Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta celebrates Janmashtami with IIM Shillong

The evening in Shillong was filled with the celestial sounds of the sarod as Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, Padma Bushan awardee, enthralled the audience at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. The concert was organized by the Meghalaya Chapter of SPIC MACAY on account of Janmashtami celebrations.

SPIC MACAY is a voluntary youth movement which promotes Indian classical music, classical dance, folk music, yoga, meditation, crafts and other aspects of Indian culture. Started in 1977 by Mr. Kiran Seth, SPIC MACAY presently has over 500 chapters across the world and holds around 6,000 events annually.

Mr. P. K. Swin welcomed the guests on behalf of SPIC MACAY. The event was inaugurated in traditional fashion with the lighting of the lamp by Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, Dr. Amitabh De, Director, IIM Shillong, Dr. Keya Sengupta, Professor of Economics, Mr Swin, and a member of the Cultural Committee.

Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, fondly called Guruji, addressed the audience on the history of the sarod and its association with Hindustani classical music before engaging the audience.

The sarod, meaning “beautiful sound”, a lute-like instrument that is believed to have descended from the Afghan Rubab, is one of the most prominent instruments of Hindustani classical music and is sought after for its fretless and deep introspective sounds. Guruji, a disciple of sarod maestro Sangitachrya Sri Radhika Mohan Maitra, was a Padma Bushan awardee in Jan 2012.

Guruji was assisted on the sarod by Smt. Debasmitha Bhattachariya with Shri. Ashok Mukherjee on the tabla. The audience were in raptures over the Kamod and Tilak Kamod ragas that rented the air with soulful music. Guruji was facilitated by Dr. Amitabh De to tumultuous applause from the guests gathered.

IIM Shillong, the 7th IIM to be set up in the country with the aim to expand both economic and cultural avenues in the Northeast, collaborated with SPIC MACAY for the 2nd time to coordinate the concert in an effort to inculcate an interest in Classical Indian music in the Northeast.