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Music and the classical magic in India

Music and the classical magic in India
The Capital witnessed some of India’s best music traditions on the first two days of the five-day Delhi Classical Music Festival that opened on 4 October at Kamani Auditorium. The opening day of the festival featured the oldest form of Indian classical music – dhrupad. Eminent Dhrupad singers from Madhya Pradesh, Umakant Gundecha and  Ramakant Gundecha, enthralled the audiences with their renditions.

The Gundecha brothers were bestowed with the Padmashree award for their contribution to Indian
classical music. Their performance was followed by Hindustani classical music vocalist Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, a veteran of the Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur, who brought the first evening of the festival to an endearing end.

The second evening of the festival 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 two vocalists came together to light up the evening with their performances.

The third day marked the aesthetic beauty of thumri and the impeccable taankari of khayal.

Renowned veteran of khayal, dhrupad and thumri, 105-year-old Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, lightened the festival with his renditions. The evening was also shared by Bhuvanesh Komkali, the grandson of late Kumar Gandharva.

The upcoming two days at the festival will bring together musicians like -  iconic vocalist Pt Jasraj, sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez, Annupriya Deotale on the violin, Prem Kumar and P Vetri Boopathy on the mridangam and Pt. Narender Nath Dhar, the vocalist of the Etawah Gharana.

Being presented by the Department of Art, Culture & Languages, and organised by the Punjabi Academy, the Delhi Classical Music Festival offers an enriching experience of culture to the connoisseurs of art in Delhi.

‘There is immense depth and talent in the field of Hindustani classical music. It is important for us to celebrate India’s classical musical forms and take them to the younger generations. This will keep our art forms alive and encourage the younger generation to absorb and adopt these traditions,’ says S S Yadav, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture & Languages.

When: On till 8 October
Where: Kamani Auditorium

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