Soire of classical music and dance

NRI Festival

Soire of classical music and dance

Where words leave off, music begins,” said Heinrich Heine, a German poet who was also a journalist and a literary critic. 

Swaranjali, an organisation for the promotion of Indian classical music, organised a two-day NRI Music and Dance Festival over the weekend at Epicenter, Gurgaon to promote budding young artistes and also encourage participation of NRI musicians and dancers. The festival which has become an important part of the City’s cultural calendar has been entertaining culture buffs since 2009 and is a much awaited annual event.

Musical instruments when strum by the participants was the moment we couldn’t miss. One of the participants, Prasen Bharadwaj, who plays the table and is pursuing B Com (H) from Ramlal Anand College said, “ I have been playing the tabla since I was in Class VII. I have given many performances in school and have also performed at the India Habitat Centre and the Bipin Chandra Pal auditorium.”

“My guru and inspiration Dipankar Biswas has supported me a lot. He always encouraged me to play table” said the Delhi University student when asked who he attributed his success to. 

The other participants included Deboshree Chakraborty, a classical vocalist who mesmerised the audience with her powerful rendition. A riveting tabla performance by Rishik Raj and Prasen Bharadwaj reminded one of the table maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. This was followed by a Bharatnatyam recital by Neha Bhatnagar and Amrit Sinha and rounded off by a tribute to Lord Ganesha and a Mohiniyattam dance by Shobha Subramanam and Aishwarya Subramaniam.

In an environment where Western culture seems to have overtaken the traditional ethnic ethos of this country, Swaranjali’s attempt to promote the rich cultural heritage, the arts, music and dance forms of this country are laudable. The organisation also provides free training and platform to the talented underprivileged students. It has to its credit popular concerts like SwarUtsav, Gharana Festival, and Ozone Prativa Manch.

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