Music doesn’t have a language, it has a soul and our beloved Kolkata never lacked soul!
So, it shouldn’t come as a shock when you hear that notable musicians like Bodhisattwa Ghosh, Rhythm Shaw, Nabarun Bose, Sandipan Parial will be giving FREE workshops to anyone who is interested in learning from them and interacting with them. The workshop is basically what starts off the International Music Day celebration on 21st June across Kolkata at different venues. Before the real festivity begins, Yamaha Music Square, International Audio and Music Pvt. Ltd. will be hosting this prestigious workshop from 15th to 20th June.
If you thought free lessons and Q&A sessions is the only thing you will get, you are totally mistaken. With the presence of so many musicians in the room, you can totally expect occasional impromptu jam sessions to blow your mind.
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Saumya Roy Choudhury and Tapasi Bhattacharya are the designers and coordinators of International Music Day (Kolkata) and we caught up with Tapasi Bhattacharya to know a little more about this 7 day musical extravaganza.
BongRong: Congratulations from the BongRong team on this multi-venue International Music Celebration 2 years in a row. We hear preparations are going really well. So, what’s new on the plate for the music lovers of Kolkata this year?
Tapasi: Last year we had more amateur and upcoming musicians than musicians who have already reached a certain stature in the Kolkata music scene. This year what we are trying to do is to incorporate bands and musicians who are in the current trend to our line-up. We also got hold of musicians who are professionally touring and are well recognized among music lovers to make the festival more attractive. We are concentrating on the promotion of this event to reach more people. You can say we are reaching more towards a professionally organized and managed event. With last year’s experience we are strategizing better to tackle situations. So, our audience can totally hope for a more polished show.
BongRong: This 5 day workshop before the event, what is it all about?
Tapasi: In our Kolkata most of the musicians are self taught. A big number of music enthusiasts don’t really have the access to any dependable resources to learn from. The workshop will be featuring those musicians who are professionally working in the field and know about their craft. These back to back workshops primarily will provide music enthusiasts the opportunity to connect with those established musicians, learn from them and to hear about their experiences. It doesn’t have any entry fee and that helps us to reach out to everyone who is interested to learn. Starting from the meet and greet before the workshops to the festival on 21st, all 7 days will be free entry and we invite everyone who wants to witness the essence of this celebration of music. This festival is very much interactive in nature and it will help people to know, to learn and also to enjoy some good music.
BongRong: We heard about some amazing jam sessions from the workshop attendees of last year. Are we getting a dose of that this year too?
Tapasi: Whoever came to give the workshop last year had a session of an hour or more where they taught and interacted with the crowd. After that, jam sessions invariably broke out. Say, someone started singing, someone with the guitar joined in and someone at the drum took up the beat. It’s more spontaneous than planned and it happened everyday of the workshops last time. It might happen or not happen this year, but there is always more chance of it happening. You have to get down to the workshop to find out if we have any surprises waiting for you!
BongRong: So what does one have to do to attend these workshops?
Tapasi: The workshop is going to be of help from 16th to 20th of June. 15th will be a meet and greet session where musicians and music enthusiasts can come down to interact and to jam. We will be there to answer any questions regarding the festival and workshops. The workshop will be held from 4 to 7 pm everyday at Yamaha Music Square at Camac Street. As the place is not too big, its impossible to accommodate too many people. So sadly, maximum of 20 people can be allowed in the workshop. So please come down early and definitely before 4 pm.
BongRong: Thank you very much for your time Tapasi and BongRong team wishes you all the luck.
We dug deep to find out more about what happened at the previous workshops. Check out the video below to get a glimpse of last year’s workshop.
While talking about his memories of giving a free workshop on last year’s International Music Day celebration , Nabarun Bose says ” The workshop last year gave me an opportunity to interact with a really enthusiastic bunch of young musicians. It is always inspiring to see so many fresh faces being enthusiastic about learning more about music.”
We got the chance of speaking to Ritam, one among the many aspiring musicians present in the previous workshops. He describes a jam session as “a sumptuous meal served through different musical instruments by different chefs. It was one hell of an experience for me as a musician.”
So far, this year’s International Music Day celebration promises an improved version of what we saw last year. Now it’s time to wait and experience the essence of the musical soul of our city for one whole week. See you all music-hearts at Yamaha Music Square from 15th to 20th June, 4-7 pm.
10:45 pm, 14.06.15
We have just been informed that Bachospati Chakraborty, a versatile Bassist from our city, will be joining the International Music Day celebration workshop on 17th June. We are trying our best to bring you a one-on-one article on him as soon as possible. Stay tuned !
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