Acclaimed Kolkatabased musician Dipankar Roy Choudhury gave a scintillating slide guitar recital on the 202nd music baithak programme of the Pracheen Kala Kendra on Monday evening.
The artist, who started his musical training at a very young age, belongs to the Imdadkhani Gharana. Dipankar has a distinctive style of his own which is marked by an approach to both gayaki (vocals) and tantrakari (instrumental).
He opened the concert with the Raga Jhinjhoti. The alaap and jod followed by the jhala brought out the inner depth of the raga and touched the listener’s heart. His inherent musicality took flight while he played the next composition in drut teen taal in Raga Charukeshi amidst thunderous applause, where Dipankar showed abundant imagination and his technical virtuosity in full measure. Every note had something to say of its own and the musician’s soft strokes were reminiscent of the graceful tones of his masters.
Dipankar Roy Choudhury’s urge for graceful expressions, however, was best displayed during his third item in which he presented his gayaki aang through melodious self-composed ghazals such as ‘Tumhare shaher mein mausam bada suhana lage hai’ followed by another ‘Main ek sham chura loon agar bura na lage’, which were successful in captivating the audience.
Dipankar concluded with Ameer Khusro’s sufi kalam ‘Main to piya se naina mila aai re’. Renowned tabla player Debasish Adhikary provided admirable accompaniment to the artist.