Like every year, organisers of the Dover Lane Music Conference introduced lesser known artistes in their seasonal conference at the Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR in Kokata under the joint auspices of the Dover Lane Music Conference and the Dover Lane Music Academy.

Kankana Banerjee&’s thumri recital was the programme opener and her melodious voice has acquired the desired standard thanks to the training of Alpana Roy. Banerjee&’s pillu-oriented number in addya tal drew admiration for the trained sruti of gandhar. The 16 beats of the addya tal went well as due stress was put on every unit. Ham Pardesi — the urge of a sensitive heart for her dear — was ably performed through the meaningful treatment of pa-dha-ni-sa-re-ga. The blister with tan was uniformly sustained in Say Sab Se Shyam Sidhare where the surrender of a devoted to Lord Krishna was expressed with the sprightly tune of kafi and the kathurbhaba of thumri in the stylised form of the Patiala Gharana. Banerjee was accompanied on tabla by Shambhunath Naskar.

Sumana Bhattacharjee&’s sitar recital in rag bagesri was impregnated with promise both from the point of view of raga interpretation and Taranga — the stroke work of her right hand was quite good. What she requires to become a proper performer is balance with the meend stroke of her left hand. The chut tan and bol tan along with dhidribazz were admired for the right treatment of the melodic structure of the maihar gharana. She was accompanied on tabla by Bivas Sanghai.

Ustad Wasemuddin Ahmed Khan&’s elaborate interpretation of Kedar drew attention for the demonstration of the Agra gharana. The vigour along with the dhrupadi structure, stood out. He was accompanied by Sanjay Adhikari, Hironmoy Mitra and Sarwar Houssain on tabla, harmonium and sarangi respectively.