Millennium Post

Lodestars of Indian classical music

Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival, the oldest music festival in the country has very successfully carried forward the tradition of incorporating a noteworthy synergy of the skills - of the country’s eminent maestros, with the vibrancy of exceptional young talent, without alienating the intrinsic heritage. Founded in 1947, the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra propagates Indian classical performing arts, mythological, contemporary and folk productions of epics.

The festival is back to enthrall the Delhiites. Commencing on February 19, the festival presents Shehnai by Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar  and vocal by Pandit Jasraj on the opening day. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar were born in a family of musicians of Banaras gharana in which shehnai and flute have been played for the last 450 years and over, after formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in raga, taaland laya.

Pandit Jasraj, the Mewati maestro, endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. He has won several prestigious awards and honours, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

The second day of the festival will witness vocal by Raghunandan Panshikar and santoor rendition by Shiv Kumar Sharma. Raghunandan Panshikar commands in semi-classical genres (thumri, ghazal, bhajan, abhang, etc.) accounts for his versatility and singularity among Hindustani vocalists. Awards. Shiv Kumar Sharma has started a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performance career of over half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music.

His performances are a brilliant combination of rich knowledge, perfect skill and abundant, spontaneous creativity an adherent of the Banaras gharana, Shiv Kumar Sharma has a long list of national and international awards.

Third day of the festival will bring to you vocal by Manjiri Asanare  and flute by Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Born in a family of musicians, Manjiri’s interest in music developed under the guidance of Pt. C T Mhaiskar of Sangli. She has now been performing at prestigious music festivals, and has gained recognition as a fine upcoming musician of the Jaipur gharana.

Natural talent, deep dedication, fine training and years of rigorous riyaz have made Chaurasia one of the top flutists in India today. Hariprasad Chaurasia has been honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan.

Day four will see vocal by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra  and sarod rendition by Tejendra Majumdar, dhrupad rendition by Uday Bhawalkar followed by vocal by Ajoy Chakrabarty . Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra have been learning music since their birth with sounds of tanpura, sarangi, tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their home and surroundings. Tejendra Majumdar was awarded the President’s gold medal and the Pandit D V Paluskar award.

 Uday has also collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures, including the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, Ensemble Modern in Germany and musicians from Spain, Georgia and USA. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, the son of the great Patiala Maestro Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. He is the first recipient of the Kumar Gandharva award.

February 19 – 22 
Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg
Next Story
Share it