Friday, January 16, 2015

Panchtatva: A Musical Celebration of 5 Elements of Life (Courtesy: New Indian Express)

Some of the most respected artistes from the arena of   Indian classical music are going to sparkle at Panchtatva, and you can do more than just hear them. It’s to be a visual treat too, organisers say.
The event, organised by Art and Artistes which produces proprietary Indian music content, will have the renowned artistes performing to a scripted performance themed on the five elements.

Durga Jasraj, founder-director of Art and Artistes, says that the concert will begin with aakash and Rattan Mohan Sharma and Ankita Joshi and go on to vaayu (Hariprasad Chaurasia on the flute), agni (percussionists Selva Ganesh, Taufiq Qureshi, Ojas Adhiya and Sridhar Parthasarthy), Jal (U Rajesh) and Prithvi (Rashid Khan).

“This is the order of the five elements. For wind, finally everyone plays together to celebrate life. Everyone has a very defined role to play, and they are all very comfortable in their own skins, so it’s a pleasure to watch Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia doing back up while the percussionists play. He says, without wind you can’t have fire, and I agree,” says Durga.

She adds that her partner Neeraj Jaitley has put months of work into the design of the event. “We even have recorded sounds of flowing water, of wind,” she says.

This is Panchtatva’s first India tour, and Durga is surprised that those who watched the Mumbai show have turned up at Hyderabad and Ahmedabad too. “A group of students from Bengaluru had come for one of them. They’ve come back and are promoting the event in their colleges, on social media.” And she’s thrilled about it.
She’s looking forward to the Bengaluru event. “The audience are connoisseurs of both Karnatak and Hindustani music,” she says, adding that a previous show organised by Art and Artistes a few years ago had such an overwhelming response that bouncers were required at the entrances. “That day, I said, one of my dreams has come true -- to see an Indian classical music pull such crowds that you needed bouncers.” So the city is special to her, and she’s looking to see how the audience she respects gauges the first Panchtatva show in the city.

Panchtatva at Lakeside Amphitheatre, Orion Mall, on Sunday (January   18) at 6.30 pm. Entry is free and on first-come-first-serve basis.

The Free Passes for ‪‎Panchtatva‬ presented by Art and Artistes will be available in the following places from 14 Jan 2015 :
a) Calypso Music Store - Jayanagar 4th Block (Ph No: 080-22452368)
b) All outlets of Kanti Sweets
c) Tewari Bros Mithai Sweet Shop 27, Dickenson Road (Ph No: 9341252685)
For more information visit the Event Page

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