Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions Establishes the Irish Connection in Kolkata

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Kolkata, January 10, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Amidst the cold winter chill of a January evening, a fortunate few were treated to the warmth and compassion represented through Celtic culture and melodies synchronized with our very own Tagore’s.

Tagore beyond Irish Melodies was a soulful attempt to explore the cultural and musical resemblance between Ireland and India. Held in Gyan Manch on January 4, this event tried to establish a musical link between the two countries through the works of Tagore and Yeats.

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

This unforgettable evening started with musical presentations from Anna Tanvir, a trained classical singer and Harpist and daughter of late theatre personality Habib Tanvir.  Anna’s “I will arise”, inspired from Yeats’, ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’ sets the right mood for the rest of the event. Through this masterpiece, Yeats had wanted to showcase his longing for peace and tranquility. And, this was perfectly captured by Anna’s soulful voice. It was a melodious musical voyage - one which made the audience sail along willfully. 

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Yann, a versatile French guitarist, further dissipated the so-called territorial as well as linguistic barriers through his performance. When elocutionist Sujoy Chatterjee (an actor in BBC radio series) recited “Purabi” by Rabindranath Tagore, the audience was spellbound.

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Tagore Beyond Irish Melodies - Celtic Songs and Tagore's Compositions

Rishi Banerjee’s Rabindra Sangeet presentations like “Udashini bese, bideshini ke se nai ba tahare jani” and “Amar ei poth cholate anondo” were equally mesmerizing. Rohini’s rendition of Gurudev Tagore’s”Amar sonar bangla, ami tomaye balobashi” was a treat into the flavors of Bangla’s Baul culture.

The musical wave of patriotism continued when Anna and Yann made their next presentation based on Yeats’ “To Ireland in coming times”. Through these presentations, the singers were able to aptly explore the musical bondings and opportunities existing between the two countries. Anna’s “Sally’s Garden”, ushered in a stunned silence in the auditorium. This was followed by Tagore’s” Dujone dekha holo”  - beautifully presented by Rohini & Debasis Roychowdhury, a father daughter duo who had formed ‘The Tagore Ambassadors Group’ to take Tagore’s music to the world.

Through a lifetime of literary creations, both Tagore and Yeats had emphasized the need for a shelter and secured home through their respective work, which comes across clearly in their lyrical compositions. And, indeed this is only one of the connecting bridges between these two legends! The evening was to open the curtain on a few more, as it seemed.

This wonderful evening came to a meaningful close with the wonderful Christmas offering “Silent night, holy night”. Sung by Anna and Rohini together, it was just like adding that final cherry to the cake.

It was an evening solely dedicated to the celebration of Celtic music as well as Tagore’s composition and was absolutely a memorable experience for the fortunate witnesses.

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