Western classical music at its youngest best
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Western classical music at its youngest best

There are many who live out their passion, but only a few take it to the next level. One of them is Vandinika Shukla, a third year student of Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College for Women, who has come up with the idea of Ensemble, a Delhi-based western classical music initiative.

music Updated: Jul 26, 2013 03:37 IST
Apoorva Nijhara
Apoorva Nijhara
Hindustan Times
Vandinika Shukla,Ensemble,36 Regal Building

Started earlier this year, the initiative has music enthusiasts as young as 18 years old, who want to make the joy of classical music accessible to a wider audience in the city. “Listening to and playing music since childhood, I cultivated a strong passion for music. I’ve always wanted to share my passion for music with those around me in such a way that the nuances of classical music can be explored in depth,” says Vandinika, a History (Hons) student.

A piano player herself, she wants to change the common perception that western classical music is for serious and old people. Opera forms a big part of the initiative. “Opera allows one to enjoy both theatre and music; this kind of combination has a lot of scope for the budding actors and musicians,” she says. The young musicians will put up a two-day long show and workshop titled, Project in Tune. The workshop will be conducted by Vandinika, theatre director Anant Dayal and an instructor with the Trinity Guildhall Drama exam.

The workshop is divided into different categories, including learning instruments such as piano, violin, classical guitar, French horn and vocals too. The group has students from different age groups, but they all share a passion for western classical music. “My advice to music enthusiasts would be to truly explore music. Understanding and appreciating music is an experience worth having,” she says. Still a student, how does it feel to step into the shoes of a teacher? Says Vandinika, “I think it helped being a student, as I was able to make the workshop in sync with the students’ needs and thought process.” Catch them live…

What: Ensemble Live
When: Today and tomorrow
Where: The Attic, 36 Regal Building, inner circle, Connaught Place
Timings: 4pm to 6.30pm

First Published: Jul 25, 2013 16:04 IST