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The 60-musician-strong Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra from Zlin in the Czech Republic mesmerised a full house at Kala Mandir on Sunday evening playing Beethoven,

  • Published 29.02.16
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The 60-musician-strong Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra from Zlin in the Czech Republic mesmerised a full house at Kala Mandir on Sunday evening playing Beethoven, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and a surprise Tagore composition, Purano sei diner katha, as the last piece with the audience singing along. The symphony orchestra was accompanied by 10 members of the Calcutta School of Music orchestra. The 40ft x 40ft stage at the auditorium needed an 8ft x 30ft extension to accommodate all the musicians. The authorities said they had never before increased the size of the stage to accommodate an orchestra. The two-hour concert marked the conclusion of the centenary celebrations of the Calcutta Music School, the alma mater of Debashish Chaudhuri, the now Prague-based conductor of the Czech orchestra. To mark the occasion, the Calcutta School of Music announced an annual scholarship for a student or teacher from the institute to attend a short intensive course in Prague. In 1998, Debashish had joined a music course in Prague after winning a scholarship.Picture by Sanat Kr. Sinha
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