A sweeping look at the audience with a glimmer in her eye marked the end of every set she played. Amidst a dazzling background, piano took the centrestage with her fingers conjuring up magic for the ears. Ankita Kumar, the daughter of Neeraj Kumar, the incumbent Commissioner of Police, enthralled the city at IIT Delhi, with her piano performance HARMONY that celebrated music from across borders on 12 July.
Sarod maestro, Amjad Ali Khan, celebrity piano player and Ankita’s teacher Brian Silas, TV anchor and actors-Anurradha Prasad,Shammi Narang were amongst the elite gathering of 400 people comprising politicians, diplomats, artistes and music lovers who witnessed the musical evening.
The one and a half hour instrumental event featured music from across the world on the piano.
Accompanied by the rhythms of the tabla and the strings of the guitar, the evening witnessed Hindi film songs from the black and white era, techno rich Bollywood music of today, Boney M songs and timeless English classic tunes on the piano.
Blending in music with emotions, she played old melodies from O haseena zulfon waali, Kahin door jab din dhul jaaye, and Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si to the latest songs Itni si khushi itni si hasii (Barfi) and Tum hee ho (Ashiqui 2).
'Through Harmony, I paid tribute to my father for a glorious four decade career in uniform and a brand new innings,’ said Ankita Kumar while unleashing the power of music.
Her musical journey that began with emulating her teacher Brian Silas at the age of 12 has now culminated into a many musical evenings and a school for music,Colors of Music, in 2012.
Hitting the right notes, with this performance she reached a musical crescendo in her career, leaving her audience entranced.