This is the last part of the ‘Random Songs’ series that I started a few months ago. Most of the songs were picked up by me while surfing the web and posted here to share them with you all. This series has also given me the opportunity to introduce to you some new and upcoming artists who have but just made their presence felt in the classical music scene. In this concluding part here are four more vocalists, all women artists, whom I thought everyone would enjoy listening.
Kankana Banerjee, a veteran vocalist of the Indore Gharana, is gifted with a sweet and sonorously rich voice stretching over an amazing wide range. The legend, Ustad Amir Khan himself was her mentor during the formative period of her musical career. Her first public performance was in 1960, at the tender age of fourteen.
Manjiri Asanare, born in a traditional music family, has inherited the rich tradition of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. Manjiri has received wide acclaim for her performances at numerous concerts. An enraptured audience at Kolkata literally gave her a standing ovation at the conclusion of a program organized by ITC Sangeet Sammelan, a rare honour indeed. Manjiri also won a contest organized by All India Radio. She is a regular ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and has given many concert performances.
Gauri Pathare was trained in music by Jitendra Abhisheki for some time. Since 1994 Gauri has been under the guidance of vocalist Padma Talwalkar. Gauri holds a degree in computer science but music has always been her primary passion. Important concerts include Sawai Gandharva music festival in 2003, Kesarbai Kerkar festival in Goa, and a live broadcast of her concert and interview on a radio channel in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
Koyel Dasgupta, born in Kolkata, is a follower of Kirana Gharana. She has learnt the basics of Thumri and Dadra with sheer conviction and imagination. Presently an artist with All India Radio, Koyel gives regular performances on television and radio. She is also a lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University.