The music concert by Smt. Bishnupriya Chakrabarty was indeed enjoyable and inspiring. She began the evening concert by presenting a bada khayal in raag Shuddha Kalyan in vilambit Ek Taal. Her swara by swara elaboration approach was very melodious and soothing to the audience ears. The raag which has in the ascending - raag bhoopali and descending - Kalyan was unfolded beautifully by Smt. Chakrabarty. The brisk bool taans and clear sargam taans showed the mastery she has on this tough raag. The vilambit composition was followed by a drut khayal in teen taal the famous “mandara baajo re”. Her facial expression was very calm and therefore apart from hearing it was pleasant to watch her sing as well.
After her Khayal rendition, she went on to a Thumri in Maaj Khamaj in Jaat Taal,"Ab ke saawan ghar ajaa", based on the monsoons, sung by Begum Akhtar.
The next composition was a Kaajri, "Barsan Laagi Badariya", a typical Purab Ang Gayaki composition, spanning the rich cultural history of Bengal and Bihar. The song was composed by Poet Ramdas.
Next came "Nahi mane jiyara hamar, naihar mey", a composition on Keharva Taal and Raag Pilu. It spoke of the poignant lament of Rasika, who is waiting for her husband at her Naihar i.e, father's place. It is a beautiful composition penned by Chabile Ji, a pseudonym by the poet.
Following it was a Kabir Bhajan, "Jal mei kumbh,kumbh mei jal hain". The last rendition was a poignant Dadra on Raag Bhairavi, "Jao mei tose nahi bolu", a tale of separation and loss.
She was ably supported by Shri Surojato Roy on the tabla and Shri Madhusudhan Bhat on the harmonium. Althoug both are accomplished solo players, their support for vocal accompaniment was masterful. Able support on tanpura was provided by Somopriya and Shaswati.
Overall it was great evening with the hall resonating with great music with divine and grace.
-- Chandramouli Rao