Yaadon Mein Pancham - A tribute to R D Burman at Kolkata

With the city of Kolkata reeling under a severe heat wave, political unrest, anaconda traffic and student demonstrations nothing could be more soothing than a musical evening in memory of the legendary Panchamda as organized by Euphony and sponsored by McDowell's No. 1 at Kalamandir on the 12th of April, 2013. Original musicians from the RD team, some even flying down from Mumbai for the event, spread their magical trance through evergreen melodies and unforgettable pieces mesmerizing the audience.

The show was anchored by none other than Ankush Chinchankar from Pune ( also known as the R D Burman - Encyclopedia) who not only enlightened the audience with many unknown facts about RD but also interacted with the musicians to bring out the much cherished Pancham flavor. And yes, this was a show with a difference - hardly a few popular numbers but with lots of hidden treasures in the form of unheard musical beats, happenings, changes, trivial pieces made the show much interesting for the Pancham fans - who queued up much before the gates opened.

Musicians present was Kishore Sodha (Trumpet), Raj Sodha (Sax), Suraj Sathe ( Accordion), Rahul Chatterjee (Sitar), the Violin Brothers and Ramesh Iyer on Guitar who relentlessly guided the whole team from the middle of the stage. The other notable presence was of Homi Mullan a multi talented musician who not only played the percussions but also displayed his skill with the xylophone and vibraphone.

It was a real enjoyment for the audience who submerged in nostalgia and soaked in the melodies which came as a welcome change just before the Bengali New Year, maybe to mark a new beginning.

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