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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Playlist for 01 Feb 2012

(Re-programmed owing to technocal problem)
01 – Slide guitar by Rhitom Sarkar
02 – Carnatic vocal by Dr Balamurali Krishna
03 – Bamboo Flute  by Pt Vijay Raghav Rao
04 – Sarod by Dr Ali Akbar Khan
05 – Vocal by Kaushiki Chakrabarty
06 –Duet by Ustad Vilayat Khan (sitar) &
Ustad Bismillah Khan (shehnai)

Playlist for 11 Jan 2012

01 –Duet by Ustad Bismillah Khan (shehnai) &
Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan (sitar)
02 –Duet by Pt Ronu Majumdar (flute) &
Kadri Gopalnath (saxophone)
03 – Vocal by Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty
04 – Sitar by Pt Budhaditya Mukherjee

Playlist for 18 Jan 2012

01 – Duet by Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar) &
Shashank (carnatic flute) - Pt I
02 –  Duet by Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar) &
Shashank (carnatic flute) - Pt II
03 – Santoor by Pt Tarun Bhattacharya
04 –Vocal by Prof Basavi Mukerji
05 – Sarod by Prof Joydeep Ghosh

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Playlist for 21 Dec 2011

01 – Violin by Lord Yehudi Menuhin
02 – Carnatic vocal by Bombay S Jayashree
03 – Carnatic mandolin by  U Srinivas
04 – Thumri on flute by Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia
05 – Vocal by Pt Jasraj
06 - Duet of sitar & sarod by Pt Ravi Shankar  &
Dr Ali Akbar Khan
(Ustad Alla Rakha – tabla)

Playlist for 14 Dec 2011

01 – Sarod by Dr Ali Akbar Khan
02 – Sitar by Alif Laila
03 – Vocal by Dr Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
04 – Sarod by Alam Khan
with Salar Nader (tabla)
05 – Violin by Jagan Ramamoorthy

Playlist for 7th Dec 2011

01 –Duet of shehnai & flute –Pt 1 - by Pt Rajendra Prasanna
02 - Duet of shehnai & flute – Pt2 - by Pt Rajendra Prasanna
03 – Duet of violin & sarod by Lalgudi Jayaraman &
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
04 – Vocal by Pt Onkar Nath Thakur
05 – Sitar by Sri Rohan Dasgupta

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Spotlight of the Month - November 2011

Late Bidushi Sipra Bose
(09 Nov 1945 – 22 Apr 2008)
A Gem of Bengal & A Jewel of India

Bengal, East and West, produced few female singers of the calibre of late Bidushi Sipra Bose of Kolkata. She was one of the very few female vocalists who sang pure classical and light classical almost equally well.  In the light classical section she was almost unparallel. She started learning classical vocal from Sri Gopal Banerjee from the age of six and later went to Sangeetacharya Pt Chinmoy Lahiri of the Lucknow Gharana. She was one of those rare breed of gifted musicians who came from a family with little musical background or heritage. Born with a gifted voice, rich and melodious, she was groomed by gurus like the peerless Begum Akhtar, Naina Devi and Pt Ravi Shankar and rose to fame through sheer hard work, devotion and dedication. Her father in-in-law Late Sri Anath Nath Bose of yesteryears was a renowned versatile musician, who sang light classical songs and played tabla. He had his sons late Pt Shyamal Bose and Pt Gobinda Bose, Sipra’s husband, trained in tabla playing.  Pt Gobinda Bose was extremely supportive of Sipra and accompanied her in most performances.
Sipra was not only a regular performer on All India Radio and Doordarshan but was also on the panel of became Many have had gurus such as those Sipra had and yet failed to attain the height she reached.
Figure 1Sipra with Pt Ravi Shankar and her husband Pt Gobinda Bose

She spoke with an ordinary voice when she conversed but her voice seemed to transform instantaneously as soon as she started to sing.  She had a captivating voice, lyrical grace and controlled eloquence which made her performances not only memorable but truly magical. She seemed to possess the power to captivate the hearts of her audience and  transport them to a world of bliss where she was the queen.

