Registration opens for Bengal Classical Music Fest

The public registration for the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016 opened yesterday, on the official festival website and via SMS. The upcoming fifth edition of Bengal Foundation’s mega event, which is deemed the world’s biggest festival of classical music, will be held at the Army Stadium from November 24-28 and like previous years will feature some of the biggest names in Indian Classical Music.

On with the e-ticket sent upon registration, the full festival schedule was also released. The festival will open with a group dance presentation led by Sharmila Banerjee. The following performances are: duet by Pravin Godhkindi (Flute) and Ratish Tagde (Violin); Khayal vocals by Vidushi Girija Devi; Sarod by Ustad Aashish Khan; Jasrangi duet (vocal) by Vidushi Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar. The first day will close with violin by Dr. L Subramaniam.

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The second day’s performances are: Odissi dance by Vidushi Madhavi Mudgal and troupe; a group Tabla recitation by students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay; Khayal vocals by Priyanka Gope; Santoor by Rahul Sharma; Vocal presentation by Mohammed Shoeb and others; Sitar by Purbayan Chatterjee; Khayal by Pt Ulhas Kashalkar and a duet by Pandit Ronu Majumdar and U Rajesh.

The third day’s presentations will begin with a Sarod recital by students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, and continue with Carnatic Flute by Shashank Subramanyam; Khayal vocals by Dr. Prabha Atre; Tabla by Pt Anindo Chatterjee; Dhrupad vocals by Pt Uday Bhawalkar; Sitar by Pt Sanjoy Bandopadhyay  and Khayal vocals by Ustad Rashid Khan.

Day 4 of the festival will feature Kathak (dance) by Munmun Ahmed and troupe; Tabla by Nilesh Ranadive ; Khayal vocals by Jayateerth Mevundi; Tabla duet by Pandit Yogesh Samsi and Pandit Subhankar Banerjee; Carnatic vocal duet by Ranjani and Gayatri;  Sarod by Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and Khayal vocals by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

The final day’s festival will have vocal presentation by students of the Music Department of Dhaka University; Sitar by students of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay; Santoor by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma; Khayal vocals by Kumar Mardur; Sitar by Pt Kushal Das; Khayal vocals by Arati Ankalikar and like the previous years, close with Flute by Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia.

The programme will begin at 7pm everyday and continue till dawn. The festival schedule may change without prior notice, according to the e-ticket. A detailed terms and conditions for attendees are also included in the pass.

Registration can be done for free from, or by sending a text message typing BENGAL to 6969. Off-site registration will also be held at outlets of Bengal Foundation.

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