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 music.
• A mother would talk about her 7-year old’s autism and how music helps in the child’s development.
• A 14 year old would talk about his autism and how he is coping in life.
• Paul 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 soothe her.
• Readipop would talk about a musical charity that teaches music to people with mental health issues.
• Sky Sharma Foundation would talk about the work that they do.
• Raffle Draw.
• 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 Music”. Today, she is accompanied by four extremely talented individuals:
Lajvanti Ganguly 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 Yagnik.
Siddharth Singh 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.