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A musical treat of unheard melodies

Madhur Tankha



Unique event: The stage is set for ‘Teen Prahar’ festival to be held at India Habitat Centre in the Capital this Thursday.

NEW DELHI: Mumbai-based cultural organisation Banyan Tree Events in collaboration with Birla Sun Life Insurance is hosting a unique day-long Indian classical music festival at India Habitat Centre here this Thursday.

As part of its endeavour to celebrate the rich heritage of Indian classical music and to give a platform to the best of young talent from across the country, the “Teen Prahar” festival was conceived by the Banyan Tree Events in 2006 in Mumbai. Since then it has been organising this festival to give music connoisseurs a chance to enjoy a day-long musical treat of unheard “ragas” of the morning, afternoon, twilight and evening.

Having received an overwhelming response for the past two consecutive years in Mumbai, the “Teen Prahar” festival is evolving into a national Indian classical music festival that will be one of its kind to be held across four cities -- New Delhi, Mumbai (December 25), Hyderabad (February 22, 2009) and Kolkata (March 22, 2009). The musical brilliance, the masterful rendering and vibrant performances by these musicians in interesting combinations of solos, “jugal bandis” and ensembles both vocal and instrumental promise to make this festival a truly unforgettable and enjoyable experience. Entry is open to all music lovers.

The festival features “Sombala Satle” (Dhrupad) and “Rakesh Chaurasia” (flute). The performing artistes include Ustad Shujaat Khan (sitar), Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Rashid Mustafa, Sudhir Pandye and Prithviraj Kumar. Other artistes are Devaki Pandit (vocal), R. Jayanthi (veena), Ronu Majumdar (flute) and Mukul Shivputra (vocal).

Then there will be “Taal India” -- a vibrant percussion ensemble of Rajasthani folk and classical drums from across India led by Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

Banyan Tree Events is known for nurturing traditional Indian performing arts from across the country through its presentations for the past 12 years.

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