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EXQUISITE PRESENTATION

Music/ Dance

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the great poet, playwright and musician, Dwijendralal Roy, Dimension Four organized a programme at Rabindra Sadan on July 31. Called Bango Amar Janani Amar after a famous song by the poet, the programme featured Nupurchhanda Ghosh along with Iffat Ara Dewan and Elora Ahmed Shukla, two guest artists from Bangladesh. A prot้g้ of Krishna Chattopadhyay, Ghosh has been playing a significant role in popularizing the early-20th-century compositions of Dwijendralal Roy, Atulprasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen. The charm of this style of singing was beautifully underlined by the artist and her disciple that evening. It began with “Bango amar janani amar”, the title piece of the show. This presentation was followed by “Amra emni ese bhese jai”, where one could not miss the influence of Western melody in the antara of the song. Several musical traditions got fused in his compositions and the result was uniquely innovative and individualistic. The chorus presentations were marked by ample rehearsals. “Aji nutano ratane bhushane jatone”, a splendid composition of the poet from the drama, Nurjahan, was exquisitely presented by Ghosh. She explored the lights and shades of the melody effortlessly. “Aji esechhi bodhu he”— the famous song from Shah Jahan — got huge applause from the audience. The narration by Syed Hasan Tuhin was informative.

Although Rabindranath Tagore and Dwijendralal Roy differed in their gharanas, the two Rabindrasangeet artists from Bangladesh excelled in their presentation, transcending the difference of style. Iffat Ara Dewan, with her distinctive style and tonal quality, began with “Aye re basanta”. She rendered “Sukher katha bolo na” with cool competence. Elora Ahmed Shukla rendered five songs with commendable mastery. Her “Bela boye jaye” was well-crafted while “Srabono jhulate badolo raate” conjured the beauty of nature. The programme was comp่red by Amit Roy. The artists were accompanied by Rana Datta, Dipankar Acharya and Alok Roychowdhury.

Shinjan Nrityalaya organized Shraddhanjali to pay tribute to Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, Guru Raghunath Dutta and Guru Harekrishna Behera at Gyan Manch on July 12. Directed and choreographed by Aloka Kanungo, disciple of Kelucharan Mahapatra and a brilliant Odissi dancer, the young students of the institution presented botu nritya with verve. The competence they showed proved their proper taiyari of this dance style. Urjasee, Swaralipi, Sagarika, Ahana, Ananya, Diya, Suranjana and Sampriti performed with enthusiasm. Mamata Biswas danced two items while Roopkatha Roy impressed the audience with her debut performance. Ratikanta Mahapatra, the son of Kelucharan Mahapatra, performed two items with his usual flair.