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Public Events

We would like to invite you to the following events, free and open to the public, which form a part of the symposium activities:  

Sun, Dec 11: Light & Sound Show!  

Location: Campus grounds in front of the Rabindra Bharati Museum (Jorasanko Campus). 

Time: [Evening; exact time TBD] 

Free entry

Tues, Dec 13: Sarod and Bharatanatyam/Tagore Dance Performance 

Join us for a scintillating double bill of Pramantha Tagore (North Indian classical sarod) and Souraja Tagore (Bharatanatyam and Tagore dance)—two renowned performing artists to perform in the traditional event space of the courtyard of their ancestral home, Pathuriaghata Thakur Bari.   

Sun, Dec 18: Sounds of Bengali Modernism: Panel & Concert

Join us for an exploration what the Interwoven research team has been calling “Bengal Modern” particularly through the songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore. This program’s featured performers will participate in the trajectory of a uniquely Bengali, modern aesthetics by extending the musical experimentation that these two Bengali polymaths among others engaged in their time. Specifically, heterophonic and loosely-arranged accompaniment provided by typical period instruments such as the harmonium and tabla are set aside for an intimate piano accompaniment and dynamic, string quartet and flute accompaniment that expand the aesthetic horizons of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Bengali song. The arrangements of songs by Kazi Nazrul Islam are done by Tomal Hossain (2019) and performed by Tomal Hossain (voice) Pallab Pramanick (piano). The arrangements of songs by Rabindranath Tagore are done by Suddhaseel Sen for voice (Rohini Roychowdhury), flute (Sujoy Meer), and string quartet (Sanjib Mondol, Sovon Adhikari, Bhaskar Halder, and Manab Naskar). In addition to highlighting how the modern emerges from and responds to the traditional, this program will emphasize the compositional and stylistic variety to be found in the repertoires of the featured composers—yet another aspect of their musical experimentalism. The program will conclude with a sarod recital and lecture-demonstration by renowned artist-scholar Somjit Dasgupta, who will both perform and describe the arc of Bengali modern music and song that Tomal and Suddhaseel’s arrangements will have indexed just prior.