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A winter concert by Jasraj

Some interesting programmes this month


Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Birju Maharaj are among the performers at this year's ITC Sangeet Sammelan between November 8 and 10.

ITC's Sangeet Research Academy is a unique institute set up in Calcutta to train advanced students in Hindustani music.

This is the tenth annual music festival organised by ITC. This year's festival, in Calcutta, begins with a vocal concert by Yeshwant Bua Joshi on 8 November at 6 p.m. Others slated to perform are Omkar Shende and Ajoy Chakraborty.

Passes available at the academy.

Remembering Muthaiah Bhagavathar

Guru Krupa Trust, headed by Madurai T N Seshagopalan, has organised a concert in Bangalore on November 15 to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagavatar (1877-1945).

Muthaiah Bhagavatar is considered the most prolific composer of post-Trinity period. He was also an outstanding exponent of Harikatha.

Guru Krupa Trust will honour vocalist Nellai Krishna Murthy, disciple and nephew of Muthaiah Bhagavatar. Krishna Murthy was principal, Sri Swati Tirunal Academy of Music, Trivandrum. The felicitation, at Gayana Samaja, will be followed by a concert featuring various artistes.

The trust plans to archive the event.

An evening with Lalith J Rao

Vocalist Lalith J Rao will be felicitated on December 1, Sunday, at Bharthiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore. She is a disciple of Pandit Rama Rao Naik and Ustad Khadim Husain Khan, both of the Agra-Atrauli gharana.

It's a day-long treat for music lovers. The morning session starts at 9.30 with a vocal recital by Lalith Rao. This will be followed by the release of her CD. Babbanrao Haldankar from Mumbai (vocal) will perform next.

The evening session begins at 5.30 p.m. It features a vocal recital by Pt Balasaheb Poochwale and a sitar recital by Ustad Shamim Ahmed (Sitar). Between these programmes, Lalith Rao will be felicitated. Pt Poochwale and Pt Dinkar Kaikini are the chief guests.

Sitar and floral design

Kalawathi Foundation and Design School present Ekta, a programme combining music and floral design, on November 6. Jayant Kumar Das plays the sitar while Ayako Ogino will demonstrate flower arrangements.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Regency 2, Hotel Windsor Sheraton, Sankey Road, Bangalore. Jayant Kumar Das, of the Imdad Khani Gharana, is among the handful of rudra veena and surbahar players in the country. He is widely travelled, and has taught and performed in the US. Ogino is a Danish floral expert based in Japan.

Published on 5 November 2002




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