Kolkata, Dec 20 IBNS | 2 years ago

The Calcutta Classical Guitar Festival (CCGF) which stepped into its fourth year, was flagged off on Thursday by Indian tabla player Bickram Ghosh here.

A special 'guitar-cake' was cut in the presence of tabla maestro Bikram Ghosh; Director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Rajarshi Behra; Member of Calcutta Classical Guitar Society (CCGS) Avik Saha; Maestro of Indian classical guitar from Jaipur Salil Bhatt along with the tabla player Himanshi Mahant; the participants and a handful of other noted musicians from across the globe to mark the occasion.

"This cake is symbolic in telling you that performing arts is not a cake walk and the knife indicates that it will go right through your heart if you give up music," chuckled Avik, the mastermind behind the entire concept.

The initiative is a joint endeavor of table maestro Bikram Ghosh and the Siddha Group, the real estate developer from Kolkata and Jaipur.

The festival being the first-of-its-kind in India and the largest in Asia will span over 4 days from the Dec 19 to Dec 22.

The event will encompass 8 major concerts, 2 lunch concerts, public master classes, private master classes and the classical guitar competition which bears total prize money of USD 12000.

Bikram Ghosh said, "Kolkata has become a city of guitars nowadays although it used to be a city of tabla players and this is supposed to be the biggest achievement for guitarists who hope to make it big here in this cultural capital of the country."

Some of the eminent names from all over the world that has been brought together on one stage are Adam Del Monte from USA, Bobby Rootvelt from Netherlands, Andras Csaki from Hungary amongst a few others.

Some leading Indian guitarists performing will be Amyt Dutta and Rahul Guha Roy.

"Thanks to such an initiative that has allowed me to see that the students of yesterday are today's teachers," said Bobby Rootvelt speaking on his visit to the Bangalore School of Music on his way to the CCGF.

Speaking on the other initiatives of CCGS in the promotion of other forms of classical and traditional music as well as musical instruments, Avik Saha said, "We are conducting the 'live-in' series since 2011 which incorporates about 70% Indian classical music."

Saha added, "It is organized round the year almost every week under different banner heads like 'Live in India' or 'Live in Concert' and there are almost more than a hundred programmes organized across the country."

"The shows will not only be held in auditoriums but we will reach out to the music lovers at all corners. The shows will be organized in the open air too, be it parks, the riverside, the suburbs or even in the villages and other interior regions", he said.

(Posted on 20-12-2013)