Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) witnessed a confluence of stalwarts in the field of music, excellent performances and most importantly, ideas as it hosted the convocation Ecstasy of ‘The Fifth Note Global Centre of excellence'(TFN), an initiative of Ustad Rashid Khan.
The event was inaugurated by Ustad Rashid Khan and Tabla Maestro Tanmoy Bose in the presence of Prof. Sankar Ghosh, vice-chancellor of Kaji Nazrul University, Prof. Swapan Kumar Dutta, Vice-chancellor of Viswa Bharati University by the lighting of the lamp, followed by a brief speech by Srabani Charkraborty where she introduced Mr. Anindya Bandhopadhyay and Rujuta Suman, Deans of Academics and Dance of the esteemed institution, respectively.
It was followed by an informative audio-visual presentation which made the aim of the institution clear to the audience- the aim to groom a peroformer- the aim to ‘bridge the gap’ between the students and the stage. This was followed by the inaugural chants by singers from TFN, Krishnanagar and a student-dancer of Rujuta Suman.
The ‘rising stars’ and the ‘shining stars’, the students of two major age groups rendered soulful performances of songs of different raags like Multani, Yaman, Puryadhanushri, Behag, Bhupali, Bageshree and Saraswati. Later, the audience was entralled by the performance of Shri. Aniruddha Bhattacharya, the Head of the Department of Vocals, TFN who performed the raag Anandi.
After this, the Managing Director of this prestigious institution, Smt. Joyeeta Majumder indulged in a brief speech, followed bynoted women from various fields being awarded with the Sheer Nandini award. Fashion Designer Agnimtra Paul, theatre personality Sohini Sengupta, singer Rezwana Chowdhury and others were felicitated for their exemplary work.
Another focus of attention of the programme was the launch of the band ‘Black and Gold’- a band that has been formed with a unique blend of Sufi music and Dance, an attempt to promote music as a religion. The event ended with heartwarming performances by Suha Khan and Rujuta Suman who bewitched the audience with their charm and skill. It was an enlightening evening for all who were present.
Text by Rajlekha Sil.
Photos by Suman Dey Sarkar.