Diverse forms merge into one

In Sync

Classical music and dance lovers were in for a treat at one of the ‘Live Bangalore’ events held at the BDA grounds in JP Nagar.

The festival, which is going on in the City, is a platform for both renowned and aspiring musicians. The highlight of the festival was Shathavaibhav, which involved the participation of more than 3,000 artistes from across the State.

The participants have come from various schools, music and dance institutes, mahila mandalis, sangeetha sabhas  and have registered under categories like classical and folk dance, classical Carnatic and Hindustani vocal, devaranama bhajans, light and folk music, veena, violin, flute, saxophone, keyboard, guitars, tabla and percussions.

On day six of the show, the audience enjoyed Bhakthi Gana renditions by Sangeetha Katti and troupe and folk music by Appagere Thimmaraju. Also, the evening had a group violin and flute performance. Leading a troupe of 50 violinists and flautists, musician SV Bhaskar said, “We are keen to offer to the audience something unique and we’re hoping to attract youngsters for the performance.”  

The group performed popular compositions including, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramm, Kalyanavasanta and Bilahari. As many as 100 children from two schools — St John’s High School, Papareddy Palya and Raghavendra School, Kamakshipalya got together for a folk dance performance. Usha B, who trained the students to perform two songs — Yello Jogappa Ninna Armane and Maudalua Nenedarae, said, “We included the use of several props and I must say that the children showed a lot of interest. Out of 70 students from each school, we chose 50 for the performance.”

Pointing out that the effort to put 100 artistes together for each performance has been a great, Anupama Ramamurthy, the co-ordinator of the event said, “We’ve had several rehearsals.

We have different kinds of artistes performing here — starting from those with
three to four years of experience to some with more than 15 years of experience.”
And the audience was an impressed lot. Renuka, whose daughter, Bhavya was playing the violin said, “I’m here to watch my daughter who will be giving her first stage performance. Both of us are music lovers and I am looking forward to a lovely evening.”

Suraj, who attended the performance along with his family said, “The experience has been wonderful. While I have gone for many solo performances of the violin and flute, it’s the first time that I am seeing such a large group play in unison. It’s good to see even amateurs getting an opportunity to perform.”

   Raja, another member of the audience said, “We’ve been coming here over for the last couple of days and it has been an interesting mix of art forms.”

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