ITC Sangeet Sammelan to kick off with homage to Girija Devi

Kolkata: Homage to late Hindustani classical vocalist Girija Devi, and an impressive line up of concerts by young talents as also some of the stalwarts of Hindustani classical music would be the highlight of the three-day ITC Sangeet Sammelan beginning here from Friday.

The list of stellar performers this year will include Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (Vocal), Ustad Shahid Parvez (Sitar), Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Pandit Venkatesh Kumar, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar, Kaushiki Chakraborty (all vocal), Kala Ramnath (Violin), Sucheta Ganguly (Vocal), Ayan Sengupta (Sitar) and Paramananda Roy (Flute), besides others, organisers ITC Sangeet Research Academy told the media on Wednesday.

The grand festival of classical music would open with the presentation of the Sangeet Samman for 2017 to Pandit Venkatesh Kumar, an intense musical force in Hindustani classical music.

During the inaugural session, vocalists Omkar Dadarkar, Sucheta Ganguly and Aparajita Lahiri Bramhachary will pay homage to Girija Devi, Guru of the Academy since its inception.

With an impressive line-up of artistes, the festival will have young musicians performing alongside the stalwarts, offering music lovers an enchanting experience