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Incessant downpour of notes

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Rajyasree Ghosh is a leading artiste among the present generation of Indian Classical Musicians. She has a special distinction of having equal flair in both Raga music as well as the lighter version of Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, Nazrulgeeti, Bengali Tappa and Puratani songs. Rajyasree started her training in Indian Classical Music at a very early age. She was a gold medalist both in BA and MA in Classical Music (Khayal) at the Rabindra Bharati University. She was later awarded the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India in 1986 under the training of Pt. Amiya Ranjan Banerjee. A Scholar at the Sangeet Research Academy under the guidance of Vd. Girija Devi and Pt. Arun Bhaduri, she later received an extensive training from our own, late Pt. K G Ginde.

On the wettest day of the year so far, she was featured by the ICCR in an evening concert. Despite poor attendance due to rains, Rajyasree was undetered as she gave a wonderful performance which reflected the mood and the spirit of the season. She began with the raga 'Chhayanat'. 'Karat Ho' is a beautiful 'bandish' which expresses the sentiments of the heroine who sees through the games and pretences of the hero. 'Chhayanat' is a raga full of convoluted note structures and phrases. Rajyasree managed to navigate without any hindrances. The way she juxtaposed the sequences in different octaves was very interesting. She also sang compositions in 'Surdasi Malhar' and 'Ramdasi Malhar'. They were very melodiously rendered. Her interpretation of 'Ramdasi' was a bit novel. She pointed out that it was a combination of 'Gaud' and 'Shahana' which sounded quite convincing.

She concluded with a short composition of the raga 'Savani Bihag'. That too was a sweet melody rendered more in the Jaipur Attrauli style. She received superlative harmonium support from Siddhesh Bicholkar and on the tabla was the brilliant young tabla tabla player Tejovrush Joshi. The ICCR is engaged in preserving and propagating authentic culture which is laudable. They deserve kudos for this initiative.

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