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'Jugalbandi' of world music at 93rd edition of Tansen Music Festival (Curtain Raiser)

IANS  |  Gwalior 

The historic city of Gwalior, the birthplace of music maestro Tansen, a during the reign of Mughal in the 16th century, is set to host over 57 Indian and international artistes at the 93rd edition of the Music Festival that begins on Friday.

Also known as Sangeet Sammelan, the festival will be held over a span of five days. It will be a blend of Carnatic music, Hindustani and traditional classic music from countries like Sweden, Iran, and

While some performances will take place near Tansen's burial site, which is situated in the Behat region of Madhya Pradesh, other shows will be held at the fort.

Organised every year jointly by the Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet Academy and the government's Department of Culture, the fest will kick-start on Thursday with 'Gamak', an ornamentation that is used in the performance of Indian classical musical. However, the extravaganza will officially begin on Friday.

Manoj Shrivastava, the in the Department of Culture, said the experiment of having international artistes as participants in the fest along with their Indian counterparts got "great reviews" when it started two years back.

"It is perhaps the first and the only international music fest in where we not only celebrate Indian but also have artistes from other nations performing their respective genres and classical music," Shrivastava told IANS.

"We started this as an experiment and we have got great reviews and encouragement from viewers, so in continuing the journey, we have invited different countries to celebrate the spirit of music, and this cultural amalgamation will take festival to new heights," he added.

While Shruti Johari, hailing from Chennai, will hold a discussion on 'Indian in Contemporary Era', Prasanna Rao, known for playing Carnatic music on the guitar, will hold a session on 'An Effort to Connect Young Generation to Humanity and Ethics'. There will also be a session on 'Music Therapy'.

"We are trying to make this festival more interesting and informative so that we can spread awareness about our cultural heritage. For that, we have started lectures and discussions in the segment called 'Vadi Samvadi'. Apart from this, we are giving a platform to encourage next generation musicians in the presence of thousands of music lovers," said Shrivastava.

Hindustani will be honoured with the National Tansen Samman for 2017 at the fest.

The line-up also includes European Johannes Moller, Belarus' Maxim Shchedrovitzki on oud and Ben Arie Dagovich, who hails from Greece, on the hang, Brazilian and Luiza Sales, from and Iranian on the tombak and daf.

Indian musicians who will enthrall classical music lovers, include Sarda Naad Sangeet Vidhyalaya, tabla players and Vijay Seth, Chetan Joshi, Pushkar Lele, Murad Ali Khan, Ankur Dharkar, and Aditya Dutta.

A photo exhibition on the past editions of Tansen Music Festival will also be held. In addition, musical scripts titled "Dharohar" will be displayed at one of the venues.

(Kishori Sud's visit is at the invitation of the government. She can be contacted at



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First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 14:08 IST