Music unites the world. It brings together people through the universal language of melody and rhythm. It may be astonishing to know that there are about 6,500 different languages spoken throughout the world. And, if there’s one thing that has the power to outshine every difference, it is music.You don’t need to know each other or understand each other’s language, for music lovers around the world, all it takes is a quick moment to instantly connect with a total stranger through music.
June 16 witnessed Salt Lake Sector V come together to celebrate the World Music Day and pay a tribute to Bob Dylan, the American songwriter, singer, and Nobel Prize laureate. The musical event took place under the platform called Inspirations initiated by Infinity in association with Salt Lake Sector V Stakeholder’s Association and Pankaj Mullick Music and Art Foundation.
The event was started by Aninda Das from Infinity welcoming the guests, performers and the audience. He welcomed Mr. Debasish Sen, Chairman NDITA & HIDCO to share a few words. Mr. Sen encouraged the performers to take part in more such activities in Salt Lake Sector V and promote the culture, art, and heritage of Bengal.
The event started with felicitating the dignitaries present. Mr. S. Radhakrishnan, President, Salt Lake Sector V Stakeholder’s Association, was called upon the stage to hand over a token of acknowledgement and appreciation for contributions towards art, music, culture, education, and corporate social responsibility to Mr. Pawan Agarwal, Director, NK Realtors & Srijan Realty, Mr. Jun Rae Cho, President, Korean Association of Kolkata, and Mr. Vinaya Varma, CEO, mjunction.
Ananya Mitra of Infinity Business Centre and Anindya Chakraborty began the show with popular numbers of the 1960s’ voice-of-a-generation folk singer Bob Dylan. Through beautiful renditions of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and other popular numbers, the Master of War was brought alive by the duo.
The stage was then taken over by the Pankaj Mullick Music and Art Foundation. Rajib and Jhinuk Gupta along with the foundation students presented several numbers of Dylan and its renditions in Bengali popular music by Anjan Dutta and Kabir Suman. The interns from the foundation also performed dance and chorus songs.
The show was ended by a 40 minutes lightning performance by mjunction. Starting with Mozart, the mjunction band took the audience on a musical journey of eras. Satyajit Ray, Harry Belafonte, Bon Jovi, Jagjit Singh, Peter Paul and Mary, Kailash Kher and several other artists were remembered through their performances. In between, interacting with the audience, the members asked musical quiz questions and distributed small gifts as a prize.
The show ended with the audience still on high energy and spirit, promising to come back again next month to celebrate music.