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Celebration of traditions

Celebration of traditions
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Classical musicians and performing arts veterans such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shujat Khan, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Chhannulal Mishra, Aashish Khan, Shubha Mudgal, Vishwamohan Bhatt and Uma Sharma are among participants at a three-day festival that began at Shankar Lal Hall, Modern School, Barakhamba Road, in the Capital on January 9. It will go on till January 11.

The Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav aims at reviving interest in traditional art forms and to revive its famed position amongst the present younger generation, who are more exposed to western and Indian popular film music, say organisers. The festival, which began in the 1970s in Vrindavan, as a tribute to the bond between saint musician Swami Haridas and his disciple Tansen shifted to Delhi where it had been held for the past 12 years.

The ongoing event, say organisers, will commemorate the classical Mehfil-Andaz style of presenting music prevalent during the Mughal period and exemplified by the poet and saint-musician, Swami Haridas and his illustrious disciple Mian Tansen-Baiju Bawra. The festival commenced with a recital by Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, a hindustani classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. She has been on concert tours to every continent and frequently performs at prestigious music conferences around the world. She has also written books on her own style of dancing which comprises Bandishes.

Classical singer Pandit Chhannulal Mishra singer, a noted exponent from the Kirana Gharana especially khayal and Thumri was also lined up for the first day. Grammy Award nominated Sitar player Shujaat Hussain Khan, son of Ustad Vilayat Khan and who belongs to the Imdadkhan Gharana also performed on Day one.

On January 10 the lineup includes vocalist Charya Pandit Gokulotsavji Mahararaj, a noted Hindustani classical musician, from Indore. Under the pen name of Madhur Piya, he has published some 5,000 compositions in Khyal Dhrupad and other allied genres, in Sanskrit, Persian, Urdu and Braj Bhasha. He has also created several Ragas.

Hariprasad Chaurasia known for his smooth rendition of the flute in the North Indian tradition and Aashish Khan Debsharma, known for his virtuosity on the Sarod would perform on the same day.
The last day of the festival is set to witness performances by kathak dancer Uma Sharma, Vishwa mohan Bhatt and vocalist Shubha Mudgal.

Sharma’s forte lies in translating poems by evergreen poets such as Kalidas, Ghalib, Tagore, Iqbal, Faiz among others. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, is a Grammy winning instrumentalist who plays the Mohan Veena. He is also known for fusion and pan-cultural collaborations with Western artists such as Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck and Jerry Douglas. Mudgal is a well known singer of Hindustani classical music, khayal, thumri, dadra and popular Indian pop music.

The festival is a free entry and is organised by the Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan along with the Sri
Ram Centre for Performing Arts with assistance by HCL, SRF Ltd and Art Karat.
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