“Partition – Stories of Separation” is a musical program recently held at Bikaner House. This was part of their event “Shared Legacies” that included curated art, fashion, exhibitions, music, dialogues and seminars. Noted Sufi singer and theatre artist Sonam Kalra along with actor and voice talent Salima Raza performed in the event. It was an unusual experience.
The People and Co at DLF Cyberhub has just stepped into a new zone. Popular as a venue for stand-up comedy, Canvas Laugh Club has recently forayed in the field of music. This new phase started with a concert by the well-known fusion music band Advaita.
SPIC MACAY, the non-profit organisation promoting classical Indian music, dances, crafts and skills brings master performers for us. They are holding their 5th International Convention with round the clock events and the venue is IIT Delhi off Hauz Khas Metro Station. If you want this summer to be any worthwhile – go for it!
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.
We were invited to watch Vamatara, a Bharatnatyam production by danseuse Malavika Sarukkai and her troupe, at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi in September, 2016. We recently had the opportunity of watching this production again at GD Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata. The crisp production of little more than an hour was conceptualized as well as choreographed by the veteran artist.
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.