India International Guitar Festival 2019

Kolkata,
12 - 13 January 2019

India International Guitar
Festival 2019

Kolkata, 12 - 13 January 2019

PRESENTED BY PT. DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA

IIGF 2019

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Programme Schedule:

IIGF JAN 2019 PROGRAM

    Program Details of IIGF January 2019

    12th January, 2019, Venue: ICCR, Rabindra Nath Tagore Center

  • 11am - 1pm

    Hawaiian guitar Workshop on Basic slide Guitar technique,
    how to train your left hand to play mellifluously and use of different chords and tuning on slide guitar.
    Conducted by Pt. Debasish Bhattacharya.

  • 1pm - 3pm

    Hawaiian guitar competition of different categories.

  • 5.30pm

    Lighting the Lamp: Inauguration Ceremony by Director of ICCR kolkata Shree Goutam De, Mayor in council Kolkata Corporation Shree Debashish Kumar and meet the press.

  • 6pm - 9pm

    National Slide Guitar Symphony - by Bhattacharya's School of Universal Music (BSUM),
    Composed and conducted by Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya,

    Singing Slide guitar
    Hawaiian Guitar Concert by Young talents of India On Tagore songs, Nazrul Geeti and Contrmporary songs of great composers of Bengal on Hawaiian guitar accompanied by Tabla, percussions, guitar and Key Board.

    13th January, 2019, Venue: ICCR, Rabindra Nath Tagore Center

  • 11am - 5pm

    Indian Classical Music (instrumental) and Hawaiian guitar Workshop
    Conducted by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya

  • 5.30pm - 9pm

    Prize distribution ceremony,
    Indian Classical Music on Slide guitar by Young slide guitarists of India, presented by Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya,

    Grand Finale : Duet Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya - Chaturangui, Pandit Bikram Ghosh - Tabla.




REWINDING IIGF DEC 2016

Three days long IIGF DEC 2016 was held at ICCR, Kolkata, from 2nd - 4th December.

Performers

  • Guitar Maestro Derek Gripper ( Capetown, Souith Africa )
  • Debashish Bhattacharya with Galaxy of maestros - (India) - Indian Classical Music.
  • Anandi Bhattacharya - Vocal (India).
  • Chandrima Roy (India)
  • Amano Manish - Chaturangui (India).
  • Charu Hariharan - Mridangam, Kahon (India).
  • Naomi Jean - Vocal (Germany).
  • Monia Rękoś - Vocal (Poland).
  • Carola Ortiz - Singer, clarinetist and composer (Spain).
  • The Bodhisatwa Trio (India).
  • Katy Murphy (Australia).
  • Nishad Pandey - Guitarist and Composer (India).

Exotic perfumes, timeless airs and siren voices are enchanted the very walls of the Satyajit Ray Auditorium at the Grand Finale of the 3rd edition of the IIGF. On the 4th Dec 2016. Audiences were treated to a spicy ensemble of fantastic female artists from Europe, Oceania and India, at the world-premiere of O' Shakuntala: The Plight of Lovelessness. Inspired by the ancient tale of Abhjnanashakuntalam by Kalidasa, this multicultural musical odyssey highlights the perils and tragedies of a loveless society, whilst simultaneously celebrating the myriad forms of love, from heartbreak to ecstasy.

Highlighting vocalists and the diverse songlines they carry, O' Shakuntula featured Mediterranean love ballads, Indian Classical music, Thumri, Tagore and Baul, alongside Celtic Folk songs and original Contemporary compositions. Backed by a fleet of accomplished jazz and classical musicians from Kolkata and beyond, Anandi Bhattacharya (India), Carola Ortiz (Spain), Naomi Jean (Australia), Katy Murphy (Australia) and Monia Rekos (Poland), with Bengali narration by Chandrima Roy, delivered a soiree full of heart to the City of Joy.

2nd Dec, 2016, South African musician Derek Gripper has spent much of his career translating highly complex kora compositions for classical guitar, while Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya invented the 'Trinity of Slide Guitars' an awe-inspiring innovation that was designed to play and represent Indian Classical Music on the slide guitar. Not only did his innovations take the world by storm, his style of playing encompassed and adapted smoothly across myriad genres. Each has redefined the styles of music possible on his instrument, inventing new playing techniques and developing bold new repertoires. Both Gripper and Bhattacharya like to collaborate with musicians from cultural traditions very different from their own; in this project, they brought their elegant and virtuosic string styles into glorious, inventive dialogue.

Acknowledgment IIGF DEC 2016 Sponsors

Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Bhattacharya's School of Universal Music
Trideb International Guitar Co.

REWINDING IIGF JAN 2016

Five days long IIGF JAN 2016 was held at ICCR, Gandhi Bhavan, GD Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata, from 6th - 10th January.

Performers

  • René Lacaille - (France)
  • Daniel Shane Thomas (USA)
  • Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri
  • Pt. Tanmoy Bose
  • Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya
  • Amyt Dutta - (Jazz/Rock)
  • Underground Authority - (Indian Rock)
  • Bart Steinhouse & Band - (Australia)
  • Giuliano Modarelli (UK)
  • Charu Hariharan
  • Shoichiro Goto (Japan)
  • Gal Maestro (Israel).

