Feel the rhythm

Sep 14, 2011, 10:29 IST | The Guide Team

Experience the magic of all kinds of percussion instruments played by the country's best artists at the three-day music carnival called Dumru -- The Drum Festival

Experience the magic of all kinds of percussion instruments played by the country's best artists at the three-day music carnival called Dumru -- The Drum Festival

The list of celebrated percussionists, who will take part in Dumru -- The Drum Festival, seems endless. In three days, Pune will witness performances by legendary rhythm instrumentalist Vidhwaan Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam), tabla maestros Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Pandit Kumar Bose and Guru Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, djembe exponent Taufiq Qureshi, percussionist Ranjit Barot, pakhawaj maestro Pandit Bhavani Shankar, kanjira maestro V Selva Ganesh and percussionist Sivamani among many other performers.

Sivamani's performance is one of the highlights of the festival 

If going through the list of artists hasn't got you excited, their high-energy performance surely will. The festival has been curated by tabla whiz Vijay Ghate of Taal and Mumbai-based production house Gladpeople Entertainment Networks. "I want every music lover to witness the beginning of a revolution. Pune plays host to many Indian classical music events and numerous fans support these events every year. Dumru is different as we are paying attention to the instruments which particularly support rhythm," states Aditya Prabhu, from Gladpeople Entertainment Networks.

The festival will commence on Friday with a performance by tabla prodigy Subhankar Bannerjee and Gopal Burman on the Srikhol followed by Pandit Anindo Chatterjee playing the tabla, accompanied by his son Anubrut Chatterjee. The second day will see performances by Taufiq Qureshi, followed by Tabla virtuoso Bickram Ghosh from Kolkata and V Suresh. Guru Pandit Suresh Talwalkar from Pune will end the day along with an ensemble of percussionists.

The final day of the festival will have two sessions. The first session will start in the morning with a performance by Pandit Bhavani Shankar and Vijay Ghate in a jugalbandi between the tabla and pakhawaj. Next, audiences will witness a dynamic performance by drummer Gino Banks, who will share stage with two other drummers in a unique jamming session. The first session will end with a phenomenal performance of the ghatam by Vidhwaan Vikku Vinayakram with his son and kanjira exponent Selva Ganesh.

The concluding session in the evening will involve a power packed performance by Fazal Qureshi on the tabla along with Nitin Shankar on the bongo and assorted percussions, Sridar Parthasarthi on the Mridangam and Navin Sharma. The second performance in this session will see tabla maestro Kumar Bose play alongside sarangi player Murad Ali. Internationally renowned percussionist Sivamani will ensure an electrifying end to the first season of the Drum Festival.

On September 16 to 18
At Mahalaxmi Lawns, Karve Nagar. In its first year, the organisers of Dumru are distributing free passes. Passes are available at Bank of Maharashtra Main Branch; The Sound Factor, East Street, Camp; The Makeover Parlour, Millennium Plaza, Fergusson Road; The Mahalaxmi Lawns, Karve Nagar; Bedekar Ganapati Mandal, Paud Road.

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