This unique three-day festival, returning mainly to Tower Hamlets for the third time, showcases the evolution of Bangla Music and its spectacular latitude through mind blowing performances with relevant translation wherever necessary by best Bengali singers from Indian and Bangladeshi origin.
This is a free event for all.
Singers include leading classical vocalists Chandra Chakraborty, Chiranjib Chakraborty, critically acclaimed guest classical singer from Kolkata Anol Chatterjee, prominent Tagore singers Imtiaz Ahmed, Sanjoy Dey, Sahana Bajpae, celebrated semi classical vocalists Sumana Mallik Basu, Gouri Chowdhury, Farzana Sifat, Sayan Gupta, Amith Dey and others.
Renowned keyboard player Kiran Thakrar, one of the emerging Tabla players from Kolkata Chiranjit Mukherjee and young percussionst Paps Das will the accompany the singers to orchestrate a sublime flow of music all the way through.
The festival will start with a brief workshop on Bangla Music Festival at Montefiore Centre in Brick Lane on 25th September at 1pm. Then Keats House Museum will host the crest of Bangla Music -Tagore recital, on the same day at 6.30pm, -with the profoundly relevant poems of Keats that Nobel Lauriate Rabindranath Tagore was hugely influenced by.
Kobi Nazrul Centre will host a highly interactive session of music and discussion by the local audience and artists on 26th September at 6.30pm. The session will feature few talented children artists and group performance by Robika and Satyen Sen School of Arts.
Then, on 27th September,-the last day of the festival, Rich Mix will host the chronologic evolution of Bangla Music and its spectacular latitude through mind blowing performances.
It will feature the whole spectrum of Bangla Music from Chorja-Pod (730 AD), folk (RadhaRamon, Lalon, Hason Raja etc), Kirton, Toppa, Poncho-Kobi to Bengali contemporary modern songs (Salil, Akhilbandhu Jotilessor, Manna dey, Sochin, Manobendro, Shyamal, Hemanta and other doyens of Bangla Gaan). The door will open at 12noon and will finish at 7pm.
Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music (www.saudha.org), is -‘one of the leading Indian classical music promoters of this country’ (BBC Radio, Bangla Mirror) and the organisation which is in a journey to ‘exploring new forms and a Western Gharana of Indian classical music’ is the organiser of the festival; supported by London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Saudha, delving into the seamless amalgamation of different arts with Indian classical music to develop a new way of performance called ‘Western Gharana’, – is in a campaign for creating new audience in the West by engaging ordinary, non-technical global audience into the hypnotic journey of music. After couple of critically acclaimed performances in Southbank, Saudha is set to visit Royal Albert Hall, Southbank, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other big cities like Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool with its two major touring events called Melody of Love and Shadows, Threnody of the Crucifix.