The 18th annual “Guru M. L. Koser Award” instituted by Pracheen Kala Kendra for excellence in performing arts was presented at a scintillating function at Gyanmancha Auditorium here today. Pt. Anindo Chatterjee , Banga Vibhushan , Internationally acclaimed tabla Maestro was the Chief guest and conferred and award upon renowned maestros Pt. Shyamal Chatterjee (Legendary Sitar Maestro), Pt. Swaraj Bhattacharya (Senior Tabla Maestro, , Pt. Narendra Nath Dhar (Renowned Sarod Maestro) and Pt. Swapan Siva (Eminent Tabla Maestro for their unparallel contribution in their chosen fields . Dr. Prof. Chandradipa Ghosh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.
Sh. Sajal Koser, Secretary , Dr. Shobha Koser , Registrar along with Dr. Samira Koser , Deputy Registrar and other distinguished guests were also present on the said occasion. Award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 25 thousand (each), a shawl, a citation and a memento for their lifetime contribution in popularizing Indian classical music in general.
The award ceremony was followed by remarkable performances by the maestros along with their disciples. The musical evening was commenced with the Tabla jugalbandi by Pt. Swapan Siva and her talented daughter Rimpa Siva. The duo was accompanied by Sh. Dilip Biswas on Harmonium. Beginning with traditional starting point Peshkar, they gradually unfolded alap-like elaboration, crisp kaidas with rhythmic variations, complex parans, gat, rela almost all the different idioms of Tabla playing within the frame of the 16-beat cycle of the tal.After this Pt. Narendra Nath Dhar took the centre stage and he chose Raga Puriya Kalyan with traditional Alap jod and unfolded the raga with vilambit and drut compositions .Then he moved on to present Raga Mishra Khamaj with brief alap and some traditional compositions of his Gharana. Pt. Swaraj Bhattachary provided admirable support on Tabla.
Kendra’s Secretary Sh. Sajal Koser as a mark of gratitude, gave vote of thanks to the audience, distinguished guests and media to make this event a huge success