BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Renowend sitarist Partha Bose of the Maihar Gharana, who had performed in memory of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar on his 98th and 99th birth anniversaries in London and Hyderabad respectively was looking forward to paying a musical tribute on his birth centenary in Kolkata, organised by NADD Foundation today. However, the global coronavirus pandemic and the eventual nationwide lockdown has resulted in cancellations of all such events leaving Bose disappointed.
“We are witnessing a war against life on this planet, but, as a musician, I would like to believe in the power of music in generating positive energy to win this battle. On a personal note, I look forward to performing in memory of Pandit Ravi Shankar in Kolkata later this year to commemorate his birth centenary,” said Bose.
Thanks to advancement of technology, Bose played raga Manj Khamaj, one of Pandit Ravi Shankar’s favourite ragas as a tribute. “In the march of time, some special people create history and we remember them as legends. Pandit Ravi Shankar would be 100 years old if he were alive. Festivals of music were planned all over the planet have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. We need Pandit Ravi Shanjar ji and his music to sooth our stress in our minds and I would like to play a tribute to the great master by playing a few phrases of one of his favourite ragas, Manj Khamaj,” said Bose.
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