Dutch born Saskia Rao de-Haas wins crowd with east-west fusion
Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017's 4th Night ended with a stellar Sitar performance by Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee. The penultimate performance of the night, Cello by Saskia Rao de-Haas was an absolute crowd pleaser. She performed Raga Nandkauns and tunes from two popular songs by Rabindranath Tagore. Pandit Yogesh Samsi accompanied her on the Tabla and Tinku Sheel and Abhijit Kundu were on the Tanpura. Tapan Chowdhury, Director Square Group handed the crest to the artiste.
The 4th night of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 opened at 7.00 pm on 29 December at the Abahoni Grounds in Dhanmondi.
Directed by renowned dance exponent Sharmila Bandopadhyay, Nritya Chirantan, the dance recital had three parts, namely Manipuri, Bharatnatyam and Kathak by Sweety Das, Amit Chowdhury, Snata Shahrin, Sudeshna Shyamaprabha, Mehraj Haque Tushar and Zuairiyah Mouli. After the performance, Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation handed the crest to the artistes.
The next performance of the nigh was Raga Bhopali on the Sarod by students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay. A mesmerizing Khayal by Ustad Rashid Khan was the next attraction of the night. He performed Khayal in Raga Puriya and his own creation Raga Priyaranjini. The Next performance was a jugalbandi of Sarod by Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and Violin by Dr. Mysore Manjunath; They performed Raga Simhendra Madhyamam. Pandit Yogesh Samsi was on the Tabla, while Arjun Kumar accompanied them on the Mredangam. Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation along with Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, ndc, Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Industry handed the crest to the artiste.
The next highlighting performance of the night was be Khayal in Raga Jog by Pandit Jasraj. He also performed Bhajan in Raga Durga. He was accompanied by Ram Kumar Mishra on the Tabla, Pandita Tripti Mukherjee on the Harmonium and Sridhar Parthasarathy on the Mridangam. Rattan Mohan Sharma rendered vocal support during the performance. Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, Minister of Cultural Affairs handed over the crest to the artiste.
The last performance of the night was Sitar by Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee.Soumen Nandy accompanied him on the Tabla. He performed Raga lalit with Bistar and gat jhala. He finished the performance with Raga Bhairavi. The festival memento was handed over to the artiste by eminent architect Nahas Khalil.