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WHEN WOMEN BLEND MUSIC WITH MAGIC

Music

She was not alone. A team of star musicians on the stage and a responsive and enthusiastic audience proved that the programme, Eka Lopa Eka Noye (Rabindra Sadan, September 16), was aptly named. Lopamudra Mitra enthralled the audience with her brilliant renditions, her communication with her listeners, her captivating stage presence and her wit, humour and intelligence. Hers was a solo recital. Against the neat set designed by Soumik and Piyali, Mitra began her performance with “Thik jekhane diner shuru” a song written by Saikat Kundu with music composed by Joy Sarkar. It was immediately followed by “Dekho dekho dekho shuktara”. Mitra moulded the melodic canvas of this beautiful song by Rabindranath Tagore to her own style. Then came an impressive rendition of “Kal dekha hobe” — written and composed by Samir Chattopadhyay — complete with a musical prelude and interlude. Mitra provided adequate scope for her co-artists to improvise. They played with their heart and soul. The orchestration was well-thought out. It complemented Mitra’s singing and made the entire programme enjoyable. It was refreshing to listen to the songs that Mitra sang.

When Mitra performed Shubho Dasgupta’s “Mushkil asan karo”, Durbadal Chattopadhyay, a magnificent musician, created a mood that was perfect for the song. Pratyush Bandyopadhyay (sarod), Somnath Roy (percussion) and Tanmoy Bose (tabla) created a stunning effect with their instruments for Mitra’s presentations. “Aloker ei jharna dharae” was a lilting blend of power and grace. Mitra’s soulful rendition of Lalon Fakir’s “Barir kachhe arshinagar”, with Joy Sarkar on the guitar, displayed her her versatility as a singer. “Tomae hridmajhare rakhibo” touched one’s heart. She obliged her audience when requests for “Jao pakhi” and “Abani bari achho” — songs that she is famous for singing — poured in. Mitra’s pleasant mood made her show delightful.

To explore the inspiration for or the sources of many of Tagore’s songs, Nabarabikiran presented Utso, an evening of Rabindrasangeet at the ICCR on September 13. Iman, a talented upcoming Rabindrasangeet singer — and a disciple of Swagatalaxmi Dasgupta — spoke of the influence of different ragas, Western melodies and folk tunes on Tagore songs in an informed manner. She introduced the ragas — exploring each of them with the help of a short alaap or bandish — and then linked them with Tagore’s compositions. The sparkling clarity of her full-throated voice did justice to the songs which were based on folk tunes or baul sangeet. “Dekhechhi rupsagore moner manush”, followed by “Bhenge mor gharer chabi”, were enjoyable. She commenced with Raga Yamankalyan and followed it up with “Dnariye achho tumi” which is based on the raga. “Je rate mor”, based on Raga Bagesree, was dramatic; “Anandadhara bahichhe bhubane”, based on Raga Malkosh, was too straight and bold. “Hridayer e kul o kul”, inspired by Lalon, was a soulful rendition.