Hemantotsav concludes with stunning performances of Vidushi Veena and Subrata De

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Monday, December, 11 2017 - 15:11

The three-day bonanza of classical music and dance ‘Hemantotsav’ at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh concluded on Sunday with stunning performances of renowned dancer Vidushi Veena and prominent sitar maestro Subrata De.

The festival was organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra to celebrate the onset of winters.

Veena performed Bharatanatyam - an Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms.

The dancer opened her program with an invocatory ‘Pushpanjali’, she was at her best executing ‘Abhinaya’ and concluded with a bhajan, ‘Bhaja Govinda’, based on ‘Raga Bihag’.

The concluding day of Hemantotsav also witnessed a remarkable sitar recital by Dr Subrata De of Bishnupur Gharana who mesmerised the audience with ‘Raga Hemant’ through an alaap, jod alaap and jod jhalla, compelling the audience through his 'taan', and the skill in his fingers.

Mr De has not only earned his reputation as a performer, but as a cultural ambassador of India.

He learnt the sitar at the age of seven, under the guidance of Amarjeet Singh of Jamshedpur. Later, he trained under late Suramani Bauri Bandhu Sethi of Bhubaneswar, where he imbibed the essential elements of sitar.


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