Gandharva choir spells magic with classical act

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 07, 2014 16:00 IST

As many as 34 accomplished artistes, including 17 female singers, from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya gave a 75-minute astounding classical music performance at the Tagore Theatre on Saturday.

The event, a rarity in the region, was organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, a rarity in the region, won the attention of the audience for its presentation of the diversity of musical journey from the Vedic period to modern era.

Established in 1972, the choir had performed at prestigious venues in the world under the direction of Padamshri Madhup Mudgal.

The choir performance commenced with Vedic Mantras before delineation of “raga kalyan”through a composition “tere gun gaaye Gandherav”.

The composite choir gave an index of the developing phases and formats of the Hindustani classical music. The choir presented “Chaturang”, “Tirvat”, “Tarana”, “Dhrupad”etc. The audience relished the lighter genres of Goanese, Phillilpinese and Punjabi folk music.

The choir performance concluded with the musical celebrations of Baisakhi festival. Chief guest KK Sharma, IAS, and acclaimed classical vocalist Pandit Yashpaul honoured the artistes.

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