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HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

Melodies for the monsoon

Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 25, 2013
First Published: 13:18 IST(25/7/2013) | Last Updated: 13:39 IST(25/7/2013)

The weather may be playing spoilsport with incessant rains and flooding, but aficionados of Indian classical music still have a reason to step out. Barkha Ritu, a concert featuring Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (santoor) and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), will see the duo performing some popular rain ragas.

In this edition, the event will feature Carnatic music for the first time. Starting July 26, it will cover eight cities across the country.“Barkha Ritu has been taking place for over a decade and I’ve always been part of it. I have noticed the crowds increasing every year, which shows that the interest for Indian classical music has grown,” says Chaurasia.

The recital will start with a performance by Pandit Sharma. The ragas he will be rendering include Daud, Ramdasi, Sur, Des and Megh Malhar. The second half of the concert will be spearheaded by Pandit Chaurasia, as well as some Carnatic music artistes.

Chaurasia says, “There are specific ragas for this season. I will present various types of raga Malhar like Miyan Ki Malhar, Ramdasi Malhar, Megh, Des and Sur Malhar, among others. I always look forward to Barkha Ritu as I don’t get to play ragas specific to monsoons elsewhere.”

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