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MELODIOUS STROKES

The intricate borderlines which create obstacles in the way of music being appreciated as such, were demolished by music itself in an exceptional evening. The programme was held in Akar Prakar, organised by the charitable organization, Mangalacharan, which aims to support artists and needy people, protect and promote various art forms through cultural exchange programmes.

The beginning, with Jonathan Kay playing pure Hindusthani classical ragas in saxophone, enhanced the cross-cultural yet homely atmosphere of the programme. After an aochar he played vilambit ektaal in Raga Yaman in tenor saxophone. Kay also played an enchanting bandish in madhyalaya jhamptaal. His style of playing Raga Basant in soprano saxophone enthralled the audience, with both the vilambit teentaal and the drut ektaal played to the perfect accompaniment of Gautam Guha on tabla. He made this saxophone-raga combination truly charming, thanks to his well-developed sense of global music. Kay also played “Indo-Jazz Suite”, “Living Space” and “Nature Boy” based on the John Coltrane composition, where Soumya Shankar Roy accompanied him on srikhol. This created the right opportunity for Kay to shift to fusion music, which left one with the sense of the universal correlation between music and space.

Kay was followed by a sitar concert by Sundar Nath, accompanied by Apurba Mukherjee on tabla. He chose Raag Jhinjhoti to start with. The melodious strokes by the young talent were praiseworthy. His second presentation was a brief composition of Vilayat Khan. The concluding item was a tabla solo by Shiv Shankar Ray, accompanied by Sanatan Goswami on harmonium. The senior disciple of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Ray started his performance with Rupak taal. His fluent bol paran and some rare compositions were arresting. He concluded his part with teen taal.

It was not an idle Sunday morning at the ICCR when the audience witnessed some rare sparks in both music and dance. The programme started with a kathak recital by Paramita Bhattacharya and the performance was attractive because of the artist’s intricate footwork and expression. Buddhadeb Dasgupta (picture) played unusual compositions on sarod with unpredictable movements between the notes of various rare ragas like Kukubh Bilawal, Imni Bilawal and Savant Sarangs. He was accompanied on tabla by his grandson, Yug Dasgupta, and on sarod by his senior disciple, Debashish Bhattacharya, and his daughter, Debasmita Dasgupta. Buddhadev Dasgupta’s younger son also presented Raga Bhairon Bahar, Desi Todi and an interesting composition in Raga Zilla. He was accompanied on tabla by Indranil Mallick.