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Hindustani classical journey at Fest 2012

For a change, youngsters of the state can forget hip hop and instead get acquainted with some Hindustani classical music this summer.

The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youths (Spic Macay), Jharkhand chapter, is back with its musical concert, Fest-2012, which is scheduled to kick off from April 19.

The performers’ list boasts renowned names like Padma Shri awardee and violinist N. Rajam, Hindustani classical vocalist Kaivalya Kumar and Salil Bhatt, son of legendary slide guitar player and Grammy award winner Padma Shri Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Rajiv Ranjan, co-ordinator of Spic Macay, Jharkhand, said their main aim was to make the youngsters understand celebrate Indian culture and music.

“In this age of hip hop, this is the right time to introduce them to various forms of classical music. India is famous for its classical music with the artistes being regularly invited to perform at concerts abroad,” Ranjan said.

In Jamshedpur, N. Rajam will perform at Kerala Samajam School and XLRI on April 19 and 20, respectively, while in Bokaro, the shows will be held at Delhi Public School and Guru Govind Singh School on April 21 and 22, respectively.

“We are yet to finalise the venue in Ranchi for which talks are going on with various educational institutions,” Ranjan said.

Kumar will arrive in the state on April 25.

He is scheduled to perform at 10 concerts in Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Ranchi before going back on April 29.

“We have not finalised the institutes where Kaivalya Kumar will be performing. The cultural extravaganza will continue with Salil Bhatt arriving in the first week of May to perform,” he added.

The musical journey does not end here.

Soon after summer vacation of schools and colleges gets over, Spic Macay will host its annual concert. Virasat 2012, which will witness a host of performances by renowned Indian musicians and artistes, will be on from July to December 2012.

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