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Classical carnival

What: Musical evening

Where: Advanced Diagnostic Centre in Ranchi

When: June 22

The strum of the sarod blended beautifully with harmonium notes to present an evening of absolute delight that music lovers will remember for a long time.

Advanced Diagnostic Centre was the place to be on Sunday. Sarang Music Circle of Ranchi hosted a programme with Calcutta artistes Sohini Roy Choudhury and Dwaipayan Roy, giving the audience a glimpse of the glorious past of Indian classical music.

Just the day before, the world had celebrated Music Day. And though the Sarang Music Circle’s event had nothing to do with the special occasion, it couldn’t have been more apt.

Sohini Roy Choudhury, a chartered accountant, began the first session with a rendition of Maru Bihag raga in bilambit and drut layas set in ek and teen taal.

Her melodious voice instantly struck a chord with the crowd.

Trained in both Kirana and Benaras gharanas, the vocalist had Debashis Sarkar on tabla and Pradeep Palit on harmonium for company.

Choudhury also presented two short dadra compositions based on Charukeshi and Mishra Pahadi ragas.

After a brief break, young sarod player Dwaipayan Roy took the stage for his maiden solo performance in Ranchi.

Accompanied by Debashis Sarkar on tabla, the promising instrumentalist began with a detailed rendition of Jhinjhoti raga. Presented in bilambit, madhya and drut layas, he strummed pure magic to present an evening raga complete with alaap, jod and laran.

Roy wrapped up with a short composition on Piloo raga.


“Our programme was held just the day after Fęte de la Musique was celebrated across the globe. Though it was a mere coincidence, we do make it a point to organise such a classical evening at least once a year to renew the interest in classical music,” said Sarang Music Circle president and renowned neurophysician Dr K.K. Sinha


“Sarkar is a promising musician. I am a huge fan of his mentor Buddhadeb Dasgupta. It seems he has picked up a few nuances from his mentor very well,” said Malay Laik, a high court advocate and music lover

“It was a wonderful evening. Wish more such programmes are organised in the city,” said Prashanta Thakur, a local sitar player

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