The festival that started off on 4 October at Kamani Auditorium brought together the best ensemble of art and talent in the realm of classical music in India. Pt. Narender Nath Dhar, of the Etawah Gharana, the disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Moitra, travelled especially from the US, to perform the traditional Sarod baaj on the last day.
The fourth day of the festival saw maestros of violin, mridangam and sitar enchant the audience with their mastery of renditions. The day began with a soulful performance by Annupriya Deotale on violin. It was followed by Prem Kumarand P Vetri Boopathy performing on mridangam; and Ustad Shahid Parvez on sitar.
The first days of the festival featured the oldest form of Indian classical music – dhrupad. Eminent Dhrupad singers from Madhya Pradesh, Umakant Gundecha, Ramakant Gundecha and Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar enthralled the audiences with their renditions.
The second day saw the performances by two vocalists from two different classical gharanas of north India - Pt. Ajay Pohankar from the Kirana Gharana and Ustad Rashid Khan from the Rampur Sahaswan Gharana. The third day, the veteran of khayal, dhrupad and thumri, Ustad Rashid Khan enchanted the audience.
‘The people have given a positive response to this festival over the years. It is our belief that it important to celebrate India’s classical musical forms and take them to the younger generations. This will not only keep our art forms alive but also encourage the younger generation to absorb and adopt these traditions,’ says S S Yadav, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture & Languages, Delhi Government.
‘Another edition of the Delhi Classical Music Festival is drawing towards its end. We brought together some of the most senior and respected artists of classical music with the young and upcoming talent on the scene of Indian music.
As part of Delhi Celebrates we make sure that every art form thriving in India gets an opportunity to be showcased,’ says Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.