Suromurchhana US and Suromurchhana Kolkata paid a soulful tribute to Pandit A Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan.
A soulful tribute to Pandit A Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan
Kolkata, June 17, 2023:
Kolkata, the cultural capital of the country serves as the melting pot of a rich treasure trove of music of all genres. A galaxy of classical music exponents from across India carved the musical tapestry of the city from time to time. Pandit A Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan were two legends of classical music who lovingly embraced the city and pioneered the classical music movement in the city.
The rich legacy of Pandit A Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan is further carried forward by their worthy successor Pandit Sanjoy Banerjee and his talented disciple Namami Karmakar under the banner of Suromurchhana.
The 16th edition of”Pandit A. Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan Memorial Festival” held at Uttam Mancha, in Kolkata has been a musical soiree reminiscing the invaluable contribution of the much-revered maestros by Suromurchhana Kolkata and its overseas branch Suromurchhana US.
It was a treat for all music lovers and patrons of the city of joy as they were immersed in the ocean of mellifluous classical music renditions performed by a bouquet of exponents in collaboration with the Kolkata Society For Cultural Heritage. In that bouquet were budding talents as well as titans of Indian Classical Music.
The evening witnessed performances by Pandit Sanjay Mukherjee, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, Pandit Samar Saha, Pandit Tanmoy Bose, and Smt. Namami Karmakar.
The inaugural performance was a Tabla ‘Lahara’ by Sri Archishman Sinha Roy, Sri Arka Ghosh, Sri Anchit Majhi, and Sri Iraban Jha, four very young but promising students of Tabla exponent Pt. Tanmoy Bose. They were accompanied by Harmonium Player Sri Sajal Das. The rendition of Raag Multani by Kum. Shreya Gonugunta, winner of the Suromurchhana Talent Search Contest 2023 mesmerized the audience. Accompanying her were Sri Suprabhat Bhattacharjee on Tabla and Sri Jyotirmoy Banerjee on Harmonium. Then It was time for an instrumental ensemble of different compositions by noted Tabla artiste Pt. Sanjay Mukherjee who was accompanied by Sri Hiranmay Mitra on Harmonium.
Smt. Namami Karmakar, the immensely talented disciple of Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee takes the musical journey forward. Namami has been a prominent face of Kirana Gharana. She started her performance by singing Raag ‘Shyam Kalyan’, her rendition of the same reminded the audience of the great Vidushi Malabika Kanan. Smt. Namami Karmakar concluded her part by singing a bhajan composed of Saint Tulsidas Ji. Accompanying her were Tabla player Sri Bivash Sanghai and Harmonium Player Sri Jyotirmoy Banerjee. The mesmerizing performance of the trio was loved by the audience very much.
The night came to an end with Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, a disciple of Pt. Yashraj. His voice brought a soothing downpour after a thunderstorm conjured up by the previous instrumentalists and vocalists. The music lovers of the city who were present there expressed their joy and showered their blessings with a standing ovation.
Pt Sanjoy Banerjee, founder of Suromurchhana US and Suromurchhana Kolkata and convener of the program said, “Suromurchhana’s primary activities are to teach music. Instructions are provided to children and adults both one on one and in a group setting. We focus on the multicultural aspect of music by bringing together practitioners from diverse art forms to create social harmony through art and culture. We follow the footsteps of our Gurus and we want to spread Indian Classical Music all over the world.”
envisioned by Late Sangeet Vidushi Malabika Kanan and founded by Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee in 2007, Suromurchhana is a non-profit Indian classical music organization incorporated both in Kolkata and New York. It was. The organization follows the footsteps of much revered Indian Classical Music maestros Late Sangeet Vidushi Malabika Kanan and Pt. A Kanan.