Raga Spirit 2012

9.30am - 12noon
- Symposium - lecture/demonstration - "Thumri ki Kahani"

A historical & philosophical journey of the evolution of the light classical vocal genre of "Thumri".
Presented by Pt. Vijay Kichlu through lecture and old recordings of great masters of the past and their contributions to Thumri singing. Interspersed were live recitals of existing Purab ang and Punjab ang of Thumris by accomplished vocalists Sanjukta Biswas and Shantanu Bhattacharyya. Accompanied by Durba Bhattacharyya on harmonium.
Thumri Ki Kahani is the story of the romantic evolution of Thumri, comparatively a recent style of singing which took the world of music by storm about 175 years ago. The Lecture-demonstration went through the journey Thumri has undertaken and also about it's philosophy and what Thumri is all about. Valuable recorded music was played giving the precious compositions of some of the greatest earliest composers of Thumri like Lalanpiya, Sanadpiya, Bindadin Maharaj, and Kunwar Shyam and some of the unforgettable and rare recordings of stalwarts like Maijuddin Khan, Fiyaz Khan, Abdul Karim Khan, Begum Akhtar, Siddheshwari Devi, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and Barkat Ali Khan. There was also live demonstration of Pural and Punjab ang of Thumries from two of the finest young exponents of Thumri

 - the first complete work on Thumri and undoubtedly a rare and unforgettable experience for all music lovers.

12pm - 1.45pm - Lunch

1.45pm sharp - Opening Remarks and Lamp Lighting

2pm - 3.45pm  - Debashish Bhattacharya (Dev Veena or glide guitar) accompanied by Arup Chatterjee (Tabla)

4pm – 5.15pm - Sanjukta Biswas (Hindustani Vocal) accompanied by Samar Saha (Tabla), Durba Bhattacharyya [Harmonium]

5.15pm - 6pm - Dinner Break

6pm - 8pm - Tejendra Majumdar (Sarod) and Kushal Das (Sitar) - Juglabandi (duet) accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla)

8.15pm - 10.15pmAruna Sairam - (Caranatic Vocal) accompanied by H.N. Bhaskar (Violin) and Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam)

10.30pm - 12.30am - Rajan and Sajan Mishra (Hindustani Vocal) accompanied by Samar Saha (Tabla), Durba Bhattacharyya [Harmonium]

Presented by

In partnership with
The Mohinder Brar Sambhi
Endowed chair in Indian Music at UCLA

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