Ghazal Thumri and Kheyal Festival on 17, 18 and 19 March
Binonder Kiccha or The story of Gallinulte Hunter at Nehru Centre on 31st March
Baul and Vaishnav Music Festival on 21st April at Rich Mix and 30th April at Rich Mix.
My Interviews with Made In TV:
My interview with Yorkshire Evening Post:
The events I attend & promote:
Baul & Vaishnav Music Festival:
A two day festival happening on 26 and 27 March 2016 in East London featuring the ecsrtasy of the heart-arresting, unmarred melody that evolved from the soil of Bengal.
26 March 2016 at 6pm
Kobi Nazrul Centre, 30 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR
The ecstatic performances of Baul & Vaishnav music by local Baul groups and individual performers along with the brief discussion on these two major philosophical movement of Indian sub-continent that evolved from Hindu and Muslim (Sufi) faith and had shaken the music, literature, art of the whole region.
27 March 2016 at 7pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Performances of Baul and Vaishnav music by the renowned group of dedicated singers of these genres from different towns of this country.
Ghazal, Thumri and Kheyal Festival:
A unique and exotic three day festival that offers hypnotic performances of the extremely musically exuberant, magical and enrapturing genres of Pan-Indian (India as a sub-continent) classical and highly popular semi-classical music. The festival features few leading classical musicians that include Smt Monorama Prasad, Chandra Chakraborty, Roopa Panesar , Smt Sanhita Nandi, Sanju Sahai etc. The festival happens on 5, 12 & 13 March 2015. Performance on 05/03/2016 at Rayens Park Library (23 Approach Rd, London SW20 8BA) Performance on 12/03/2016 at Morden assembly Hall, Tudor Drive, Morden, SM4 4PJ Performance on 13/03/16: Rich Mix (35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA) Third Bangla Music Festival in London featuring the best Bengali singers in UK:
World Poetry and Indian Classical Music Festival in Leeds featuring UK’s three best Indian-classical musicians:
Sound of Solitude (Part of Alchemy at Southbank) On May 20, 2015 at 6.30pm in Southbank Centre, London. The event, as part of the Alchemy at Southbank Centre, offers a hypnotic glimpse of violin-solo by one of the leading violinists Kamalbir Nandra and Kheyal recital by Dr Priya Bhagwat, a very emerging classical singer and an advance disciple of Chandra Chakraborty. Both of the performances will be accompanied by the critically acclaimed Tabla player Yousuf Ali Khan. A short piece of piano composition by Niloy Amin and Greek as well as English poetry recitation by Despina Christodoulou are set to interpret the mood of the classical music. The event will be compered by T M Ahmed Kaysher, the director of Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music. The event will start at 6.30pm and finsh by 8pm. ভাইবে রাধারমণ বলে: Bengali Folk Music and Dance (Part of Alchemy at Southbank) 25 May, 2015 at 6.30pm in Southbank Centre, London. This event will showcase visceral Bengali folk songs and a spectacular traditional form of Bengali group folk-dance called Dhamail. The concert features a brief introduction on Bengali folk music by poet T M Ahmed Kaysher and the music by young and talented singers Sayan Gupta, Amith Dey as well as Dhamail dance by Sohel Ahmed, Ishita Bhattachariya, Shoi Pa, Sreema Nandini Gupta etc. Raga Sphere with R D Barman Saturday 13 June, 2015 at 6pm at Bhavan A notable and a very eminent Indian classical vocalist Chiranjib Chakraborty and his group accompanied by UK’s finest Asian band The 5.1.5 Crew is presenting the unique blend of R.D Burman’s all time favourite melodies with Indian classical music.. Vaishnavism thorough Bengali folk music and dance (নিমাই গীতি ও বৈষ্ণব সঙ্গীত ): The event is happening at Rich Mix London 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road,, E1 6LA London on 19 July 2015 from 12 noon to 5pm. RadhaRaman Society presents this spectacular event of Nimaigeeti and Vaishnav Sangeet that offers Bengali heart-perforating folk music and colourful folk dance which will collectively and connotatively expose as well as exude one of the influential Theo-philosophical movements in Indian subcontinent called Vaishnavism. Through the folk music, traditional Dhamail dance and brief discussion, the philosophy of Sri Chaitanya (1486 – 1534) who pioneered a new meaning into Vaishnavism, Indian spirituality and mysticism – will be unfolded with a beam of new lights on. The event is set to bring the magnificence of Bengali folk music as a serious art form; to connect and communicate diverse audiences from different cultural background through mechanising seamless interpretation, for non-Bengali audience, wherever it is appropriate. The event features prominent Bengali folk singers that include Himangshu Goswami, Gouri Chowdhury, Hashi Rani, Porosh Moni, Amith Dey etc and Bharathanatyam artist Ishita Bhattachariya, Dhamail artist Sohel Ahmed with a group of folk dancers. Past Events Raag Bahar: A classical music evening with Chandra Chakraborty The event is happened at the music room, Rear of 203 Preston Road, Wembley, London, HA9 8NF on 18/04/2015.
