Calcutta Event Review - NEEV (Foundation) Call for Humanity - Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music Program

On 30th December, 2010, Neev (foundation) presented Call for Humanity - a wonderful Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music Program, aided by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Neev is not a foundation since the word itself means foundation in Hindi. Established in 2003 as a charitable society, Neev (Foundation) is a social welfare organization with the spirit of rendering services as spreading education and providing health services to unpriviledged children. Neev would like to nurture all its children in every aspect of human life. So Neev is not restricting its support only to the field of formal education; it is also supporting informal education, cultural education and sports.

Neev is periodically organizing cultural programmes round the year. On 30th December they have organized the Musical Evening at Kalamandir, Kolkata.

The program, garlanded in the tune of Sarod by Pandit Debojyoti Bose who is popularly known as Tony Bose to Artists and Music Lovers , was divided into two parts. Tony Bose hails from one of the most eminent family of Indian Classical usical sector – His elder brothers are Tabla Maestro Pandit Govindo Bose and  Pandit Kumar Bose and Sister in Law is Famous singer late  Srimati Sipra Bose.

At the 1st half of the program, Pandit Subhankar Bandopadhyay was on Tabla to accompany Pandit Tony Bose in Sarod. That was a wonderful program by both the Pandits spreaded over an hour. The understanding was very good between the Pandits and their performance enriched the audience with rightly flavoured music. Tony was very nostalgic that day and he performed the Bandishes made and taught to him by His Guru, Living Legend World Famous Sarod Maestro Ustad Amzad Ali Khan around 25 years ago

The 2nd half of the program comprised of Sarod by Tony Bose in Jugal Bandi (duet ) with Sitar by Shri Partho Saha. Veteran Tabla Maestro Anindyo Chattopadhyay. Though Partho performed in a lower and soft musical scale than his usual to match the tune of Sarod in lower scale. So the understanding was very good between Tony Bose and Partho Saha and both of them made the evening very pleasant to listen. Anindyo Chattopadhyay was amazing in tabla to accompany perfectly the dual. The programme continued for around one hour.

Though the hall was not full of audience, the quality of audience was very good that evening and all viewers enjoyed the musical evening. Eminent musical personalities as well as young and upcoming talented musicians were present that evening to enjoy the true essence of the musical waves.

Elocutionist Sikha Paul was in anchoring that evening.

We support the Neev(Foundation) Mission and their effort for cultural enrichment.  We are in hope to watch such excellent musical events very frequently from Neev(Foundation) as well as musical personalities performed that evening.

The programme was really a great Christmas Gift to Kolkata Music Lovers at the last week of the year.

- Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay, Waashington Bangla Radio News, Kolkata

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