The 118th birth anniversary of the late musician Dilip Kumar Roy was recently celebrated at the Satyajit Ray auditorium, ICCR. The musical evening was organized by the Sura Kavya Trust. One of the important and interesting features of this year’s program was that a number of performers hailed from the United States of America. They rediscovered their roots and performed music and dance in remembrance of Dilip Kumar Roy also called Dadaji.
This year’s anniversary tribute saw the performance in a unique blend of dance and music by two performers from America. One is the Boston-based Mouli Pal and the other is Sujata Bhattacharya. She was supported by songs rendered by Sujata Bhattacharya who is also based in Boston. Their presentation was Madhu Murali Baje.
The other non-resident performer this year was Mandira Sarkar who was at one time associated with All India Radio, Kolkata. She now lives in North America sustaining her commitment to music through recitals at the North American Bengali Conference and on the Republic Day, Diwali and Buddha Jayanti celebrations at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. This was her first journey into the world of Dilip Kumar Roy.
Professor Supriyo Bhattacharya set the tone for the evening with the Dadaji Oration to which Doordarshan veteran and poet Pankaj Saha added his personal impressions on the evening’s dance and music offerings.
The music and dance by the young performers set the perfect tone for this year’s birth anniversary celebrations of late musician Dilip Kumar Roy.