Wednesday, March 01, 2006

XLRI pays tribute to Indian Classical Music

After a splendid theatre performance by the students of XLRI of a play by Ayn Rand – The Night of January the Sixteenth – which revived a long lost tradition and treated the art buffs of Jamshedpur to a theatrical bonanza, its time now for SPICMACAY – XLRI to play host. A unique music festival, Swaranjali (An offering to Music) is being organized as an initiative to regularly bring top Indian Classical Musicians to Jamshedpur. The students plan to make Swaranjali a regular event.

On February 14, Jamshedpur was regaled by the performance of two of the most respected performers of Carnatic Music - Vidwan Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Vidushi Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi – scions of the famous Lalgudi School of Violinists. They are the children of the legendary Lalgudi Jayaraman. In the sphere of Carnatic music, Lalgudi school is a name that is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique in violin playing and musical excellence.

Swaranjali continued on February 24th when Jamshedpur was graced by the Grammy Award winner and inventor of the “Mohan Veena” – Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, a living legend of Hindustani Music. Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performed at the XLRI grounds.

Pt. Bhatt has performed to a world audience and mesmerized listeners with his pure, delicate and yet powerful music. Being the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Mughal emperor Akbar's court musician Tansen. Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has performed extensively in the USA, USSR, Canada, the Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and Netherlands amongst many other countries. He has also received recognition in the form of awards and is widely regarded as an ambassador of Indian Classical music in Western Countries.

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