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Scot music, Indian ragas charm Kolkata audience

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A confluence of gaelic and Indian ragas has enthralled the audience here and left them asking for more.

'Yatra; Journey, a live concert' was organised by the and in collaboration with arts centre 'An Lanntair' to pay a tribute to Scottish Colin Mackenzie, Debanjan Chakrabarti, the of East, told

Mackenzie had travelled from the in to Indian shores in 1783 to study about the culture and languages of the country.

A group of musicians, led by tabla players Dalbir Singh Rattan, presented a diverse collection of musical scores at the hour-long concert.

"The programme gave the audience an opportunity to travel through time, between countries and cultures, with live and moving images at the backdrop," Chakrabarti said.

Sujoy Banerjee, an IT professional and an audience member, said the combination of Scottish scores and Indian classical music is a rare thing to come by.

"I loved the fusion of Santoor and Cello. I wish the show lasted longer," he said.

A special exhibition of Mackenzie's collectibles was also arranged by the on this occasion.

"Mackenzie had produced some of the first cartographic maps of South His collection provided the context and inspiration for creative collaborations between artists, writers and musicians," Chakrabarti said.

An in the British Company, Mackenzie became the of in 1810.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 20:35 IST