Calcutta, July 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) "Surbahar" was founded by the guitar Legend - BATUK NANDY in the year 1964. Surbahar till date happens to be one of the premiere organizations in teaching Music in it's true form.
After Batuk Nandy's demise in 2001, his son - the leading Music Composer and Vocalist Nilanjann Nandy (aka Aroop Ratan) took over the mantle of the Principal and trains many students under his tutelage in Vocal Music (Rabindra-Sangeet, Light Classical, Ghazal, Adhunik, Shyama Sangeet, Puratoni) and the Guitar.
In the past, performers like Debabrata Biswas, Chinmoy Chattopadhyay, Asoketaru Bandopadhyay, Sagar Sen, Suchitra Mitra, Sumitra Sen, Kanika Bandopadhyay, Arghya Sen, Purba Dam, Shyamal Mitra, Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, Pintu Bhattacharyya, Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, Swapan Gupta etc. cretaed magic on stage in musical evenings organised by Batuk Nandy's SURBAHAR.
After his demise, under Nilanjann's arrangement and organization - celebrities like Banasree Sengupta, Srikanta Acharya, Swapan Basu, Shampa Kundu, Sriradha Bandpopadhyay, Bijoy Lakshmi Burman, Amalendu Bhattacharyya etc paid their homage to Batuk Nandy through their soulful music.
This year, Nilanjann decided to start felicitating celebrities from different fields of Art and Culture, and devised a prestigious award named after his dear dad - BATUK NANDY SMRITI SAMMAN; and the recipients this 2011 year were:
1. USHA UTHUP - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
2. MANOMAY BHATTACHARYYA - BEST RABINDRASANGEET ALBUM (ANANDOLOKEY)
3. RAJATAVA DUTTA - EXCELLENCE IN FILM MEDIA
4. JAGANNATH BASU & URMIMALA BASU - EXCELLENCE IN RECITATION & SRUTI-NATOK
Others who were felicitated were -
- Asima Mukhopadhyay (Music Director/Vocalist)
- Srirupa Bhattacharya (Danseuse)
- Amalesh Chakraborty (Playwright)
- Tapati Bhattacharyya (Actress/Drama / Aneek)
- Samir Dasgupta (Reciter)
- Ganga Prasad Roy (BATUK NANDY's old student)
- Shankar Dasgupta (Script Writer)
Students of Surbahar, like Rupa Deb, Subhayan Saha, Krishna Dasgupta and Saswati Ray presented Rabindra Sangeet and Modern Songs with a lot of confidence and melodic strains.
Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay, an upcoming reciter from the Gen Y, and a writer, recited some wonderful poems by Tagore, Joy Goswami and others with poise and expression supported by good background music. His diction is flawless and is interspersed with the adequate tinge of dramatics.
Neeharika Nandy, the grand-daughter of Batuk Nandy and daughter of Nilanjann Nandy (aka Aroop Ratan) performed beautifully , rendering Rabindra Sangeet, and other Hindi and Bengali numbers with finesse!
Neeharika's "Tumi Kemon kore gaan koro he guni" (Rabindra Sangeet) and her own number "Ichchhe" (Lyrics and Music by Nilanjann Nandy) exceeded all expectations and scored a perfect 10.
Nilanjann' better-half Ellora Nandy sang 2 or 3 numbers with a lot of dexterity and mastery, especially in her Hindi rendition. Her Bengali rendition of Asha ji-s super hit number "Pora Baashi" was immensely aceepted by the gathered audience.
Nilanjann himself did not get much opportunity to perform as he was busy conducting the whole programme with such grace and beautiful verses... though he promised to be back with a lot of songs in December 2011, in the same venue Rabindra Okakura Bhaban, Salt Lake City.
Nilanjann's rendition of his own composition NEEHARIKA, with only his guitar, was the gem of the evening. A song which superceded all that is said about the miseries of modern day childhood.
On various musical instruments - Tapas Bhowmik (Piano Accordion), Kishore Mallick (Guitar), Rahul Ganguly (Tabla), Arghya Banerjee (Octapad) and Bapi Bagchi (additional Tabla) gave more than able support to the songs.