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Classic mix of old and new
(From left) Abhishek Adhikari (on veena), Madhurjya Ranjan Borthakur (tabla) and Murcharna Adhikari Borthakur (sitar) at India Club, Dibrugarh. Picture by Eastern Projections

Music aficionados of Dibrugarh were treated to a rare blend of music by veteran artistes and young talents at a cultural evening on April 1.

The programme was organised by India Club and Theatrical Association of Dibrugarh along with Chaolkhowa Music College in the club Auditorium. The tender appeal of the jugalbandi by Abhishek Adhikari and Murchana Adhikari Borthakur on the sitar and sarod recital by eminent exponent Pandit Buddhadeb Dasgupta added to the rich ambience.

Abhishek and Murchana enthralled the audience with another fine act where they plunged into raga Emon with abject surrender, embracing only the emotion. All the components of a classical performance were beautifully stitched into a rare perfection by the talented duo.

The programme also showcased Chali Nritya, a form of Sattriya dance by three young students of Chaolkhowa Music College, choreographed by their teacher Ruplekha Borborah Das.

The curtains came down with an enthralling recital by Dasgupta on the sarod, giving the audience an evening to remember.

A deep understanding of the raga, a rare accuracy of the swaras, a superb balance between a gayaki and tantrakari, together with powerful bol patterns and fluent ekhara taans, of which he has been a pioneer, marked his music. Dasgupta started with Kedar raga, regarded as a serious and contemplative, complemented by the tabla (first dhamar and finally drut tin taal).

The second raga that Dasgupta performed was Desh, a romantic night raga.

A separate bandish and jhala accompanied the recital, showcasing a splendid performance by a young talent Madhurjya Ranjan Borthakur on the tabla.

He captivated the audience with tukdas and chakradars during the performance.

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