Evocative vocals, Rabindra sangeet and drama marked the week's cultural fare.
Tarang, a socio-cultural association of the NSTL employees featured a vocal recital by the music teacher of its school, Palanki D. Saraswathi last week in its auditorium Manasi. Saraswathi, after getting off to a tunefully pleasing start with Abhishtavarada (Hansadhvani) embellished with swaram in thrilling tempo, sustained it rendering Kanugontini (Bilahari), Sogasuchoodatarama (Kannadagowla), Marugelara (Jayanthasri) and Anyayamuseyakura (Kapi) embellished with aalapana and swaram in the two speeds with felicitous charm in the first half. Her expansive expatiation of Brovabharama (Bahudari) and Maajanaki (Kambhoji) besides Nanubrovamanicheppave (Kalyani), Rajeevanetrraya set to tune by herself in Behag, a composition of Purandhara Dasa in Desh and a Kabir Bhajan in Bhageswari before she concluded her recital with Uyyalaloogavayya (Neelambari) and Mangalam filled the second half. Endowed with haunting melody and effortless ease in the voice that could traverse a little over two octaves with the same intensity, she held the audience almost spell bound for about two hours. Knowledgeable tani by G. Venkata Rao contributed grandeur.
Equally enchanting was the variety show presented by the members of the Bengali Association Amra Kajon (a few of us) under the direction of Dilip Acharya, Rekha Dey and Sudipta Banerjee in the premises of the Kali Temple on the Beach Road celebrating the Bengali New Year Day on April 15. After the evocative invocation by Dilip Acharya, dances by sprightly children, Sanatha, Manisha, Shreya, Smitha, Anusha, Ishika, Manogya and Mahathi in groups charmingly unfolded the beauty embedded not only in the lyrics but also the musical nuances (Ravindra Sangeeth). Bengali rhymes presented next by Diyashini, Dipali, Poushali, Misti and Akash and music on key-board by Master Ashish were commendable. The highlights of the evening's show were Rabindra Sangeeth presented by Rekha Dey, Sohini Dutta Gupta, Mita Mandal, Mahu Dutta, Dilip Acharya and Master Sayan Pahani, Shyam and cine sangeet by Jaya Chatterjee. Humourous play Bibaho biched mamla (divorce case) presented by Sakthi Prasad Dey, Jyotirmoy Mukherjee, Neelima Chowdary and Mala Dey provided the grand finale.