Ragotsav 2023's Second Evening Celebrates Classical Music Richness

Published November 20, 2023

Bhubaneswar's cultural scene witnessed another enchanting evening as the second day of the Ragotsav 2023 unfolded with a spectacular display of classical music talent. The event, curated by the Bhubaneswar Music Circle and supported by the JSW Foundation, featured a remarkable blend of Carnatic and Hindustani performances that captivated the audience.

Carnatic Splendour by Dr. Pantula Rama

The evening commenced with a spellbinding Carnatic recital by Dr. Pantula Rama, whose international acclaim was evident through her masterful exploration of various rags, talas, and pallavis. Her performance, which included high-octave renditions, left the audience in awe. Dr. Rama's ensemble featured eminent artists such as Shri MSN Murthy on the violin, Shri M Yedukondalu on the mridangam, and Shri Kireeti Devaguptapu on the tambura.

Hindustani Harmony with Sitar and Vocal

The latter part of the evening was graced by a jugalbandi, a duet of Hindustani music showcasing the synergy between Sitar virtuoso Smt. Sahana Bannerjee and accomplished vocalist Smt. Ruchira Kedar. Sahana Bannerjee's sitar recital delivered the essence of ragas with her distinct musical expression, while Ruchira Kedar complemented with her exquisite vocals, handling complex tans and sargams effortlessly. Accompanying the duo were Shri Ujjwal Bharati on tabla, Shri Akash Ranjib Biswal on harmonium, and Ms. Sudipta Mohapatra and Ms. Suchismita Nanda on tanpuras, adding depth to the performance that mesmerized the audience throughout the evening.

The event was graced by key figures from the Bhubaneswar Music Circle, including President Aurobinda Behera, Vice President Bidu Bhusan Mohanty, and Secretary Khirod Kumar Patnaik. Coordination and commentary for the evening were adeptly handled by Dr. Sangita Gosain.

Carnatic, Hindustani, Classical