Where words end, music begins
Music is the social act of communication among people; a strong gesture of friendship, and so was the call of "Behala Classical Festival" which stepped in its sixth edition this year.
Presented by Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers, the sixth season of the classical festival will pay tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar, and would be held on January 9 at the Behala Blind School Ground, Kolkata. The festival was inaugurated by Partha Chatterjee, Minister of School Education, Higher Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal and Debasish Kumar, Member, Mayor-In-Council in the august presence of the doyens of Indian Classical Music, Bidhushi Bombay Jayashree.
The 'Behala Classical Festival' in its successful endeavour to promote Indian Classical Music has witnessed the presence of many luminaries, who inspired and influence many in the genre of music. The four-day long festival showcased the participation of Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Flautist Exponent Hariprasad Chaurasia, Violinist N. Rajam, Indian Vocalists Venkatesh Kumar, Jayanthi Kumaresh, Bombay Jayasri, renowned Sitar Player Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, and classical singer Dr Debashree Bhattacharya.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan would be felicitated with Shyam sundar Co. jeweller's 'Sarvottam Samman' during the closing ceremony i.e., on January 9, of the festival for their immense contribution to Indian Classical Music.
Speaking on the occasion Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers said, "Indian music is said to be one of the oldest, unbroken musical traditions in the world. Many legends have grown up concerning origins and development of Indian classical music. The younger generations too are closely knitted with the Indian classical music because its essence cannot be ignored. It has always been a great pleasure to be associated with Behala Classical Festival."