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Delhi to host Carnatic music festival

Music lovers in the capital will be treated to a day-long festival of Carnatic music on August 5.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 12:40 IST

Music lovers in the capital will be treated to a day-long festival of Carnatic musiconAugust 5. The festival promises to be an amalgamation of vocal and instrumental music, all in the ancient south Indian Carnatic style.

Organised by Banyan Tree Events, Dakshinayan will present an impressive line-up of music maestros - vocalist Bombay Jayashri, Mandolin artistes U. Srinivas and U. Rajesh and Ghatam aficionado Vikku Vinayakaram.

Dakshinayan, in its second year, is the brainchild of Mahesh Babu, Director Banyan Tree Events. The festival aims to celebrate, promote and popularise Carnatic music in India and abroad.

The organisation has been showcasing the talent of musical geniuses across India for over a decade now. Legends who have been part of such festivals in the past include M. Balamurali Krishna (vocal), K.J. Yesudas (vocal) and Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman (Mridangam).

Jayashri, who groomed under the guidance of maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and T.R. Balamani, is the recipient of the Sangeetha Choodamani and Nadabhooshanam awards. Having dabbled in playback singing for regional and Bollywood films, she also has a Filmfare award to her credit.

Vikku Vinayakaram started off as an accompanist to music legends like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M.S. Subbulakshmi and Maharajapuram Santhanam. He has performed extensively in India and abroad and has experimented with fusion music. He is also the author of several books on percussion.

U. Srinivas and his brother U. Rajesh are renowned Carnatic musicians, known not just for their musical prowess but also for their choice of instrument - a mandolin. Awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, Srinivas has carved a niche for himself in the international music scenario as well, having performed with several acclaimed jazz artists.

Dakshinayan has organised events for a wide range of audiences comprising corporate heads of leading multinational and Indian companies, NRIs, foreign tourists and connoisseurs of the arts.