| Subhomita. Photo by Shambhu Hazra
Pandit Samar Saha’s Sangeet Piyasi sprang a pleasant surprise. Its efforts to bridge the gap between classical and popular music were laudable.
On Sunday, December 3, a packed Uttam Mancha — marked by the presence of celebrated musicians — saw Subhomita commence with Multani.
The opening phrase with the typical re of the raga clearly indicated that the singer, riding the tidal waves of light music’s popularity, meant serious business.
A mellifluous voice, flawless technique and superb aesthetics ensured that her khayal renditions were delightful. This was followed by an emotive thumri in Majh Khamaj and a lilting jhoola. Biplab Bhattacharya (tabla) and Sanatan Goswami (harmonium) provided able support.
Among others from this fraternity, Haimanti Shukla (vocal), Rahul Chatterjee (sitar) and a number of percussionists (Chhanda Vichitra) gave commendable performances.
Raghav Chatterjee, however, lost his nerve, though sparks of good grooming did raise expectations. Shubhankar Banerjee (tabla) and Rupashri Bhattacharya (harmonium) provided admirable support.
The lengthy session with the experts brought the virtuosity of sarodiya Naren Dhar to the fore. The mood of his Marwa — slow and somber initially — shimmered with excellent rhythmic patterns subsequently. Arup Chatterjee’s tabla was rock solid throughout.
Earlier, Rajendra Prasanna’s flute literally sang Shree to the accompaniment of Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay’s tabla.
The powerful voice of Manasi Mazumdar brought her khayals in Patadeep close to the character of thumri with high strung emotions and imaginative bol-banav. Tarun Bhattacharya closed the session with his santoor recital.
The evening, dedicated to promising youngsters, was more than reassuring. Sabina Mumtaz Islam’s Gaud Malhar had the distinct flavour of Agra’s grandeur replete with rich compositions accompanied by the stylish but voluble tabla of Parthapratim Das.
Supratik Sengupta’s sitar displayed the intrinsic pathos of Jog with poignant warmth. The fine footwork, neat padhant and an abhinaya based on a ragpradhan Bengali song was the focal point of Emelee Ghosh’s Kathak. A well-rendered Bihag by vocalist Ambarish Das concluded the three-day soiree and the birth centenary celebrations of Natubabu.