Farewell to Bangalore: Classic notes for the last time

Farewell Concert

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Farewell to Bengaluru’, a concert featuring the legendary maestro of Hindustani classical music, Pandit Ravi Shankar, will soon be held in the City.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Organised by the Premaanjali Foundation, the concert offers classical music fans in the City a once-in-a-lifetime chance; not only will Pandit Ravi Shankar be performing, but he will be accompanied on stage by his daughter, Anoushka Shankar.

The father-daughter duo has performed together in the City years before, but this is their first performance together in recent times. What’s more, the concert is pegged to be Pandit Ravi Shankar’s last musical performance in Bangalore. A press conference announcing the concert was held recently and was attended by A Balakrishna Hegde, the chairman of the foundation; Jackbastian K Nazareth, the CEO of Puravankara Projects; as well as G Krishnamurthy, Jayram Hegde and Umar Teekay, trustees of the foundation.

‘Farewell to Bengaluru’ is going to be a part of the seventh edition of the ‘Premaanjali Festival’. Talking about the festival, A Balakrishna Hegde said, “This year, the festival is going to surpass all previous ones. Pandit Ravi Shankar is coming all the way to India only for this one concert.” Describing the maestro as an ‘ambassador of Indian music to the world’, he continued, “An added bonus is that he is going to be accompanied by his daughter and disciple, Anoushka Shankar. They have performed together only once before, when she was barely a teen.”

While Pandit Ravi Shankar is famous for his contribution to the world of Indian classical music, his daughter Anoushka Shankar has carved a niche for herself by experimenting with different styles of music — although she remains strongly rooted in the Indian classical tradition, she also fuses her music with traces of electronica, jazz, flamenco and western classical music.

The concert is scheduled to be held on February 7, at Gayatri Vihar-1, Palace Grounds. Tickets for the event are available at Calypso in Jayanagar, Super Market on Brigade Road, Raymonds Showroom on 100 feet Road, and at Sapna Book House in Sadashivnagar.

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