The Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh brings the best in art to Banaras

The Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh, Recently Held In The City, Was Pure Bliss Classical Music and dance connoisseurs. Spread across six -days, the much sought after annual Classical Music and dance fest had some great talents on stage, their performances garnering audience even post-midnight as the concert spans across the night.  Sivamani ’s drum beats made hearts thump (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Sivamani's Drum Strokes Made Hearts Bonzen (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

The Concert Started With A Kuchipudi Dance From Dr. Yella Vijay Durga From The USA Who Turned The Evening With Her Performance Ace Danseuse Sonal Mansingh And Her Company Presented A Number Of Delightful Activations Through Odissi Dance Accepting Episodes From Our Scriptures. Performances At Shiv Bhasmasur And Hanuman Ashtak Were Well Received.

Rajan-Sajan Mishra’s singing had people in a trance (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Rajan-Sajan Mishra's Singing Had People In Trance (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

Manju Mehta, A Sitar Exponent, Was The Next Evening Artist Who After Several Years At Sankat Mochan Optrad, So Was Apoorva Jha, A Kathak Exponent. The Young Man, Who Started To Perform At The Age Of Nine At The Festival, Was Happy To Be Back After Almost Five Years. She Performed Sita Viyog During Her Performance On The Second Day Of The Music Concert. Another Highlight Of The Evening Was The Soulful Rendition Of The Flute Mastro Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia . The Octogenarian Artist Ground With Raag Maru Bihag And Concluded His Performance With A Pahari Dhun In Raag Durga.

Ambi Subramanian (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Ambi Subramanian (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

The Third Day Of The Music Concert Had The Strong Presence Of Bharatnatyam Danseuse Geeta Chandran Who Was Accompanied By Her Daughter Sharnaya Chandran. The Fourth Day Of The Music Concert Was Dedicated To Some Rising Artists. The Evening Ground With Durgesh Gangani’s Performance. The Ground His Performance With Ardhnareshwar Act In Which He Teamed Up Shrinjani Kulkarni, Another Upcoming Artist. The Fifth Day Had The Presentation Of Kankana Banerjee, Who, Four Decades Ago, Became The First Woman To Perform At This Music Festival. The Stable Black Regaled With A Ragely Based Vocal Recital.

Anindo Chatterjee (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Anindo Chatterjee (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

The Closing Day Of The Festival Had A Few Names To Take Into Account Within The Domain Of Music. Drummer Sivamani Started With Ganesh Vandana. To Be Jugalbandi With U Rajesh Was A Treat For The Music Lovers. The Other Highlight Of The Evening Were Performances By Pt Ratikant Mahapatra, Pt Rajan And Sajan Mishra, Among Others.

Anubrat Chatterjee (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Anubrat Chatterjee (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

Anup Jalota (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Anup Jalota (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Dr K Vageesh (R) Apoorva Jha (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Dr K Vageesh (R) Apoorva Jha (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Srinjani Kulkarni (R)  Geeta Chandran  (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Srinjani Kulkarni (R) Geeta Chandran (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L-R) Ipshita Mishra, Pt Ram Mohan Maharaj and Pt Krishn  Mohan Maharaj (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L-R) Ipshita Mishra, Pt Ram Mohan Maharaj And Pt Krishn Mohan Maharaj (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Jaishree Ramnath (R) Kamya Kulkarni (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Jaishree Ramnath (R) Kamya Kulkarni (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Kankana Banerjee (R) Kaushiki Chakraborty (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Kankana Banerjee (R) Kaushiki Chakraborty (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Anand Kulkarni (R) Kushal Das (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Anand Kulkarni (R) Kushal Das (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Neha Banerjee (R) Pt Ulhas Kashalkar (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Neha Banerjee (R) Pt Ulhas Kashalkar (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

Pandit Narendra Mishra (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Pandit Narendra Mishra (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

Pt Debojyoti Bose (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Pt Debojyoti Bose (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

S Akash (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) S Akash (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

(L) Vijay Ghate (R) Tarun Bhattacharya (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) (L) Vijay Ghate (R) Tarun Bhattacharya (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

Vidushi Manju Mehta (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Vidushi Manju Mehta (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

Ustad Moinuddin Khan (BCCL/ Arvind Kumar) Ustad Moinuddin Khan (BCCL/Arvind Kumar)

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