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Thursday , February 21 , 2013
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Haunting notes

When a hub for CT scan or medical imaging turns into a venue for melody, it’s worth tuning in.

Advanced Diagnostic Centre in Ranchi hosted its annual Sarang Music Circle on Sunday, February 17.

An initiative of reputable neuro-physician Dr K.K. Sinha and his colleagues, the Hindustani classical event was as soothing to the nerves as it was music to the ears.

Calcutta vocalist Rajyashree Ghosh and New York-based percussionist Samir Chattopadhyay regaled the select audience with a symphony of sur, taal and lai.

Ghosh, known for her flair in pure classical and lighter, semi-classical varieties like thumri and dadra, began her recital with a detailed presentation of khayal based on Raga Desh.

Set in madhya laya, the khayal had two parts.

As Ghosh wove the intricacies of the raga with her voice, Chattopadhyay, who has the distinction of accompanying legends Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan, proved to be the perfect spine to the dulcet notes.

Ghosh rendered the first part in jhanp taal with bol “Heerath na phere naina”. In the second, set in teen taal, the bol was “Biran se mori”.

The next was a composition based on Raga Bageshree that had the plaintive “Balma mori” as its bol.

Those in the know found her harkats similar to legendary Girija Devi. After all, Ghosh had trained under her.

Asked for a thumri, she presented one, based on Raga Khamaj, with Kaun gali geiyo Shyam as its bol.

The entranced audience asked more — from a Holi song to a Bangla puratani — to which the gracious songstress could not say no.

Chattopadhyay promotes Indian music through his organisation Chhandayan in New York. The globetrotter has done extensive work on Indian music in Afghanistan. “We are lucky to have him today. It happened by chance,” Ghosh said.

Earlier, Indrajeet Dutta, a young local violinist, presented Raga Shyamkalyan and wrapped it up with a dhun. Another young local tabla player Srijit Chatterjee accompanied Indrajeet.

“We try to present both youngsters and veterans on the same stage so that the former can have some unforgettable exposure,” Madhusudan Ganguly, secretary of Sarang Music Circle, had announced at the beginning.

In the end, music proved ageless.