The Milap Music for the Mind and Soul concert series is continuing to thrive in its new digital format, with a further three concerts lined up in as many months.

Starting on Saturday 30 January – and taking place thereafter on the last Saturday of each month – it’s a typically diverse programme from the Liverpool arts organistion, and includes two stunning examples of Jugalbandi – a special type of Indian Classical music performance in which artists from two very different musical traditions come together to duet.

The performance in January is a special tribute to the late Pandit Nikhil Ranjan Banerjee – an Indian classical musician, student of the legendary Baba Allauddin Khan and, along with Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan, one of the leading exponents of the sitar.

The show – broadcast from the On Air Theater Studios in Kolkata – will feature Dr Pandit Ranajit Sengupta, a sarod player who has been highly influenced by the music of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and one of the stars of the Indian Classical music scene. In this concert he will present two Ragas, both directly inspired by the late sitar master. He will be accompanied by Kousik Banerjee on the tabla and Chandrima Das on the tampura.

Saturday 30 January 2021
13:00 (UK Time) | YouTube Premiere

Dr. Pandit Ranajit Sengupta & Kousik Banerjee | Sarod & Tabla |
Raga Marwa & Raga Hemlalit | A Tribute to the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee 

Milap Music for the mind and soul concerts

Debasmita Bhattacharya

Next up, on Saturday 27 February, Nadaswaram maestro Enjikkudi Subramanian and Violin virtuoso HN Bhaskar will come together for the first time for a Jugalbandhi in the Raga Shanmukhapriya, accompanied by the Mridangam genius Patri Satish Kumar and the internationally renowned Anirudh Athreya on the Kanjira.

Then, on Saturday 27 March, another brand new Jugalbandi performance; featuring Flute J.A.Jayant and acclaimed Sarod player Debasmita Bhattacharya, performing Raag ‘Sarasangi’ / ‘Nat Bhairav’. For this brand new collaboration, they will be accompanied by Sai Giridhar on the Mridangam and the rhythmic M.T. Aditya on the Tabla. This is a live studio recording from ‘Offbeat Music Ventures’ in Chennai.

All the Music for the Mind & Soul concerts can be viewed on the Milap Youtube Channel. You can subscribe so you don’t miss any future concerts at youtube.com/milap.

PLUS: Milap are up for two prizes at this year’s LCR Culture and Creativity Awards, including the People’s Choice Award! You can vote up until the 26 January here.