Surangan Music School of Houston Celebrated Student Appreciation Day


HOUSTON: Surangan School of music, a pioneering contemporary Bengali musical school in greater Houston area, recently held their annual student appreciation day at Maharaja Banquet Hall, on October 18. They have enthusiastically presented a wonderful musical evening to celebrate first ‘Student Appreciation Day with heart full of appreciations and galore. Surangan , is a classical and vocal music school, that trains next generation Bangladeshi and Indians in the Houston area, inspired by the commitment and passion of creating an original Bengali music school reflecting purity and authenticity.


The evening kicked off with a nice welcome speech by Rupa Ghosh, Eminent Tagore singer and founding director of Surangan Musical School , followed by a musical program participated by a total of 21 students of the school. Rupa is one of the popular and recognized Rabindra sangeet artists among Bengali community in greater Houston area. Rupa started her musical training under the guidance of Sri Nirmalendu chowdhury, Ustad Nirod baron Barua and Pandit Manash Chakra borty. She is a proud recipient of several prestigious awards including Sur-Saptak Bidwapith and gold medal from Bangladesh.

Students with colorful attire were all gathered by the side of the stage in a disciplined manner, presented a wonderful program with different Tagore and Nazrul’s songs like ‘sajer bodhua’, kothao amar, ami jar nupurer chondo” all got the huge applause. The young singers were a delight to watch.The first half of the celebration began with individual and group performances of the students of Surangan. The rendition titled ‘Dui Hater Kaler Mondira Je’ marked beginning of the program. A number of Nazrul and Tagore songs fitting perfectly to the mood, came one by one to insinuate the audience. Meanwhile, founder director Rupa Ghosh handed over the Appreciation Certificates to students of the school and cake cutting took place .

A series of solo rendition of Nazrul and Tagore numbers were presented by Smita, Sedra, Tithi, Purnata, Puspita, Maisha, Arita, Tisha, Ahana, Polin, Naiza, Sharoni, Simmy, Shayon, Tiklu, Sohan, Rameen, Nubaid, Tinni,  Banani, Jolly and others.

 Dr. Raja Banga, director of Prana School of Music, an eminent musician of Katy along with his few disciples- Salil, Rishabh,  Adhrit, Aditya  and Vikramm mesmerized the audience by a Tabla Concert after the short break. Jugolbandi  by Biplab and Raja’s team in teen taal lahara took the crowd.

Program ended with Rupa Ghosh’s personal tribute to Tagore by awesome Tagore’s renditions like “amare tumi oshesh korecho”. Rupa’s music leaves a soothing effect for the ears at the end of the show. Her voice, range and command over music and emotion in different style of Tagore songs were a treat to the audience.  Raja Banga on Tabla, Biplob Samadder on violin and Aloke Roy on Mandira accompanied Rupa and her students on the stage all along.

 Audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening with scrumptious dinner and mesmerizing music. The entire event was eloquently emceed by Rumana Chowdhury. Most of the family members were excited about the performances and were delighted to see their kids perform.

Article contributed by Jaya Ghosh.