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Rhythm & raag enthral students

- St. James’ hosts Live In School concert

The rhythmic beats of the tabla, the melodious notes of the violin and the piano, classical music infused into evergreen Bollywood numbers — Live In School at St. James’ School in the first week of October proved to be a music lover’s paradise.

The musical evening, presented by Calcutta Classical Guitar Society, Bickram Ghosh and Siddha, started off with performances by students of the school.

Saditro De and Bishanka Dassarma presented Rum jhum barse in raag Sohini, enthralling the audience with their voice modulations. While Sukrit Sen of Class XII played the piano, Rahul Dhanuka played on the violin a soulful rendition of a pahari folk and Raghupati raghava raja ram. This was followed by a performance by the school band.

Next it was Bickram Ghosh’s turn to take the stage. He invited a drummer and a tabla player from among the students for an impromptu jam session. The audience cheered loudly as the two students matched the tabla maestro’s cheek-drumming with claps and some lively feet-tapping .

“Live In is the music alive inside you. Such concerts are aimed at spreading music in a manner that provides as much entertainment as television and films. I am doubly impressed that you have among you such wonderful violinists, pianists and musicians. It’s commendable that students now want to become musicians,” the tabla exponent said.

Sukrit was adjudged the best performer and presented with a Live In certificate by singers Kumar Mukherjee and Ujjaini Mukherjee, who mesmerised the audience with Ragas on Celluloid — evergreen Bollywood numbers and the raags on which the songs are based.

Kumar began his performance with a prayer — Our Father who art in Heaven — and presented it in an Indian raag. Next, he sang a Himachali song, Mai ni meriye, based on raag Pahadi. Ujjaini sang the very popular Lag ja gale, also based on raag Pahadi.

Kumar also sang Saraswati Sarada in raag Bhairavi, which has been used in Hume tumse pyar kitna and the popular Yeh mera dil from Don.

The children loved the musical evening. “I have been learning piano for around one-and-a-half years. It was a unique experience as something like this doesn’t often happen in school. The message was very relevant: ‘Hearing music live has taken a back seat in this digital age. Listening to live music is a different and better experience than hearing it on earplugs’,” said Sukrit, who is a prefect in his school.