Bratya Basu inaugurates second Dum Dum Classical Music Festival
Kolkata: Bratya Basu, noted theatre personality and the state IT minister, inaugurated the second season of Dum Dum Classical Music Festival on April 21 at Dum Dum Rabindra Bhavan.
Doyens of music like Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidushi Subha Mudgal, Ayaan Ali Bangash, Amaan Ali Bangash and Pandit Birju Maharaj performed at the packed auditorium during the two-day classical music festival. The event was initiated by Raju Sensarma on behalf of Dum Dum Pratyay Welfare Society, with the support of Basu.
Dum Dum Pratyay Welfare Society, a non-profit organisation headed by Raju Sensarma, hosted the two-day Dum Dum Classical Music Festival Season on April 21 and 22. The welfare society conducts a series of activities throughout the year, which include health check-up camps and health awareness programmes. It also provides free medicines to senior citizens and looks after the cleaning and maintenance of the area. The two-day festival featured Rakesh Chaurasia, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, Ajoy Chakraborty, Anindya Chatterjee and Shubhen Chatterjee on April 21. On April 22, the programme started with a performance by Birju Maharaj, Ulhas Kasalkar, Shubha Mudgal, Suresh Talwarkar, Irshad Khan and others.
While inaugurating the two-day festival, the IT minister said: "North Kolkata, often referred as the original Kolkata, has always been starved of good quality classical music festivals or live classical music, even though the place never lacked avid listeners and music lovers. I had shared this idea with Raju Sensarma and never knew that he will put so much effort in giving birth to my brainchild. We had witnessed a grand success of the same festival last year as well."