A feast of classical music awaits Delhiites

A feast of classical music awaits Delhiites

A feast of classical music awaits Delhiites

Covering a kaleidoscope of the famous and the best, the fifth Delhi Classical Music Festival is set to take Delhiites on a mystical journey as India’s best artists will perform under one roof.

Beginning October 1, the five-day festival will present artists like Pt. Jasraj (vocal), Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (santoor), Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar (dhrupad), Pt. Tejendra Majumdar (sarod) and Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (vocal).

The festival, to be inaugurated by chief minister Sheila Dikshit, is being presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages and by Punjabi Academy. Speaking about Festival, she says, “In the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Delhi, one sees a City that has embraced all these regional and traditional nuances, to give birth to a unique pan-India culture of its own. Now, to add to this spectrum, Delhi Celebrates series of events is back with a full calendar.”

“After CWG, the popular demand was to keep the concept of Delhi Celebrates alive for Delhi’s citizens and visitors alike. Indeed, for many tourists in the City, it is a comprehensive showcase of the country, while for the local population it is a means of wholesome family entertainment.

It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to another year of India’s best Artists performances and their works,” she adds.

The festival also aims to give a big platform to Delhi-based artists to showcase their talent. Anita Singh, vice chairperson, Punjabi Academy, says, “Delhi Artists, even those acknowledged nationally are ignored by organisations in Delhi. Even renowned artists who are seldom invited to Delhi, are included in this festival to give them a platform for their talent.”

“Traditionally music festivals of yesteryears have always started with dhrupad, the oldest and most serious form of classical music. We have kept that tradition,” she adds.The festival will be held between October 1-5, at Kamani Auditorium, 7 pm onwards.

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