Kolkata, 12th February, 2024: On Saturday, an evening of transcendent musical performances unfolded at the prestigious Vivekananda Hall of The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata as renowned artists gathered to create an enchanting atmosphere celebrating Peace & Harmony. This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza, presented by Rhythm Express, Global Art Presenter (Kolkata) & Kalyani Roy Memorial Trust, showcased the brilliance of Tabla Maestro, Prodyut Mukherjee (Grammy Jury Member & GIMA Award Winner), Singer, Shri Asish Chatterjee and Sitar Virtuoso, Pt. Partha Bose, mesmerizing the audience with their exceptional talents.
The event was graced by distinguished personalities including Mr. Shyam Pandey (Founder & CEO, IPAF – International Performing Arts Festival), Dr Sayan Bhattacharya (Education Officer, Indian Museum), Ms Alokananda Roy (Renowned Dancer), Ms. Riddhi Bandopadhyay (Renowned Singer) and Mr. Gautam De (Former Regional Director, ICCR).
Starting off the evening’s performances, Shri Ashish Chatterjee captivated the audience with soul-stirring renditions of Devotional Songs like Amay Ektu Jayga Dao, Mayer Mondire Bosi & Khelicho E Biswa Loye, setting the tone for an evening filled with spiritual resonance and emotional depth.
Following Chatterjee’s emotive performance, Pt. Prodyut Mukherjee took center stage, and presented an enthralling showcase of ‘The Art of Percussion’. With intricate rhythms and masterful precision, Mukherjee’s performance exemplified the rich tradition and virtuosity of Indian classical music, leaving the audience spellbound. He brought out various outstanding sound effects in Tabla, such as Movement of two trains side by side on track, the sound of Conch Blowing, Winds and many more.
Closing the evening on a sublime note, Pt. Partha Bose enraptured the audience with a captivating performance, weaving melodies that transcended barriers of language and culture, and evoking a sense of unity and harmony. He was also joined by Pt. Prodyut Mukherjee and their Jugalbandi presented SHANTI DHWANI based on Raga Gaoti, SHRINGAR – Dhun based on Raga Mishra Pilu & RANGEELA RITU – dhun based on Raga Kirwani, tributing the same to the season of Spring.
“‘Peace & Harmony’ serves as a testament to the unifying power of music and art. In a world often divided by differences, events like these remind us of our shared humanity and the universal language of creativity. The performances tonight were not just displays of skill but expressions of the soul. Each artist brought a unique perspective, yet together, they created a harmonious tapestry of sound and emotion”, said Tabla Maestro, Prodyut Mukherjee.
As the curtains fell on Peace & Harmony, the audience departed with hearts uplifted and spirits renewed, reminded of the transformative power of music to unite, inspire and transcend.