She was eloquent, elegant, and effective. Thus, Chirodiner Kabitae, a solo performance by Bratati Bandyopadhyay, became an expression of a creative journey. Presented by Picasso and supported by Anil o Rama Guha Smritiraksha Samiti, Chirodiner Kabitae (G.D. Birla Sabhaghar, Sept 28) was more than a mere recitation of verses. It was a presentation in which Bandyopadhyay explored different characters. The set designed by Rajib and Bhabotosh and Uttiyo Jana’s lighting created an apt ambience. The mood, modulation and music blended perfectly to capture the theme of each presentation.
The programme was divided into four segments: “Oitijhya”, “Pratik”, “Prem” and “Samay”. A bouquet of poetry, including the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Sukanta Bhattacharya, Sudhin Datta, Achintya Kumar Sengupta, Nirendranath Chakrabarti, Joy Goswami, Mallika Sengupta, among many others, was offered in an inimitable, spontaneous style. A selected section from “Bidrohi”, written by Nazrul when he was 22, was accompanied by tuneful renditions on the flute and the tabla. The music by Kalyan Sen Barat and Pratyush Banerjee supported the entire presentation in a splendid manner.
The most interesting segment was “Pratik”, which explored verses where the poet and his creation became synonymous in the course of time. Here, Bandyopadhyay chose “Banalata Sen” by Jibanananda Das, “Amalkanti” by Nirendranath Chakrabarti and “Abani Bari Achho” by Shakti Chattopadhyay. The audience could visualize a wondrous landscape when the artist read out a selected portion from “Durer Palla” by Satyendranath Datta. Phonetically difficult word-compounds were recited with a clear diction. A proper tempo was maintained by the artist and pauses were utilized effectively to do justice to this wonderful piece. Multi-layered petals of love bloomed in “Prem”, the third segment of the programme. Purnendu Patri’s “Kathapokathan” and Joy Goswami’s “Tumi Jante Na Bujhi” were emotionally enriching.
The most stirring performance came in the last part where the artist picked up jewels of different shades one after another. It was difficult to hold back tears while she recited “Janmadin” by Shubho Dasgupta or “Bijaya Dashami” by Sunetra Ghatak. Subodh Sarkar’s “Ami Firoza” was accompanied by an alap in a touching manner. Her restrained performance and dignified approach were engaging and inspiring. She ended her repertoire with “Biday” from Tagore’s Shesher Kabita. Satinath Mukhopadhyay was successful as a narrator. The entire programme was compèred by Mousumi Bhattacharya.