On this album Kumkum presents:
(1) Raga Puriya Kalyan, an evening melody of Marwa Thaat. It is a ampoorna raga with Komal Re and Teevra Ma. It is a combination of Raga Puriya and Raga Yeman of Kalyan Thaat. This track contains Khayal in Vilambit Ek Taal and Drut Teen Taal, and Tarana in Drut Ek Taal.
(2) a Thumri in Raga Piloo, a late afternoon Raga that belongs to the Kafi Thaat. The beauty of this raga is enhanced by a skillful combination of all twelve notes. In this Thumri, Kumkum exquisitely expresses the "Viraha or "Aartha" Bhava.
(3) A Raga Bhairavi composition that depicts Lord Krishna playing Holi. Kumkum renders the most outstanding combination of skills, emotion and artistic beauty in this presentation.
Endowed with a mellifluous voice and a gift of touching the hearts of her audience, Kumkum Sanyal has enthralled Hindustani music lovers all over India and the United States with her spiritual Khayals and Taranas, devotional Bhajans and romantic Thumris.
Kumkum was born in Chakdaha, West Bengal, in a music loving family, her father being a flutist and her mother a vocalist. Her astonishing musical talents were recognized early in her childhood and developed under the guidance of accomplished teachers of classical music including Shri Amalendu Paul and Pandit Viswadev Bhttacharya. She won numerous first prize awards and gold medals at prestigious national competitions, and performed at music conferences beginning at a very young age. Later, Kumkum continued her Hindustani classical training with Pandit Vinayak Torvi, a famous exponent of Gwalior and Kirana Gharanas.
Aided by her creative genius and rigorous training, Kumkum has assimilated and combined different styles of Hindustani music, and evolved a distinctive style of her own. To sing with complete involvement and emoting the “Bhava” of raga-ragini is her forte. This quality has endeared Kumkum to connoisseurs in India and abroad and won her their admiration. Kumkum excels not only in pure classical music but she also captivates her audience with exquisitely beautiful and skillful presentations of semi-classical music such as Thumri, Dadra, Hori and Bhajans.
She is a dedicated teacher offering rigorous training of Hindustani vocal music. Her attention to tonal perfection, practical teaching of artistic presentation, and caring nature have endeared Kumkum to many disciples in the U.S.
Samples of Reviews and Comments by Newspapers, Music Critics and :Connoisseurs
A vocal with Grace: The opening raag Puriya Kalyan itself had an arresting quality. Revealing the lyrical grandeur and with her melodious voice, Kumkum also presented a thumri (piloo) and a hori, with grace. (Deccan Herald, India).
"Kumkum, all I can say is you take my breath away every time I hear you. You are truly something special" - an Emmy Award winning pianist
“God gave her the gift of voice and talent - what she did with it is her offering to God”.
"We just wanted to thank you for that outstanding concert at the LearnQuest Music festival over the weekend. To know that such a fine artist has made her home in the New England area fills us with hope that we will get to listen to your great voice, tremendous dexterity in the “taans” and lovely “bhavs” in the “aalaap” yet again. I am sure, you have a big fan following who eagerly await the next opportunity to listen to your magical voice again."
Samples of comments on Kumkum's teaching and about her students' performance:
"I am transported to an entirely different plane of exhilaration and challenge during my lesson. Every time she imparts new subtleties yet always in bite sized portions tailored to my ability. It is like watching a master painter add new details with every stroke of the brush. May she be blessed with a long life and may I have the continued good fortune to be her student."
“This was the best program that I have seen in last 20 years in Boston. Your group has exceeded all expectations that we had and we are amazed with the talent of your group."