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A glorious moment for Indian music

How does one define Indian music? Or bring it under one umbrella?

art and culture Updated: Apr 26, 2007 17:03 IST
Arnab Banerjee (
Arnab Banerjee (

How does one define Indian music? Or bring it under one umbrella? Quite an impossible task really. But Durga Jasraj, daughter of classical vocalist Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj has proved that it's not just the Abhisheks, Kareenas and Hrithiks of the world who take their family's legacy forward.

If one has the will, one could even achieve the unattainable feasible. With the launch of IMA (Indian Music Academy) - a movement conceived and initiated by Art And Artistes, in the Capital, Indian music is sure to touch higher notes.

And who better than the honorable President Dr APJ Abdul Kalaam to do the honours. The event, which took place at the Hansdhwani auditorium in Pragati Maidan on April 9 saw Dr Kalaam breaking security barriers to allow the audience to have a glimpse of his multifaceted persona as he gave away the five awards to the legends - Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Vidhwan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Smt. Girija Devi, Maestro Illyaraja and Asha Bhonsle.

As some of the legends from the world of music – Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Jagjit Singh paid glowing tributes to some of the unforgettable legends including OP Nayyar and Naushad poet lyricist and founder member IMA Javed Akhtar wove magic talking about the history of Indian music.

But the day clearly belonged to Dr Kalaam, who shared his special fondness for the nightingale MS Subbalakshmi and how Indian music has reached every corner of the world and even, o the insistence of Pandit Jasraj, congratulated the two young masters, Jaswinder Singh and Runa Rizwi who performed, on being special to share the stage with none other than the maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Asha Bhosle, who expressed surprise at being chosen for the award along with the living legends from the field of classical music, was the obvious cynosure of all eyes, who begged her to sing a few lines, but she couldn't oblige owing to ill health.

The brainchild of the mammoth event, Durga Jasraj, who may not have benefited from the enviable lineage of her grandfather V Shantaram and father, it has been a dream for over 15 years.

"I always wanted to be associated with music in general and classical music in particular and it has taken me long to brainstorm, conceptualise, organise, manage and put together the whole series to finally see it the happen," gushes the former co host of the popular show Antakshari and director of AAA.

On this occasion, IMA also organisIndian music ed its 12th concert as part of the series Idea - Jalsa on April 7 at Purana Qila under the auspices of Idea Cellular Ltd. And aims to promote deserving young masters of both Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, followed by a unique interactive sessions along with both the young and legendary artists.

First Published: Apr 26, 2007 15:57 IST