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ITC SRA News - September 2004 - August 2005


Musical Wednesdays in August 2005

The first Wednesday in August featured a vocal music recital by ITC-SRA scholar Ruchira Kale, disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. She began with khayals in Raga Shuddh Kalyan and concluded with Raga Kedar. She was accompanied by Aslam Khan on the tabla and Rupashree Bhattacharya on the harmonium. On 10th August, 2005, ITC-SRA scholar Abir Hossain presented a sarod recital. A disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, he presented alap, jod, vilambit gat, drut gat and jhala in Raga Gaud Malhar. He concluded with a gat in Raga Surdasi Malhar. Gopal Mishra accompanied him on the tabla. The third week brought ITC-SRA scholar Ranjani Ramachandran to the dais. A disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, she began her recital with khayals in Raga Bihagda. She concluded with the dadra ‘Sawariya pyara more guiyan’. Sandip Roy Chowdhury provided tabla accompaniment while Jyoti Goho played the harmonium. The last Wednesday in August brought the celebrated sarodiya Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy. The talim of such well-known Gurus as Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pandit Ajoy Sinha Roy and the celebrated Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, has equipped him to be one of the better known sarod players of the present generation. Inspired by a packed auditorium with several celebrities in attendance, he began his recital with an elaborate alap in Raga Marwa. This was followed by gats in Ragas Desh Malhar, Tilak Kamod and Jhinjhoti. He concluded with a dhun in Mishra Kafi. Scintillating rhythmic support was provided by Samar Saha at the tabla.

Musical Wednesdays in April

A performance was organized on April 13, 2005, in memory of Late Pandit A. Kanan, erstwhile guru of ITC-SRA. It featured a performance by his disciple Aniruddha Bhattacharya, ex-scholar ITC-SRA. Aniruddha began with Raga Multani and later presented Ragas Hameer and Shahana. Samar Saha accompanied him on the tabla while Hironmoy Mitra played the harmonium. Late Maestro Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor’s contribution to the world of vocal music was acknowledged on April 20, 2005. The evening featured a listening session of his recordings, which included Ragas Kabir Bhairav, Sawani, Raisa Kanada and Nat Bihag. Listeners were also treated to excerpts of an interview of the maestro recorded earlier at ITC Sangeet Research Academy. Mumbai resident Neela Bhagwat, senior vocalist of the Gwalior Gharana, performed on April 27, 2005. She began with compositions in Raga Poorvi. She also presented a tappa in Raga Kafi, a hori in Raga Bihag and an ashtapadi in Raga Hameer. She concluded with a tarana in Raga Yaman.

Musical Wednesdays in May

Young Shatavisha Mukherjee was the first artiste of the evening on May 4, 2005. She is an ITC-SRA scholar training under ITC-SRA Guru Ulhas Kashalkar. She presented compositions in Raga Hameer and Raga Gaud Malhar. Gopal Mishra accompanied her on the tabla and Jyoti Goho on the harmonium. The next artiste was sarodiya Dwaipayan Roy, student of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. He played alap, jod, jhala and gats in Raga Kamod. Gopal Mishra accompanied him on the tabla. ITC-SRA scholar Shirshendu Mukherjee was centre-stage on May 11, 2005. He is a disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. He began his recital with khayals in Raga Bihag, followed by Raga Bageshree. He concluded with a thumri in Manjh Khamaj. Shri Chandrabhan accompanied him on the tabla while Rupashree Bhattacharya played the harmonium. On May 18, 2005, ITC-SRA scholar Hrishikesh Gangurde, disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, presented a vocal recital. He began with khayals in Raga Puriya Dhanashree and then sang Raga Bageshree. He was given support by Md Aslam Khan on the tabla and Jyoti Goho on the harmonium. Mita Nag, daughter of Pandit Manilal Nag, presented a sitar recital on May 25, 2005. An exemplar of the sixth generation of the Nag family of instrumentalists of the Vishnupur Gharana of Bengal, Mita is carrying on the family tradition with élan. She played alap, jod, gats and jhala in Raga Bhimpalasee. She also presented Raga Megh and concluded with a Ragamala. Samar Saha ably accompanied her on the tabla.

