With a passion for classical arts


The third ‘International Conference on Music and Dance’, being held at the Indiranagar Sangeeta Sabha, will see the connoisseurs of music coming together to discuss its various facets.

The conference will go on till January 27 and the theme this year is ‘classical forms in world music’. The session was inaugurated by Umashree, Minister of Women and Child Development and Kannada Culture. The first session of the conference also saw eminent musicologist, scholar and musician D K Satyavathi, deliver the keynote address on ‘Indian classical music and its multi-dimensions’. Art connoisseur Chiranjeev Singh highlighted the fact that the younger brigade needs to understand the importance of Indian classical music and develop an interest towards it.

DK Satyavathi was full of praises for the organisers of the conference and said that she has rarely come across a sabha which organises a world conference on music. “There are hardly any world conferences on music. This conference brings music-lovers and scholars on the same platform and gives them an opportunity to interact with each other. It’s great to know that many international delegates will also be attending the conference. Music has been a very integral part of our lives.

Be it classical or non classical, Indians share a very deep bond with music,” she said.
The conference has been divided into several sessions with each session consisting of talks from scholars from across the country. Some of the topics that were discussed in the first session were — ‘Universality of musical forms in the music of the world’ and ‘The neuro-spiritual rhythm’. The session also had a vocal concert by the students of the School of Performing Arts, which was a jugalbandi of Carnatic and Hindustani music.

The second session will see talks on topics like ‘A novel analysis of Manodharma Sangeetha in Carnatic music using Neural Network’ by YG Parimala, ‘Manodharma form in Indian music’ by Shruti Jauhari, ‘Tanam — Manodharma form in Karnataka Music’ etc.

Along with talks, the conference will also honour some renowned musicians in its final session. Performances by stalwarts like Saketraman, Mysore M Nagaraj, K Srivaram and G Guruprasanna will be held in the evening.

Janani Venkatram, a young musician who will be attending the conference, said that the conference gives her the opportunity to meet several scholars and is a great platform for students of music. “Many renowned artistes are addressing the gathering and I hope to learn a lot,”
she said.

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