Singing of the joy within
Delhi added its voice to the chorus being sung to celebrate 20 years of existence of The Capital City Minstrels, Delhi’s biggest and one of the most well-known choirs. The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre brought the concert Rhythms of the World yesterday to mark the ocassion. The choir was conducted by Carolin Remy.
The concert brought music from different parts of the globe. Arirang - the melodious love song from Korea, Tourdion - a sixteenth century French chant, Dana-dana an energetic song with the flavour of Hungarian folk was featured at the show. Amongst the contemporary pieces, the Choir performed the theme song May It Be from the recent film Lord of the Rings, a choral version of the upbeat Jai Ho( in Hindi) from the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Waka Waka, the World Cup anthem, originally performed and made famous by pop sensation Shakira was presented on the concert stage once again by CCM. To pay homage to the wonderful life of Nelson Mandela, there were songs and rhythms with an African influence.
The singers were supported by the well known Nise Meruno on piano and Suchet Malhotra, with an array of percussion sounds adding special flavour.
CCM has grown to be a big singing group of more than 80 members this season. Over the years, choir members from Delhi and other countries have come in and then moved on to other places. The composition of CCM reflects a truly unique blend of singers from around the globe. CCM had participated in music festivals at Goa, Srinagar and Gulmarg to commemorate peace in the valley and bringing music to children studying in Indian schools in the Hills. In the recent past, CCM has travelled to Europe and performed choral music in Hungary, France and Germany. CCM has also sung for the then President of India, Pratibha Patil and very recently on the occasion of Women’s day for the Ministry of External Affairs.