Delhi Classical Music Festival

What can one expect when two of the biggest names in Indian classical music take the spotlight together! Artistic bliss and some fireworks to remember! This is what happened as Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia came together for a ‘jugalbandi’ at the last day of the Delhi Classical Music Festival.

The final day of the festival was
characterized by the best of classical music, a full house auditorium and a lot of excitement to match up to it as the veteran santoor maestro and the legendary flautist performed together in a memorable ‘jugalbandi’.

The five of music saw some of India’s most revered classical music veterans including legendary vocalists, and the most celebrated maestros of the sitar, sarod, santoor, veena and the flute descend over Delhi to mesmerize the classical music lovers of the capital with their mastery of the art.

Presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and the Punjabi Academy, the Delhi Classical Music Festival that began earlier this week brought together renowned vocalists Pt. Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Vidushi Girija Devi, Meeta Pandit and Manjari Asnare with artists like Veena player Ustad Mustafa Raza; sitar maestro Budhaditya Mukherjee, sarod maestro Pt. Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and renowned flautist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.

However, the best was reserved for the last day as two legendary musicians came together for a unique musical showdown, marking a memorable end of the festival!

“We are very happy by the response to the festival and the finale too was fitting. As part of Delhi Celebrates we make sure that art and culture get its due spot in the national capital. Our country’s rich and soulful classical music traditions have gifted us with a culturally-rich identity worldwide and this week-long festival aims to promote the best of Indian classical music amongst music lovers for many more years to come,” says Shri Rawail Singh, Secretary, Punjabi Acacdemy.

Each day at Delhi Classical Music Festival was undoubtedly one of its kind and an experience – worthwhile. The festival ended with a promise to come back again, very soon!

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