SpotlightArties Festival Experimental Theatre, NCPA Mumbai
Living Traditions: Folk Music of Maharashtra
Little & Experimental Theatres, NCPA Mumbai
March 13 and 14
Living Traditions is an ongoing series showcasing folk traditions of different regions of India. This year the focus is on Maharashtra, which has supported vibrant folk forms including powada, bharud, gondhal and lavni. While the audience will be given a selective introduction to the vast and varied heritage of Indian folk music, a percussion ensemble led by Vijay Chavan, one of the leading exponents of dholki, will bring together myriad folk drums of the state—dholki, dimdi, sambal, dhol, pakhawaj, chondke, tasha, tal and manjira. The presentation will also feature instrumental solos and duets.
In its 15th edition, the Arties Festival is a biannual collaboration between the NCPA and Gauthier Herrmann, an award-winning cellist, that brings to Mumbai the finest chamber music played by young musicians. The performers, handpicked for the festival, have graduated from the most prominent schools and played on some of the most prestigious stages like the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The 2015 line-up includes Herrmann himself, pianist Audrey Vigoureux, violinist Hugues Borsarello, Marie Chilemme on the viola and Aude Giuliano on the accordion.Fresh off the shelves
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(This story appears in the 20 March, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)