Asomiya magic in Mumbai
Noted violinist Minoti Khaund and daughter Sunita Bhuyan performed for a mega fundraising event at the hitoric Shanmughanada Auditorium in Mumbai recently. The concert was named Privilege in aid of the Don Bosco Shelter, Mumbai which takes care of hundreds of street children. Minoti and Sunita shared the stage with a host of other celebrities who performed that day, starting from Latino drummer Bondo, to Manasi Scott, Mona Singh and Oscar winning choreographer Longinus.
The chief guest for the function was Boman Irani, who is the chief patron of the Don Bosco Shelter. Father Barnabe, head of the Shelter, while thanking all the artists made a special mention of the efforts of Sunita and Minoti for contributing towards the event. Sunita has been associated with the Don Bosco children as she conducts music workshops for them.
Minoti, a disciple of Late Pandit VG Jog has been the foremost violinist of Asom for the last five decades. Her story has been a single-minded pursuit of music despite being thoroughly entrenched in traditional family life. A gold medallist from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad with a Master’s degree in Music, Minoti has been playing the violin in prestigious concerts and festivals in India and abroad. Minoti went through a traditional ‘guru-sishya parampara’ with Pandit Jog and has carried on the tradition by grooming her daughter into a fine fiddler, who absorbed the finer nuances of the violin literally at her mother’s knee. Sunita, on the other hand, is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for excellence in music, besides a Masters’ degree in music. She likes to experiment with light classical and folk fusion to reach out to a diverse spectrum of audiences. With both mother and daughter having carved a niche for themselves in the field of classical music in India, the duo’s performance is generally marked by uninhibited mannerisms and utmost truthfulness.