Jorhat gears up for night of music

Jorhat, Dec. 3: Close on the heels of the song and dance-packed Assam Mahotsav here, will follow a night of music, Basant Melody, organised annually by the Rotary Club on December 21 at the District Library auditorium.

This time the people of Jorhat can look forward to be entertained by Pandit Salil Bhatt, the creator and exponent of the satvik veena and the son of the legendary artiste Padmashree Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, along with Ustad Cassius Khan, renowned tabla exponent and a master of Indian classical music from Canada.

Eminent flautist from Assam, Dipak Sharma, who is a student of Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, will accompany the duo.

Brijesh Poddar, a member of the Rotary Club, said every year they tried to bring in different musicians from different parts of India to encourage classical musi-cians and the proceeds of the tickets were given for a cause.

"We are already donors to the Prerona Spastic Society and Anath Ashram at Dagaon. Besides this, we have set up a number of public waiting sheds and urinals. We also aid the ICU at the Christian Medical Centre here by buying oxygen cylinders and other equipment," he said.

Basant Melody is organised every year by Rotary Club of Jorhat to aid various social and humanitarian projects, including eradication of polio with the motive of encouraging Indian classical music, he said.

Last year, the Navarasa Group of Calcutta had thrilled the audience here with fusion songs and music in which singer Ambarish Das had crooned to the strains of the sitar played by Partha Bose and accompanied by Michael Banerjee on the saxophone, Pulak Sarkar on the keyboard and Subrata Manna on the tabla.