We don’t get to hear a lot of choir music concerts in Delhi NCR. The Capital City Minstrels as a chamber choir are a forerunner of popularizing this genre of music up north. They held a series of concerts across Delhi NCR and we watched one of them at India Habitat Centre.
There is a musician inside many of us. Some of them are visible and some hidden. Various random groups in Delhi NCR are providing platforms for these hidden passions to manifest. They choose a busy place – a café – and start!
We attended a piano concert by Anil Srinivasan at Habitat. The pieces that he played were a combination of Western Classical to Carnatic to popular Bollywood numbers. “Touch” was the theme of the evening and accompanying the performance were audio visuals that depicted experiences that had touched the artist. The melodious evening was a welcome break from the pre Diwali madness in Delhi.
The Contemporary Arts Week is an yearly arts festival organised by Friends of Art. Their programs cover music, theatre, paintings and other visual arts etc.) It is on from 3rd to 10th October at various venues across Delhi. The inaugural evenings were at Nehru Park and had a moderate entrance fee.
Kathak dancer Uma Sharma and her troupe from Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan presented a dance ensemble “Giridhar Gopal” at India International Centre (“IIC”) to commemorate Janmashtami. Dr. Sharma’s dances, Pt. Jwala Prasad’s vocals as well as the performances by the troupe kept the packed audience spell bound. Dr. Sharma organizes this program at IIC every Janmashtami and we hope to be back for many more such performances.
Delhi Drummers recently had a jamming session at the picturesque Zorba the Buddha, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road. This was an open event where anybody was free to get his musical instrument of choice and play along. The viewers swayed to the music and some of them formed circles around the drummers and danced with gusto. Overall, a very pleasant fuss free and “cool” do on a very warm summer evening.
Japan Foundation, in association with Gati Dance Forum, recently organized a contemporary dance performance by Takao Kawaguchi from Japan and Surjit Nongmeikapam from Manipuri. The abstract performance coupled with the simple seating arrangement and the opportunity of connecting with others in the audience was a most refreshing experience.
Uttarayan, a Delhi based cultural organisation organised an evening of music and prose to commemorate the 154th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The performers held the audience in rapt attention during the one and half hours program.