Musical Wednesdays in March

March 2, 2005, brought a visitor who now lives in USA, Anupama Bhagwat. She is a disciple of Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana. She began with alap, jod, vilambit gat and drut gat and jhala in Raga Yaman. Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay provided interesting tabla accompaniment. She concluded her recital with a thumri in Raga Khamaj. March 9, 2005, was ITC-SRA scholar Sandip Bhattacharya’s evening. A disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, of the Kirana Gharana, All India Radio has recently upgraded him from ‘B’ to ‘B high’. He presented vilambit and drut khayals in Raga Yaman and then Raga Desh. He concluded with a bhajan. Gopal Mishra accompanied him on the tabla and ITC SRA scholar Gourab Chatterjee played the harmonium. March 16, 2005 saw ITC-SRA scholar Ruchira Kale presenting vocal music. A disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, she presented vilambit and drut compositions in Ragas Yaman and Bageshree. She concluded with a dadra in Mishra Gara. The auditorium was packed to capacity with latecomers sitting outside and listening to ITC-SRA’s Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar’s performance on March 23, 2005. Slated as a concert of ‘Ragas of the Season’, Ulhasji gave the audience mush food for thought. He began with Raga Basant, followed by Malkauns Bahar, Basanti Kedar and finally Bhairavi. Accompanying him were Gopal Mishra on the tabla and Jyoti Goho on the harmonium.

Musical Wednesdays – October – December , 2004

In Kolkata, October is often replete with holidays because of Durga Puja. In 2004, only one Wednesday recital could be scheduled for the month. It featured a guest artiste from Varanasi, Dr. Ritwik Sanyal. Presently Head of the Vocal Music Department of Benaras Hindu University, Dr. Sanyal belongs to the famed Dagar gharana of Dhrupad singers, trained by Ustad Zia Moinuddin Dagar and Zia Fariduddin Dagar Beginning his recital with an elaborate alap in Raga Jog, he presented a dhrupad by Nayak Bakshu set to choutala, “Pyari tere nainan”, following it up with a Baba Kali Das bandish set to teevra tala “Ved so nad”. Invoking the Goddess Durga, he sang “Daya kar dayani” in Raga Yaman, set to sooltala. His concluding item was a dhamar in Raga Bageshree “Nath chale aavat”. Tapas Das accompanied him on the pakhawaj and Rupashree Bhattacharya on the harmonium.
ITC Sangeet Research Academy organised a Bijoya Sammelan on 3rd November 2004. As has become almost customary, ITC SRA Guru Arun Bhaduri sang for the occasion. In a jubilant mood, he began with khayals in Raga Multani and then presented khayals in Ragas Durga, Anandi and Adana. He concluded with a bhajan made popular by the late Guru A.Kanan “Main dwar khol kar baitha hoon”. His accompanists were Tarak Saha on the tabla, Jyoti Goho on the harmonium and Gourab Chatterjee on vocals.
The second week’s Wednesday recital presented instrumental music. ITC SRA scholar Supratik Sengupta, presently being trained by Guru Budhadev Dasgupta, began his sitar recital with alap, jod, and jhala in Raga Puriya Dhanashree, followed by vilambit and drut gats. He concluded with a gat in Raga Rageshree. Gopal Mishra provided tabla support.
In the last Wednesday recital of November, Omkar Dadarkar presented a vocal recital. Disciple of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, He began the evening with khayals in Raga Shree, after which he presented khayals in Ragas Anandi and Sindhura. He concluded with a bhajan. Sandip Roy Chowdhury provided tabla support while Rupashree Bhattacharya was on the harmonium.
Wednesday recitals in December began with Ranjani Ramachandran’s vocal recital. Disciple of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, she began with khayals in Raga Puriya Dhanashree and then sang khayals in Raga Chhayanat, concluding with a Thumri. Swapan Mukherjee was her tabla accompanist while Gourab Chatterjee was at the harmonium.
On 8th December, Samarth Nagarkar, disciple of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, began with “E ma dhan ghan re”, a khayal in Raga Bihag set to vilambit tilwada tala, after which he sang the ever-popular “Aba ho lalan main ka” set to drut teentala. Turning to Raga Yaman, he presented “Tori nazaria lage pyari” set to teentala. He concluded with Raga Desh, “Firat na fere naina” set to jhaptala and finally “Eree bansuri” in drut teentala. Aslam Khan provided tabla accompaniment while ITC SRA scholar Sandeep Bhattacharya was on the harmonium.

