Nalanda: When maestro Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya started his performance with an aalap on a meditative Raga Bageshri followed by his tantrakaari ang of instrumental music on his Santoor, students from more than 32 countries studying at the historic Nalanda University were mesmerised while witnessing this event today.
The Santoor maestro was accompanied by renowned Tabla player Pandit Ramkumar Mishra of Banaras Gharana. This event at Nalanda University provided an opportunity for international students to glimpse and learn about the glorious cultural legacy of India.
The event was conducted with the support of SPIC MACAY and was conducted under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations and the recital was hosted in the Sushma Swaraj Auditorium of the University by the Nalanda University SPIC MACAY Chapter.
The entire Nalanda University community including the Vice Chancellor, Deans, faculty members, staff, students and guests were present in a packed auditorium.
The students conducted the programme and Dr Kishore Dhavala, Deputy Dean, Student Welfare, addressed at the end, saying, “India has a very rich tradition of Indian classical music. We are grateful to SPIC MACAY for providing a space for our students that cultivates connoisseurship in classical art forms of India.”
SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) was founded in 1977 by Padma Shri awardee Professor Kiran Seth at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi to enrich the quality of formal education by increasing awareness about different aspects of Indian heritage and inspiring the young mind to imbibe the values embedded in it.
– global bihari bureau