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Winds of melody from Assam

- World flute festival to showcase folk music

Calcutta, Aug. 7: It captures and transforms the wind into music. The many facets of this versatile instrument will be demonstrated at third edition of the Raasrang World Flute Festival 2012 in New Delhi.

Merging their rarely heard melodies with the notes of the flute shall be the pepa, sutuli and other wind instruments of Assam, showcased by a seven-member team led by flautist and composer Dipak Sarma.

Sarma, who has trained under Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will participate in Roots, an exhibition, which is a part of the festival to highlight folk music and instruments.

The flute festival is organised by the Krishna Prerna Foundation in association with the ministry of culture, and is being promoted by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

It will be held at the Lotus Temple, Delhi, from August 9 to 11 and simultaneously at the Satyajit Ray auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Calcutta and the Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan, Nalanda, Thiruvananthapuram on August 12.

The team from Assam, along with Sarma, comprises Kishor Bharali, Govinda Deka, Pradip Deka, Bhaben Rabha, Dhiren Kalita and Hitesh Sharma.

They will perform three different compositions based on the Seven Sisters, varied tunes of Bihu and the folk music of Assam, including ojapali, jhumur and zikir, using the xankha, gogona, and other indigenous instruments.

Arun Buddhiraja, the founder of the Krishna Prerna Foundation, said the theme of the festival would be depicted through art, demonstrations, workshops and performances.

“Our endeavour is to interpret one universal language through the other. The flute unites an individual with their core being,” he adds.

Artistes like Naveen Kumaralong, Grammy nominee Nawang Khechog, double flute player Tagaram Bheel and Turkish flautist Burcu Karadag and a number of performers from Russia, the US and Mexico, will also perform at the festival.

“We are looking forward to the cultural exchange and the free flow of ideas. Somewhere down the line, our music must share a common thread with that of other countries. We are hoping to give something as well as take something away here,” Sarma adds.

The festival will also introduce the concept of flute therapy, used to ease blood pressure and stress-related ailments.

A special session each day will facilitate interaction between participating musicians and music enthusiasts.

The programme shall include temple music by Nandan from Tanjore, Sublime Serenity — bansuri vadan by flautist Rajat Prasanna, Meditative Melodies of Nawang Khechog of the US, as well as a workshop combining the principles of yoga and flute.

A special section will also exhibit wind instruments depicting motifs from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and other South Asian Countries to celebrate world peace through the universal language of art.