Tag: Classical music

National School Intensive 2016 of Spic Macay at The Newtown School


The Newtown School hosted the National School Intensive 2016 of Spic Macay at the school premises. The event was inaugurated in the presence of Sujata Mohapatra, Dushyant Nariala, Dr. L. Subramaniam and other eminent dignitaries.


The main aim of this event is to promote Indian culture among the youth of the country. The week long initiative is held exclusively for the school children. Students from different schools all over India will come to the host school and stay at the week long Gurukul. Within this time span they will be learning many new aspects of Indian culture from the maestros in various fields.

Some of the artists who would be coming to this event to interact with the students include Guru Ghanakanta Bora, Vidushi Subhra Guha, Vidushi Sujata Mahapatra, Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan, Vidushi Ashoka Dhar and many others.


A day at the NSI begins at 4am when students get up and do three hours of Naad Yog and Hath Yog. Following this, a sumptuous breakfast follows. Intensive dance, music and crafts workshop of three hours continue with a Guru every day. The afternoon continues with film screening of classics or folk performances. After dinner, everybody assembles at the hall to watch the performances of two artists. The weekends end with an overnight concert of classical music. Before leaving for their homes, the students go for a Heritage tour of the city.

The event will continue till the 30th of December.

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Song Recording of Upcoming Bengali Film Sudhu Jawa Asa


Presented by Indrani Dutta under the banner of Cine Tab Film Works, the song recording of the upcoming Bengali film Sudhu Jawa Asa took place at a recording studio in the city. Present at the recording was actress Indrani Dutta, her daughter Rajnandini and music director Nachiketa.

Sanjay Guha is the director of this film. The film is a love triangle involving a dancer, a sculptor and a fashion designer.


Speaking about the film, Indrani Dutta said “I am very happy that I will be doing the role of the dancer. I am even more elated that my daughter Rajnandini is singing in this film. I won’t reveal much now but this film is a musical. It has lots of songs composed by Nachiketa”.


Rajnandini, Indrani Dutta’s daughter was tensed as well as excited about the party song that she recorded. “Nachi uncle asked me to sing this song. I just completed my examination and I came to sing the song. This is my second playback. I sang another song for a film in which my mother was the lead. I just hope I have been able to live up to the expectations of Nachi uncle” said the young singer.

Nachiketa mentioned the fact that he considered Rajnandini as his own daughter. “She is doing a good job with the song. This song will be shot with her mother lip syncing in the song. After a long time, the audiences will see such Classical music in a Bengali film” added Nachiketa.

The film is slated for release soon!!

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Interview: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 Contestant Senjuti Das on Her Experience of Participating in Singing Reality Show (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)


Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contestant Senjuti Das received rave reviews for her singing capabilities from the judges at the show. In her first singing stint, she has made her presence felt. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent engaged in a candid conversation with the singer. Excerpts..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- When did you began to learn singing?

Senjuti- I began to learn singing in 2007. Initially I used to learn dancing. But since the dance teacher got married off, that put an end to my dancing lessons. My parents thought that I had a good voice and hence I started taking singing lessons. I used to learn Rabindra Sangeet from Nita Mukherjee and commercial songs were taught to me by Biswajit Roy. After some time I got the chance to enroll myself at Sruti Nandan. I am learning Classical songs there under Pandit Ajay Chakraborty.

How did Sa Re Ga Ma Pa happen?

Senjuti– I went to give the auditions to gain experience. I have never sung in front of a live audience or performed on stage. I thought it will be a great firsthand experience. I was not sure whether I will be getting the chance or not. But luckily I got through the auditions and that opened up new avenues.


How was the experience at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa?

Senjuti- The experience was extremely good. I learnt many things in a funny manner. I have learnt from the judges as also from my fellow participants. I also received great feedback from the judges which boosted me morally. We also used to have grooming classes. Pritam da was everybody’s favorite. My Hindi was not that fluent but he assured me that will not be a problem. Sajid-Wajid taught us about the history of Classical songs. It was an enriching experience.

Who are your favorite singers?

Senjuti- My favorites include Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Ajay Chakraborty and Arijit Singh.

Have you received any offers?

