The Grand finale of the second edition of Rabindra Gaane Pratima Chandra Puroshkar titled “Aruprataner Sandhane” was held on Sunday, 3rd December, 2017 at G. D. Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata. The competition was organised jointly by Pratima Chandra Foundation and DaakGhar. Rabindra Sangeet enthusiasts from different parts of West Bengal showed interest for the auditions. Out of which 88 applicants were called for audition on 16th September, 2017 at The Tulip hall of P. C. Chandra Garden. The judges selected 12 participants for the grand finale. These participants performed live in front of the judges and the audience, through 3 rounds of competition.
Famous singer Smt. Usha Uthup inaugurated the event and also released the Audio CD of the winners of the first edition of “Aruprataner Sandhane”.
Sri Mano Murali, eminent Rabindrasangeet Singer and founder of DaakGhar mentored and arranged the entire competition.
The eminent judges who graced the event were:
Eminent singers Smt. Sraboni Sen, Smt. Jayati Chakraborty, Smt. Sohini Mukherjee and Smt. Kamalini Mukherji and eminent Music Director Sri Joy Sarkar and eminent Tabla player Pandit Biplab Mondal judged the Grand Finale. Some of them also performed a song each on the day.
The Auditions were judged by Pandit Biplab Mondal, Smt. Manisha Murali, Smt. Debika Dutta and Smt. Somali Mukherjee.
3rd December: The contestants –
Mr. Arjun Roy || Mr. Anurag Datta || Ms. Iman Haldar || Ms. Angana Chatterjee || Ms. Reema Dasgupta || Ms. Patralekha Ganguli || Mr. Krishnendu Dey || Ms. Ashmani Kundu || Mr. Sagnik Basak || Mr. Anjishnu Lahiri || Mr. Soumyadeep Saha || Ms. Sayantani Mukherjee
Congratulations!! In the competition Mr. Arjun Roy of NSC Bose Road, Kolkata won the First Prize. The Second Prize was won by Mr. Anurag Datta of Baruipur, Kolkata. Ms. Iman Haldar of Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas won the Third Prize.
The winners were awarded Musical Instruments worth Rs. 60,000/- (Rupees Sixty Thousand) and Trophies. The President of Dover Lane Music Conference and the Chairman of P. C. Chandra Group, Sri B. K. Chandra and eminent Singer and Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, Sri Babul Supriyo graced the occasion and gave away the winners’ trophies.
RABINDRA GAANE PRATIMA CHANDRA PUROSHKAR 2017 “ARUPRATANER SANDHANE” Judges Details.
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Smt. Sraboni Sen
Srabani Sen, also spelt as Sraboni Sen, is a Bengali Indian exponent of Rabindra Sangeet and Bengali songs. She is a daughter of Sumitra Sen and sibling of the prolific artiste, Indrani Sen. She is an able successor to the gharana, which has contributed immensely to the spread of Tagore’s music across the world. Srabani’s tutelage commenced under her mother’s able guidance followed by her rigorous training at Geetabitan Music Institute from where she came out with flying colours.
Smt. Jayati Chakraborty
Jayati has a God gifted unique voice. Her renditions has won her accolades and mesmerised audiences transcending geographical boundaries. She has more than ten solo albums and numerous assorted albums to her credit within a short time of launching her career as a singer. This indeed is a testament of her dedication and passion for music. She has won countless accolades as reward from avid listeners which led to a veritable fan following.
Jayati began singing at the age of five. She has received several awards in State Music Academy. She has sung in numerous tele-serials and telefilms in all leading channels. She has done playback singing for numerous Bengali movies and has worked with reputed Music Directors.
Smt. Kamalini Mukherji
Kamalini Mukherji is one of the most popular faces among today’s Rabindrasangeet singers. Her smart, distinctive style of singing, marked by a deep understanding of the lyrics and a clear diction, has helped her carve out a niche for herself in the field. Over the last few years Kamalini has spent a large part of her time in the USA, successfully carrying the music and message of Tagore not just to the vast Bengali diaspora, but also to an international audience.
Trained in Rabindrasangeet from the age of ten at Dakshinee, a renowned institution practising and propagating Tagore’s music, Kamalini graduated with distinction from the institution in 1998. In 2001 she was awarded the “Dakshinee Purashkar” in recognition of young talent for Rabindrasangeet.
A regular on television and stage in Kolkata, she has cut several discs with HMV Saregama. Her unique appeal lies in instilling a fresh enthusiasm for Tagore’s songs in the young generation, while endearing herself equally to the traditional and learned listener.
Sri Joy Sarkar
Joy Sarkar is an eminent Bengali Music Director and Songwriter.
Joy Sarkar was born in Kolkata, to Sudhin Sarkar, who is a Bengali singer, and Kalyani Sarkar. He is married to an eminent Bengali Singer Lopamudra Mitra since 2001. They have worked together and composed many Bengali songs. He started his musical journey with the Guitar, learning from Subrata Karmakar, Nepal Shaw and Amyt Dutta. Travelling extensively around the country and the globe he slowly started doing sessions, arrangements and composing. He started his career in 1998 when he composed the first song of his life that was “Chhelebelar Brishti”.
He was the judge of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2013 in Zee Bangla. He had been the judge of the same show in previous seasons also.
He got Radio Mirchi Best Upcoming Singer Award in 2013 for the song “Dhoro Kono Katha Holo Na” from the film Accident.