We were very fortunate to have been in a position to invite her for a UK tour through Surdhwani in September/October 1996. She was accompanied by her husband Pt Gobinda Bose on tabla and Sri Ratan Bhattacharya on harmonium. Pt Gobinda Bose is a renowned tabla player  and a senior staff in All India Radio, Kolkata. She had a very successful tour giving vocal concerts in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Leicester, Bedford and London and we all had a wonderful time with her.

Figure 2 Sipra with her husband Pt Gobinda Bose and Maitreyee Sarcar

Soon after her UK tour Dr Ali Akbar Khan was invited by us for a concert in Wolverhampton and a master class in Birmingham through Surdhwani. When we were taking  Ali Akbar Khan shahib to Birmingham in our car I asked him who he would like to listen to during our journey to the hall. When I gave him a list of names of musicians, vocal and instrumental, without any hesitation he chose to listen to Sipra. That speaks volumes about his regard for her as a singer.
Sipra released a number of LPs, cassettes and CDS through EMI, HMV, RPG as well as others to her credit on popular Bengali songs, light classical as well as classical songs.
She also travelled all over India as well as other parts of the world including Europe and USA giving vocal concerts in popular, Rag-Pradhan Bengali sons as well as light classical and classical performances winning hearts of her fans all over the world.
We will treasure her memory in our heart as long as we live with the utmost respect for her as a singer and deep affection for her as one of the warmest persons we have ever come across. We pay our humble tribute on her birth anniversary on behalf of Surtarang and dedicate the shows for the month of November to her memory. She will twinkle like a bright star in the music firmament and will continue to illuminate the hearts of her fans all over the world as well as ours for eternity.
Sistachar Sarcar
01 November 2011

Friday, 4 November 2011

Playlist for 23 Nov 2011

01 – Pakhawaj Solo by Ravishankar Upadhyay
02 –Dhrupad  by Dagar Brothers -
Ustd Aminuddin & Moinuddin Dagar
03 – Rudra veena by Utd Asad Ali Khan
04 –Sarod by Anindya Banerjee
05 – Sitar  by Pt Ashok Pathak

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Playlist for 30 Nov 2011

01 – Flute by Sri Sudip Chattopadhyay

02 – Carnatic violin by Dr L Subramaniam

03 – Sitar by Sri Deepsankar Bhattacharya

04 – Vocal by Dr Prabha Atre

05 – Sarod by Sri Ranajit Sengupta

06 – Shehnai by Ustad Bismillah Khan

Playlist for 16 Nov 2011

01 –Flute by Pt Vijay Raghav Rao
02 –Dhamar by Uday Bhawalkar
03 – Tabla Solo by Pt Suresh  & Satyajit Talwalkar
04 – Vocal by Ramneek Singh
05 – Sitar by Pt Subroto Roychowdhury

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Playlist for 09 Nov 2011

01 –Sitar by Smt Sahana Banerjee
02 – Carnatic vocal by Bidushi Manorama Prasad
03 – Tabla Solo by Pt Swapan Chaudhuri
04 – Vocal by late Bidushi Sipra Bose
With Pt Gobinda Bose on tabla
09 – Sarod by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Playlist for 02 Nov 2011

01 – Duet of  shehnai & sitar –
Utd Bismillah Khan & Utd Halim Jaffer Khan
02 - Vocal by Pt D V Paluskar
03 – Carnatic flute by S Shashank
04 – Sarod by Partho Sarathy
with Pt Subhankar Banerjee - tabla
05 – Vocal by Tripti Mukherjee

06 – Sitar by Pt Nayan Ghosh

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Playlist for 26 Oct 2011

01 – Flute by Pt Nityanand Haldipur
02 –Gayatri veena of Mysore by R K Surya Narayana
03 – Tabla solo by Uday Kulkarni
04 – Vocal by Smt Suranjana Bose
05 – Sitar & sarod Duet by Smt Reena Srivastava &
Dr Rajeeb Chakraborty