It’s that time of the year again when the lawns of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra will resonate with the musical genius of legendary musical maestros – at the 71st edition of the Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival 2018. The festival, curated by Padmashree Shobha Deepak Singh, Festival Director and Vice Chairperson of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK), will be held at the SBKK lawns, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, on 8th & 9th March (6.30 p.m. onwards); on 10th March at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. onwards.
The three – day festival will kick start with a vocal performance on 8th March by Shounak Abhisheki, followed by a performance of Debashish Bhattacharya on the chaturangi slide guitar. Vocalist Arati Ankalikar Tikekar will wrap up the evening on day 1.
On 9th March, participating artists are Uday Bhawalkar (vocals), Irshad Khan (sitar) and Ulhas N. Kashalkar (vocals).
The final day will also include morning performances by two renowned names of Carnatic Music – Jayanthi Kumaresh (Carnatic Veena) will begin the day at 11 a.m. followed by Bombay Jayashri (carnatic vocalist). From 6.30 p.m. onwards, Kalapini Komkali (vocalist) and Ronu Majumdar (flautist) will set the mood for the evening whose grand finale will be by none other than Pandit Jasraj.
Festival Director and Vice Chairperson of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) Shobha Deepak Singh said, “The Kendra’s Musical journey began in 1947 on the day India got independence – to celebrate freedom from bonded music. From thereon, the festival has gone from strength to strength with a change in name, the vintage remains the same. Initially known as ‘Jhankar’, the Kendra’s music festival was performed at the venues such as Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, NDMC building, Constitutional Club, Mavlankar Hall. From Jhankar, the show went on to be called as Bharatiya Kala Kendra Music Festival. In 1997, it was known as the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra Music Festival and from there on it was known in the name of ShriramShankarlal Music Festival. Over seven decades, the music has maintained higher standard of musical reverence of the audience of New Delhi.”
In its initial two decades, the festival consisted mainly of eminent instrumentalist such as Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil Banerjee, Pannalal Ghosh, Vilayat Khan and Devchandra Mandeshwar.