- Text & Photos by Thakur Paramjit, Chandigarh
March 29, 2005
The 35th Bhaskar
Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan was held in Chandigarh from 18th to 20th
March 2005. Organised every year by Pracheen Kala Kendra, it has
evolved as the most significant event in this field in north-western region.
Kathak by Shobha Koser &
Bharatnatyam by Suchitra Mitra
|On the third
day, spectators were delighted to see the Jugalbandi of Kathak by Shobha
Koser and Bharatnatyam by Suchitra Mitra. Shobha Koser started performing
at the age of 15 and has earned many accolades since then. After
learning the intricacies of Jaipur Gharana from Gurus Kanhaiya Lal, Narayan
Prasad, and Kundan Lal Gagnani, she was lucky enough to get Madan Lal Koser,
himself a Kathak dancer, as her life partner. The duo together worked
hard for creating Pracheen Kala Kendra, making it a highly respected institute
of the region. Initially trained at Kalakshetra, Suchitra Mitra also
learnt Kathakali and Chhau dances. She has given a number of performances
in India and abroad.
Vocal recital by Sanjeev Abhyankar, belonging to Mewati Gharana, formed the second part of the evening. This sweet voiced artiste started his training when he was eight years old. His mentors include his mother Shobha Abhyankar, Pundit Pimpalkhare and Pundit Jasraj. Hindi film Godmother made him quite popular.
India Bhaskar Rao Nritya & Sangeet Sammelan is held every year by Pracheen
Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, to show their gratitude to Bhaskar Rao Bakhle,
who made a significant contribution to Indian classical music in late 19th
Thakur Paramjit is a writer and photographer based in Chandigarh.