A star-studded weekend of music

Mellifluous notes

One of the oldest and yet most authentic classical music festivals of Delhi is back. The 67th edition of Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival, held every year by the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, is bringing together the best of Indian classical singers and instrumentalists, yet again.

The time, enjoy the sitar strains of Shujaat Khan, flute notes of Rakesh Chaurasia, sarod recital by Biswajeet Roy Chowdhury, thumri renditions by Subhra Guha and performances by many more illustrious artistes.

The fest is slated from February 13 to 16 at the Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House.  
Shriram Shankarlal Sangeet Sammelan is one of the earliest Indian classical musical events started in Delhi right after Independence. It began with an informal gathering of musicians at Sumitra Charat Ram’s house at Curzon Road. But now, it has become a forum for talented youth alongside the most respected traditional musicians of the country. Sumitra Charat Ram is also the founder patron
of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, a premier cultural
institute of the city.

This heritage event has seen the likes of Ustad Hafeez Ali Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, MS Subbulakshmi and other eminent maestros. This 67th edition, expect a stellar opening show by Shujaat Khan and Ulhas Kashalkar on February 13. Shujaat of the famed Imdad Khan gharana of Sitar will play in his inimitable gayaki ang-style. Ulhas Kashalkar will render songs of the Gwalior and Jaipur gharana.

Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia will herald the second day. Nephew of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself as a master of the flute. Vocalists Rajan and Sajan Misra of the Banaras gharana will follow.

Disciples of their father Pt Hanuman Prasad Mishra and uncle Pt Gopal Mishra, they are blessed with melodious voices and vast knowledge of Indian classical music.
Sitar and Sarod recitals by Biswajeet Roy Chowdhury are the highlights of the third day followed by renditions by M Venkateshkumar, a Hindustani classical vocalist.

The final day will have Subhra Guha regale the crowd with her thumris and then Pandit Jasraj deliver the grand finale. The Mewati maestro’s harmonius blend of classic and opulent elements provides an intense spiritual experience. This is a fest you will not like to miss.

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