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Music gets a new high

Music gets a new high
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Music Appreciation Promotion (MAP), flourishing since 2010, is an initiative of India international Centre (IIC) to initiate, inform, educate and entertain a wide cross section of audience on various genres and styles of music across the world through the use of the lecture-demonstration method, particularly on the use of archival recordings.

The subjects the series has already tackled are Indian music personalities like -  Gauhar Jaan, Mallikarjun Mansur, Kumar Gandharva, Ravi Shankar, Bismillah Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, MS Subbulakshmi as well as Tagore to musical gharanas like Kirana Gharana, Gwalior Gharana to forms like -  thumri, dhrupad, qawwali, ghazal and also Haveli Sangeet. The various forms of Carnatic music traditions, folk music and Hindi film music too have been discussed in this forum. Musical instruments have appeared as topic in this series like sitar, guitar and flute. The list grows longer everyday.

One such musical evening of education and entertainment was organised on 19 Sept to introduce the audience to the Music of the Desert. The speaker was noted ethnomusicologist and archivist, Shubha Chaudhuri of Archive and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE) from the American Institute of Indian Studies. She gave a detailed narrative of the musical traditions of Western Rajasthan and Kutch. This region has a shared history, thus, having a lot in common in terms of cultural practices and expressions. On the basis of her fieldwork, the presentation showed the different communities with their unique style of singing and a rich repertoire of instruments and song. It was interesting to know the patronage system that has helped these communities to sustain their singing traditions.

Chaudhuri also talked about the Surs of Shah Abdul Latif which are sung across the regions and borders. She talked about the shared memories, tunes and musical instruments that these communities have in common and also how the everyday practices are richly influenced by these songs.

The lecture was followed by a performance by musicians from Kutch. Moora Lala Marwada, a noted singer,  staged a stunning performance which reminded the audience of the rich bhakti tradition as well as the living traditions of India. IIC is known for its engagements in promoting the Indian culture and bringing the best of singers to the audience of this city and Delhi will be witnessing more such musical evenings celebrating the secular harmony of our culture.
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