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Given below are descriptions of artists performing during Durga Puja festival.

SREERADHA : A TRADITION IN BEST PLAYBACK SINGING

Sreeradha Banerjee was born in a family with deep insight and love for music. Her acumen towards music was inherited from her parents Shri Sundar Narayan Banerjee and Smt Protima Banerjee. Sreeradha started taking lessons in Indian Classical Music from "Geetabitan Sangeet Shikshayatan" under the guidance of Late Shukhendu Goswami and some other exponents of the genre of Indian Classical Music. Sreeradha stood first in the six years degree course "Sangeet Bharati" and received "Girija Shankar Smriti Gold Medal" in 1980.

Also having a keen interest in Light Music, Sreeradha took training in Bengali Modern Songs, Geet, Bhajan etc from eminent composers like Late Sudhin Dasgupta, Smt Neeta Sen, Shri Jatileshwar Mukherjee, Shri Sukumar
Mitra and in Rabindra Sangeet from Shri Subhas Chowdhury.

She is an approved "A" grade artiste of Doordarshan Kendra , Calcutta and All India Radio Calcutta.

Sreeradha took to music concert and playback singing in various films (Bengali and Hindi) and TV serials since 1985. She has a number of awards, to name a few, to her credit like -
  1. Dishari Award for best playback singing in Bengali films "Sudhu Tomari"in 1988 and "Nilimaye Neel" in 1991.
  2. Uttam Kumar Award for best playback singing in the film"Sujan Sakhi" in 1995.
  3. B.F.J.A Award for best playback singing in the film "Boumoni" in 1995.
  4. Lions Kalakar Award for best playback singing in Basu Bhattacharyya's bi-lingual Hindi film "Aastha" in 1996.
  5. Ujala Anandalok Award for best playback singing in the Bengali film "Suryakanya"in 1999.
Sreeradha, till now, has rendered her voice to a considerable number of basic (non-film) cassettes and Compact Discs in Bengali Modern Songs, Rabindra Sangeet, Devotional Songs etc. released/yet to be released by reputed record companies from time to time.

An M.A. in English Literature, Sreeradha has completed her French Diploma from"Alliance Francaise" Calcutta.

INDRANI SEN : THE OTHER NAME OF MELODY

Indrani Sen is possibly the most talented young female vocalist in Bengal today. She is known for her distinctive style combined with well-modulated delivery. Indrani is the daughter of Sumitra Sen, one of the most eminent exponents of Rabindra Sangeet. She has excelled herself not only in songs of Tagore and Nazrul, but in bhajans, geets, ghazals, modern bengali songs, devotional and many other forms of light classical music.

Her Hindi renditions of Tagore & Nazrul songs have been appreciated by all sections of listners, including critics. Her live performance all over India and in various cities of the USA, UK and UAE has also been a grand success.
She has, to her credit, a number of records, CDs and audio cassettes, covering varied fields of Bengali music. She is a regular playback singer for Bengali and Hindi films (about 100 till date) and TV serials(125) and a recipient of many awards, including the Double Gold Disc, BFJA award for 4 consecutive years, Uttam Kumar & Hemanta Memorial award, Michel Award, Ujala Anandalok Award and many more such recognitions.

She has an outstanding academic career too. She stood 3rd in the Humanities Group and came 1st among the girls in the HS examination. She also obtained 1st class Master's Degree in Economics from JU. A senior lecturer and Head of the Dept. of Economics in a leading college of Calcutta, she has submitted her thesis "India's Export Trade", for her Ph.D degree under the University of Calcutta.

Being a passionate driver, she has recently participated successfully in the 1st Woman's Car Rally.


PROMITA MALLIK: A COMPLETE ARTIST

Pramita Mallick, post graduate in English Literature, is today at the forefront of Rabindra Sangeet exponents in India. Schooled in Shanti Niketan, Pramita received her training of Rabindra Sangeet from the great maestro Santi Deb Ghosh, Kanika Banerjee, Nilima Sen etc; puratoni and tappa from Srijukta Chandi Charan Das, hindusthani classical music from Srikumar Prasad Mukherjee.

She is a regular artist of All India Radio and National Television. She is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural relation, Govt of India. She has ten individual cassets to her credits apart from singing in various other compilations. She is very much adept at Puratani, Tappa and folk songs apart from Rabindra Sangeet.

Pramita is also interested in theater and she has produced Tagore's play in India and abroad. She has her own cultural troupe, "Baikali" which gives regular performances. Pramita is quite unique in having worked with foreign artists on innovative projects based on Rabindra Nath Tagore's works. She gave lecture demo for north Indians and also conducts workshop. These projects have often taken her in U.K, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, USA, Canada, Singapore and Bangladesh.

