Murtaja Kabir Murad performs on the flute. Photo: Ridwan Adid Rupon
Music Alliance World Wide (MAWW) joined hands with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) to arrange a classical music soiree at National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of BSA on May 2. Director General of BSA Liaquat Ali Lucky was chief guest while Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka Olivier Litvine attended the event as special guest. Apart from the guests, president and founder of MAWW Mehjabeen Rahman spoke at the programme.
The soiree titled “Boishakh-e Sur Lohori” featured mainly instrumental music along with a vocal music performance by Swarnamoy Chakraborty. Kabir Ali from Jamalpur set off the soiree with a dhun on his shehnai. A solo harmonium recital by Shantanu followed. Shantanu was a bit restless and was unable to generate the true essence of Raga Yaman, an evening time prayer raga. Any recital demands the blossoming of the exact mood and melody. Showcasing the dexterity of speedy recital bears little fruit if it fails to touch the music connoisseurs with melody. Several non-music audiences too marred the evening for genuine music lovers with their untimely applause.
Noted flautist Murtaja Kabir Murad appeased the thirst of music lovers with his soothing recital of Raga “Chandra Kauns”. Murad's slow alap recital was evocative of a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. His jod, jhala and tehai performances were amazingly sweet.
Sitarist Satyajit Chakrabarty next presented Raga “Yaman” at the soiree. He was also adept in delivering alap, jod and jhala. Tabla artiste Sabuj Ahmed accompanied the performer.
Swarnamoy Chakrabarty rendered Raga “Bhupali” at the event. His presentation of vilambit bandish “Pia Nehi Aye More-e Ghar” (on vilambit ektaal) was followed by madhyalaya teentaal bandish “Mehendi Laga Dere Sakhi Baiyan.” Pinu Sen Das accompanied him on tabla.
Guest artist Abhisek Lahiri from West Bengal, India, captivated the audience with his sarod recital. He first recited alap, jod and jhala set on Raga “Jog.” Soumen Nandi, also from West Bengal accompanied the artiste on vilambit and drut teentaal. Later, Abhisek performed a “Tilak Kamod” dhun on ektaal.