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A music festival

World Music Day celebrations kick off two days early with World Music Day Live Concert presented by Antiquity and You & i, in association with t2, that will bring together Bollywood and pop to Tagore and German folk tunes on the GD Birla Sabhagar stage today.

Starting at 6.30pm, it will be two hours of a cross-genre romp across music and poetry as more than 10 artistes including Usha Uthup, Sraboni Sen, Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury, Sreeradha Bandopadhyay, Lakshman Das Baul and German singer-songwriter Stefan Stoppok take centre stage.

Accompanying them all will be Soumyojit Das on vocals and Sourendro Mullick on piano, the You & i duo who have conceived the show that will feature an unplugged tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema, a choir of 80 singers chanting Vande Mataram and musicians coming together to sing all five verses of Jana Gana Mana. “We wanted to explore the relation each genre of music has with the other. Like seven notes of a raga, different music forms can also co-exist in harmony,” says Soumyojit.

With giant LED screens in the background and torches for the audience to light up the dark auditorium, Tuesday evening will be “magically engaging not just for the artistes but for the listeners too,” promises Soumyojit. Picture By Sanjoy Chattopadhayaya