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Bengal Music Fest ends

Thousands of listeners enjoy classical music

Cultural Correspondent

Truly it was a ‘festival for all’.
Each day over 30 thousand audience enjoyed nightlong presentations of diverse classical music performed by the legendary musicians and vocalists in the sub-continent at the open air programme at the Army Stadium.
Leading dancers also displayed spectacular classical dance recitals for the viewers, most of whom were youths.
In this sense, the aim of the organisers, Bengal Foundation, to popularise the classical music, seems to be successful despite the ongoing political turmoil.
Like the previous three nights, thousands of viewers were present at the concluding day event of the four-day festival and have enjoyed the most purified form of music till dawn on Monday.
The concluding day’s show began on Sunday evening with a classical manipuri dance recital by the local dancer Tamanna Rahman.
She was accompanied by two of her students, Joyanti Samantha and Subrato Das, a local sitar player Firoz Khan and four Indian musicians including Brajen K Sinha Thingam on mridanga, Amlan Halder on violin, Primila Sarkhaibam on vocal and Samyojit Ghosh on flute.
Tamanna presented three compositions of the manipuri genre directed by her mentor guru Kalavati Devi.
The first composition titled Gaurachandrika is a kind of offering to Gaura. The dancer began the devotional composition alone subsequently her two students joined in the recital.
But, Tamanna alone displayed the combat between Krishna and a monster in the ancient Brindaban through a delicate composition titled Kalia Daman.
All the artistes together presented 10 incarnations of god as mentioned in poet Joy Dev’s poem Dashavaran.
Other major attractions of the last day’s performances were vocal recitals by Indian artistes Suchisree Ray, pundit Ulhas Kashalkar, ustad Rashid Khan, Begum Parween Sultana in their respective styles befitting to the particular period of the night.
The audience also enjoyed santoor played by Rahul Sharma and rudra veena presented by ustad Bahauddin Dagar in the nightlong programme.
The last day’s event of the four-day programme was dedicated in memory of the legendary musician pundit Ravi Sankar.
The director of the Bengal Foundation on behalf of the organisation expressed her gratitude to everybody involved in arranging such a big event in the country.
Around 24 leading musicians and dancers from India participated in the second edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2013.
A Pakistani sitar player ustad Rias Khan and nine local musicians and dancers performed in the biggest music show in the country.

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