Kolkata, January 2, 2010 (Cacutta Tube/IBNS) Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, a premier organization dedicated to Indian classical art and culture, completed its two-day celebrations with Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan and Pandit Dinanath Misra mesmerizing the crowd with a rare jugalbandi featuring sehenai and classical vocals respectively in Kolkata on Sunday night.
The sehenai maestro’s heart rendering tunes blend in the winter chill create to create an otherworldly experience.
Later he lamented, “Sehenai is becoming a dying art as nobody learns it with diligence. Earlier, there were degrees also. A true artist will pursue the profession no matter what, but now everything is money oriented.”
Dinanath Misra praised the city’s taste for music. He said, “The city is always welcoming music. Music has a great platform here. It feels special to come here and sing and be appreciated.”
Talking about the rich culture of music, he said, “I am sure Kolkata as is so often seen will continue to produce musicians and vocalists of rare class both in mainstream and classical gharana.”
Earlier, on Dec 25, Srabani Sen presented Rabindra Sangeet to commemorate the 150 years of the Bard’s birth anniversary. She said, “It was a pleasing opportunity to sing before such a learned crowd.”
Talking on the occasion, Sajal Koser, Secretary and Shobha Koser, Registrar of the Kendra, lauded the city for the warm welcome.
“We are going to set up a bigger premise in Kolkata. Since the Kendra has more than 2500 affiliated centres in West Bengal and other parts of Eastern region of India, therefore, the new premises would fulfill the long-felt need of our centre superintendents and also cater to the growing needs of student community as well as music fraternity,” Koser said.
The Kendra has a pan-India presence with over 3500 centres propagating and upholding Indian music, dance and fine arts. It has prominent presence outside India as well, including USA, Canada, Britain, Singapore, Mauritius, Dubai, Kuwait, Nepal, Bangladesh, etc.
Shobha Koser added that there has been significant growth in the activities of the Kendra not only in the Eastern region but so also all over the country, as a result of which as many as 2,54,019 students appeared in its different examinations in the session 2009-2010 out which nearly 5500 students appeared for the Visharad and 700 students for Bhaskar examinations and the pass percentage was 86 and 97 respectively.