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By Sharmila Basu Thakur
  • Published 23.06.12

To celebrate World Music Day, You & i organized a show of music and recitation at the G.D. Birla Sabhaghar on June 19. The celebrations kicked off two days in advance — World Music Day was on June 21 — with the World Music Day Live Concert. This blended musical forms from around the world — from Bollywood music and pop to Rabindrasangeet and German folk tunes — to create a universal rhythm. Conceived by the You & i duo, Soumyojit Das and Sourendro Mullick, this two-hour-long unplugged programme was a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema. With giant LED screens in the background, a choir of 80 singers chanted Vande Mataram along with Soumyojit Das. This was an inspiring start. Sourendro Mullick was on the piano. The best thing about the programme was that it was well-managed and well-synchronized in spite of the participation of a large number of artists.But Das’s improvized intrusion into every presentation reduced the impact of the main piece. Srabani Sen and the German singer-songwriter, Stefan Stoppok, along with Das and Mullick presented Tagore’s “Kharo bayu boye bege” in an engaging manner. It was pleasant to listen to Stoppok playing the guitar with an earthy touch. Saradindu on the tabla provided stimulating accompaniment to a German song about happiness performed by Stoppok. Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay’s cool precision blossomed in her rendition of “Chandan sa badan”, an early composition by Kalyanji Anandji. To explore the essence of Raga Yaman, Soumyojit rendered “Krishna ni begane baro” — famously associated with the renowned Bharatnatyam dancer, Balasaraswati — in a novel manner. Usha Uthup’s intense approach brought out the significance of her rendition of the song, “Thank you for the music”.

Poetry is the soul of music. In its delicately romantic fabric, Bratati Bandyopadhyay brilliantly wove Purnendu Patri’s poem. Her inimitable and captivating style filled her surroundings and shone like a jewel. The recitation mingled with a ghazal, written by Gulzar and performed by Das. Tagore songs inspired by baul music was presented by Sraboni Sen, Ratna Basu and Laxman Das Baul. Soumyojyoti added special support with his flute. Sukanya’s good training was evident in her presentation with Shanta Das Kirtaniya. A medley of Hindi film songs, presented as a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema, drew applause. Neepabithi, with her pleasing tonal quality, proved her talent in her presentation. The programme explored the relation each genre of music has with the others through various entertaining musical combinations. The evening ended with the singing of Jana Gana Mana in which Pramita Mullick, Somlata, Soumitra and Siddhartha participated along with the other artists. They were accompanied by Sanjay Das on the guitar, Mainak on bass and Gaurav on drums.