Ananada Bazar Patrika...

Pramita Mallick is a complete artist.. Every song express the artists individual sensitivity, a connection from the heart with the composer's creative sole, flowering into and indescribable beauty.


LOPAMUDRA MITRA: CARVING HER OWN STYLE

Ms. Lopumudra Mitra is a Super star in the domain of contemporary Bengali music. Lopamudra was one of the prime attractions at the North American Bengali Conference held in the San Francisco Bay Area in July , 1999.

Most of of her songs are selected modern poems by Jibonanondo Das, Jpy Goswami etc., which have been transformed to a musical form typically referred to as Kabyageeti. She has been rendering her golden voice since the last twelve years, but earned a rare distinction and fame within a short period of time. She started learning music from her father in childhood. When she was eight, her music career started with Rabindra Sangeet in Geeta Bitan. On the other hand, she prpared herself with vocal classical training under Shri Arun Bhaduri and Rita Roy. She enriched herself in different streams of music like classical, Nazrulgeet, Bhajan, light classical under the discipline of Sri Sukumar Mitra. She had further learned Rabindra Sangeet from Sri Subhas Chowdhury.

The uniqueness of Lopamudra which identifies her from most other contemporary performers is her style of rendering the songs. Lopamudra sings with heart and tries to present the poems with its total aesthetic essence, dramatic grandeur, and visual effect before the audience. She believes that a performer becomes successful only when she and her music cannot be separated from each other.

Since 1988, Lopamudra is a regular Grade-A artist in All India radio and Doordarshan Kendra. She earned a scholarship from West Bengal State Music Academy in Rabindra Sangeet to train in the supervision of Sri Subinoy Roy and the late Aurobindo Biswas.

With this versatility, Lopumudra went for an experiment in Bengali modern songs with the music director Sri Samir Chatterjee and finally, she found her platform in the songs based on poems of renowned poets. And that was her way just to go for success. With this new approach she performed all over India and won the hearts of music-lovers.

Since 1996, she is a regular artist of the famous recording company H.M.V. and several of her solo albums (cassettes and CDs) were released by the company : Annya Hawa, Natun Ganer Nouko Bowa, Bhetor Gharey Briisti (all modern songs), Kan Pete Roi and Praner Chala etc.(Rabindra Sangeet). All of the albums earned lots of appreciation.

Lopamudra appeared as a playback singer in Sedin Chaitramas under the music direction of Suman Chatterjee and got the Bengal Film Journalist Award as the best female singer on her debut.

She will be accompanied by Saurav (Joy) Sarkar on Guitar; Premendu Ghosh on Tabla and Gorachand Ram on the Synthesizer. Joy Sarkar is one of the most promising music composers in Bengal today. Many of the famous stars (e.g., Indrani Sen, Srikanto Acharya, Lopmaudra Mitra etc.) have been recording their Puja songs with Joys music compositions.


PRAKRITI: FUSION DANCES BY CHILDREN

This is a musical with fusion dances by Bay Area children based on few instrumental pieces by the maestros of Indian Classical music, Banraj Bhatia, Bhaskar Chandravarkar, Zakir Hussain and others. This will be portraying the beginning of life or creation moving with nature and human interaction with nature and also the emotinal influence of nature on human moods.

GEET ALANKAR: A MUSICAL JOURNEY

When was the last time you felt a musical explosion rock your senses? When was the last time your feet and your heart couldn't help but dance to the lilting beat of music?

Come and treat yourself to all these soul stirring feelings and more. Partake in a fusion of a full fledged orchestra with vocalists, when we bring to you a colorful weave of Bengali and Hindi popular music. We will take you on a memorable journey through valleys of nostalgic songs that bring back charming memories, and songs that raise your spirit sky high. Feel the beat and power of music that will make you want to dance through the night.

WE ARE YOU - THE COMMUNITY. Don't miss out on your very own party. So, roll back your sleeves, tap your feet, let your heart pound with the roll of drums. Get ready for a musical explosion. Your kids would love it, and so will you.! It's SHOWTIME on SATURDAY NIGHT at 10:30. See you all.


CHILDREN'S FUN EVENTS ALL SATURDAY

Time Description Venue
12.30pm to 1.30pm On the spot Drawing competition
Ages 4yrs - 7yrs Group I
Ages 8yrs - 11yrs Group II
Ages 12 and above Group III
In front of the Puja Pandal
1.30pm to 3.00pm Fun and Games for all ages  
3.00pm to 5.00pm Magic and Balloon Show
Performers: The Amazing Vijay, Marvin Anderson & partner
The Little Theater
Children of all ages alongwith other enthusiasts are invited to come and join the activities.
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