Wednesday, 9 June 2010

first few captures

Last Sunday, we had a musical 'baithak' (बैठक in Hindi means lounge,
in this context means an informal function where musicians get together and sing/play),
at a friend's place in the quaint Swiss countryside.
The Geetobitan (referred to as 'Boi' or 'THE book' by Bengalies),
the collection of poems/songs by Rabindranath Tagore.
The harmonium is the traditional /popular/favourite instrument for most
Bongs when singing any genre of folk/Tagore's songs.
Arnab's been playing the sitar since he was about 6-7.
He has got back to playing after almost 17 years
(since he performed at one of his college events)!
music for my eyes
These last few pics I took at home at one of his riyaaz (practice) sessions.
Here is a short video I found on Youtube
of a beautiful bandish in raag Hameer
rendered by one of the finest Sitar players of our times:

A little update from my Etsy shop is that I have some new listings,
take a look here. Hope you're having a good week :), keep well.


Madhu Gopalan said...

Wow - these are your first few captures?? Awesome! You have amazing control over dof, and a really nice eye for composition :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Aaji e anondo sondha sundoro bikashe aa..ha..aa !!
Nice images Dithi :)
Loved your Gitobitan...

Rupa said...

Wonderful pics. May I ask which DSLR you got? As mentioned before (my comments have gone missing), I am looking for one but could use some suggestions/recommendations. This musical post is particularly timely as I just hosted wonderful musicians from India for 2 weeks. The awesome tabla player happened to be a Bengali and the harmonium player is a Banarasi. The Hindustani vocalist is phenomenal, superb voice, I will share youtube link if you are interested! We attended many of their concerts lately as they are touring the US. Interestingly, the tabla player is a close friend of Ustad Shahid Parvez and they met in Albany at our friend's house a few weeks ago. World is small and there are strange connections/coincidences daily I feel. Sorry for the long post.

vineeta said...

WOW!!! This is brilliant. Such unadulterated eyecandy. We are all thankful that you've got a new camera :)Apart from that, I wish I were there, I love Bengali music of every sort :)

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