Adrian Sutcliffe conducts the piano test at The Boulevard Hotel on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur seems to be defying Kipling, musically.
West is meeting East as musically inclined youngsters of the city on Friday got the choice to brush up on piano, violin or, hold your breath, Baul songs of Lalan Fakir.
While 20 students appeared for piano and violin examinations conducted by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, in Bistupur, a handful of music lovers learnt folk songs from Bengal artists during a Sakchi workshop.
It was the first time that the London music school conducted its exams in Jamshedpur — now an official centre of the cradle in eastern India.
The Boulevard Hotel, Bistupur, where the classes are also held, served as the exam venue.
Musician, composer and pianist Adrian Sutcliffe and Tony Braganza, who came from London and Calcutta, respectively, conducted the tests. The piano and violin classes started in 2009 with just two students. Now, the number has swelled up to 33. Of them, 20 appeared for the examinations.
“We have 10 such hubs in the eastern region now, Jamshedpur being the latest entrant. The music school has around 750 examiners who travel across the globe to conduct tests. There has been a spectacular rise in the number of students here,” said Tony Braganza, the co-ordinator for eastern region.
While the love for western music is drawing an increasing number of youngsters, there’s also a small dedicated group that is keenly interested in folk.
The Friday workshop of folk songs at The Bengal Club, Sakchi, testified to this.
Artistes Subhendu Maity and Tapashi Roychowdhury taught Baul songs in the workshop jointly organised by the club and Calcutta-based Lalan Academy. The event was part of Lalan Geeti, an extravaganza of folk songs that will be held at Rabindra Bhavan, Sakchi, on Saturday.