The festival was graced by musical luminaries like Ms. Minakshi Mishra (Regional Director, RTC, ICCR), Pt. Swapan Chowdhury, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Debashish Konar, Kolkata Mayor in Council, Director Alliance Francaise, Stephan Amalir, Dev Sen, Ratul Shankar, Tanmoy Bose.

There were several major workshops and interactive sessions with guitar masters and budding talents, besides Competitions in different categories to bring the talents into the limelight, Press conference, Evening concerts of solo, duet, trio and orchestra performances. All Guitar Genres from Rock, Jazz to Indian slide Guitar, Fusion to creative contemporary Guitar music, Music from Raga to Blues, Rabindranath to Debashish Bhattacharya. Its truly Vasundhara Mahotsav, and India International Guitar Festival.

Acknowledgment IIGF JAN 2016 Sponsors

Media Partner
International Airlines Partner
Principal Partner
Festival Partner
On line ticketing Partner
Radio Partner
Outdoor Partner
Acoustic Partner

Special Thanks to ..

  • The Times of India
  • Ananda Bazar Patrika
  • The Statesman
  • Ei Samay
  • Aajkal
  • Gana Shakti
  • DD Bangla
  • Kolkata TV
  • 24 Ghanta
  • PRSI
  • Dreamers
  • Sai Ashram Kolkata

With out those Friends of IIGF: IIGF JAN 2016 would not be possible.

Daniel Shane Thomas, Babusona Bose, Devashish Joarder, Vikram Shrowty, Deepak Ottur, Edith Nichole, Deepak Sharma, Donald Fontovich, Srikanto Acharya, Tanmoy Bose, Lopamudra Acharya, Soumyajit Mahapatra, Sudipta Chanda, ICCR Director Goutam De, Abhijit, Sudeep and all IIGF volunteers,

REWINDING IIGF 2015

Five days long IIGF 2015 was held at RTC, ICCR, Kolkata from 7- 11th January.

Performers

  • Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt
  • Pt. Bickram Ghosh
  • Pt. Tanmoy Bose
  • Pt. Yogesh Samsi
  • Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya
  • Dr. Kamala Shankar
  • Shri Prakash Sontakke
  • Grammy Awardee Jeff Peterson (Hawaii)
  • Alan Akaka (Hawaii)
  • Johannes Moller (Holland)
  • Shoichiro Goto (Japan)
  • Tomo Nori (Japan)
  • Dipon Sarkar (Bangladesh)
  • Sushmita Kabir Asha (Bangladesh)

The festival was graced by musical luminaries like Ms. Minakshi Mishra (Regional Director, RTC, ICCR), Pt. Anindo Chattopadhyay, Pt. Vijay Kumar Kichlu, Pt. Shankar Ghosh, Actor Jaya Sil Ghosh, Actor Saheb Chatterjee, American Consulate, French Ambassador, Director of Alliance Francaise and Pt Brij Bhushan Kabra.

There were several major workshops and interactive sessions with guitar masters and budding talents, besides Competitions in different categories to bring the talents into the limelight, Press conference, Evening concerts of solo, duet, trio and orchestra performances.

IIGF 2015 Reconnaissance (Acknowledgement)

Our Hospitality Partner with a view of their website

http://bengale.afindia.org/events/india-international-guitar-festival-2015/

IIGF 2015 ASSOCIATE HOSTS

Leading Creations in Indian Silde Guitar

Bhattacharya's School of Universal Music

Acknowledgment IIGF 2015 Sponsors

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Special Thanks to ..

  • The Times of India
  • Ananda Bazar Patrika
  • The Statesman
  • Ei Samay
  • Saptahik Bartaman
  • Aajkal
  • Gana Shakti
  • DD Bangla
  • Kolkata TV
  • Taza TV
  • Tara TV
  • 24 Ghanta
  • Times Now Hotel
  • SGK Gyan Peeth
  • Gateway

Messages from the stalwarts for IIGF 2015

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma

Dear Debashishji,

I am very happy to note that you have planned a 5 day Guitar festival in honour of your Guru - Living Legend Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabraji. My association with Brij Bhushanji goes back several years and decades when we first did "The Call Of The Valley". He is not only very well versed in playing the Guitar but also knows about the finer nuances of Music. The most endearing part of his personality is he is a very humble, simple and down to earth human being. I regret, I will not be able to come on the day of the inauguration of the festival tributes to him but, my Good Wishes are with you all on this very very prestigious day.

My blessing and best wishes to you also, for taking your Guru's music forward through this big five days India International Guitar Festival. Musically,

Shiv Kumar Sharma

John McLaughlin

My Dear Debashish,

I was very happy to hear your voice yesterday. Please let me know if my words are useful to you.

Here are some notes about your festival.

I became aware of the music of Maestro Brij Bushan Kabra in the 1970's. Prior to this, the only music on Slide Guitar was the recordings of the Mississippi Blues guitarists. I was amazed by Brij ji's artistry. Subsequently I was introduced to the music and playing of Maestro Debashish Bhattacharya. It was clear to me from the outset, that Debashish Ji was a disciple of Brij Ji, but that Debashish Ji has taken the Slide Guitar to new heights of artistry. I am delighted that he will create a festival to the honour of his Guru, and I send my deepest congratulations and blessings for this great event.

John McLaughlin

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