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Virasat '16

India is incomplete without its magnificent cultural heritage and legacy. Dance , music and art go hand in hand and add colour to our rich heritage.With this vision, Roots, the Classical and Folk arts club of IIT Bombay organised the  fifth Edition of VIRASAT- Workshops , a cultural extravaganza to reunite our ancient culture with its true glory.

VIRASAT is one of the major cultural festivals of IIT Bombay and comprises of an eclectic mixture of all aspects of Indian Cultural Heritage. This festival aims to touch students and faculties in the Institute and make him/her an active participant in the conservation, preservation and experiencing of our proud Indian cultural heritage. VIRASAT gives an excellent opportunity to them to get a taste of our culture, from the very best in their fields.

This  year, VIRASAT was held from January 11 to January 13 th, at a state-of-the-art auditorium of the Institute. The event witnessed a crowd of overall 1000 people including Students and Faculties over the three days.

First day of this three day extravaganza saw a very vibrant Hindustani Vocal Concert  by Smt. Meenal Mategaonkar who was accompanied by Shri Atul Phadke on Harmonium and Shri Abhay Datar on Tabla.

 Smt. Meenal Mategaonkar is an  A-Grade Artist of All India Radio and stood First in All India Radio Classical Vocal competition.She was also honored by the title ’Sur-Ratna' by Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya,Raipur and also received the honour of“Gana Naipunya Puraskar” by Uttung.

This magic of hindustani vocals continued all through the Day 2 as Padmashri Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty accompanied by Shri Ajay Joglekar on Harmonium,Shri Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli and Shri Meher Parilikar on Tanpura kept the audience on their toes with their mesmerising performance.

Padmashri Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is nearly a cult figure among Indian classical vocalists of today. Although considered a scion and doyen of the Patiala-Kasur gharana, he can portray equally well even the most subtle features of other major gharanas like Indore, Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Kirana, Rampur and even Carnatic music of South India. 

This Concert was the one and most amazing highlight of the Virasat with a crowd greater than 500 people including sitar maestro of our country Purbayan Chatterjee who himself was present as an audience. 

Last day kept with the tempo set high by the preceding two days as the famously called “Flute Sisters” , Debopriya Ranadive and Suchismita Acharya took over the stage for their duet flute performance, they were accompanied by Shri Prasad Padhye on Tabla

For Debopriya’s unflinching dedication and excellence in her art, she has been bestowed with coveted awards like Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi, the title of Surmani and the Sahara Excellence Award to name a few. Suchismita's uniqueness lies in assiduously carrying forward the Guru Shishya Parampara set forth by Guruji. Accompanying Guruji to various soirees only further strengthens the bond. The title of Surmani and the Sahara Excellence Award are a few accolades to her name. 

The third and final day of virasat was a piece of icing on the cake with none other than flute sisters followed by Soham Munim on sitar gracing the stage with  Shri Shekhar Gandhi on Tabla  The ending of virasat couldn’t have been much better than this, considering the Lt-PCSA was full to its limit with the people who came to watch the show . Virasat Concert ended on a happy note and with a bang with the initiative of taking the legacy of Indian heritage and culture ahead.