Let strings from around the world tug at your heart at a music festival scheduled in the city this week. Titled Strings of the World, the two-day festival will see 20 musicians from around the world collaborating to create a fusion of the east and west. “On my trip to Norway last year, I was struck with the idea of bringing together different European and Indian string instruments under one roof in India,” says Sharat Chandra Srivastava, festival director and member of the Delhi-based band, Mrigya.
But why focus only on string instruments? “I have been playing the violin since the age of seven. String instruments have a strange power to tug at your heart and soothe your mind like nothing else,” he says.
The festival begins with a performance by 19-year-old pianist and jazz student, Utsav Lal. Lal will be playing a host of Hindustani classical ragas on the piano followed by a collaboration with a group of Scottish musicians.
Guests will be treated to an array of stringed instruments from around the world.
Thus, while Dutchman Tim Kliphuis will play his latest improvisations in gypsy jazz and folk music on the violin, Gjermund Larsen will belt out melodious Norwegian folk music on the Hardanger fiddle. Liu Guangyu from China will be using two strings and one bow on the Erhu to express himself, while Delhi’s Sushmit Sen and Chronicles will present parts of their new album Depths of the Ocean.
The festival plans to end on a collaborative note with a symphony of catchy Indian and western tunes between Norwegian Band Trondheim Soloists and Srivastava.
Catch them here
What: Strings of the World Music Festival
When: November 16, 17
Timing: 7 pm onwards
Entry: Rs 600 (including dinner)
Where: Club Patio, Block E South City 1, Gurgaon
Nearest metro station: Huda City Centre on the Yellow Line