On 15th December 2004, Rita Ganguli, noted thumri exponent who received talim from the famed Siddeshwari Devi and Begum Akhtar, gave a vocal recital. Beginning with the pragya virahini nayika mood, she sang “More shyam na aaye” in Raga Jhinjhoti. Turning then to a mugdha virahini nayika mood, she sang “ Ayo hai phagunmasa” set to rupak tala. She then presented the dadra “Aayila Banwari” and then the popular “Nirmohi tora jiya kaise jadu dala”, after which she sang ‘Raski boond pade”. She went on to present ghazals “Hava mein raksa hai”, “Tere karib aake’, “Aake hum bichhade” and “Nazar uthake”. She concluded with Bengali poet Shakti Chattopadhyay’s famous “Abani badi aachho”. Ananda Gopal Bandyopadhyay provided excellent tabla accompaniment while Sandip Bhattacharjee coaxed tunes on the harmonium.

22nd December brought ITC SRA scholar Pampa Banerjee to the dais. Smt Shruti Sadolikar Katkar is presently training her. She sang Raga Bihag, beginning with the bada khayal “Jogiya ne man bourayo”, after which she presented “Shyam mori bindiya na niharo”. She concluded with a thumri in Raga Khamaj. Gopal Mishra played the tabla while Rupashree Bhattacharya wa a t the harmonium.
The last Wednesday of 2004 was spent listening to instrumental music. Abir Hussain, ITC-SRA scholar being trained by Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, presented a sarod recital accompanied by Sri Ashok Saha on the tabla. He began with Raga Rageshree, presenting alap, jod and jhala followed by vilambit and drut gats set to teentala. He concluded with an introductory alap and a madhyalaya teentala gat in Raga Pilu.

Musical Wednesdays - September, 2004

September 1st was assigned for scholar Hrishikesh P. Gangurde’s recital. Learning under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Hrishikesh began the evening with compositions in Raga Multani, vilambit jhumratala ‘Kavana des gayilava’, followed by the drut teentala ‘More mandirva mein’. He then presented compositions in Raga Chhayanat, vilambit jhumratala ‘Karata ho’,with drut teentala ‘Eri malaniya gund lavori’. Sandip Roy Chowdhury provided tabla accompaniment, while Jyoti Goho played the harmonium.
Sucheta Ganguly sang on September 8th. Presently a disciple of Pandit Arun Bhaduri, Sucheta had joined the Academy as a general class student in 2000. She began her performance with Raga Shuddha Kalyan. Her concluding Raga was Kedar. Supporting her were Tarak Saha on the tabla and Gourab Chatterjee on the harmonium. 22nd September was Sandeep Bhattacharya’s evening. Disciple of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, he began with Raga Multani, in which he presented two compositions. The first was in vilambit jhumratala, ‘Tanki tapat’, followed by drut teentala ‘Kangan mundariya mori re’. He ended his programme with the oft-heard teentala bandish in Raga Kedar ‘Kanha re’. Chandrabhan accompanied him on the tabla while Rupashreee Bhattacharya was at the harmonium.
On September 29th, Sitariya Vinayak Sumant Chittar of the Imdadkhani Gharana visited the Academy. His playing incorporates the basics of the Maihar style as he was initially trained by Pandit P.G. Parab, the seniormost student of Pandit Ravi Shankar, and on his demise, was accepted as a disciple by Pandit Arvind Parikh, seniormost disciple of late Ustad Vilayat Khan. Shri Chittar began his recital with alap, jod, jhala followed by gats in teentala madhyalaya and drut teentala in Raga Marwa. This was followed by a scholarly alap in Raga Jhinjhoti and gats in rupak tala in tisra jati and teentala. He concluded with a composition in Raga Desh set to teentala madhyalaya, which was very typical of the Vilayatkhani style.

