Basant Utsav is the celebration of spring. It is similar to Holi, but it is unique to Bengal and is
traditionally celebrated with music and colors. I was overjoyed to be a part of the Basant celebration in Houston as it reminded me of similar celebrations in India. I truly felt as though this was my home away from home.
I am grateful for having the opportunity to perform with tabla player Gourishankar Karmakar, vocalist Suman Ghosh, sitarist Indrajit Banerjee, and harmonium player Sameer Kotasthane. I was especially excited to perform pieces in Raag Basant which set the mood for the program, evoking the emotions of Spring.
The finale of the program was spectacular and included all the artists performing Raag Bhairavi. Enthralled by the music, many felt that this program perfectly welcomed Spring. The ensemble received a standing ovation for their mesmerizing performance.