Chandra Chakraborty is one of the finest and an accomplished musical personality in the arena of North-Indian Classical Music. She is an astonishingly talented vocalist (both classical and semi classical) with an overwhelming gifted melody in her voice.
She is the one among few who actively delved into the experiment of widening the latitude of Indian classical music and creation of new audience across the globe through her pioneering musical activities with Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music. Her mesmerizing tonal tranquility beguiles the audiences as immediately as she starts with the beginning note; takes them to another plane of surreal world over the remote horizon. She, as if, weaves a breathtaking metaphysical tapestry in her voice while she sings any Thumri Dadra or other form of music. She is already recognised as ‘The queen of Thumri’ by some of the all-time best Indian clasical music giants including Pandit Ravi Shankar. Chandra is a true-maverick in her style of singing and amplifies her brilliant art of hypnotism by very structured ascending (aroho) , descending (aboroho) following very astute and stylist execution of the full range, tempo and the mood of each musical note. She indeed, keeps your all auditory muscle deeply engaged while you are listening to her (We can refer Nitchey’s very famous quotation ‘we listen to music with our muscle’). She, in fact, creates purely profound waves of serene tonal silence that is brilliantly sedative, lenitive, remedial for spiritual maladies and gives the audience an opportunity to find out the coolest solace for the burning hearts. Event at Bhavan on 28/03/2015 I was simply mesmerised by Sanhita Nandi ji’s beautiful sense of proportion in her exceptional, purely original form of Alap, very stylist Gamak, authentic and uninfected singing-style being purely loyal to original way of Kirana Gharana and the art of portraying sagacious intensity of colours of Ragas as well as the way of proliferating the heart-connecting emotions and spirituality into the meditative and magnetic waves of sound she created all the way through with her unique and powerful husky voice. Had a wonderful evening on last Saturday at Bhavan. Thanks Vidya Subramaniam and Tagore singer Imtiaz Ahmed, two disciples of Sanhita Nandi ji -for making this event come true. Event at Leeds Music College 07/03/2015 I came back home with the serene and soulful experience of witnessing her beautiful performance and then Interviewing her, -Roopa Panesar, the best female Sitarist of this country on behalf of Eastern Media and Arts Network (EMAAN) TV after a beautiful performance by herself and renowned Tabla virtuoso Bhupinder Sing Chaggar as part of the celebration of women in music event by SAA UK at Leeds College of Music. Roopa, in my experience, is a very prudent musician in devising the perfect ratio of both portraying emotions and showcasing the techniques and technicalities – all the way thr…ough her playing. She plays almost in between to let you feel cry and to make you burst into tears loudly all of a sudden. Bhupinder was accompanying so aptly to weave that fine-line of emotion, sometimes through intensifying the mood as somebody was putting salt on fresh-flesh which is being brutally bladed; and sometimes just complementing the melody of Sitar as to make a divine resonance. What I also liked is the way she seemed to be tenacious to the purity and subtlety of Indian classical music as one of the supreme level of art form and the way she connected spirituality and souls to her music . A stylist virtuoso of Sitar on her way down to ambassador the treasure and splendour of Pan-Indian art form in the West. Looking forward to witness her own distinguishable styles and compositions very soon which will create a luminous way for others to follow.