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An evening of magic

An evening of magic
Vivek Vinay Natya Sangit, conceptualised by Devajit Bandopadhyay and to be performed by Riddhi Bandopadhyay and Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, took all back to Swami Vivekananda’s valuable lessons on the concepts of universal truth and social awakening. Held to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the event at NSD’s Adhikalp brought together some of the best minds in the Capital.

Chatterjee, one of the best known elocutionists and theatre artistes from Kolkata, enthralled the audience with the recitals from  Vivekananda’s poetry as Riddhi Bandopadhyay performed the vocal renditions connected to the verses. Bengal has a very distinctive musical heritage and traditionally music pervades all cultural practices, especially celebrations. Continuing with that legacy, Chatterjee points out that Vivekananda was a trained musician himself and his songs were heavily influenced by Bangla Natyasangeet. What was performed was a selection of songs from the Sangit Kalpataru that connects Vivekananda’s verses along with the songs, like the song Shango Amar Dhula Khela from the play Bhisma by DL Roy was performed alongside the poem My Play is Done. Chatterjee, who is all set to perform his first international solo show at Singapore on 29 May, added that the celebrations did not only focus on music, the teachings of the great man are inherent in beautiful connect of poetry and songs.
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