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Vocal cause

Well-known classical music artistes will perform at a charity concert in the city; the act will only comprise vocal recitals

music Updated: Apr 17, 2013 17:51 IST
Soumya Vajpayee

Popular Hindustani classical vocalists Ustad Rashid Khan, Kaushiki Chakrabarty and Jayateerth Mevundi will take the stage for a charity concert tomorrow. Titled Swar Utsav, this recital is being organised by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha in aid of the Shanmukhananda Kansai Nerolac Dialysis Centre.

“It’s a privilege to be associated with such a cause,” says Ustad Khan, adding, “This is the first time that three of us, who belong to different gharanas (music schools), are coming together. It makes the concert all the more special.”

Kaushiki ChakrabartyTalking about his performance in this purely vocal concert, Mevundi says, "My performance will comprise classical numbers and some Abhangs (devotional poetry). It’s a great honour for me to perform in the presence of Ustad Khan,"

All the proceeds from the event will be used for the operational and maintenance costs of the dialysis centre. Chakrabarty is glad to be part of this act. She says, “Swar Utsav is special for me because as music artistes, we hardly get to work for social causes. I’m glad that this concert has given me a chance to be involved in a noble cause directly.”

She adds, “I haven’t decided the flow of my performance yet. It’s always spontaneous. As classical singers, we just need to ensure that we do not repeat the ragas that have already been sung by other artistes in the concert. I’ll decide my flow as per the performer before me.”