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The travelling musical festival promises to mesmerise the audience with ‘music for the soul’

Striking a chord:Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram and Durga Jasraj addressing mediapersons in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.— Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Striking a chord:Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram and Durga Jasraj addressing mediapersons in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.— Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Connoisseurs of Indian music are in for a treat on Sunday evening as some of the best artistes in the country have descended to the city to perform at R.K. Beach. A travelling musical festival that is covering 12 cities -- Idea Jalsa – promises to mesmerise the audience with ‘music for the soul’.

The concert will feature performances by Carnatic Singer T. M. Krishna; followed by a percussion ensemble that will showcase three generations of musical legacy by internationally famed Vikku Vinayakram on the ghatam along with son Selva Ganesh and grandson Swaminathan playing the kanjira.

Idea Jalsa began in 2006 as a concert tour across 39 cities featuring over 700 artistes and more than 50 different genres of Indian music.

The show was initially aired on one channel but is now being featured across various channels.

Zee TV has helped broadcast the show to an international audience in 165 countries exposing them to Indian music.

The show achieved the distinction of surpassing 100 million viewers in 2011 and is on its way to achieve 150 million viewers soon.

The festival is the brainchild of Durga Jasraj, founder and director, Art & Artistes and daughter of the legendary Pandit Jasraj. “Our event serves not only as a platform for established artistes to perform but also encourages emerging talent to take the stage with them. We have identified talent wherever we go and work towards helping them become established artistes,” says Durga Jasraj.

Webcast

The concert will be webcast live on www.youtube.com/indianmusicforsoul and www.facebook.com/JalsaMusicForTheSoul, thus enabling audiences across the globe to soak in the experience of the performance in our beautiful city.

The show’s aim is to package Indian music in a way that is appealing to the youth.

TV ratings and audiences at the concerts show that it has been successful in doing so. The performance will also enable members of the audience to interact with the artistes so that they can learn more about their culture.

Vikku Vinayakram told mediapersons that he was eager to perform in the city and treat Vizagites to his unique sound.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. opposite Kali Tample. The entry to the event is free.


  • Idea Jalsa began in 2006 as a concert tour across 39 cities featuring over 700 artistes

  • The show achieved the distinction of surpassing 100 million viewers in 2011



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