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music Updated: Jul 05, 2011 15:44 IST
Pooja Maheshwary
Pooja Maheshwary
Hindustan Times
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Admirers of Indian classical music have something to look forward to this week. The National Centre for Performing Arts will present the three-day long festival Bandish, comprising legendary composers from the music field.

“We have always endeavoured to promote different kinds of music. Last year, we decided to do something thematic that would capture people’s imagination . So we came up with the idea of presenting the works by Indian music composers like Kabir and Surdas through present artistes,” says Dr Suvarnalata Rao, Head -Programming (Indian Music), NCPA.

Conceived in 2010 to celebrate the vibrancy of the Indian musical heritage, the festival which is in its second year will feature prominent artistes like Rashid Khan, Ghulam Husnain Khan, Ashwini Bhide, Shubha Mudgal, Anup Jalota and Vasundhara Komkali. These artistes will present the bandishes of composers like Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas, Faiyaz Khan (of Agra) and Kumar Ganharva and many others.

Says Dr Rao, “The artistes really liked the idea of presenting the works of celebrated composers of Indian music. Even the response from Mumbaikars was great last year. This year too will see lively performances by reputed artistes.”

A bandish is a fixed melodic compostion in Hindustani vocal or instrumental music It represents a central idea or base upon which the edifice of the performance is sculpted and realised. “These bandishes date back to hundreds of years and have been passed to us through generations. Despite this, they hold extreme relevance to us even today,” adds Dr Rao.