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Chaurasia performs at Israeli fest

The audience burst into long spells of clapping and whistles during a performance by Indian flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 12:21 IST

Renowned flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, a favourite among Israelis, joined local talent at a "musical meeting" to enthrall a sold out capacity crowd here.

Among the most sought after musicians, the performance on Wednesday evening was Chaurasia's third at the Israel Festival that brings in celebrated artists from world over every year.

"I am a great fan of Chaurasia and as a art therapy student, listening to his music makes my conviction stronger in the ability of arts to heal mind", Yael Shalom said.

The audience burst into long spells of clapping and whistles during the performance with several spells of jugalbandis leaving them spellbound.

The Indian maestro had words of appreciation for the local talent which "made the musical meeting memorable" for him.

The Indian mission has been supporting the organisers with the Indian programmes as the three-week festival pays special tribute to Indian culture this week.

Noted exponent of Bharatnatyam, Priyadarsini Govind, performed to a capacity crowd on Tuesday evening and a Sufi Qawwali-Hebrew poetry performance by artists from India and Israel is due later this week.