"In a never-before multimedia fusion of music, dance, drama, with references to the Bard’s vision of afforestation, legendary actors, elocutionists, and singers have joined hands to spread the Save Earth campaign. Such a project on Tagorean songs, plays and poems in such a 3-D medley having a typical flavor of Santiniketan, the red earthed Khowai land, skirted by trees had never been seen." - PTI on Green Earth.
"Never-before", it truly was. With spectacular visuals, recitations, music and dance, Green Earth was a show, the like of which Kolkatans do not get to see very often.
The concert which was dedicated to preservation of the environment, global warming and climate change, was based on works of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was the first environmentalist in an age when environment days were not even recognized. His monumental works on the subject formed the content of the programme. His infinite writings addressed to mother nature - poems, novels, plays, essays, the various Ritu Utsavs (Seasonal festivals) and of course the eventual foundation of Viswabharati are proof of his relentless longing to return to the cradle of Mother Nature.
The concert saw narration and recitals from Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Barun Chanda, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee while Rupankar, Lopamudra and Sounak rendered some mesmerizing songs at the event. The concert was ideated by Sounak Chattopadhyay himself. It was a conceptual fusion of ideas, art and science, stalwarts and young artists, the traditional and the contemporary.
The stage was inspired by the Amrakunja of Shantiniketan and the scenes in the backdrop showed the spectacular nature scapes and graphic details on the extent of global warming. Five different classical dance forms were used to depict the five elements in the tree planting scene. In all the concert was a visual and aural treat for those present.
It was a privilege for Chinton to associate with top national brands like Godrej Eon and Coal India as Title sponsors for the event. Also associated with Green Earth were 24 Ghonta as Television partners, Big FM as Radio partners, Selvel Advertizing as Outdoor Partners and WWF as a special Green Partner. Green Earth was also supported by a host of Co sponsors. They were - Commercial Carriers, Ex3, Koshe Kosha Restaurant, NIS Security Solutions, Fitek Private Ltd.
Chinton is deeply indebted to all sponsors and associates for contributing to the success of the event.
"Ronger Jhorna – Colours of Spring", was a concert that lived up to its name. The audience in Kalamandiran evening of colours in all its variety, in dresses, in dance and music. Stars Lopamudra Mitra and Indrani Sen rocked the house, as did the young stars Sounak, Shamik Pal and Bibhabendu Bhattacharya. Sounak himself showcased rare compositions from Jaideva’s Geet Govind and rare Taranas osed by Amir Khusro in addition to Khayal, Rabindrasangeet and semi classical Bengali songs. Danseuse Sandip Mallick won hearts with his brilliance and skill. A full house at Kalamandir swayed with the music and dance and reveled in the colours of spring. "Ronger Jhorna – Colours of Spring", was a concert that lived up to its name. The audience in Kalamandir was treated to an evening of colours in all its variety, in dresses, in dance and music. Stars Lopamudra Mitra and Indrani Sen rocked the house, as did the young stars Sounak, Shamik Pal and Bibhabendu Bhattacharya. Sounak himself showcased rare compositions from Jaideva’s Geet Govind and rare Taranas composed by Amir Khusro in addition to Khayal, Rabindrasangeet and semi classical Bengali songs. Danseuse Sandip Mallick won hearts with his brilliance and skill. A full house at Kalamandir swayed with the music and dance and reveled in the colours of spring.
"A Rendezvous with A Raga” (2012) was a complete departure. Unlike the previous years, this time the celebration was not Valentine’s Day, but music itself. Sounak teamed up with the young and talented Rohini Raychaudhury and the stalwarts Srikanto Acharya and Indrani Sen on March 31st, to put up a most memorable evening of sheer music and melody at the G D Birla Sabhagar in Kolkata. Raga Bihag was the protagonist of the evening and the artists showcased the Raga in all its dimentions. From khayal to Raagpradhan, Rabindrasangeet to Nazrulgeeti and Atulprasadi and even retro classics from R D Burman and Madan Mohan were performed.
“Premer Haate Dhora Debo” (2011) -This was Chintons third Valentine's Day production. This year the love day celebration was more sober and traditionally designed.
Bengali with ace singer Jayati Chakraborty teaming with Sounak to render romantic melodies from Rabindranath and his contemporaries. Chaitali Dasgupta and star poet Srijato participated as elocutionists.
“Springs of Love” (2010) - The 2nd year saw Chinton exploring the Ragas and bandishes in a Valentine’s Day fiesta. In 2010 maestro and star sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee joined danseuse Jaya Seal Ghosh and Sounak in a performance to eulogize love with traditional and classical Indian tunes. Anubrata Chatterjee and Subhajyoti Guha accompoanied the artists on the tabla and Rupashree Bhattacharya on the Harmonium. Smt. Veena Kichlu read out poetry in Hindi from ancient texts.
“How Do I Love Thee” (2009) Litterateur Sankarlal Bhattacharjee’s script united everlasting romantic compositions in music and poetry, from Shakespeare to Baudelaire; from Rabindranath to Joy Goswami, in an evening of gaiety and celebration. Film stars Parambrata Chatterjee and Debleena Dutta coupled with RJ Raja, Shreya Guhathakurta and Sounak to create music and magic that the audience remembered for a very long time. Chinton's first show had set a trend for celebrating Valentine's Day in a manner the city had never seen before.