramesh Mishra was an accomplished artist, inspiring teacher and creative collaborator. His contribution to the American performing arts as well as world music will certainly continue to be unique and valuable.

ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelan, Agartala

An ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelan was held at the Agartala Townhall auditorium, Tripura on 7th and 8th of March 2017. The event was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister, Government of Tripura, Shri Manik Sarkar and Minister of Information and Culture, Govt. of Tripura, Shri Bhanulal Saha. The 2-day musical saga consisted of stellar performances by Shri Brajeswar Mukherjee, Musician Tutor of ITCSRA who performed Raga Bhupali followed by a dadra, sitar virtuoso, Pandit Kushal Das who rendered Raga Jhinjhoti and Shri Omkar Dadarkar who presented an exquisite Raga Shankara. The audiences were left both speechless and asking for more after Omkar concluded the 1st day with the bhajan, 'Baje Muraliya Baje'. The second day commenced with Guru Pandit Uday Bhawalkar performing Raga Kaushik Dhwani followed by a composition 'Shiva Shiva' on Raga Adana based on Sool Taal. The instrumental trio of ITC SRA comprising of scholars Shri Ratan Bharati (slide guitar), Shri Ayan Sengupta (sitar) and Shri Paramanada Roy (flute) enthralled the audiences with their rendition of Raga Rageshree in what was their debut performance at Agartala which was received with tremendous applause and appreciation from the audiences. Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty concluded the second day with his mellifluous rendition of Raga Hansadhwani followed by a bhajan based on Raga Bhairavi.

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