Tracing the early years: How Jazz made its way to India

  • Jonathan Vikram Pradhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 07:28 IST

From saxophone legend Sonny Rollins' visit to Powai to study yoga at the mission run by Swami Chinmayananda to, the first 'all African' jazz band in Mumbai to how jazz made an impression in Bollywood and more will be displayed at the Jazz in India exhibition hosted by the India International Centre (IIC) from Nov 26 to Nov 30 at the Main Art Gallery, Kamaldevi Complex.

Using archives of the book Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The story of Bombay's Jazz Age, authored by acclaimed Mumbai journalist Naresh Fernandes and collection of the iconic Jazz Yatra Festivals held from 1978 to 2003 by Niranjan Jhaveri, impresario and organiser of the Yatras, the exhibition aims to trace the formative years of Jazz in India.

As a part of the music appreciation promotion, the exhibition will also include a presentation by Fernandes- A Short History of How Jazz Became an Indian Music on November 26 at 18:30 pm.

The presentation will use audio clips and photographs to trace the journey of jazz from New Orleans to New Delhi, exploring how an American transplant became a vibrant Indian hybrid in the fertile soil of the subcontinent.

Jazz in the Swing Era will be presented by Rohit Gupta Trio (Kartikeya Srivastava on drums; Abhinav Khokar on upright and electric bass; and Rohit Gupta on piano/keyboard) on November 27 at 18:30 pm.

Inauguration will be done by Shri Soli J Sorabjee, president IIC on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 18:30 pm.

Source: India International Centre

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