SUALKUCHI, May 22 � Hindusthani and Karnataka are two trends of Indian classical music.
Classical music is based on raga. Borgeet too is based on raga. Sankardev, the 15th century Vaishnavite saint scholar studied the folk songs of northern and southern India. He composed Borgeet and the �raga� he used in singing Borgeet was similar to the �raga� used in singing the folk songs of southern India. So, while begins research work on Borgeet or practices singing Borgeet, he or she should take into consideration the national scenario of classical music in India.
Inaugurating the two-day workshop on Borgeet on May 9 and 10, organised by the study centre of Sualkuchi Budram Madhab Satradhikar College in collaboration with Iswar Sri Sri Hati satra of Sualkuchi, Dr Birendra Nath Dutta, renowned singer and scholar of folk song while sharing his views said it is necessary to acquaint oneself with the identity and the significance of Borgeet before going through classical music. The singer may use harmonium along with �khol� and �tal�. It is not hard and fast that the singer should put on traditional attire while he is presenting song, but he must maintain the �raga� and �tal�, Dr Dutta asserted.
In his welcome address, Dr Dipesh Bhagawati, principal of SBMS College explained the objectives of the workshop. He said the present cultural crisis in the era of neo-liberalisation, ie, the workshop on Borgeet can guide the younger generation to preserve and propagate the culture against adverse impacts.
The inaugural session was attended by Dr Rupjyoti Oza, Kanaklata Das, Hem Chandra Bharali, Tuwa Kataki, vice-principal of the college, Jogesar Mahanta, Dimbeswar Choudhury, principal-in-charge of Sualkuchi Higher Secondary School, besides the teachers, staff and students.
Later, the two-days workshop was held in four consecutive sessions. Dr Rupjyoti Oza, Hem Chandra Bharali and Kanaklata Das took part in the workshop as resource persons. In all, 55 students from eight educational institutions, including SBMS College joined the workshop.