The Capital City Minstrels, a choir comprising professionals with an interest in music, keep holding concerts throughout the year. In fact, they recently hosted a series of summer concerts. Calling it A Grand Night for Singing, they performed at various venues in the capital.
Capital City Minstrels are a Delhi based choir who have mesmerised us with stunning music over the years. They have performed in India and abroad and has popularised choir music in NCR. They have a show coming up and is a must do for any music enthusiast.
Purab Rang by Son Chiriya brought the solo musical Kabeer for the Delhi audience. It was a one man show by the playwright, actor, singer, director and composer Sekhar Sen. The performance and the venue was a great way to usher spring in the capital.
Bollywood Music Project, a two day long music festival was organised by Bhutani group and had partners like Hungama and Radio Mirchi. The venue was Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and marquees were erected on JLN grounds. It look like a grand carnival from a distance.
Ravi Shankar Centre for Arts celebrated the 97th birth anniversary of the late Guru through a series of classical concerts at their premise. We attended a tabla concert by Bikram Ghosh and dance performance by Arushi Mudgal at their open air venue. It was a delightful experience.
“Son Chiraiya”, an organization promoting the music of the east has organised a lovely ensemble of music to celebrate the centenary of Ustad Bismillah Khan, the shehnai star. Girija Devi on vocals and Rajen Prasanna on shehnai respectively performed on the inaugural evening. Many more maestros take stage in the next couple of days in an absolutely fantastic musical journey.
Bharat Parv is a celebration of India’s rich culture and tradition in food, crafts and folk arts. Organised by the ministry of Tourism, the high point was the state and department tabloids that were displayed in Republic Day parade. Apart from this, food from different Indian states, Live performances and handicraft all together created a little India in the sprawling lawns of Red Fort
Indian classical music has another platform in Delhi NCR. IGNCA is a forerunner in promoting as well as propagating all sorts of arts. They have recently started a new series in music – Bhinn Shadj. This is a monthly event where they will have a classical music performance once a month. The celebrated Hindustani classical vocalist Shruti Sadolikar was the artist for December 2016 and she made our Christmas eve very memorable.