Musical Evening

                   Presented by Bay Area Local Talents  13th October 2007  5:30PM

 Foothill College

 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hill, CA 94022







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Sanskriti Durga Puja 2007

Colors Of India

Regional Song and Dances from India

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Malabari-Arpita Saha, Anu Mukherjee, Sudeshna Chatterjee, Nilanjana Roy , Mousumi das Chaudhuri
Kaikottikali- Priya Banerjee, Paulomi Bhattacharya, Poushali Banerjee, Annapurna Chandra , Sumana Banerjee ,Tandrima (Kheya) Bandyopadhyay
Tippani-Riyana Chakraborty, Tiuly Kulsi, Manjima Sarkar, EshaMaiti, Sohini Ghosh, Sweta Ghosh
Koli -Arpita Saha, Sudeshna Chatterjee, Mousumi das Chaudhuri ,Piu Ghosh, Sraboni Bhattacharya , Seinjuti Chatterjee
Bangla Fusion- Anu Mukherjee, Nilanjana Roy , Urmi Sen , Poushali Banerjee, Tandrima (Kheya) Bandyopadhyay, Pampa Mukherjee
Dhan Katar Gaan: - Anooshka and Arooshi Barua ,Nainika Roy, Raka Mukherjee, Anamika Ghosh
Bhangra-Priya Banerjee, Paulomi Bhattacharya, Sayoni Lahiri, RohiniLahiri, Trisha Sen, Annapurna Chandra
Garba- Arpita Saha, Piu Ghosh, Harjot Sawhney, Sumana Banerjee, Rima Chakraborty,Tandrima (Kheya) Bandyopadhyay, Sweta Ghosh, Poushali
Banerjee, Mousumi Das Chaudhuri, Sraboni Bhattacharya , Seinjuti Chatterjee, Sudeshna Chatterjee

Sudip Nag, Malini Banerjee, Shirshanka Das and Manidipa Bhattacharya

Swagato Basu Mallick, Amrita Sircar

Music Track Creation:
Subhas khashnobish

Dance Choreography/Direction and Co-ordination::
Dalia Sen

Music Direction and Co-ordination::
Manidipa Bhattacharya



Synopsis of each Song and Dance:

1.  Malabari:

First performance starts with a dance number from the Malabar region which lies along the southwest coast of India.It's folk tunes and dances are influenced by all of the surrounding region of southern India. Here we present a number created by the famous Indian Music Composer, Ananda Shankar.

 2. Kaikottikali:

Kaikottikali or Thiruvathirakali is an extremely popular folk dance performed by the maidens of Kerala. Here we present the song 'Paarvanendu Mukhi Parvati' which is sung in praise of Parvathi,or Goddess Durga, Shiva's Wife.


The next song is from Bihar called Kajri which is one of the most popular and well known forms of folk music. The word Kajri is a derivative of Kajal - meaning Kohl or Black. In a country of sizzling hot summers - the black monsoon clouds bring with them relief and great joy - with a need to sing out loud. This is the moment for the Kajri to be sung. 

4. Tippani:

Tippani is a popular folk dance performed by women laborers in parts of Saurashtra. It is a community dance in which the women beat and level up an imaginary floor with Tippanis or sticks with rounded bases and small bells at the top end. They dance in a ring shaking their Tippanis in perfect unison and rhythm as they beat the floor. Their synchronized work movements present a exuberant performance.

 5. Koli:

The Koli dance derives its name from the Koli tribe of Maharashtra. The Koli dance is performed by both men and women - divided into two groups. Here we present the famous song Mee dolkara dolkara dolkara dariyacha raja.The track opens with the chorus “vallav re nakwa o vallav re rama” which is sung by boatmen while sailing the boat.

 6. Bangla Fusion:

This is a folk song of Bengal which has influence of Bihu. The dance is choreographed with influence frommodern dance from the Uday Shankar style and also incorporated steps from the folk dances of Bengal and Assam. This song represents a ‘fusion’ of Bangla Folk with Bihu with a toch of Modern Bengali Tunes.


Mando(also spelled Manddo) is the famous and important musical form of Goa. This song represents the meeting point of Indian and western traditions. The music has elements of both Indian and western culture. Singing is accompanied by gentle turning sideways to the rhythm. This folk song ‘Maya Ya’ written in Konkani language is a beautiful spectacle to be both seen as well as heard.

 8. Dhan Katar Gaan:

This song and dance ‘Kati Dhan Ay Re’ comes from the folk music of Bengal. This is one of the occupational and ritual songs of Bengal called, Dhan Katar Gan, sung by the peasants when they harvest their crops; This song also shows how the farmers or the villagers identify themselves completely with the profession.

 9. Qawwali:

The next number is a famous Qawwali (devotional music) Sindhi Song, ‘Duma Dum Mast Kalender’. Qawwali is a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Originally performed mainly at Sufi shrines throughout India and Pakistan .This is a Prayer song to Lord of Sindh , Jhule Lal and Lal Shahbaz.

10. Bhangra:
Bhangra is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjub region of the India. Punjabi wheat farmers danced and sang songs during harvest celebrations at Bhaisakhi (Harvest)festivals, as the sight of their crops growing invigorated the farmers. From here the dance quickly moved through
all divisions eventually becoming a part of weddings, and other important occasions.

11. Garba:
Garba is an Indian form of dance that originated in the Gujarat region. Traditionally, it is performed during a nine-day festival called Navaratri.Either a lamp (the Garba Deep), or an image of Amba (Goddess Durga) is placed in the middle and people dance around the deity clapping rhythmically.