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Bangla Sangeet Mela kicks off in Kolkata


By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: The Bangla Sangeet Mela organised by the West Bengal State Government kicked off on Monday in presence of CM Mamata Banerjee and stalwarts of Indian Music Bapi Lahiri, Swantanu Moitra, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and many others at Nazrul Mancha.

“We are proud to be able to give a platform to our artists. Artists are our assets. One day Bengal’s culture will win over the world,” asserted Banerjee while inaugurating the Sangeet Mela.

The CM further informed that thousands of folk artists have been registered in the last four years for providing monthly stipend and these artists will perform at government functions.

“On December 23, we will have a beautiful cultural function on a ‘vajra’ at Lal Dighi in BBD Bag and Lok Sanskriti Utsav will also begin on the same day,” she added.

Banerjee conferred the ‘Bishesh Sangeet Samman’ award on veteran artists Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Ajoy Chakraborty and Sandhya Mukherjee. The ‘Maha Sangeet Samman’ was conferred on seasoned artists Shantanu Moitra, Md Aziz, Kumar Bose, Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Sriradha Bandyapadhyay, Dilip Kumar Bose and Fakir Alamgir. The CM conferred the ‘Sangeet Samman’ on Nachiketa.

The six-day festival will continue till December 21 in several places of Kolkata– Rabindra Sadan, Mohar Kunja, Sisir Mancha, Hedua Park, Princep Memorial and other areas.

A special performance by some prisoners of the Dum Dum Central Jail also took place on December 17 at Rabindrasadan.

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London, July 4, 2017: British Indian Soumik Datta, a renowned sarod maestro, will curate a day-long festival, Indian Summer Baaja, as part of the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Indian Summer season, on July 23.

The event will feature music, stories, and dance from across South Asia as curator Soumik brings together an array of Britain-based musicians, storytellers and dancers whose contemporary practice is deep-rooted in the musical traditions of South Asia.

Horniman Museum and Garden’s Indian Summer will be a series of events and exhibitions from July 9 to September 3 and celebrate 70 years of India’s and Britain’s cultural ties.

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The day will close with a two-hour gala of voices, drummers, and strings led by Soumik, who has worked on collaborative projects with the likes of Beyonce Knowles, Anoushka Shankar, Joss Stone and Shankar Mahadevan, on the sarod.


“I wanted to recreate the atmosphere of vibrant Indian festivals complete with nomad bands and folk musicians playing on street corners and city gardens,” Soumik said in a statement.

“The word ‘baaja’ in Hindi roughly translates as ‘instrument’ or group of instruments. For me, an instrument carries with it the DNA of where it has come from. In its sound, it carries the identity of its region.

“In its resonance lives its many stories. Responding to the incredible collection of instruments at the Horniman, I wanted to celebrate ancient South Asian instruments such as the sarod, veena, bansuri and kanjira that are now being played by young and dynamic second generation maestros in the UK with an urgency that keeps this music relevant and alive,” he added. (IANS)


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Chennai, March 02, 2017: Padma Shri award winner Ustad Rashid Khan will be performing in Banyan Tree fest to be held in Chennai. This musical fest is held once in a year and features some of the country’s great musicians. Banyan tree is a path finder in the field of Indian performing arts’promotion for past 21 years.

Nandini Mahesh, the director of Banyan Tree Events said to PTI, “The aim of Banyan Tree is to discover, preserve, nurture and celebrate these creative expressions for which we have created six National Festivals that are held annually in 18 cities across India”.

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“We share a good rapport with 2,000 performing artistes across genres, linguistic groups, and cultural backgrounds. The main focus, of course, has always been classical music, both vocal and instrumental”, she further added.

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“Pearl has for the longest time wanted to set up an alternative music festival, and has been talking about it for the last four years,” Nikhil said in a statement.

“Very early on, she saw where the large festivals were headed to and she thought that we needed to support alternative music that could be more popular, since the clubs were turning into mini-festivals themselves, with confetti canons and lasers, which we earlier saw only at big festivals.

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“She wanted to work closely with her counterparts in the music scene and we both came up with the hare-brained idea of doing a festival in Goa in the monsoon when supposedly very few people come to Goa. After that first edition in August when more than 600 people came for the music, we knew we would be doing Satellite again,” he added.

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It has an impressive line-up of Indian talent and top names from Anjunadeep, a premier deep-house music label. Indian producers and DJs like Arjun Vagale, BLOT, Ash Roy, Praveen Achary, Pearl and Nikhil will be playing at the fest. (IANS)