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Pandit Chaurasia is star at Warsaw festival

Indian flute maestro Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia steals the limelight at the Warsaw festival, Crossroads of Cultures.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 14:50 IST

Indian flute maestro Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia stole the limelight at the Warsaw festival, Crossroads of Cultures, with his splendid performance.

The festival is aimed at giving Warsowians an opportunity to commune with art and culture from different parts of the world and to make them realise the strength and value arising from this diversity.

"With this purpose in mind we invited an Indian musician to participate in the festival and are delighted with Chaurasia's wonderful performance," Jacek Gintowski, the artist director of the festival said.

The raga selection by the maestro was apt to the mood of the assembled audience. His short pieces were a sheer delight for the appreciating audience, which comprised mostly young people who till recently were responding only to Bollywood films.

"His performance was so magical that we were in a trance for the whole evening," said Justiyna Franz, an admirer of Indian arts and culture.

"India is now on the Polish radar screen and the echoes of a vibrant India are easily audible in many places in Poland. Chaurasia's performance was very impressive which will prompt the culture-loving Poles to listen to other great maestro from India in the near future," said Indian ambassador Anil Wadhwa.

Full of praise for the organiser's attempt to promote Indian classical music, the maestro said: "I am ready to come again and again to Poland. Last time I came here in 1977 and this new Poland is a great destination for Indian classical artistes."

Chaurasia now spends six months every year in Rotterdam, Holland, where he has set up his own music academy so as to spread Indian music abroad.

"I am very hopeful about my students. Both Indians and westerners are very dedicated towards their education. I am proud to be their teacher and keen to include Polish students if they are willing to learn from me", he said to the delight of the adoring audience.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 14:50 IST