KOLKATA, 21 JUNE: Savouring fests that blended tradition and trend, and juxtaposed the old and the new, music lovers from the city ushered in the World Music Day Friday.
In a testament to Kolkata’s indomitable spirit, 70 city-based bands spread the sound of music across the eastern metropolis, whose music industry was jolted last week when the Musicworld store on Park Street decided to down shutters after being unable to stand up to piracy and internet downloading.
The fete, organised by Alliance Francaise, brought in the bands to perform at nine hotspots in Kolkata, including malls and popular clubs.
As a tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s musical genius, a truck converted into a mobile stage playing music, started its journey from Rabindra Bharati University (Jorasanko Campus) and enlivened various locales.
Nineteenth century Bengali theatre actress Binodini Dasi, popularly known as Nati Binodoni, was remembered through enactments of selected songs and scenes from her plays, including "Lilabati", by students of Rabindra Bharati University. Percussionist Bickram Ghosh captivated audiences with his project Rhythmscape as part of ‘Engage 2013’, eastern India’s largest digital media summit. ians