National music fete opens today

HYDERABAD OCT. 28. Classical music lovers of Hyderabad will have a rare opportunity of enjoying the performances of some great maestros in the national music festival `Sangeet Swarn' being organised here for the first time to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of Sangeet Natak Akademi from Wednesday.

The five-day festival at Ravindra Bharathi would have eminent Carnatic and Hindustani musicians, including Balamurali Krishna, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Malini Rajurkar, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, D.K.Datar, Ustad Shamim Ahmad Khan, and a number of accomplished artistes performing for the connoisseurs of music.

Informing this to mediapersons here on Tuesday, the Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture, Chandana Khan, said the Sangeet Natak Akademi had responded to their suggestion to organise the festival here to coincide with the First Afro-Asian Games. The music festival was being organised by the akademi in association with the Department of Culture, Andhra Pradesh.

The secretary of the akademi, Jayant Kastuar, said that music and sports would go together in enriching culture. The city, representing both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions, was best suited for organising the festival, he said.

A special morning session would be presented on November 2 featuring senior vocalist from Dharwad, Panchakshari Swamy Mattigatti. He would render morning ragas and a genre of `Thumri' and Ghazals would be presented by Shanti Hiranand of Delhi.

As part of the year-long celebrations, a series of festivals, dance, theatre festivals, zonal level festivals of young artists, directors and State-wise festival of folk and traditional arts would also be organised. The `Nritya Swarn' festival would be organised in Mumbai in November and Hyderabad would have two more events at least in the series, he said. Patna, Kolkata and Imphal were also short-listed for organising the above festivals.

Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Advisor (Culture) to the State Government and Carnatic musician, Balamurali Krishna, said many great artists would take part in the musical feast. He sought the support of the akademi for the proposed international music festival at Hyderabad.

The entry would be free to all, but they should collect the free admission cards from Kalabhavan, Mr. Jayant said.

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