Emotive shades of Rabindra Sangeet

Emotive shades of Rabindra Sangeet
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On the eve of Rabindranath Tagore\'s 75th death anniversary, the vocalists Barnali and Lahari presented a musical session on Rabindra Sangeet set on Indian classical ragas recently at Lamakaan. They started with Tagore\'s favourite “Raga Bhairav” and his song composed in the same raga \"Ratri eshe jetay meshe...\" (Where night merges into the ocean of daylight / you and I will meet at the site of its

On the eve of Rabindranath Tagore's 75th death anniversary, the vocalists Barnali and Lahari presented a musical session on Rabindra Sangeet set on Indian classical ragas recently at Lamakaan. They started with Tagore's favourite “Raga Bhairav” and his song composed in the same raga "Ratri eshe jetay meshe..." (Where night merges into the ocean of daylight / you and I will meet at the site of its confluence).

This was followed by a composition derived from a Hindi dhrupad "Murali dhani suni... in raga kafi/sindhu. The other songs were based on “Shyam, pilu barwa” and “Desh”. Barnali's rendition of classical ragas enthralled the audience. The emotive shades of Rabindra Sangeet were captured well by Lahari. Both the vocalists' meticulous practice remained evident all through.

Sohini masterfully intertwined the all-encompassing serenity of Tagore songs and its connection with Indian classical music in her well researched narration in English.

Abhijit's tabla was a real listening experience, T Sridhar on the violin and K Nand Kumar on the sitar provided excellent support to the artistes. The stage and light designed by Pulak was simple and gelled well with the theme.

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