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