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Tune in to one of India’s oldest musical extravaganzas this week

music Updated: Feb 10, 2010 01:39 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Sixty three years ago, when India got her independence, classical musicians performed all night as part of a musical congregation named Jhankar. Five years later, Jhankar became a full-fledged cultural organisation and came to be known as Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. The tradition has been kept alive through Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival, an annual classical music fiesta.

This year, Delhi’s music connoisseurs will get to catch some of the best names in the field at the fest, including tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, sitar player Shakir Khan, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Besides featuring legendary artists, the fest also serves as a platform for young musicians to showcase their talent.

Like every year, the organisers will also release limited edition CDs and cassettes of live recordings of maestros who perform at the festival.

“We are committed to furthering exemplary cultural values and ensure that classical music retains its unique position in the sphere of Indian arts,” says Shobha Deepak Singh, director, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.

The festival is on from February 12 to 14 at Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House. There are no entry charges except for the final performance on February 14.

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