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Monsoon Duo performed live in historic Gaiety Theatre

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“In seven years what we liked about India is the diversity of culture”- Monsoon Duo

The magic of Monsoon Duo left the audiences spell bounded and proved the statement that music is universal language true. Their first every performance in Shimla won many hearts and left their audience spell bounded.

It is often said the music is a universal language and same was experience at the historic Gaiety Theatre, the Mall Shimla, in a musical concert – Canadian Voices- Celebrating Canadian Creativity, organized by Consulate General of Canada, Chandigarh on March 14.

In the concert the famous Monsoon Duo – Canada based Indo-jazz music group were see performing and winning the hearts of the audiences. The Monsoon Duo consists of Jonathan Kay (tenor, soprano saxophones) and Andrew Kay (alto saxophone, percussion). The group is inspired by jazz musician John Coltrane, who was deeply influenced by Indian music and during their performance they performed the famous piece “India”.

“It has been seven years when we came to India to learn the Indian Classical music. We have been trained in Jazz music but wanted to learn the India Classical Music too in its pure form”, informed Monsoon Duo.

Currently both brothers are learning North Indian classical music in Kolkata, under the famous vocalist Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharya. It was their first performance in Shimla as they shared, “Though we have travelled many times through Shimla but this is our first performance. We love this place for its scenic beauty and wish to perform here again if ever given an opportunity.”

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“In seven years what we liked about India is the diversity of culture. Each state has something new to offer. It is always like a new world if we travel which we often do. Other than that we also enjoy the variety of food especially Punjabi and South India”, they shared further.

When on one hand Indians are drifting away from their music Monsoon Duo has spent seven years learning it as they shared, “No doubt we do find India classical music bit hard to learn as it is not something that we have grown up learning. However, we feel there is lot of scope of experimenting and fusion so we took up getting trained in this form. The names of various Ragas are difficult to remember but we are getting along with them now.”

Music is often consider being the refection of one’s inner thoughts and while performing the inner joy of the musicians came out in a form of smile on their faces while performing. Though the musicians were playing classical music but still it seemed that they were not alien to it which made listeners too go in trance.

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However due to bad weather the concert failed to fetch spectators in large number. The majority of spectators comprised of Auckland House School students and even foreigners were seen enjoying the show.

While commenting on the concert Madan Kumar, a classical music lover said, “It was an amazing show. I did not feel that it was being played by someone who does not belong to this nation. They played it so well that how the time flew by I did not even realize it. I feel that it is a lesson for our people who are drifting away to western music that even they find scope in Indian music which is looked down upon by the youngsters.”

“I enjoyed the fusion part most rather than Raga as I am also a big fan of John Coltrane and I really like the way they created the artificial sounds that we hear in any natural place. It was a wonderful evening I can say and wish to have more such evenings in the future too”, expressed Anil Sharma, a college student.

The way musicians used Ghungroo was an amazing site; to produce the sound effect in the music piece India.

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Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events

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Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.

The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.

It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.

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Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe

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Shimla-Otherwise blatantly vocal and distinctively mass-mobilizing government of India is suddenly in the most subdued self after its proclaimed victory over the deathly virus; participation in uncontrolled election rallies; and permitting maha melas. The stalwarts are in the hiding, while helpless citizens – who voted them into power not once but in landslide victories twice – are dying due to lack of oxygen, poor – unavailable – medical facilities, and the denial stance of the ignorant in the helm.

Drawing a comparison between the fatal coronavirus and the mismanagement of the entire situation by the appalling government; a Himachali folk artist has released a factually appropriate lyrical satire that will tickle your mind and leave you to imagine what has brought this catastrophe onto us. The song is written by Rameshwar Sharma and music by Lalit Sauta. 

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International Mandi Shivratri Fair Begins in Presence of 150 Local Dieties

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Mandi-International Shivratri Fair of Mandi district on the occasion of Mahashivratri began on March 12, 2020, at the historic Paddal ground. While Mahashivratri is celebrated for one day in most parts, the fair in Mandi goes on for seven days.

After Pagri and worship ceremony at Raj Madhav Rai Temple – abode of principal deity Madho Rai- begun the taditional Jaleb, Shobha Yatra. This yatra is held on every every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It starts from Raj Madhav Rai temple to conclude at the Paddal ground. This year, over 150 deities participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra from almost all parts of the district. A total of over 200 deities have been invited this year.  

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Thousands of people dressed in their traditional attire participated in the procession carrying their local deities dancing all the way upto Paddal ground.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi and Chairman International Shivratri Fair Organizing Committee Rugved Thakur informed this year as many as 216 deities were invited to participate in this fair.
He said that awareness Rath has also been included in the procession to drive in the theme of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. It was followed by the performances by pahari artists on the first night of the fair.

An increase of five percent in honorarium of Bajantries accompanying the deities was also announced.

Chief minister Jairam Thakur also participated in the Yatra and Puja (worship). The state government is celebrating the festival as Swarnim International Shivratri Fair to mark fifty years of Statehood.

Though the Chief Minister cautioned the people that the world hasn’t come out of corona pandemic and there is a need to be cautious, he himself participated in the fair without wearing a mask or taking any visible measures for social distancing. From the crowd, some people were also heard asking the Chief Minister where his mask was . 

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He said that fortunately, the number of covid-19 cases were declining constantly, which was a big sigh of relief. 

Chief Minister couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to speak about his government’s achievements on the this occasion. “Three years tenure of the State Government has been full of achievements and accomplishments,” he said.

“This year the Mandi Shivrati has gained more importance as it was being celebrated this year when the Nagar Parishad has been upgraded to Municipal Corporation,” Jai Ram Thakur said.

Further, various Departments, Boards and Corporation have set up exhibition at Paddal Ground.

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