At 5.30 pm both the gates were opened and we had people trickling in and as the clock struck 6 we kicked off with the choir DAKSHINEE. Rabindrasangeet was the mainstay of day one’s offering. So after their performance, LOPAMUDRA followed by SRABONI SEN also continued with Rabindrasangeet.
The next set of performers bowled me over with their colourful attire and even more vibrant performance. It was probably the second time in my life I was witnessing Baul. The two artists BAUL SWAPAN ADHIKARI & BAUL BHAJAN DAS BAIRAGI with their accompaniment upped the mood of the audience just enough for them to enjoy a brilliant performance by PANDIT AJOY CHAKRABORTY with his vocal renditions of two ragas.
Day one ended with a sigh of relief, though we had an audience of about 1000+ in this 3000+ capacity venue, it was a great start to the Friends Music Festival.
BAUL SWAPAN ADHIKARI
BAUL BHAJAN DAS BAIRAGI
PANDIT AJOY CHAKRABORTY