“ The sitar jugalbandi was performed by Abhishek Adhikary and Murchana Adhikary Borthakur. They were accompanied by Madhurjya Ranjan Borthakur on the tabla.The rendering of raag Behag on sitar by Abhishek and Murchana,...left the gathering completely spellbound.Their presentation showed intense talim and melody well mixed with virtuosity.The sheer beauty of alap,god, taans and tehais,decorated with alankaras mystified the environment...The unique blend of melancholy and romanticism reflected through Behag left an everlasting impression that cannot be effaced.The audience was also moved by the sawal-jawab between the tabla and the sitars.The programme ended with a romantic dhun in Pilu based on Deepchandi of 14 beats.”
"The programme was organised by India Club and Theatrical Association of Dibrugarh along with Chaolkhowa Music College in the club Auditorium. The tender appeal of the jugalbandi by Abhishek Adhikari and Murchana Adhikari Borthakur on the sitar and sarod recital by eminent exponent Pandit Buddhadeb Dasgupta added to the rich ambience. Abhishek and Murchana enthralled the audience with another fine act where they plunged into raga Emon with abject surrender, embracing only the emotion. All the components of a classical performance were beautifully stitched into a rare perfection by the talented duo. ..."
The Telegraph Calcutta, India
Friday , April 10 , 2009
'Sangeet' the term refers to Music which is a powerful tool that has freedom to express the inner feelings of human beings. A Jugalbandi is a performance of Indian Classical Music that features a Duet of two solo musicians. Artistes performing such Jugalbandi venture into a realm of complete exchange of thoughts, feel of the Ragas, the Talas and the Rasas in mutual harmony in the search for reaching the ultimate beauty in Music. They unite themselves through the subtle and very very intricate unison of the Sur and the Taal in their performance along with the accompaniment of the percussion, resulting in a melodious and divine musical milieu.The audience are also led into a mystical journey to the tune of the artistes which give them immense pleasure and satisfaction. This binds the audience to the music of the performers and makes them more eager to listen to the music and experience its beauty.
Although we find a lot of Jugalbandi among the other instruments or with vocal, Sitar Jugalbandi is indeed a rare one. This Sitar Jugalbandi reflects a highly romantic feeling with a divine fragrance of melody, Sitar Jugalbandi ( Sitar Duo ) by Pandit Abhishek Adhikary and Dr. Murchana Adhikary Barthakur have earned great eminence and popularity through their melodious performances. They have performed their Jugalbandi in various leading music festivals in India and Abroadreceiviung huge applause. The understanding and the dialogues between the two Sitars create amazing effects on the Rasikas.
Pandit Abhishek Adhikary and Dr. Murchana Adhikary Barthakur have performed their Jugalbandi in various Music Sammelans and have earned great eminence. Presently the Jugalbandi couple is devoted in the development and promotion of Indian Classical music not only through performances on stage but also by an association with universities and academia where they conduct workshops and teaches Indian Classical music. They have worked as Sitar and Sarod faculty at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2015 to 2019. With a strong will, courage and desire to work for the society, they have worked to rebuild and bring back the lost glory of Culture and heritage through teaching and spreading music in Afghanistan.They have spread Hindustani Raga Music among the Afghan young girls and boys and tried to bring peace and harmony through music in the conflict zone.
“ ...All of this led to the introduction of guest artists Abhishek and Murchana Adhikary (sitar,India).The group known as the Jugalbandi Duo along with Mr. Essa performed an extensive and truly memorable Raga Bageshwari which stunned the Kabul audience. Finishing this amazing concert, the Jugalbandi Duo were joined by an ANIM violin student; faculty members James Herzog, Derek Beckvold, Norma Ferreira; and guests Ms. Donald and Ms. Nguyen for a lightning quick fusion piece in Raga Bhairavi. "