Madhumita Roy, Srabani Sen and Bratati Bandyopadhyay were the three main artists of Teen Konya, which was presented at the G.D. Birla Sabhagar recently. Conceptualized by Roy, a wonderful Kathak dancer, the programme offered a bouquet of dance, song and recitation. Teen Konya featured performances that sustained their intrinsic beauty and, at the same time, managed to blend a myriad art forms in a sensitive manner.
Roy started with Raga Megh and embellished her performance with the help of a kheyal, “Ang bandish garaje ghata ghana”. Bandyopadhyay rendered “Oi ase oi ati bhairaba harashe” in her inimitable style. With crisp and clear movements, Roy also demonstrated her taiyari and knowledge of this classical dance style.
Sen’s rendition of “Shaon gagane” was melodious. Roy portrayed abhisarika nayika along with this song in an eloquent manner. However, Roy’s costume in this performance ought to have met the aesthetic demands of a classical dance form. This is because while appreciating the rich heritage of Indian classical dance, minute details should be taken into consideration along with skill and taiyari. Souvik Chakraborty brought out the drama of “Krishnakali ami tarei boli” in a performance in which he was accompanied by Bandyopadhyay and Sen.
The second half of the programme featured Susmita Banerjee and Sriyanka Mali, Paulomi Basu and Subrata Pandit, and Sandip Mallick and Madhumita Roy in duet performances in Kathak. Ustad Sabir Khan took the stage with Sandip and Madhumita, but the audience had to remain satisfied with his brilliant, but brief, uthan that was followed by paran, ginti, chakkar and the other usual elements of Kathak. The script was executed by Jayasri Mitra.
Conceived by Arnab Bandyopadhyay and presented by Darpani, Shrabon Kheyal..e was yet another evening of dance, song and recitation at the G.D. Birla Sabhagar. Arnab choreographed various Tagore songs in an innovative manner. Raya Bhattacharya recited “Oi ase oi ati” in a bid to capture the monsoon melody. Arnab combined jatatabi, a shloka in Odissi style, with “Pinake te lage tankar” that was performed by Manomoy Bhattacharya. Samiul Islam Poluck from Bangladesh maintained the rhythm and verve of the shloka.
Jayati Chakraborty performed “Aji tomay abar” in a delicate manner. Manomoy’s sonorous rendition of “E ki labonye” had the requisite depth of expression. Arnab and Sanjukta Roy danced to this song. “Bisti pore tapur tupur” by Raya was equally vibrant. Biplab Mondal on the tabla proved to be an added attraction in this particular presentation. However, the make-up and hair style of the artists in the group dance proved to be too loud.