The trio opened with Anandi and Debashish exploring the traditional melodic construct of the song, called the raga. The song began with a fluid, ornamented melody. As a steady rhythm began to develop, Subhasis added percussion using hand drums, the tabla. This gradual layering of texture and rhythm is part of the Indian classical tradition. Listeners are drawn into deeper sonic focus as the layers and pulse of the music increase.
One piece, composed by Bhattacharya, described the colors of the evening sky. Debashish used his original slide guitar design, the Chaturangui guitar to explore the raga. The sound of the 24-string Chaturangui is reminiscent of the sitar because of its sustain and mellow tone quality. Later Bhattacharya played another, smaller guitar that he also designed.
Anandi sang a song that expressed the longing of someone who is asking his or her departing lover to stay. She displayed amazing vocal flexibility and technical ability as she repeated, note-for-note, the melodies that Debashish played on his guitar.
The evening was a musically intoxicating experience. At the start of the evening, Debashish and Anandi Bhattacharya described their desire to give peace to audiences through their music. Peace could be heard in the sound of Anandi’s voice, through the guitar of Debashish, and through the percussion of Subhasis Bhattacharjee.
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