SPECIAL: Krishna Chura Dance Event in Manchester

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At  their annual music and dance session , to promote Bengali music integrating Indian and Bangladeshi communities Krishna Chura organised some breath-taking performances with some top level musicians and artistes in Manchester …. reports Rahul Laud

 by . Recently in Manchester  at the CHADS  Theatre  to pay tribute  to  renowned  singers/musicians  of  Bangladesh – Singers Shahnaz  Rahmatullah,  Shubir   Nandi  and  Ahmed  Imtiaz  Bulbul – a special  dance  and session  based  on  classical  fusion was organised by   Krishno  Chura  a  Bengali  performing  arts  group  based  in  Manchester led by Dr Masim Allam (Proshonda)  ,  dedicated  to  the   promotion  and  excellence  of  Bengali  music  and  literature  in  the  UK.  This event was a part of the annual concert Krishna Chura organises.

Proshonda said “dance is a  magnificent  and  powerful  medium  of  arts.  It  has  a  universal  language  that  can   access  all  realms  and  people.  Probably  it  took  its  early  birth  in  its  most  energetic  form  in  Africa with  the  birth  of  mankind and  has  evolved  in  the  way  of  expression  along  with  mankind’s   evolution  throughout  the  world.”

Furthermore he added , “Style of music at  Krishno  Chura  is with the focus  on  Bengali  Performing  Arts  –  music  and  poetry.  While  we  have   foundations  in  the  classical  and  conventional  form  of  Bengali  music  in  the  tunes,  words  and   the  use  of  instruments  such  as tabla,  harmonium  and  Indo-­‐Bengali  percussions  –  we  are  also   very  open  minded  to  world  music.”

The  theme  was  a  story  of  4  girls  who  love  to  dance.  They  are  highly  skilled  in  Indian  classical  dance   forms. This  is  their  dance  journey  through  time  and  space.  They   start  dancing  classical  and  semi  classical  Indian.  Then  they  travel  and  come  across  music  and   mood  of  other  realms  –  semi-­‐classical,  non-­‐formal  or  folk  –  often  Spain,  often Italy  or  Russia   or  even  South  America.  And  they  admire,  absorb,  transcend  and  blend  in.  The  girls  become   part  of  the  bigger  spectrum  of  dance  of  the  world.  And  then  finally  they  hear  the  call  –  the   beat  that  is  in  their  blood  –  in  their  veins  –  the  Bengali  dhol.  And  they  come  back  and  embrace   the  beloved  mother  –  Bengal.

  by . Manchester ace Kathak danseuse Roshni  Sarkar was accompanied on  tabla  by  Hamit  Walia  and  harmonium  by  Masih  Alam.

Debika Banrjee  and  Sanchari  Bhattyacharya performed the semi classical fusion segment based on Tagore songs. Rivonia Goswami performed classical Bharatnatyam tp enthral audience.

All  4  dancers performed a  –  music  and  dance  medley  with  Hamit  Walia  on  drums  and  Masih  Alam  on  keyboards ,   dancing  to  8  pieces  of  Bengali,  Hindi,  Spanish,  Italian,  Russian  and  Latin  American  tunes.

The MUSIC  SESSION   Songs  of  Shahnaz  Rahmatullah,  Shubir  Nandi  and  Ahmed  Imtiaz  Bulbul were sung by Masih  Alam,  Rawshan  Choudhury,  Mitra  Kabir,  Mukarram  Hussain,  Waseema  Tasnin,   Farhana  Zafar  and  Moshfique  Uddin   Recitation:  Mohammad  Sadif   Musicians:  Masih  Alam  (keyboard  and  harmonium),  Javed  Siddiqui  (tabla  and  cajon),  Hamit   Walia  (drums  and  tabla),  Parissa  Alam  (lead  guitar),  Sanket  Jadav  (keyboard)  and  Mohammad   Sadif  (manjira,  nupur).

 The  songs  were  some  of  the  most  popular  songs  of  Bangladesh.  The  group  redressed  these   songs  through  a  very  different  choice  of  instruments,  mostly  inspired  by  European  classical   orchestra,  and  made  fusions  with  Bengali  and  modern  instruments.  The  aim  was  to  present   the  essence  of  the  songs  to  the  audience  in  a  different  flavour,  imagination  and  rhythm  –   for  them  to  think  out  of  the  box  of  what  is  conventional.  It  was  intended  to  present  the   songs  with  a  more  orchestra  effect  in  a  style  in  which  the  instruments  are  as  important  as  the   vocal  –  as  opposed  to  the  vocal-­‐dominant  style  that are  used in  Bangladesh.

Krishna Chura is  extremely  keen  on  experimental  and  fusion  music   and  likes  to  enhance  and  enrich  through  music  and  cultures  of  non-­‐Bengali  realms. “ We  are   keen  to  bring  Bengali  music  to  the  West  and  bring  the  West  to  Bangladesh.  Because  music  is   very  universal  and  it  exists  in  different  forms  for  the  same  expression  of  our  moods  and   emotions.  So,  to  put  it  in  simple  words  -­‐  we  are  inspired  by  any  music  that  sounds  good  –   whether  the  origin  is  Indian,  European,  African,  Middle  Eastern  or  Far  Eastern,” Proshonda added.