Star musicians launch Assamese Durga stutis in Mumbai


 

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Three maestros of the Indian music world launched the first album of Assamese Durga stutis in Mumbai recently. The chief guest Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota launched the devotional album, Invocation of Ma, by Assamese mother-daughter violinist duo Minoti Khaund and Sunita Khaund Bhuyan at the Spandan Foundation Durga Puja celebrations in Powai.

The guests of honour were Grammy award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the singer with the golden voice Hariharan, all of them resplendent on stage with the Assamese silk seleng sadors. The highlight of the evening was a performance by the mother-daughter duo and singer Sanjeeta Khaund and veteran tabla player Pradeep Ghosh.

The icing on the cake during the launch ceremony was a rendition of two special Bengali songs by Anup Jalota ending with his super hit Bhajan “Aisi Laagi Lagan” that brought the house down with everyone singing together. Mamoni Kalita, an Assamese musician in Mumbai, said, “It was truly an iconic moment for Assamese artists when three such great maestros attended an event on the same stage for an album release and violin performance. It showed the respect and regard that the maestros had for Ma Durga and their appreciation for Minoti and Sunita’s music.”

The album “Invocation of Ma” was produced keeping in mind the theme of “Ma Shakti” which the goddess Durga signifies and is composed in Raag Durga. The album was produced for the Durga Puja celebrations of Spandan foundation in Powai whose theme this year is girl child and women empowerment.

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 Talking about the album, Sunita says, “The music performed during Durga Puja before the Goddess Ma Durga is basically to invoke the strength and the energy of Ma Shakti for good over evil. The album has two original stutis in Assamese and Bengali written and composed by Minoti and sung by me and Sanjeeta Khaund. This is followed by a rendition of Raag Durga in Hindustani classical style by me and my mother on the violin.”

 Minoti and Sunita shall carry the same performance to Sri Lanka and Singapore for their performances on the theme of Ma shakti to support women’s empowerment.

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Posted on October 18, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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