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Pandit Hariprasad’s musical date with students

Pandit Hariprasad’s musical date with students
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SPIC MACAY in association with Manthan International School and University of Hyderabad organised a flute recital by renowned musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia as part of Virasat 2014.

SPIC MACAY in association with Manthan International School and University of Hyderabad organised a flute recital by renowned musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia as part of Virasat 2014. He was accompanied by Pandit Ramkumar Mishra on tabla and Debopriya Ranadive on flute.

The students of Zilla Parishad High School, Tellapur, and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Osman Nagar village, also joined the programme and got an opportunity to listen and interact with Pandit Hariprasad. The morning session began with Pandit Hariprasad playing Raga Ahir Bhairav at Manthan International School and followed it with the bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To”.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (centre) regaled students with his performances. He was accompanied by Pandit Ramkumar Mishra on tabla and Debopriya Ranadive on flute. (Inset) Students attending the concert

He interacted with students and answered their queries about his musical journey. Pandit explained about the time cycle of ragas in north Indian classical music like morning, evening and night ragas. He also explained about ragas which are based on spring and monsoon. He advised students to cultivate the habit of listening and practicing Indian music, which could help them in enriching their overall approach to life.

In the evening, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia started the programme at DST auditorium in University of Hyderabad with an alaap in Raga Yaman. He then took to a composition in seven beat Rupak taal and followed up with a fast paced composition in sixteen beat Teentaal. Pandit later explained the importance of vocal music and how it helps an instrumentalist to expand the thought process while playing a raga. He also advised parents to create opportunities for children to learn classical music as against participation in reality music shows that are aired on television.

Reacting to the stoppage of overnight classical music festivals, Pandit felt that it was the need of every citizen of this country to represent to the government, so that the beautiful experience of having overnight concerts is revived and this would also help in dissemination of the ragas as per time cycle in the true sense.

This initiative was part of the SPIC MACAY Vision 2020 as envisaged by founder Dr Kiran Seth, to reach out to every child in the country and provide opportunities to students of government schools all over the country to experience and get inspired by the rich cultural heritage of India.

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