Local classical vocalist Priyanka Gope and Indian sarangi player Allarakha Kalavant entertained the audience on Saturday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
They performed both solo and in duet, accompanied by local instrumentalists Soumen Sarkar and Iftekhar Alam Pradhan on tabla, Debasish Adhikary on harmonium and Pallabi on tanpura.
The show was organised jointly by the academy and the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh.
The first recital on the evening was presented by Priyanka, featuring a kheyal on raga Charukeshi – which denotes the first half of night. Her melodious voice and the musical accompaniment created a joyous atmosphere in the auditorium.
The second recital was that of raga Khamaj, also an evening raga within the Khamaj thaat (parent scales of Hindustani music).
At this stage, Allarakha Kalavant began his performance, starting with raga Bihag on sarangi, a popular string instrument said to most resemble the sound of the human voice.
On the other hand, raga Bihag, signifying the second half of night, is said to have the ability to create a jovial mood in mind. So when Allarakha presented the raga on his sarangi, it became an unforgettable listening experience for the audience at the auditorium.
Priyanka Gope also presented a number of thumris, lyrics-based classical songs that are either romantic or devotional in nature, and usually revolve around a girl’s love for Krishna. She also rendered the Urdu thumri Shyam Mori Bindiya Bikhar Jaaye and two Bangla thumris – Priyotomo Kholo Dar and Keno Rangale Ogo.
While talking to New Age, the singer said Keno Rangale Ogo was written and composed by Guru Gyanprakash Ghosh.
‘As the programme took place in the evening, we had decided to play ragas that denote the period between evening and late night,’ she said.
The programme was attended, among others, by the cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre director Jayasree Kunda.
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