“Playing flute is magical. It is part of me and is like the language of my soul,” Juan Carlos Lorenzana, a Mexican flute player, describes his passion for the musical instrument. Lorenzana was in the national Capital to perform at the 7th edition of the Raasrang World Flute Festival on Tuesday.
Juan Carlos Lorenzana is considered to be one of the outstanding classic and flamenco flute player, mastering also the transverse flute Bansuri (Northern India flute) and Hindi music. He learned to play Bansuri in Deharadun under the supervision of Sardar Ajit Singh and also attended the workshops of renowned flutist Kailash Sharma. Although, Lorenzana has learned guitar, jazz and western classical music, flute is his first love.
“I play the guitar too. But I don’t feel the same as playing a flute,” he said. Lorenzana, who also is a music teacher in a Mexican university, finds it easy to play Bansuri than Flamenco flute. “Bansuri is easy to play as you need your fingers to control the tune. But flamenco flute is different as you need to use your breath to control it,” he explained.
Hosted by the Krishnaprerna charitable trust together with Select Citywalk, the Raasrang World Flute Festival also witnessed the participation of flutists from Slovakia and Latvia. Mala Rumba and Jankar from Mexico, Riga Saxophone quartet from Latvia and Michal Smetanka from Slovakia were the major attractions of the event.
Michal Smetanka is a multi-instrumentalist who not only specializes in folk music but also produces the instruments for it himself. His repertoire is dominated by the original songs from the regions of Spis and Saris in Slovakia, especially songs of the pastoral culture. The three day festival which is scheduled for September 23-25 will also feature flautists from India. The international component of world flute festival was dedicated to the global cause of peace.
Yogeshwar Sharma, Excutive Director, Select Citywalk, was proud to host the melodious festival.
“Select Citywalk has been the pioneer of hosting such festivals to not only create awareness about music and suffice the needs of music lovers in the city, but also to offer a unique and unmatched experience to its visitors,” he said.