Concerts / Events

The organisation has several notable achievements to its credit – the concert for the inauguration of the second Doordarshan channel (which was telecast live all over the country), the first and subsequent yearly celebrations of World Music Day in India (from June 21, 1986) with L’Alliance Francaise de Calcutta, the festival concert commemorating the death bicentenary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the late Dr. Adi Gazder (Max Mueller Bhavan, 1991), the only performance of the whole of Handel’s canonical choral work, Messiah, in Kolkata, with the Pune Musicale Choir, the celebration of 150 years of St. Paul’s Cathedral (1998), the concert to commemorate the quasquicentennial year of Calcutta Boys’ School – just to name a few. The ensemble has shared special relationships with the Alliance Francaise, being part of its major annual event Fete de la Musique and with the St. Paul’s Cathedral, holding annual and winter concerts there; in 1999, the Academy Orchestra performed at a prestigious musical evening dedicated to mark World Music Day at the invitation of the Government of West Bengal. Other endeavours have included regular concerts at the Calcutta School of Music (Sandré Hall), Gorky Sadan, Nehru Children’s Museum, St. John’s Church, and two performances for the Steel Authority of India and the Public Relations Society of India at the ITC Sonar Bangla and the Hyatt Regency respectively, alongside frequent programmes at the All India Radio.

Kolkata Music Academy has taken attempts to spread Western Classical Music through some novel concert projects over 2007-08. The project entitled ‘Tagore Symphony’ has featured the immortal songs of Rabindranath Tagore in proper classical arrangements, incorporating the music of Great Masters like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky. The concerts in Bangalore and Kolkata (Science City), featuring notable singers from the Bengali tradition and a symphony orchestra accumulated from all over the country, were received with great appreciation from musicians and listeners alike for the avant-garde arrangements, interpretation and performance. The Academy teamed up with the legendary singer-songwriter team Mohiner Ghoraguli, of which Abraham Mazumder was a founder-member, to present concerts at Bangalore and Kolkata. The concerts showed the all-embracing power of classical music as it was inseparably combined with the unique strains of the first ever rock band in India.

The concert at Nicco Park, January 5, 2008, saw an unprecedented outburst of 18,000 enthusiasts, who bore witness to a historic concert with all the notable singers of Kolkata, along with a 120-member philharmonic orchestra.