Gurus at the Academy

Former ITC SRA guru, Girija Devi of the Banaras Gharana has rejoined the Academy from November 1, 2003 after a short stint as Visiting Professor at Banaras Hindu University.
Shruti Sadolikar, an exponent of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana has joined the Academy as a visiting guru from November 18, 2003.

Ford Foundation Gharana Project

Under the Ford Foundation Gharana project, the famous Dhrupad singers, the Gundecha Brothers of Bhopal and Ustad Aslam Khan Niyazi of Mumbai were invited to record compositions (bandishes) of their respective gharanas. While the Gundecha Brothers recorded twenty-two bandishes, Ustad Aslam Khan recorded as many as one hundred and seventy one compositions in the khayal style.

Musical Wednesdays in June

The first Wednesday in June found ex-scholar Shashank Maktedar, disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, at the dais. At present Shashank is a lecturer at Goa College of Music, Panaji. He began his recital with khayals in Raga Marwa, followed by Raga Yaman. Tarak Saha accompanied him on the tabla and Jyoti Goho gave harmonium support. It was ITC-SRA scholar Sucheta Ganguly’s recital on Wednesday May 8, 2005. A disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Arun Bhaduri, she began with khayals in Raga Multani followed by Raga Desh. She concluded with a composition in Raga Bharavi. Swapan Mukherjee accompanied her on the tabla and Rupashree Bhattacharya provided harmonium support. ITC-SRA scholar Nilanjana Roy was the artiste on Wednesday June 15, 2005. She is a disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. She presented khayals in Raga Kamod, followed by Raga Gaur Malhar. Aslam Khan provided tabla accompaniment while ITC-SRA scholar Gaurab Chatterjee played the harmonium. June 22, 2005 was ITC-SRA scholar Omkar Dadarkar’s evening. About to embark on his career as a performer, it was his last performance as a scholar of the Academy. Before his performance, ITC-SRA Guru Smt Girija Devi gave him a certificate for the completion of his tenure as a scholar while ITC-SRA Executive Director Mr. Amit Mukerjee read out a pledge that he took. He then began his recital with khayals in Raga Miyan Malhar. He also sang khayals in Ragas Gaud Malhar and Desh. Tabla accompaniment was provided by Gopal Mishra while Rupashree Bhattacharya provided harmonium support. Veteran sarodiya Pandit Kamal Mullick of the Maihar Gharana performed on Wednesday June 29, 2005. Initiated by the late Sangeetacharya Shyam Gangopadhyay, he was also guided later by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. His gayaki talim was, to a great extent, reinforced by renowned khayal singer Pandit Narayan Rao Joshi of the Kirana Gharana. Introduced by ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, he began with alap, jod, vilambit and drut gat and jhala in Raga Chhayanat. He also played gats in Ragas Desh and Megh.

