The programme was presided by the noted musicologist and writer, Pandit Vijay Shankar Mishra, who inaugurated the festival and lit the ceremonial lamp, before  presenting dazzling  glimpses of his profound knowledge and oratory with a delightful but short talk on the occasion.

The programme was a delightful mix of  classical examples of  Raga-based Bhajans, Taranas presented by emerging artistes from the institution, as well as inspiring  Patriotic songs composed by the noted classical singer Mrs. Nupur Sen, who heads the institution.

Aparna Jha, the promising young dancer of the Kathak style, presented a mesmerizing item from her repertoire, inviting profuse applause from the packed audience, who thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

The programme culminated with a charming and soulful rendition of Khayal Gayaki from the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana by  Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan, the classical vocalist, who is known more for his musical compositions and directions for the film world.

He presented rare finesse, depth and intricate layakaris in his rendition of Maru- Bihaag, alongwith his son Ghulam Hasan Khan, who is fast emerging as an adept vocalist himself. They were ably accompanied by Sh. Susamoy Mishra, the noted disciple of  late  Pt.Kishan Maharaj and Samar Saha.

The noted singer Sneha Mukherji, swithced her role for this occasion and showcased her talent in compering with Mayukh Sen, who anchored the occasion.

JPN

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