Abouquet of Rabindrasangeet presented by Gandhar on February 25 had the audience asking for more. For the last 25 years, Kakali Ray, who spearheads the organisation, has been patiently trying to explore Tagore in all his dimensions.
This year, Gandhar concentrated on those songs that Tagore himself had rendered at different points of time.
Ray ' disciple of stalwarts like Debabrata Biswas, Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Nilima Sen and Suchitra Mitra ' has a rare, evocative style that is technically so restrained that it never overpowers the inherent music in Tagore’s songs. Her sonorous rendition of Andhajane deho alo set a precedent in the world of Rabindrasangeet.
The duet by Chaiti Mitra and Rupanjali Maity was a delightful synchronisation that communicated the song’s subtle nuances. Sucheta Maity’s Boro bedona was a new experience as was Pritha Bandyopadhyay’s Nirab rajani. Abhimanyu Gupta, Mallar Chattopadhyay, Swapan Chakraborty, Rajasri Bhattacharya and Anshu Sen were equally powerful. Sayan Bandyopadyay’s vibrant rendition and Arundhati Mehta’s performance deserve special mention.
The flawlessly rendered chorus songs that were woven into the programme evidently underlined Gandhar’s commitment in taking Tagore’s songs beyond the boundaries of cliches.