Musical Wednesdays in February

In the last few months, ITC Sangeet Research Academy has had several visitors. In fact, every Wednesday in February featured a performance by a visiting musician. On February 2, 2005, sarodiya Debashis Bhattacharya presented alap, jod, vilambit gat, drut gat and jhala in Raga Shyam Kalyan, followed by Raga Kedar. He is a torchbearer of the Shahjahanpur Gharana that evolved from Ustad Murad Ali Khan He now learns from Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. He concluded his performance with a dhun in Raga Piloo. Gopal Mishra ably accompanied him on the tabla. On February 9, 2005, the first artiste was ITC-SRA scholar Sumana Gupta, disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. She began with khayals in Raga Abhogi, followed by Raga Piloo. She was accompanied by Shri Chandrabhan on the tabla and ITC-SRA scholar Gourab Chatterjee on the harmonium. The next artiste, N.Uday Kumar, came from Hyderabad. Since 1998, he has been learning from Ustad Shabbir Nisar, son of Tabla Nawaz Ustad Shaik Dawood Saheb of the Farukhabad gharana. Uday has been living in Ustad Shabbir Nisar’s home, continuing his education in the guru-shishya parampara tradition. He presented teentala and was accompanied on the harmonium by ITC-SRA scholar Sandip Bhattacharya. February 16, 2005 featured a sitar recital by Shri Ganesh Mohan. He is presently under the guidance of Pandit Arvind Parikh. Pandit Gopal Nag, Pandit Manilal Nag and Pandit Ajay Sinha Ray have also trained him. He began with alap, jod, vilambit gat, drut gat and jhala in Raga Sindhura. He concluded with Raga Shyam Kalyan. Gopal Mishra provided tabla accompaniment. Kumar Mardur performed on February 23, 2005. Hailing from the rich traditions of Dharwad, he received his training from his father Pandit Somanath Mardur, a renowned Hindustani classical vocalist of the Kirana Gharana and a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Dr. Basavraj Rajguru. He presented khayals in Ragas Puriya Dhanashree, Kedara and Desh. Swapan Mukherjee accompanied him on the tabla while Jyoti Goho provided harmonium support.

Musical Wednesdays - January, 2005

The New Year’s first Wednesday recital featured vocal music by ITC SRA scholar Nilanjana Roy. Disciple of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar, she presented khayals in Raga Yaman and Raga Chhayanat. Able tabla accompaniment wa provided by Tarak Saha while Rupashree Bhattacharya manned the harmonium.
The second week’s Wednesday recital brought ITC SRA scholar Gourab Chatterjee to the microphone. Presently being trained by Guru Arun Bhaduri, he began with khayals in Ragan Shuddha Kalyan. He then sang khayals in Raga rageshree, ending with the Bhajan “Main dwar khol kar baitha hoon” Chandrabhan played the tabla while Rupashree Bhattacharya gave harmonium support.
19th January 2005 brought a visitor from Texas, USA. A student of the late Suresh Mishra and now training under Ustad Ashish Khan, Amelia has also received vocal training under ITC SRA Guru Girija Devi. She began with alap, jod and jhala in Raga Marwa, followed by vilambit and drut gats. She concluded with a dhun in Mishra Khamaj.

Musical Wednesdays in July 2005

The first Wednesday in July found ITC-SRA scholar Gourab Chatterjee, disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Arun Bhaduri, at the dais. He began his recital with khayals in Raga Bihag and concluded with a khayal in Raga Megh. Tarak Saha accompanied him on the tabla while Rupashree Bhattacharya provided harmonium support. It was ITC-SRA scholar Samarth Nagarkar’s recital on Wednesday July 13, 2005. A disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, he began with khayals and a tarana in Raga Kedar followed by Raga Tilak Kamod. He concluded with a composition in Raga Bhairavi. Swapan Mukherjee accompanied him on the tabla and ITC-SRA scholar Gourab Chatterjee provided harmonium support. ITC-SRA scholar Supratik Sengupta was the artiste on Wednesday July 20, 2005. He is a disciple of ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. He presented a sitar recital. He began with alap, jod, vilambit gat, drut gat and jhala in Raga Miyan ki Malhar, followed by Raga Jog. Gopal Mishra provided tabla accompaniment. ITC-SRA Guru Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan performed on the last Wednesday in July. He is a truly blue-blooded vocalist whose family tree has a distinguished lineage that can be traced to the founders of the Kirana Gharana. Initiated and trained by his father, Sarangi-nawaz Shakoor Khan Sahab, he had joined ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a musician scholar in 1981, after his father passed away. Carrying on the family tradition with élan, he has a wide circle of admirers and disciples. He began his recital with khayals in Ragas Miyan ki Malhar, Gaud Malhar and Khamaj. He was brilliantly supported on the tabla by Shri Samar Saha while Rupashree Bhattacharya was at the harmonium. His disciples Saunak Chatterjee and ITC-SRA scholar Arshad Ali provided vocal support.

