Art & Culture
Monsoon Duo performed live in historic Gaiety Theatre
“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.”
“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.
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.
Art & Culture
Use Offerings Made at Himachal’s Hindu Religious Institutions Only For Hindus, Employ Only Hindus: HP Govt
Shimla-The Additional Chief Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Language, Art & Culture Department has issued a notification barring the use of offerings made at the Hindu religious places or institutions for non-Hindu Communities.
Directions in this regard have been issued to Commissioners (temple) under Section 27 of the Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1984.
“All the receipts or offerings including gold and silver of the Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments shall be used only for the purposes pertaining to the welfare and other activities relating to only Hindus. No receipts or offerings shall be used for the purposes associated with activities relating to Non-Hindus,” the notification said.
Further, now, no non-Hindu person would be given any sort of employment at the Hindu religious institutions/places.
“All the officers and officials including the personnel related to security etc. whether appointed or deputed or taken on outsourcing basis shall be out of the persons professing the Hindu religion only,” the notification said.
No further clarification was provided regarding the intended purpose of this move.
Art & Culture
Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events
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.
Art & Culture
Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe
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.