The mesmerising tunes of sitar and jugalandi with tabla,violin,santoor,flute and keyboard enthralled music lovers at a musical night held at kalamandir recently.
Sitar maestro Raj Kumar of Goonje Tarana performed with Pt.Gokul Chand on violin, KuIdeep Kumar on tabla, Manoj Kumar Sharma on santoor, Prashant Kumar Paul on flute & Shantanu Ghosh on keyboards here in the city of joy organised by Sangit Kala Mandir. Raj Kumar holds the Guiness book of Record for playing sitar for over 32 hours and was awarded ‘Face of Directorate of Education (DoE)’ by the Delhi government.
“There is something about heritage and culture of Kolkata. I had performed here way back in 1996. So, when you have a good ambience and intellectual audience , then your spirit is high and you give your best.” says Raj Kumar.
Goonje Tarana believes in promoting Indian music & artists around the globe.
Raj Kumar said, “One of the struggles that young artists go through is to find the right platform for their talent. It’s very important to provide the upcoming talent with an audience base. We are glad to provide [such a] platform to these young and upcoming artists to showcase their talent to the world.”
He believes promoting Indian classical music among youngsters, in the wake of influence of Western classical music, Bollywood music and other filmy music, is important.