Published On: Sat, Jun 23rd, 2012

World Music Day 2012 – Guwahati | Gig Review

By Bhaskar J. Das

Photo Credits: Music Craft Concepts – Sumit Baruah and Ankur Jyoti Das

The music lovers of the beautiful city of Guwahati witnessed a wonderful musical evening on 21st June 2012 organised by Aucto Creations as a celebration of World Music Day. I too had the privilege of attending the event. The show featured eminent musicians and singers like Pragyan Baruah, Dr. Sangeeta Kakati, Kirti Prabar Das, Soulmate to name a few.


The show started with a devotional song rendered by eminent classical singer Pragyan Baruah followed by a instrumental performance played on various percussions performed by Raja, Kirti Prabar Das etc. They played various kinds of music ranging from Assamese folk to Indian classical. It was unbelievably mesmerizing. The sound of the Assamese “Dhol” and “Nagara” just grabbed my soul. My mind was dancing to the beats. The next performance was by Dr. Sangeeta Kakati whose fame needs no recognition. Her performance was a blend of Assamese, Irish, Hindi, German and Sindhi songs and a medley which included the theme song “Rongmon” of the National Games held in Assam. She rendered a soothing ghazal composed by Late Jagjit Singh which really touched my heart, the lyrics being so touchy.


Finally Soulmate was on stage and the crowd started to cheer for one of the best Blues band of South East Asia. Soulmate was formed in 2003 by Rudy Wallang and Tripriti Bangar. At first the band didn’t had a name. One day while they were jamming the song “Blues Is My Soulmate”, Rudy came up with the idea of naming their band as Soulmate. Now coming back to the show, there was a bit delay due to sound check and finally they came up with an excellent sound as they always have before. Rudy’s guitar tone was excellent and its amalgamation with Tripriti’s voice was worth listening to. They belted out only a few numbers unlike their other gigs due to limited time but the ones that they performed were top-notch. They concluded their act with their personal favourite “Blues Is My Soulmate” which also happens to be very popular among the masses.


A notable mention for Aucto Creations for organising such a wonderful musical event and I hope they will keep up this good work in the near future as they have for the last 7 years.



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