The Foundation Day of the Hindu School – 'Eaton of the East' - was celebrated with fanfare and in great style at Nazrul Mancha. Honourable President Sri Pranab Mukherjee was revered as the Chief Guest on this auspicious occasion, Governor Sri Keshari Nath Tripathy and Education Minister Sri Partha Chaatapadhyay also graced the occasion. Mr. President emphasised upon the quality of education in present times, not the quantity of educational aids to the students.
It was followed by a memorable classical musical performance by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (on Mohan Veena) and Gima Award winner tabla player Prodyut Mukherjee. The duo played Raga Charukeshi in Vilambeet Teentaal and Drut Teentaal with jhala, saath sangat saral jabab to the packed auditorium. This raga of Carnatic origin is quite popular among instrumentalists. The interaction between Vishwamohan Bhatt and Prodyut Mukherjee was immensely appreciated by the entire audience.
Vidya Dengle, well-known violinist who is based in Poona is a multi-dimensional personality. She is a visual artist and a sculptor and also a musician of merit. What is special about her is that she is a product of the famous Delhi gharana which is rarely heard here. She has learned from Zahoor Ahmed and has also been guided by the erudite ethnomusicologist Dr. Ashok Ranade. Dengle played the raga 'Bairagi Bhairav' at the Taj Mahal Tea House. The pentatonic morning raga created a spiritual longing. Her 'Jaunpuri' had a romantic flavour. The 'Bhairavi Dadra' made immortal by Faiyaz Khan was also rendered with grace. A Women's Day presentation, she was accompanied on the tabla by the brilliant young tabla player Unmesha Athavale, a pupil of Fazal Quereshi.