The four-day of musical extravaganza of the maiden South Asian Music Festival offered an array of Indian classical music from September 21-24. A number of renowned Bangladeshi artists like Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, Laisa Ahmed Lisa, Shama Rahman and Luva Nahid Choudhury were present in the event where they performed Panchokabi’r Gaan (songs of the five preeminent Bengali poets). The event concluded on a high note at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands located in Singapore.
Living legends like Pt. Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor), Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (Bansuri), Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak) and Dr. L Subramaniam (Carnatic Violin) were present at the grand event to pour their musical blessings.
There were more artists like Renowned Carnatic vocalist Vidushi Bombay Jayashri with promising maestros like Ustad Shujaat Khan (Sitar and Vocal), Kaushiki Chakraborty (Vocal), Sawani Shende (Vocal), Niladri Kumar (Sitar) and Afghan born and USA based instrumentalist Homayoun Sakhi (Rabab) , who are also seen performing at the festival. The audience experienced such a grand musical festival along with the performances of Bangla songs after a long time. A number of great personalities like Ojas Adhiya, Pt. Vijay Ghate and Pt. Tanmoy Bose seemed accompanying to most of the performances at that event.
On the last day, Ustad Shujaat Khan, son of legendary sitar player Ustad Vilayat Khan had performed at the event. The legendary Sitarist represented a sweet evening Raga Shyam Kalyan on teentaal. Gripping the precise ragdari, he represented a number of alap, jod, jhala, gaul and tehai of the recital then he played an extremely speedy jhala followed by an incredible tehai.