Traditions at heart
The Capital can feel and enjoy the essence of the Punjabi music and culture as the Festival of Traditional Music of Punjab is ready to go live. Punjabi Aademy, Dept. of Art and Culture, Delhi Govt. brings us the two days Punjabi Kheyal Bandishes (compositions) and Thumri and Sufiana Kalaam.
The audience will indulge into the mood by the melodious renditions of veteran singers like Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan and Jawad Ali Khan, Baljeet Singh Namdhari among others.
The opening day of the festival (30 May) will feature Baljeet Singh Namdhari and Pt Somdutt Battu. Ud Jawad Ali Khan, Ud Mazhar Ali Khan and Alankar Singh will be closing the festival on the following day (31 May).
Mazhar Ali is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Patiala Gharana, known for his performances of dadra and thumri. He has performed in India, Pakistan, and North America. He is the grandson of the doyen of the Patiala Gharana, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Jawad Ali is the brother of Mazhaar Ali and vocalist of Kasur Patiala Gharana. He started his musical career in the early 80's. He is also a vocalist of All India Radio. He has performed at almost every music conference of India with his brother Mazhaar.
Talking about Punjabi Academy, Delhi, after independence it emerged as a cosmopolitan city of diverse cultures and languages. It has always been the endeavor of the Delhi Administration to provide all possible facilities for the development and promotion of different languages and projection of the composite culture of Delhi. Ever since its inception the Academy has been playing a catalytic role in the proliferation of Punjabi literary and cultural activities in the spheres of music, folk dances, seminars, symposia, short story, poetry, novel, literary criticism, drama etc. During the last two decades, the Academy has assumed a significant role and status of premier organization in the field of Punjabi language, literature and culture.
When: 30 –31 May, 6.30 pm onwards
Where: Indian International Centre