The unique endeavour made by the Indian National Forum of Art and Culture to promote young talents in the performing arts was praiseworthy. In ICCR, the audience got an opportunity to get a glimpse of their potential through a well-organized programme. The clear and generous voice of Neha Bandyopadhyay, who sang a vilambit kheyal in ektaal in Raga Shankara, was enchanting. But she needs to develop the style of presenting prolonged vistaars and boltaans. Her drut kheyal in the same raga was good. Ornamented with taans and small vistaars, it created an expectation for more. Tanula Chakraborty’s light classical song based on Raga Sohini was enjoyable. However, her voice needs more sharpness and smoothness. Sayaree Chakraborty’s bhajan, “Din nahi chayan”, could have been better. The accompaniment in tabla and harmoinun by Madhuman Dasgupta, Gautam Roy and Debashish Adhikari was perfect.
Young Sansthita Banerjee’s Ganesh vandana signalled the inauguration of the dance portion. Kathak performer, Fifa Chakmah, from Bangladesh caught the attention of the audience. Her elegant presentation, blending traditional and modern style, was enjoyable. But more emphasis on footwork was needed. Lakshmi Rani Das’s Bharatnatyam performance was excellent. In Raga Yamuna Kalyani, she presented the Krishnapadam, where her variety of expressions, movements and footwork was appreciable. She also danced to the accompaniment of the famous song, “Krishnani vegani paro”. Choreographer Alak Bhaduri amalgamated various contemporary styles in a creative dance composition on monsoon, where the songs and poems of Tagore were mostly used. The coordination was good, but monotonous at times. But the last performance on a theme based on the sudden release of emotions and feelings on the puppets was really interesting. The participants, Fifa Chakmah, Rumki Sen, Barnali Basak, Devarupa Sharma and Tumpa Lahiri, gave an alluring performance.
Peddro’s Salsateca presented a couple of new-age dance compositions (picture) based on modern dance techniques at the ICCR recently, with Tagore’s “Dino jaye” and “Kar milono chao birohi”, sung by Jayati Chakraborty and Soumyajit Das respectively. The performers, Akash Majumdar, Dibyashree Maitra, Ronie Roy, Uday Gayen and Peddro Sudipto Kundu, followed pure contemporary styles known as Martha Graham and Lester Horton techniques as well as experimented by breaking the traditional Rabindrik format. The choreography was arresting for its simultaneously aggressive and soft expression of the eternal restlessness and the search for peace in human life.