In this year's 4th annual concert (click the links for 1st, 2nd and 3rd concerts) we had 11 students performing. Four of the students had performed at previous concerts but happily we had a lot of new students performing this year. The concert always brings out the best in the students, with lots of extra practice in the weeks beforehand and a lot of inspiration to keep practising in the weeks afterward. Everyone put in a great performance but special mentions must go to youngest and only girl tabla performer Rhea Ravi, naal solo by Vraja Dhama, fine accompaniment in bhajan by Tito Basu, and excellent all-round playing by Sanjey Sivaananthan.
Many thanks to Joseph Abhay Nand for patient harmonium accompaniment as always, and of course to all the parents and friends for helping out with the concert and throughout the year. Special thanks to super volunteers Darshil Shah, Vraja Dhama, Yuki Taniguchi and Feridun Avar, and to Brent James for these splendid photographs and other assistance.
An altar to Guru-ji
Our distinguished guest, Smt Vijaya Visvanathan, inaugurated the proceedings
Yuki Taniguchi (Sanskrit mantras)
Darshil Shah (bansuri) accompanied Yuki's mantras
Sulagna Basu presented some bhajans in honour of goddess Saraswati and the Guru. She was accompanied very well by her son Arka Tito Basu on tabla, and Joseph Abhay Nand on harmonium.
Diptanu Debroy (11) started the tabla solos
Bipro Hussain (9) and Ishaaq Jamil (8) (see them on youtube!)
Rhea Ravi (7) played in a tabla duet with her older brother...
Ritvik Ravi (13)
Nitin Niranjan (12)
Vraja Dhama - naal solo
Thejan Elankayer (11)
Arka Tito Basu (15) gave tabla solo in Jhaptaal (10 beats) and Teentaal (16 beats)
Jesinthan Ketheeswaran (17) and Sanjey Sivaananthan (15) also performed in Jhaptaal and Teentaal
Joseph Abhay Nand gave patient accompaniment on harmonium throughout
The students received certificates, presented by Smt Vijaya Visvanathan. The certificates feature the lineage of Benares Gharana guru-shishya parampara starting from gharana founder Pt Ram Sahai.
Finally I gave a tabla solo, also in Jhaptaal and Teentaal. If you play something twice, you should make a tihai and play it three times!