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Music From the Mountains

Music From the Mountains

Sourojyoti Chatterjee, Subham Ghosh, Ritaban Guha, Aritra Mukherjee, Nilanjan Saha

The Mountain Music Festival Season 2-an amalgamation of cross-cultural music- was held in Dawaipani, a beautiful small village in North Bengal that offers a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga. The festival was the brainchild of Mr. Sudipta Chanda who wanted to organise such a festival in the hills, where music and soul is interlaced in the serenity of nature.

By Ananya Das (Goon)

The MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON 2 was a festival of artistic (musical) reciprocity, a destination event that was held in the picturesque location of Dawaipani. A wide range of music was performed from dawn to dusk with the spectacular Kanchenjunga at the backdrop. This unique festival provided a platform for the junior and new artists by rendering a merge of different types of culture without keeping it monotonous but incorporating local talents as well. The festival not only had the Bengali band The Dreamers’ performance, but also the Nepali and the Kolkata musicians performing in collaboration with each other. Ranging from the Indian classical music, Tagore songs, the Bollywood songs to the Western classics everything was there. A wide range of music was performed at the courtyard of The Hill Castle Homestay, the legendary bakery Glenary’s, the Darjeeling Mall, and the Ghum station. The festival was like a intertwining of musical cultures. The Ghum station performance was a tribute to the Indian Railways – songs like 100 miles, Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Deewana Dil Hain Deewana etc. were performed. Kudos to Mr.Sudipta Chanda, the visionary head of this festival, for taking this unique initiative and providing a platform for the established musicians along with the new talents.

Sourojyoti Chatterjee, Chitten Tamang, Nilanjan Saha, Rick Biswas, Divya Kulung Rai, Sudipta Chanda, Ritaban Guha, Aritra Mukherjee, Avisek Ghosh.( from Left- Right )
Sourojyoti Chatterjee, Chitten Tamang, Nilanjan Saha, Rick Biswas, Divya Kulung Rai, Sudipta Chanda, Ritaban Guha, Aritra Mukherjee, Avisek Ghosh.( from Left- Right )

The Mountain Music Festival was held in the hills again. The unique Mountain MusicFestival Season Two was held in the courtyard of Hill Castle Homestay, Dawaipani, a Sudipta Chanda initiative. The programme is being presented by Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers in collaboration with Khukumani Sindur & Alta, Surojit Kala, Serum Group, JP Travels, Vistel Infotainment, Daffodil Incorporate, Glenary’s, and Carpe Diem.

Chitten Tamang & Divya Kulung Rai
Chitten Tamang & Divya Kulung Rai

The festival was full of music of a high range of variety like musicians from Kolkata as well as the local musicians who sang songs and played tunes on the guitar. The special attraction this time was to experience the melody from sunrise to sunset in the lap of the beautiful hills of Dawaipani. It featured instrumental music of western classics, Tagore melodies, songs of Bengali band from retro music; all together the celebration was full of surprises.

Now let’s talk about the places of the festival. Apart from the Hill Castle Homestay, music was also performed at the legendary bakery Glenary’s while Rupam Islam’s composition was played on the violin, Rahman’s melody on the Sitar, popular song like Dil Chahta Hai even Kishore Kumar’s evergreen songs were performed. Glenary’s witnessed a unique musical session performed by the artists from Kolkata. Ukulele, Guitar, Cajon players from Kolkata collaborated with the Sarengi players of Nepal at the Darjeeling mall. Enthusiastic listeners experienced this collaboration on the way to the Mall.

Aritra Mukherjee and Rick Biswas
Aritra Mukherjee and Rick Biswas

A special item marked as homage to the Indian Railways. Songs were being sung in front of the toy train at Ghum Station. This year’s Mountain Music Festival was an enigmatic one with tons of surprises. The festival will be seen on The Dreamers’ official Facebook page on 11 December at 9pm on the occasion of the International Mountain Day.

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Artists include Aritra Mukherjee, Rick Biswas, Nilanjan Saha, Ritaban Guha and Sudipta Chanda, Subham Ghosh on the Sitar, Sourojyoti Chatterjee on the violin. Sudipta Chanda, the man behind this unique initiative says, “I had a dream to have a music festival like this at hills. It is a place meant to perform different genres of music; musicians from different places come here, collaborate and create some music for soul. It definitely offers a lifetime experience enjoying music on the lap of hills.”

 

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