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Classical Concert Reaches Spiritual Heights

Pandit Suman Ghosh (center) mesmerized the audience by his vocal renditions with superb accompaniment on the tabla by Pandit Shantilal Shah (left) and Sameer Kotasthane (right) on the harmonium.

By Pramod Kulkarni

HOUSTON: Pandit Suman Ghosh presented an uplifting classical music concert with spiritual overtones as the first fund raiser for the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands on Sunday, December 9. Pandit Ghosh was accompanied by Pandit Shantilal Shah on the table and Sameer Kotasthane on the harmonium.

The concert was single-sponsored by Woodlands resident Suresh Raghavan, a financial executive, as a birthday present to himself. Assisting in the organization of the concert was Raghavan’s wife, Shashi. The couple’s son, Shan, a high school senior, served as the emcee. The Raghavans are enthusiastic supporters of Pandit Ghosh’s Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston and the Woodlands Hindu Temple. Detailed introductions of the performing artistes was given by CICMH Chairperson Archna Tripathi.

Since the concert was for the benefit of the Hindu temple, Pandit Ghosh opened with a beautiful bandish in Gorakh Kalyan. Panditji very aptly picked beautiful devotional bhajans, which touched the audience. Panditji’s  performance of Chandra Kaunsa was divine. With Kotasthane on the harmonium and Shah on the table, Pandit Ghosh created a beautiful triveni sangam to delight to the audience and transformed the evening into a sublime experience.

Dignitaries at the concert included Consul General P. Harish and his wife Nandita. CG Harish expressed his pleasure at the excellent classical music rendition oceans across from the cultural center of gravity in India … saath samunder paar! Also in attendance were Rathna and Anil Kumar of the Anjali School of Performing Arts, where both Pandit Ghosh and Pandit Shah are resident artistesIn her remarks, Ratna Kumar quoted dancer Agnes de Mille, who said, “If you want to know country listen to its msuc and watch its dances … and don’t listen to its politicians.”

During the vote of thanks, temple President Sanjay Joshi expressed his appreciation the artistes for their dedication to a spiritual cause. Sponsor Suresh Raghavan thanked the artistes, volunteers. In return, Pandit Ghosh offered to return to The Woodlands for future fund raising performances.

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