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12:00 AM, January 16, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 16, 2016

Lakshyapar into the second Octave

Seventh classical conference held in Narayanganj

Lakshyapar has just accomplished its first cycle of journey towards expansion of classical music all around. Since 2009, each year taken as a musical note, Lakshyapar has struck ni, the 7th note -- with its 7th annual classical music conference. Held on January 6-7 at NCL Convention Centre, Narayanganj, the programmes were dedicated to Pandit Jnanprakash Ghosh.

The first day was reserved for a classical vocal competition to find out the six best boys and girls for Haradhan-Sukhen Scholarships. This year, a new event was added – an interesting exhibition of live musical instruments ranging from Bangladeshi folk to sub-continental classical genres. An audience of at least five hundred people was welcomed with a group performance of raga Madhubanti. It was followed by the Lakshyapar Lifetime Achievement Award-2015ceremony. This part began with the screening of “Tarei Khuje Berai”, a documentary on veteran sehnai player from Madaripur, Hiranna Chandra Das who was conferred the honour. The traditionally ritualistic part was highly praised by Deputy Commissioner Anisur Rahman Mian and Abdul Hai, the Administrator of the district.

Then began the two-part nightlong sessions of classical music. As usual, the recitals began with this year's 'artiste of the future', Bengal Scholar Abhijit Kundu who sang his heart out through a kheyal rendition of raga Yaman. Sheuli Bhattacharya played raga Jog on violin.

The second and last session brought on stage Amzad Hossain from Kolkata. The sitarist, who has blessings from no other than Ustad Vilayet Khan, played raga Darbari. Vocal artiste from Naogaon, Bipul Chatterjee, performed raga Behag. Sarodiya Arnab Bhattacharya's (from Kolkata) raga Ahir Bhairav was followed by a raga Todi on santoor by Shuddhashil Chatterjee. Fakir Suman's vocal performance on raga Lalit and a short wrapper on raga Bhairavi took the conference to an end. Sabuj Ahmed, Mir Naqibul Islam and Prashanta Bhowmik on tabla and Tinku Shil on harmonium accompanied the performers.

Three online radio stations Radio Lakshyapar, Radio Narayanganj and Radio Nree took the programme live to a stunning audience of about a hundred thousand.

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