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Vasant Panchami (the fifth day of Spring) marks the arrival of Spring in India. It bids adieu to winters and heralds the beginning of Spring season. We celebrate the festival with special puja (offerings) to Mother Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge. The Goddess Saraswati is synonymous to Vidyadhatri (Goddess which provides knowledge), Veenabadini (Goddess who plays the Veena, the musical instrument held by Her) and many other names. The origin of ‘SITAR’ is ‘VEENA’ and hence we can invoke Saraswati through our meditative Hindusthani Classical Music.
Our music encourages intuitive understanding of what feels “Right” and as well as learning to trust one’s instincts. Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, which signifies purity of knowledge. On the day of the programme we will be celebrating the Republic Day of India along with Saraswati Puja. The national flag of India has a white middle band which signifies peace and truth with Dharmachakra. Partha with the strings of his sitar will invoke downpour of melody, playing selected pieces and ragas to celebrate the Saraswati Puja, the Republic Day and as well as the initiation of Spring Season.
Partha Pratim Roy
Vidwan Partha Pratim Roy, Banga Gaurav Samman awardee, learnt the art of Sitar from Pandit Debiprasad Chatterjee, a close successor of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. This was followed up by his receiving lessons in music from the late Pandit Niharbindu Chowdhury and the late Sangitacharya Ajay Sinha Roy, both veteran exponents of the Maihar School. He also received lessons in the intricacies of classical Indian rhythm from Pandit Anil Palit. Since his childhood, he has been performing solo Sitar performances in various musical soirees in India. His solo performance in the presence of 1 lakh audience members at the Youth Festival held at the Ranji Stadium, Calcutta, in 1978, and a three-hour solo Sitar recital at the Max Muller Bhavan, German Consulate, Calcutta, in 1980 earned him admiration from music lovers and the press.
He has given lecture demonstrations in different Universities of Europe. Dhaka University and Dayalbagh University, Agra. Apart from being a solo performer, Roy is also a music composer. He is associated with the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (New Delhi, Ministry of Culture as judge), Spicmacay and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India). He is an empanelled artist of Govt of West Bengal, Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS, MUMBAI as composer), a life member of Calcutta Cine Musicians Association (CCMA) and an approved artist of All India Radio (AIR).
Vidwan Amitananda Roy started learning Tabla from his father Lt. Pandit Ashimanda Roy. Later on, he received Taalim from Pandit Kumar Bose of Benaras gharana. He has accompanied many artists of the country and has been appreciated by the press and public.