Wholesome notes & beats

    Emirates Theatre, at the Emirates International School, Dubai, will resonate with the mellifluous music of leading maestros from India, as part of the two-day Sangeet Festival scheduled for Oct.17 and 18. The event, now in its second edition, is a much-awaited one for the music lovers of the UAE.

    The luminaries who will perform on the occasion are vocalists Dr Balamurali Krishna, Aruna Sairam, Neyveli Santhanagopalan and the husband-wife duo Binni and Krishnakumar.

    Lending instrumental support will be Karthick on the unique percussion instrument ghatam, Padma Shankar on the violin, J Vaidyanathan on the Indian drum mridangam, while KN Shashikiran and P Ganesh will feature as celebrity guests.

    “The event has been programmed as a sublime musical journey brought for the aficionados of quality Carnatic music in the UAE,” said Vinoo Ramachandran of Vibgyor Events. “The Sangeet Festival had its debut in Dubai and since then there has been more than 16 Indian classical music concerts under this banner, all happening in Dubai.’’

    Among the performers, Dr Balamurali Krishna needs no introduction. An acclaimed vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer and actor, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour for his contribution to Indian Art. He was made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005.

    Padmashree Aruna Sairam’s varied repertoire includes classical, semi-classical and folk music in several languages. Engaging in regular interactions with international musicians, Aruna has communicated adequately that music goes beyond geographic borders, regional contexts and cultural mores. Aruna has had the rare distinction of performing in such venues as the Indian president’s official residence – the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, and at Shakthi Sthal  and Vir Bhoomi, the memorials to former Indian prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi respectively.

    Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an acclaimed musical veteran, steeped in pure classicism. His connect with the audience is instantaneous. His excellent theoretical depth with extensive research of the best approaches makes him a distinctive musicologist. This multifaceted and versatile singer is also proficient in playing the stringed instrument veena as well as percussion instruments.

    Dr K Krishnakumar and Binni Krishnakumar have been a popular vocal musician couple in Carnatic music, with a unique style of presentation. Doctorate in Music, apart from being a first class graduate in mathematics from the University of Kerala, Dr Krishnakumar is also qualified to be a lecturer in music. As for Binni, she is remembered for a fabulous concert performed on a stage that was placed in the centre of a huge water tank. Musical innovation remains the forte of this duo.

    Ghatam Karthick’s fascination for the humble pot at a young age turned into a prodigious talent, earning him the tutelage of some great musicians. Hugely popular as a performing artist, he currently leads the percussion based Indian musical ensemble ‘heARTbeat’. He specialises in a mixed genre comprising primarily Indian classical music, but also jazz, rock, blues, flamenco and fusion. His lecture demonstrations are much sought after both in India and abroad.

    Padma Shankar is a post graduate in music from the University of Madras. She has had the privilege of being a student of the great violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and has had the opportunity of accompanying her guru in his violin concerts and lecture demonstrations. Padma is one of the few privileged musicians who has learnt the compositions of Dr Balamurali Krishna directly from him.

    With a musical lineage worthy of envy, J Vaidyanathan is the son of the legendary Sangeeta Kalanidhi DK Jayaraman and nephew of DK Pattammal. Vaidyanathan has accompanied all the great stalwarts of Carnatic music in concerts all over the world and is the recipient of many awards. He is the youngest mridangist to get the prestigious Kalaimaamani award of his state, Tamilnadu.

    The Sangeet Festival is ideally packaged between Navaratri, the Festival of Nights, and Diwali, the Festival of Lights. It brings the essence of Indian culture through the best of Indian classical music. The idea of a two-day festival is to ensure that there is a constant flow of sublime music and that overseas Indians do not miss the enthralling uplifting experience of music in its pristine form. Besides, it is also an ideal platform for non-Indians to experience Indian classical music.
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