THE SEVENTH evening of the State’s golden jubilee celebrations saw two veterans performing at the jam-packed Ravindra Bhawan on Sunday. Noted sarod player Vishwajeetroy Chowdhury and vocalist Parveen Sultana enthralled the audience with some beautiful notes.
The evening started with the performance of Raga Jhinjhoti in Chautal by Chowdhury. This was based on a Dhrupad note with devotional lyrics - ‘Hey Mahadev Vishwambhar Jatajut Trinayna Neelkhant Mahadev’ - that were brilliantly translated into melodious strokes by the sarod maestro. The second rendering featured Nat Bihag in Teen Taal, which garnered huge applause.
The constant variation in the pitch and tempo threw the listeners into a trance and the hall reverberated with repeated clapping. Durhay Bhaumick (tabla) and Sukhad Munde (pakhawaj) enhanced the magical feeling of the fast strokes.
The huge gathering for the second presentation by the Begum was ample proof of her popularity. Music-lovers, who were eagerly waiting for the programme, got a feast for their ears with some soulful and spellbinding notes echoing in the auditorium. The doyenne began with Raga Jog and went on to recite other harmonic progressions in her high octave range.
Her silken voice and virtuosity were breezing and the listeners swayed to it continuously. Mukul Ray Dev accompanied her on the tabla and Shrinivas Acharya on harmonium.
Earlier, State Assembly Principal Secretary Dr A K Payasi greeted Chowdhury. Ex-chief secretary K S Sharma and D M Dharmadhikari welcomed Parveen Sultana. Commissioner Culture Pankaj Rag joined them in expressing gratitude towards the artistes. Parveen Sultana also had some words of appreciation for the art enthusiasts in the City. Sunil Vaidya compeered the programme.