When the music spoke volumes

Music lovers were in for a treat at the finale of the ‘Sontakke Global Festival 2013’ held at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall recently. The festival which began on December 15 ensured that the audience got to listen to a wide variety of music.

The melodious strains of Chaitra Sontakke reverberated through the auditorium. The first performer of the day, Chaitra began her performance with raga Gurjan Todi and followed it up a composition called Jhula and ended with a Meera bhajan. “It’s been a wonderful experience for both the performers and audience as the festival had a blend of different genres. It also gave musicians with varied styles and backgrounds a chance to come together,” said Chaitra. 

The morning programme also had musician Bobby Rootveld on the guitar and his wife Sanna van Elst on recorder flute from Holland performing both western and fusion music. “It’s been an interesting journey in India as the music scene here is varied. The traditional Indian classical music and western classical music co-exist in harmony here,” said Bobby. Pointing out that his music would be a blend of ‘klezmen’ (popular in the eastern parts of Europe) with a touch of Indian style, Bobby added, “Actually, our music is based on improvisation. While we played two of our traditional pieces, we joined hands with an Indian artiste for one. So far we’ve seen that the people here are curious about our instruments and music.”

Speaking about the nine day festival, Prakash Sontakke said, “It’s been fantastic. In fact on some of the days, we had an overwhelming response.” He added, “There is a need for more such festivals especially with a number of international artistes coming to the City. We really need to make use of the huge talent pool available. We are looking forward to holding this festival on a yearly basis.”

Although the audience was sparse, it listened to the renditions with a keen interest. “It’s my love for classical music that brought me here. I attended the first day of the festival and decided to come back to listen to some popular tunes,” said Radha R, a member of the audience. Her friend Sudha said, “Both of us attend concerts regularly with our preference being Indian classical music. We saw that there was an interesting line-up of musicians and since today was a holiday, we were able to make it early in the morning.” 

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