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Melodic Tapestry by Music Pathshala

Melodic Tapestry by Music Pathshala

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Young boy performing with Debojyoti Mishra at Music Pathshala event

Experience the vibrant tapestry of Bengal’s musical heritage at the ICCR’s Satyajit Ray Auditorium. Join Music Pathshala who organized a gala festival curated by renowned music director Debojyoti Mishra, celebrating the rich legacy of legendary maestros through soulful renditions and homage to Pujo songs and iconic musical luminaries.

Recently, the halls of the Satyajit Ray Auditorium (ICCR) resonated with melodies that echoed through time, paying homage to the rich musical heritage of Bengal. The event, orchestrated by “Music Pathshala” under the visionary guidance of renowned music director Debojyoti Mishra, unveiled a vibrant tapestry of musical prowess and reverence for legendary maestros.

Music Pathshala stands as a manifestation of Debojyoti Mishra‘s dream—a beacon illuminating the path for aspiring musicians. Mishra, a protege who spent thirteen formative years under the tutelage of the maestro Salil Chowdhury, envisioned an institution that would nurture talent and perpetuate the legacy of musical luminaries.

Debojyoti Mishra and his Music Pathshala performers

The festival spanned two days, each dedicated to distinct musical facets that hold a special place in the hearts of Bengalis. The inaugural day paid homage to the tradition of Pujo songs—a cultural treasure intricately woven into Bengal’s fabric. These songs, once released before the Pujas, permeated through radios, Puja pandals, and homes on gramophone discs, carrying nostalgia and an enduring charm that persists even in today’s digital age.

Young singer with Debojyoti Mishra

The performances on the first day resonated with classics like Mahishasuramardini by Birendra Krishna Bhadra, Pankaj Kumar Mallick, and Bani Kumar, along with an array of other Pujo songs. The second day unfolded as a tribute to the maestros who shaped the musical landscape of Bengal—Salil Chowdhury, Satyajit Ray, Sachin Dev Burman, Sudhin Dasgupta, Rahul Dev Burman, and numerous others.

young girl with Debojyoti Mishra

The festival showcased not only vocal renditions but also instrumental performances that captivated the audience. The choir singing on timeless classics like “Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu,” “O Alor Pathajatri,” and “Ami Cholte Cholte Theme Gachhi” among others left an indelible mark on the hearts of the attendees.

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Music Pathshala preformance

Debojyoti Mishra, the driving force behind Music Pathshala, emphasized the practical application of music within the institution. He shared, “Rituparno Ghosh once advised me about the necessity of having my own music institution—to share what I’ve learned. Practical engagement in various musical projects forms a core part of our curriculum, enhancing our students’ professional experiences. Many of my students are actively contributing to my films, commercials, and television serials. It’s a joyous journey.”

Debojyoti Mishra and his performers

Music Pathshala’s gala festival not only celebrated the essence of music but also embodied the continuity of Bengal’s musical heritage. Through performances that paid tribute to legends and embraced the cultural roots, the festival encapsulated the spirit of learning, sharing, and perpetuating the timeless melodies that define Bengal’s musical legacy.

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