Fête de la musique Music

City’s musical amalgam

Make merry through World Music Day celebrations in Hyderabad

Also known as Fête de la Musique, the day-long celebrations across 120 countries (organised by Alliance Française in India), aim to integrate through the universal language of melody and rhythm. Home to a spectrum of cultural entities, Hyderabad will host about 100 musicians enlivening the spirit of song while enriching the community.

First beat

Be it the gentle strums of a guitar or the intense thrumming of the tabla, the musical spectacle is all about inclusion of cultures and preservation of unity. First celebrated in 1982 as a welcoming of the June 21 summer solstice, thanks to French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, cultural observances are much more valued around the world.

The scope for such a popular day is huge; in its birthplace of Paris, some musicians have even been known to serenade audiences while teetering on the edge of their apartment windows.

Hyderabad anticipates

City’s musical amalgam

Pulled together into a fascinating patchwork of euphony, Hyderabad is well-hearsed in making sure city folk leave each event with an upbeat energy. From traditional tunes to fusion funk to global scores, there’s very little left to the imagination. Previous years have drawn in over 2500 people at each venue, providing 2017 with an even bigger scope for

Artistes to look out for this year include didgeridoo-infused troupe 303 at Alliance Française, songbird Saachi Chennur at Vidyaranya High School and Shri Satish Kashikar and Aradhana Karhade Shastri at Lamakaan— among countless others. Following auditions held earlier this year, the city collated over 100 musicians exuding tuneful inspiration for the masses.

Joe Koster of Hyderabad Western Music Foundation shares, “After being classically and formally trained, Hyderabad is full of self-trained artistes, especially youngsters, in all genres of music: jazz, rock and so on. In the last year, I’ve seen a lot of improvement, but there is scope for much more change in that respect.”

In 2016, World Music Day expanded to a pan-city musical journey after Joe shared his thoughts on moulding the festival to France’s Fête de la Musique extravaganza. “In previous years, the city kept it to a single venue with a single crowd. After discussing an expansion, I hoped it would be bigger, more professional and really reflective of the city’s own musical flavours. It’s also important to see the cityfolk collaborating with each other on this level, which I don’t see often enough. I can’t really say what one can specifically expect, it’s something people have to experience on their own!”

City’s musical amalgam

World Music Day Hyderabad 2017

Vidyaranya High School: 10am to 12 noon

Musée Musical: 12 noon to 2pm

Alliance Française: Western modern and classical music, 4pm to 6pm

Our Sacred Space: Carnatic music, 4pm to 6pm

Goethe-Zentrum: All types of music, 5pm to 8pm

Saptaparni, Banjara Hills: Indian Folk music, 5pm to 7pm

Phoenix Arena: Western music, 7pm to 9pm

Rock Castle: All type of music, 7pm to 9.30pm

Lamakaan: Hindustani music, 7.30 pm to 9pm

The Gallery Café: Acoustic original, 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Events for World Music Day on June 18 are free and, no, there are no age restrictions!

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