NCPA@home presents Ajoy Chakrabarty presenting songs of Rabindranath Tagore


As a part of its ongoing digital series, ‘NCPA@home’, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai presents a mesmerizing performance by Ajoy Chakrabarty on the songs of Rabindranath Tagore on Friday, 29th May 2020, 6 pm on the NCPA YouTube channel.

In this recital, Ajoy Chakrabarty presents select compositions of Rabindranath Tagore, ranging from dhrupad, thumri, geet, tappa, and keertan along with supporting artistes – Bhawani Shankar (pakhawaj), Indranil Bhaduri (tabla), Shubhayu Sen Majumdar (esraj), Shobhun Mukherjee (keyboard) and Buddhadev Ganguly (guitar).

This event was staged at the NCPA on July 2014, as a part of NCPA’s 3-day annual festival titled Bandish: Celebrating the Legendary Composers.

Traditional yet contemporary, the euphoric genre of music created by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) attempted to graft traditional folk and devotional genres onto the classical forms of Hindustani music. The most prominent characteristic of his compositions is indeed the intimate union of music and words, focusing more on sounds, rhythms and texture of words than on the music itself. The tunes are simple, direct, and devoid of elaborate ornamentation; often couched in common Hindustani ragas as well as brilliant hybrid melodies arising from mixing of two or more ragas, and sometimes even borrowing from traditional Scottish, Irish and old English tunes.

NCPA@home series includes exclusive videos and content across genres from NCPA’s extensive archival library.  Block your calendar and stay tuned to NCPA’s YouTube page to enjoy an exclusive showcase of Musical Concerts!

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