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Day 2 of Dilli Durbar 2019 was a huge classical musical extravaganza


Day 2 of Dilli Durbar organized by Dilli Gharana at the IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), Janpath, New Delhi saw some very scintillating and enthralling musical performances. Dilli Durbar 2019 is being hailed by many as the biggest celebration of Indian Classical Music in India (basis the stature and varied congregation of the Musical exponents participating). The Festival’s aim is the renaissance of Indian Classical Arts in the country.

The Festival, which had the most scintillating line up of Indian Classical Music maestros was organized by Dilli Gharana in collaboration with Sursagar Society, Ameer Khusro Institute of Music and DG Productions. It turned out to be the most melodious musical extravaganza ever in the city, bringing together the greatest exponents of Indian Classical Arts on one platform to present a grand Indian Classical Cultural spectacle, one like never experienced before.

The Event seemed it will play a yeoman service towards connecting the youth with India’s great age old traditional Classical Art forms and culture. Dilli Durbar’s aim is to revive the Indian Classical music and today witnessed the participation of renowned Indian Classical Maestros including Ustad Rashid Khan, Dr Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Guru ShovanaNarayan, Ustad Asghar Hussain; famous Hindi Film Industry personalities Javed Ali & Piyush Mishra; and the younger torch bearers of Classical Music traditions like Veena Srivani, Qawwal Chand Qadri,Priyanka Mallick,  Vusat Iqbal Khan, and many more.  

Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, the Founder of Dilli Durbar 2019 and the Doyen (or Khalifa) of Dilli Gharana says, “I had the great privilege to learn music under the tutelage of great maestros of Indian Classical Arts; they not only taught us the art but also imbibed in us the great culture and traditions of India. I being the flag-bearer of Dilli Gharana feel that it is my responsibility that I now pass on my learnings to the younger generation to refine their sensibilities and to cultivate their taste for these finer things in life.”

Last day of the event started with a discussion of Bollywood Music Personality Javed Ali with Azhar Iqbal; a session on “In Trance”- A Lecture Demonstration on relationship between Kathak and Hindustani Sangeet followed by Kathak recital by Guru Shovana Narayan. This was followed by a moderated Session Decoding Rasa Theory where Rana Siddiqui Zaman spoke to Piyush Mishra; another session was moderated by Smt. Manjari Sinha, music critic with the topic “Women and Music” with Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Pandita Anuradha Pal; and lastly Indian Classical Vocal Recital by Ustad Rashid Khan.

While these performances were being staged parallel venues saw performances by Janab Chand Qadri – Qawwali and If that was not all Dilli Gharana feels that music should not be limited to any boundary – the musicians should be free to explore other formats apart from pure classical and hence today Dilli Durbar 2019 Sufi Rock by Rocknamaan and Gharana Unplugged – A fusion Band by Dilli Gharana.

Apart from this Dilli Durbar 2019 also featured Dilli 6 Food Festival (curated by Purani Dilli Walon ki Batein), Films & Documentaries screenings; Exhibition of Musical Instruments as well a Culture Bazaar showcasing merchandise which brings a piece of culture back to one’s home. Tomorrow it will also have an Open Mic Session for young and upcoming performers to showcase their talent.

Vusat Iqbal Khan, Co-Founder of Dilli Durbar 2019 andManaging Director of D G Productions (one of the collaborators of Dilli Durbar 2019) says, “The idea of DilliDurbar originated from the fact that many youngsters in the country today are being fed a deadly cocktail of cacophony in the name of Music which is as far removed from true Music as chalk is from cheese. It does not adhere to the basic tenets of music – whether Indian, Western nor any other. Hence, we wanted to reintroduce the young people of India once again with true Indian Music. We hope we will be able to at least make a small change with this initiative of ours.”  

Vijay Narula

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