Senjuti- I have not received any offers at the moment.


What are your next plans?

Senjuti– I want to continue learning Classical music. I will also enroll myself for a course in sound engineering. All the good singers have sound knowledge about the various aspects of sound engineering. I also plan to enhance my knowledge. I will be enrolling myself for the course in Mumbai. Initially Pritam da will be guiding me.

What has been the reaction of your parents after your success at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa?

Senjuti- I have never been interested in studies. I have always been bent on the creative side. That is the reason why I was made to learn dance. But after my dance teacher was married off, they decided that I must learn singing. Whether I learnt singing or dancing, it has been their idea actually. I am glad I could make them happy and proud.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Senjuti- I want to become a playback singer. For that I am prepared to put in the requisite hard work. I hope that will lead me on the path to achieve my goals.

Wishing the talented young singer all the best for her future endeavors!!



Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.



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Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha celebrated at Jorasanko Thakurbari by Academy Theater


Academy Theatre celebrated its annual musical extravaganza featuring a unique venture Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha at Jorasanko Thakurbari. The festival consisted of the Stage Productions on different facets of geniuses of Jorasanko Playhouse from the various approaches of artistic translation on the Bengali Stage. The festival also featured an Exhibition of Visuals and the Publication of the Monograph related to Jorasanko Playhouse. The festival was a humble attempt to explore how the Jorasanko Playhouse inspired the stage and its music of the colonial and the post-colonial Bengal as well as India.

Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha  a selection of mancha-gatha (theatre-song)  featured the different aspects and relevance of the dramatical and musical ventures of the Jorasanko Playhouse. It also showcased the changing scenes of Jorasanko Playhouse  — spread as they are  over the  last two centuries, spanning from the playwrights like Madhusudan  Dutt, Ramnarayan Tarkaratna,  Jyotirindranath Tagore, Swarnakumari Devi, Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy to Abanindranath Tagore and Indira Devi Chaudhurani as well as many others, who flowed with the trend.


The production documented an interesting collage of the musical ventures of Jorasanko Theatre, never losing sight of perspective or the importance in inculcating expressions of the classic past. It has been scripted and directed by Devajit Bandyopadhyay while Devajit Bandyopadhyay and Riddhi Bandyopadhyay rendered the songs. It was a joint venture between Academy Theatre and West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts and Rabindra Bharati University.

The book Jyotirindranather Jibonsmriti, (brought out from Deys’ Publishing) was released by Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury (Vice Chancellor, Rabindrabharati University) at the same event. The book is edited by Devajit Bandyopadhyay.

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Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Remembered in Rajlakshmi Ghosh’s Piano Rendition


Mahanayak Uttam Kumar may no longer be with us but he survives in the films he had acted in. He is one of the brightest stars to have entered the Indian cinema. Pianist Rajlakshmi Ghosh paid tribute to the Mahanayak by playing out tunes from some of his most famous films.


The event which took place at Palladian Lounge saw the presence of many important personalities like National Award winning director Sanjoy Nag, producer Satrajit Sen, director Manoj Michigan, independent film maker Debasish Sen Sharma and director duo Soumya and Supriyo.


Rajlakshmi cast magic with her tunes on the piano. The songs that she played from the Uttam Kumar starer films are as follows- “E sudhu gaaner din” (Pathe Holo Deri), “Amar swapne dekha Rajkonya” (Sagarika), “Tumi je amar” (Harano Sur), “Surya Dobar Pala” (Indrani), “Ei path Jodi na sesh hoye” (Saptapadi), “Mou bone aaj”(Dui Bhai), “Amar sakal rashe dhara” (Bikele Bhorer Phul), “Ei kothati mone rekho” (Chowringhee) and many more. She was excellently complimented by Saira Shah Halim’s narratives who in her unique way read out from a script masterly written by Devasish Sarkar. Arundhuti, the daughter of Rajlakshmi, who is a pianist in the making played the role of the emcee of the event and kept the audience duly engaged and informed in between her mother’s recitals.


Rajlakshmi surely mesmerized the audience with her great presentation of the songs featured on the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar. The esteemed guests present enjoyed a great musical evening re-living the magical moments from Bengali cinema’s golden era.