Bengal Classical Music Fest

Pramod Sir with the Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra

On the opening night of this year’s Bengal Classical Music Festival, the Dhaka audience experienced something unique: the Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra’s presentation of Western Classical classics like Tchaikovsky’s ballet composition “Swan Lake”, as well as a magnificent blending between Eastern and Western classical music through collaboration between the Orchestra and Carnatic violin virtuoso Dr. L Subramaniam and his ensemble.      Chandorkar (R) busy behind the console Any discerning listener who has experienced a full orchestral performance would realize how incredible it was to have a 58-piece orchestra with a vast tapestry of sounds play in an open-air venue and still have the same experience of a concert hall with specially-architected acoustics where Western classical is usually performed. This performance underlined one of the most crucial factors behind the