Saturday Morning Recitals, September, 2004

The scholars organised another recital on Saturday 11th September. This time Pompa Banerjee, disciple of Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan sang Raga Bairagi. Beginning with the vilambit teentala ‘Naina virog bhaye’, she followed it up with the drut teentala ‘Dhun dhun bhag’. Sandip Roy Chaudhury accompanied her on the tabla while Jyoti Goho provided harmonium support.
The next artiste was Sandip Bhattacharya, disciple of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, who sang Raga Miyan ki Todi. Singing in vilambit jhumratala ‘Joshi tum dekho patara’, he concluded with the drut teentala ‘Ab mori naiya paar karo’. On the tabla was Gopal Mishra while Jyoti Guha played the harmonium.

The last Saturday recital in September was on the 25th. Ruchira Kale, disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, began with the vilambit khayal in Raga todi, set to jhoomra tala ‘Bajore Mohammed Shah’. She then sang a drut khayal in teentala ‘Badhava bun pyara’. She concluded her performance with a dadra ‘Divana ki yeh shyam kya jadu dara’. Accompanying her were Sandip Bhattacharya on the harmonium and Gopal Mishra on the tabla.
Shirshendu Mukherjee, disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, took over with a vilambit khayal in Raga Natbhairav set to ektala ‘Pinak dhar Shankar’, followed by ‘Ratan jade motiyan se’, in drut teentala. He chose the ever-popular thumri in Raga Bhairavi ‘Bajuband khula khula jay’ to conclude his performance.

International Music Day , October 1, 2004

At ITC Sangeet Research Academy, it has become customary to celebrate International Music Day with performances by employees and their children. However, on this October 1, instead of the usual morning’s variety programme, the scholars followed it up by presenting recordings of world famous performers of different genres of music, thus ensuring that the event really portrayed music of the world. Veteran octogenarian vocalist Shrimati Dipali Nag inaugurated the programme commenting that universality is a recent concept. "In our days there was no International Music Day! This is a welcome addition to our calendar and I am looking forward to the celebrations."
The programme began with two Odissi songs presented by Raghunath Panda of the Administration Department. Shahana Khan, daughter of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, sang a khayal in Raga Yaman set to teentala, which was by followed by a tarana in the same Raga by Swati and Sweta Mishra, daughters of Purushottam Mishra of the Accounts Department. A.K. Bhattacharya of the Executive Director’s Department then played tunes on his mouth organ – first a Tagore song "Alo amar alo" and then the film song made popular by Mohammed Rafi "Lakhon hai nigahon mein". ITC SRA’s veteran tabaliya Lakshmi Narayan Mishra, then assuming a new role, presented a thumri in Raga Bhairavi ‘Bansuriya kaise bajayi shyam’. It was a pleasure seeing his son Purushottam accompanying him on the tabla.
The scholars led by Samarth Nagarkar, disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, conducted the rest of the programme. In his introduction Samarth said, "Though we specialise in one form of music, it is important to appreciate the other forms." The pieces that were then played were recordings by musicians known the world over. The first was a Baul song, folk music of Bengal, sung by the great Purna Das Baul ‘Mon moina boli dharena’. A Quawali by Ghulam Fareed Sabri followed this. Next came a jugalbandi by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar accompanied by Ustad Allah Rakha, a jhaptala gat in Raga Shree.
Turning now to the West, the first movement from Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto was played, followed by an interesting piece of fusion music – Raga Adana played by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andre Previn. It was then time to turn to jazz – perhaps the only western form that permits the improvisation that is basic to Indian classical music. A bright piece of Flamenco music came later, and the finale was provided by an orchestral composition by Yanni, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Acropolis. Thus on International Music Day this year, thanks to the scholars, everyone at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy paid their tribute to music of the world.

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