Tribute to Girija Devi at Tihar Jail
As part of the rehabilitation of Asia’s largest prison complex inmates, the third edition of Morning Ragas was organised by legends of India in Tihar Jail on Friday. The program was dedicated to Girija Devi, the legendary singer.
The rendition began with Sunanda Sharma who is the senior most disciple of the legendary Girija Devi. The day began with Sharma's voice singing Miyan ki Todi <g data-gr-id="32">raag</g> as a peaceful opening for fresh morning Then she began singing bhajans — Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram & Sawariya Mere Mann Ko Bhaya, in which the crowd joined along with her in chorus making it more interactive musical session.
On special request, she also presented <g data-gr-id="45">sufi</g> song — Deewane <g data-gr-id="46">Kiye</g> Shaam kya Jaadu Dala. Sharma <g data-gr-id="39">said</g> “we face a lot in life but the moment we start working towards success that is the moment when life comes into play.”
Sharma was accompanied by Pt. Shubh Maharaj on tabla, harmonium player <g data-gr-id="47">Ustaad</g> Zamir Ahmed & Tanpura players Rachita Arora & Richa Sharma. The combination of Sunanda’s voice with these musical instruments played by the accompanied <g data-gr-id="48">artistes</g> touched the soul of the inmates and most of them were listening intently. “Sharma has created a magic spell over all the listeners & this voice would stay for long with us. Also, this monthly session if carried on like this will help in de-stressing inmates, hence spreading positivity around them” said Tihar Jail Director General Alok Kumar Verma.
Mr. Dipayan Mazumdar, the Chairman of Legends of India, said that “taking initiatives is not difficult but implementing ideas for taking those initiatives on a high elevation takes a lot of hard work.
Also, we would try to arrange music professionals for the ones who are interested in learning music.”
Legends of India has been presenting some of the jewels of Indian Classical Music like Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bickram Ghosh, & Shiv Kumar Sharma to mention a few.
Majumdar believes that a lot can be achieved by music & art. Providing solace to prison inmates will help them grow into good humans as music & art nurture positivity.