Pt. Ronu Majumdar & Anubrata Chatterjee Live In India Concert Presented by Bickram Ghosh - Melting Melodies, Touching Souls

Pt. Ronu Majumdar & Anubrata Chaterjee Live in Concert

Pt. Ronu Majumdar

Pt. Ronu Majumdar

Bickram Ghosh

Live in Concert - Live in India

Calcutta, Nov 30, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Live In India presented an enchanting musical program titled "Live In Concert" on Nov 26 at ICCR Auditorium in Kolkata. Ace flautist Pt. Ronu Majumdar accompanied by noted Tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee created a heavenly ambiance for the audience that evening.

A leading Classical instrumentalist from India and receiver of numerous recognitions and awards, Pt. Ronu Majumdar prefers to be a worshiper of the Flute or Bansuri rather than just a player.

Comparatively younger but nonetheless endowed percussionist Anubrata Chatterjee ably accompanied Pandit Ronu Majumdar. Having showed his versatility on the Tabla by playing with legends like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Anubrata has imbibed the best of both worlds into his compositions to present the listeners with a balanced dose of entertaining as well as enriching music.

In a novel concept of taking Indian Classical Music beyond the so-called boundaries of “elite” audience and reaching out to the masses, Live In Concert has brought together these two greats based on their passion for New Age music resulting in an enthralling performance. After an apt introduction of both the musicians by noted percussionist Bickram Ghosh, ‘Curator’ of Live in India, Pandit Ronu Majumdar started the evening off with his favorite Raga - the transcendental Raga Saraswati. Best received by the audience was a well arranged musical piece based on the Bhajan, ‘Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo’, with glimpses of the much-awaited Jugalbandi.

Surprising the listeners with his vocal rendition of the same Hymn whose Bansuri tunes had left the listeners wanting for more a few seconds back, Pandit Majumdar captured the essence of the evening and gave it a culmination as perfect as can be. He expressed his desire for “classical music not for the niche audience but for the mainstream” and with this aim he wishes to popularize this genre among the not-so-frequenters of live concerts.

This, perhaps, is what connects him with the theme of Live In India, which is conceptualized as a series of hour-long classical music concerts in befitting auditoriums with stringent listening rules. Bickram Ghosh was pretty confident that this endeavor will bring back the crowd to the sessions of live music performances by maestros and take away from adherence to its recorded forms, gradually but steadily. Very soon, the audience will be treated with Live In Parks, another praiseworthy effort by the Live In India Project, with strings, percussion and tunes creating a mesmerizing and harmonious union of musical souls.

In spite of all the apparent boundaries between orthodox notes of Classical music and the New Age or popular renditions and compositions, the root of all genres remain the same, in the age old basic notes created by the Greats in Music, irrespective of their geographic origin. The difference lies only in its more superficial context - the changing tastes of the generations that it seeks to entertain. And, thus it is only apt that endeavors like that of Live In India are not only appreciated but also welcomed, as what they aim to stage isn’t just a regular concert but a short and equally scintillating musical performance that balances and harmonizes the whole range of musical preferences, reinventing conventions and at the same time keeping the essence alive in its purest form.

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