Monsoon magic

Monsoon witnesses a spurt in art and music performances as several ragas celebrate the joy, beauty and mystery of the rain. Ayee Barkha Ritu promises to be one such memorable event. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, who trained under Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and Shobha Gurtu, will sing traditional as well as contemporary compositions that celebrate the monsoon. Tushar Bhatia, a composer, poet and sitar player of the Vilayat Khan Baaj, will demonstrate the compositions on the sitar and he will talk about the aesthetics of monsoon compositions. 

Aditi Kaikini

“The main idea behind the event is to regale audiences with the melodies of the monsoon expressed in Classical and light compositions (in vocal as well as sitar). Tushar will also bring in the poetry of these compositions to the audiences so that they are able to enjoy the music holistically. Classical poetry by Surdas, Meera and Rabindra Nath Tagore will be explained,” shares Brinda Shankar, who is part of the organising team at Swardhara, the organisers of the festival.

The event is organised with an aim to showcase the wealth of Indian music, poetry and dance. Swardhara hosts five shows a year featuring Classical music, Ghazals, sangeet, poetry, dance and film compositions.

Ayee Barkha Ritu will feature compositions of masters including Faiyaz Khan, Pt SN Ratanjankar, Begam Akhtar, Shobha Gurtu and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini.

The rains have inspired the creation of ragas for over five centuries. Apart from Classical ragas, there are compositions such as Jhoolas, Kajaris and Saavans, which are sung in North India during the monsoon. These musical forms contribute greatly to the rich repertoire of music by Beghum Akhtar, Shobha Gurtu, and Siddheshwari Devi among others,” adds Shankar.

On July 28, 11 am to 1 pm
At Artisans’, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda. call 22672290
Cost R450 (for non-members); free for Swardhara members

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Barkha Ritu, the monsoon music festival, which is completing 12 years. This year, it will feature stalwarts like Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), Pt Shivkumar Sharma (santoor), Ustad Shujaat Khan (sitar), Pt Chhannulal Mishra (vocals) and Rahul Sharma (santoor) and group (percussion ensemble).
On July 26, 6.30 pm
At Nehru Centre, Worli.  

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