Two day Music and Dance programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Tran steps of Kathak and Echoes of Indian drums leaves the audience spell bound on concluding day of Two day Music and Dance programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Chandigarh-19 Oct,Concluding day of Two day special programme of Music and dance witnessed a remarkable Kathak by Archana Singh and an incredible Taal Vadya Kacheri led by versatile percussionist Arunangshu Choudhury with his group at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here today. The programme was organized by Pracheen Kala Kendra in the series of its golden jubilee celebrations this year.

Born in a family of music lovers, from Gwalior, Archana was always fascinated with Indian Classical Music and Dance. At an early age of six she started learning Kathak under the aegis of the great Guru Sh. Hari Shankar Gupta of Gwalior after that she learned the intricacies of Kathak from Guru Urmila Nagar, a Senior most exponent of Jaipur Gharana Presently she is learning Lucknow Gharana of Kathak under the tutelage of renowned Guru Malti Shyaam. Apart from performing in most prestigious music festivals of India, she has performed in abroad as well and have been highly appreciated by connoisseurs of dance. Her recent trip to Turkey with her students made a deep impact in Egirdir Children Folklore Festival. Archana’s vivacity, elegance, flair for ‘laya’ and aesthetics, remarkable expressions, flourish in movements, independent mind to display innovative skills without compromising the dignity of pure traditional Kathak dance form, gives her a delightful appeal on stage. She is also a graded artist of Delhi Doordarshan

Born into a musical family in Kolkata Arunangshu started learning Tabla at the age of six from Pandit Shyamal Bose and Pandit Shankar Ghosh in Farukabad style. The influence of North and South Indian classical rhythm, nicely blended with African, Japanese, Indonesian, Turkish and Persian rhythm accents, gives his playing a different style which is uniquely of his own. Presently this Delhi based musician has had an illustrious career spanning more than 15 years..
The musical experience of working with many internationally acclaimed artists like Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan, Pandit Debu Chowdhury, Pt. Mani Prasad, Kehan Kalhor,Hyno San,Swavek Kulpwitz,Cristopher Dan, Abida Parveen and many more international bands; has placed him in the top rung of world musicians. He has performed on many prestigious stages worldwide. A multi percussionist, composer & lead person of the fusion band Impulse, Arunangshu of late has stepped in to the world of music direction. Regularly he scores music for musicals and albums. He has over twenty recordings available world wide.

Archana opened her recital with an invocatory piece “Shiv Stuti” with bols “Dhayeye Nityam Maheshwareye” followed by pure Kathak set to the time cycle of 16 beats (teen taal). Archana demonstrated her skill and virtuosity while presenting thaat, upaj, aamad, tihai, tode, tukre paran, chakradar paran, parmelu, etc. amid thunderous applause. Her execution of footwork (tatkaar) was remarkable for neat and crisp enunciations of the rhythmic phrasings followed by executing the same with her feet. Then she moved on to present, a Thumri with bols “Baju Band khul khul jaye” displaying her command over abhinaya aspect of Kathak. She concluded her recital with a drut bandish “Bat chalet nayi chunar rang dari” amidst thunderous applause.

Second presentation of the evening was a unique project VRINDAN, a soulful Indian taal vadya kacheri featuring different traditional Indian rhythm instruments like Nakkara, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Srikhol and Sarangi. They begin their presentation with traditional Peshkar followed by different jatis i.e. Mishra Jati, Tisra Jati, Khand jati and Sankeeran Jati which leaves audience spell bound. Then they moved on to Tabla bols which includes crisp kaidas with rhythmic variations, complex parans, gat, rela and tihais and obvious sawal jawab sessions with other instruments. They conclude their recital with percussive dance collective that is all instruments played with Kathak dance. The footwork of Kathak dance with all the instruments individually. This item mesmersied the audience as it was very unique and interesting itself.
Pt. Mani Prasad on Nakkara, Sujoy Chakravarty on Shreekhol, Salman Khan on Pakhawaj, Amir Khan on Sarangi and Arunangshu Choudhury on Tabla provided fine accompaniment for the success of the concert. Dr. Shobha Koser along with Secretary Shri Sajal Koser honored the artists.

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