Swara Samrat festival

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Swara Samrat festival
Swara Samrat festival logo.jpg
Genre Indian classical music
Dates 5–6 January 2013
Location(s) Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata
Founded by Shreeranjani

Swara Samrat Festival (SSF) was an Indian classical music concert which was organised at the Nazrul Mancha auditorium in the Indian city of Kolkata on 5–6 January 2013 by Shreeranjani, a cultural organisation headed by the Sarod maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. The event was dedicated to The Immortal Duo - Swara Samrat Ali Akbar Khan and Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar (who died on 11 December 2012).[1][2] Artistes like Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Aashish Khan, Dr. Girija Devi, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Ustad Zakir Hussain performed in this festival.[1]

Background[edit]

Ali Akbar Khan
Ravi Shankar
The festival was initially planned as an event to commemorate the 90th birth anniversary of Ali Akbar Khan (left), but, after death was Ravi Shankar, the organisers decided to dedicate it to Ravi Shankar (right) too.

Tejendra Narayan has really worked hard to put this concert together. I have heard no one came forward to help him out, which is unfortunate. But such an effort will always be remembered.

Aashish Khan[3]

The two-day-long musical extravaganza was organized by Shreeranjani music organization and led by Indian sarod maestro Tejendra Narayan Majumdar.[4] The festival was initially planned as an event to commemorate the 90th birth anniversary of Ali Akbar Khan. Ravi Shankar was informed about the event. But after the death of Ravi Shankar on 11 December 2012 the organisers decided to dedicate this program to the Sitar maestro too.[1][2][5] Majumdar called this festival a dedication to "The Immortal Duo – Swara Samrat Ali Akbar Khan and Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar."[6]

In an interview, Indian sarod player Aashish Khan, (who was also a performer in this event) told that Tejendra Narayan Majumdar worked very hard to organise this musical festival and found it unfortunate that no one came forward to help Tejendra Narayan.[3]

Performances[edit]

Some of most prominent classical musicians of India performed in this musical extravaganza.[2]

On 5 January 2013

Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor) performed with Anindo Chatterjee (Tabla), Birju Maharaj (Kathak) performed with Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla), Hari Prasad Chaurasia performed with Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla), Jasraj (vocal) performed with Ramkumar Mishra (Tabla).[2][5][7]

On 6 January 2013

Aashish Khan played Sarod with Swapan Chaudhuri (Tabla). Girija Devi (vocal) performed with Samar Saha (Tabla) and Zakir Hussain (Tabla solo) performed with Dilshad Khan (Sarangi).[2][5][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Classical legends leave their mark". The Times of India. Jan 8, 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Swara Samrat festival". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Annapurna Devi is heartbroken: Ustad Aashish Khan Debsharma". The Times of India. Jan 5, 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swara Samrat Festival- Day 1". Times City. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Two masters and a tribute". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shreeranjani". Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Event information at Anandabazar Parika (Bengali newspaper)". Anandabazar Patrika. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 

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