In the pursuit of peace, Swaranjali, in association with Pracheen Kala Kendra, Navras School of Performing Arts, Deshe-Bideshe TV, Next Huddle and Gunijankhana organised World Sitar Festival on 15th August, 2020. We reproduce the same here, as part of Ajanta HC’s offering to elevate your consciousness through elements of Indian culture including music.
Sitarists from all parts of the world performed in this cloud concert.
Artists of the concert- Alif Laila, Amie Maciszewski, Anupama Bhagwat, Ashim Chowdhury, Ayan Sengupta, Debajit Chakraborty, Ebadul Huq Shaikat, Eti Bartholomew, Guillermo Rodriguez , Harashankar Bhattacherjee, Hidayat Khan, Huzoor Hasnain Khan, Indrajit Banerjee, Juan M Tavella, Kalyan Majumdar, Manoj & Mormukut Kedia, Markus Schmidt, Mita Nag, Parimal M Sadaphal, Pradeep Ratnayake, Ramprapanna Bhattacharya, Roopa Panesar, Sahana Banerjee, Saleem Khan Punchhwale, Saswatti Saha, Shakir Khan, Shunichi Sawda, Soumitra Lahiri, Subrato De, Supriya Shah, Sushanto Chowdhury, Swarup Bose and Turab Ali Khan.
These artists joined from Bangladesh, England, Germany, India, Japan, Pakistan, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, and United States of America. The Raags that featured during the event are as following: Bilashkhani Todi, Nat Bhairav, Alhaiya Bilawal, Miyan Ki Todi, Gaoti, Goud Sarang, Shuddha Sarang, Madhuvanti, Puriya Dhaneshree, Kedar, Sundar Rais Kalyan, Desh, Mishra Pilu, Yaman Kalyan, Behag, Kamod, Rageshri, Jaijaiwanti, Miyan Ki Malhar, Jhinjhoti, Kirwani, Megh, Hemant, Charukauns, Nur Gara, Malkaus, Darbari Kanada. The signature tune of the world sitar festival was composed by Pt. Subrato De.
Special Thanks to- Mr. Dinesh K. Patnaik, Director General, ICCR, Dr. Ajit Pradhan, Navras School of Performing Arts, Shri Bhootnath De from Swaranjali, Dr. Shobha Koser from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Ms. Dolly Jutley from Suristan, Mr. Bhabani Sahoo, Ms. Prachi Sahoo and Mr. Karmveer Singh from Next Huddle, Mr. Santosh Mehta, Md. Ilyas and Mr. Rajesh Gupta Archives used in this film are from the Gramophone Concert Records & His Master’s Voice Records (Gramophone Company Ltd.,) Hindusthan Record (Hindusthan Musical Products and Varieties Syndicate ltd.), Odeon Records (International Talking Machine Co.m.b.H. Berlin), Megaphone Record (Megapgone Company), Pioneer Record (Pioneer Records and Musical Varieties Ltd.) and Senola Records (N. B. Sen and Bros.). Using the archives in the film are only for the academic purpose. Audio recordings of Sangitacharya Gokul Nag and PadmaShri Manilal Nag courtesy Mr. Ira Landgarten.
Research & Curation of the concert was done by Rashmita Jha and Akhilesh Jha.