Inaugral Edition of Dilli Durbar 2019 promises to be the biggest celebration of Indian classical music
The Inaugural edition of Dilli Durbar is being organized by Dilli Gharana on 16th & 17th March 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) at the IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), Janpath, New Delhi. Dilli Durbar 2019 will be the biggest celebration of Indian Classical Music in India (basis the stature and varied congregation of the Musical exponents participating) aimed solely towards the renaissance of Indian Classical Arts in the country.
The Festival, which has the most scintillating line up of Indian Classical Music maestros is being organized by Dilli Gharana in collaboration with Sursagar Society, Ameer Khusro Institute of Music and DG Productions. It promises 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 is so designed that it becomes a path for the youth to connect with India’s great age old traditional Classical Art forms and culture. Dilli Durbar aims to revive the Indian Classical music and will witness the participation of renowned Indian Classical Maestros including Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Guru Shovana Narayan, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Dr Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Ustad Asghar Hussain; famous Hindi Film Industry personalities like Kailash Kher, Javed Ali & Piyush Mishra and the younger torch bearers of Classical Music traditions like Dhruv Sangari, Roohani Sisters, Syed Sahil Agha, Imran Khan, Veena Srivani, Anuradha Pal, Qawwal Chand Qadri, Priyanka Mallick 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.”
Dilli Durbar 2019 will be inaugurated on 16th March 2019 at 1 PM by Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Kathak Maestro; Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Doyen of Dilli Gharana (and Founder of Dilli Durbar); Bollywood Music Personality, Shri Kailash Kher alongwith Tourism Secretary, Delhi Government, Smt. Manisha Saxena; Additional Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Smt. Meenakshi Sharma; CEO, Govt E-Market place (GEM), Smt. Radha S Chauhan; Joint Secretary (Union Ministry of Health) Smt. Bharti Sharma Das; Shri Shankar Aggarwal, IAS (Retd); Sidharth Luthra, Senior Supreme Court Lawyer; and Ayesha Mishra, Senior Supreme Court Advocate & Arbitration Specialist.
The Main components of Dilli Durbar 2019 will be Hindustani Classical Music Vocal Performances; Kathak Performances; Indian Classical & Carnatic Music Instrumental Performances; Workshops / Lectures on Hindustani Music; Seminars & Panel Discussions including those with Hindustani Classical Music Maestros and Hindi Film Music Personalities; an unique amalgamation of Ghazal & Daastangoi as well as Sufi Jugalbandi; Sufi Qalam; and Qawwali.
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. Dilli Durbar 2019 hence will also feature three different Bands of differing styles – A R Divine, Fusion Band by Gharana Unplugged and Sufi Rock by Rocknama which are usually patronized by the youth but are still true to their music basics.
Apart from this Dilli Durbar 2019 will bring Dilli 6 Food Festival (curated by Purani Dilli Walon ki Batein), an Open Mic Session for young and upcoming performers to showcase their talent; 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.
Vusat Iqbal Khan, Co-Founder of Dilli Durbar 2019 and Managing Director of D G Productions (one of the collaborators of Dilli Durbar 2019) says, “The idea of Dilli Durbar 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.”