Target charity - SkySharma
• Dr Arghya
Sarkhel would speak about the overall mental health and how music can help.
• Dr Raja
Gangopadhyay would speak about prenatal and postnatal mental wellbeing and
• A mother
would talk about her 7-year old’s autism and how music helps in the child’s
• A 14 year
old would talk about his autism and how he is coping in life.
Jensen, Head Teacher Sunnydown School will speak about mental health and music.
• A 24 year
old would talk about her battle with anxiety and ADHD and how music helps to
would talk about a musical charity that teaches music to people with mental
• Sky Sharma
Foundation would talk about the work that they do.
• This would
be followed by “ Yogi” – Classical renditions by Barnali Chattopadhyay.
This program has been endorsed by well-known celebrities,
such as Muzaffar Ali, Meera Ali, Anup Jalota ji, Javed Jaffrey, and Pt Vishwa
Mohan Bhatt amongst others.
Please note that dinner would be available to buy from the stall
outside, courtesy the acclaimed Chefs of Little Kolkata. There are a few other
stalls for you to browse.
Barnali Chattopadhyay is a leading proponent of Sufiana mu-
sic. Born and raised in a family which encouraged the finer aspects of music,
Barnali was introduced to Hindustani Classical Music since her early days. She
received guidance from the great musicologist Dr Ku- mar Prasad Mukhopadhyay
(of Agra Gharana). Her expertise surfaced as she embraced the flavours of
Banaras, while being a sincere disciple of renowned vocalist Vidushi Purnima
Chaudhuri (a devoted disciple of Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra). She also
imbibed the essence of her music from Thumri queen Shobha Gurtu. She remained
under the able guidance of the legendary Thumri Singer Padma Vibhushan Girija
Devi until her sudden demise.
Barnali’s mellifluous voice and delicate renditions woven
with aesthetic intricacies in Thumri has earned her rave reviews for her
performances. She has lent her voice to compositions by legendary music
exponents, such as Dr.Balamurali Krishna, Vidushi Girija Devi, Vidushi Purnima
Chaudhuri, Pt. Jagdish Prasad and many other noted musicians including Bhajan
Samrat Anup Jalota Ji.
Lately, she has been extensively performing at distinguished
platforms across India. She, along with ace Bollywood directors like Muzaffar
Ali, have set to tune the dohas of Wajid Ali Shah revamping the soul of
romanticism through Sufi and Thumri. Barnali envelopes her gayaki in music with
her fi- nesse in Sufi, Thumri and Bhajan staying rooted to the core of
traditional classical vocal music. Her recent performance in Jodhpur’s renowned
Dhwaja Festival 2018 has also helped her win the hearts of thousands. She has
been collaborating with many eminent musicians and music organisers to promote
the various genres of classical vocal music. Sangeet Foundation is extremely
honoured to have Barnali’s support in promoting the cause of “Happiness through
Today, she is accompanied by four extremely talented
is the very talented daughter of Barnali. Today she will be providing the
commentary for Barnali’s musical offerings. In her professional life Lajvanti
is a very popular Radio Jockey at Radio Mirchi Kolkata besides being an actor.
She has acted in many acclaimed short films as well.
Mitel Purohit is
a renowned tabla percussionist based in the UK. Benaras style of tabla twinned
with his passion for world music, are evident in his expression and
versatility. He has accompanied the likes of Jagjit Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
and Pandits Rajan Sajan Mishra.
Sunil Jadhav is a
versatile keyboard/harmonium and accordion player based in the UK. He began his a career in Mumbai and has played with maestros such as Manna Dey, Usha
Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Ravindra Jain, Ashok Khosla, Anup Jalota & Alka
works in London as a guitarist and learnt how to play the guitar from
well-known guitarist Chintoo Singh Ji from Bombay. He has played the guitar with
singers from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India such as Ustaad Ghulam Ali, Ha-
riharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Anup Jalota, Sadhana Sargam and many others.