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Celebrate Indian classical art with Delhi Classical Music Festival

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 October 2017, 10:40 IST

Sahitya Kala Parishad">Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi presents the Delhi Classical Music Festival - a five-day celebration of Indian classical art, to be held at the Kamani Auditorium from 25 October to 29 October, 2017.

Manish Shisodia - Deputy Chief Minister, New Delhi would grace the festival with his presence as the Chief Guest.

With the aim to promote the capital's art and cultural heritage, the Government of Delhi is organizing unique events like the Delhi Classical Music Festival that showcases the city's deep-rooted passion for indigenous art forms.

Apart from connoisseurs, these cultural events are expected to mesmerize and enlighten Delhiites with the immense wealth of authentic Indian talents and traditions that often miss the spotlight.

The festival will be featuring the mesmerising glimpses of Indian traditional music and various performances by acclaimed artists including vocalists and instrumentalists. The amalgamation of classical renditions from different parts of the country will be a profound sensory treat for music aficionados.

A cultural experience for the art lovers, the festival will begin this year's journey with an immersive performance by Padmashri Parveen Sultana.

Tradition to contemporary, Praveen Sultana is known for her slap tanas, gmaks, tan palta & jamjama. She is well-known for singing Khayal, Thumri, Bhajan or a Ghasal. Murad Ali Khan, Fateh Ali khan will also enthrall the audience on Day one.

The next day, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ranjendra Prasanna and Ajay Prasanna will present their celebrated talents. Day two will also feature Delhi Ratan Awardee Akram Khan presenting his contemporary art in Tabla, followed by Bhuvanesh Komkali, Bahauddin Dagger,and Prof. M Venkatesh Kumar on Day three.

Pandit Madhup Mudgal, a brilliant composer of choral music, will take the stage on Day four. His work with solo dancers and his compositions for choreographed group dance routines use a variety of poetic texts and are much appreciated by both connoisseurs and lay listeners, earning him the Sanskriti Award for music, and in 2006 the Padma Shri.

Nishad Bakre, an A-Graded artist of the All India Radio, follows Mudgal, with his rich style of rendition that combines the Gwalior, the Jaipur and the Agra Gharanas. He will be accompanied by Kishor Pande on the Tabla and Shri Vinay Mishra on the Harmonium.

Santoor maestros Abhay Sopori and Bhajan Sopori will take the stage next. Regarded as a Cultural Icon of Jammu & Kashmir, Abhay has inherited a profound sense of music from his fabled Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir, the exclusive traditional Santoor family with its roots spanning over more than 300 years. Bhajan is accomplished in Indian classical music on the Santoor and has a record of composing over 5000 songs in various languages of India and abroad.

Day five line-up features the unique artistic vocal skills of Pandit Jasraj, the versatile skills of Nitin Sharma from Kirana Gharana and finally the exceptional folk music by Ustad Shujaat Khan.


First published: 25 October 2017, 10:40 IST