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Smells like jazz spirit

music Updated: Apr 10, 2011 13:35 IST
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan
Hindustan Times
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The ongoing Delhi Jazz Festival at Delhi's Nehru Park witnessed music lovers coming in droves on the first day of the 3-day international Jazz music extravaganza (April 8-10).

The first-of-its kind music festival where world's best jazz musicians will be performing over the next 2 days has been organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Seher, a cultural non-profit group.

Among the chief guests who inaugurated the festival was the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit and eminent politician Dr Karan Singh.

The festival took off with Dr Karan Singh playing Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye on the piano after which the crowd responded with a huge applaud.

Video: Delhi's jazz spirit

Without further ado, the first jazz act of day one was performed by world famous Italian jazz pianist and composer Cesare Picco. His soothing classical compositions nicely complemented the breezy evening at the lush green Nehru Park outdoors and the audience thoroughly enjoyed his music. His piece 'My Room' marked his performance's highlight.

He also dedicated a piece called 'Hope At Sunrise' to the 'friends of Japan.'

The second act was D-Company from India, led by front man, Dhruv Ghanekar, a guitar virtuoso/singer-songwriter/composer, along with seasoned musicians like Gino Banks (drums), Sheldon D'Silva (bass) and Harmeet Manset (keys) played out jazz improvisations which was pure magic and the crowds just couldn't get enough. They dedicated one song from their album Distance called Cunning politics to Anna Hazare..

The day's last act was a music powerhouse from Normandie, France. Be Why, The 10-member funk based horn section band played foot-stomping, original compositions which left the crowd grooving till the end.

According to Sanjeev Bhargava, founder of Seher, the idea of putting up such a great show was to bring people of different cultures together and treat the Indian audience with the best international jazz music, and also put New Delhi in the list of international cities holding annual Jazz festivals, such as Montreal, London, Stockholm, and Edinburgh. Judging by how things went on the first day of the festival, the organiser of the Jazz festival are bang on target.