Flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performs with a group of students at DPS-Ranchi on Friday evening. Telegraph picture
Students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Ranchi, will surely remember their alma mater’s silver jubilee celebrations for the rest of their lives, thanks to the live performance of legendary flautist, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
On Friday, February 7, Chaurasia arrived at the capital straight from Bokaro. From 7.45pm to 9.30pm, he enthralled the audience at DPS, including schoolchildren, with the pure strains of his flute.
Chaurasia cast his spell on youngsters, parents, teachers and guests with an ensemble of ragas as a part of the school’s four-day silver jubilee celebrations, in collaboration with Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music (Spic Macay).
With virtuoso Ustad Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa on the tabla, the flautist began with a rendition of south Indian raga Vachaspati and followed it up with Jog, a raga from north India.
The best part of the evening was when the maestro asked students to join him on stage and sing a few ragas. Students Toshi Priya, Arunava, Soumya, Esha and a few others, overwhlemed by this gesture, matched vocals with Panditji’s flute in Yaman, Bhupali, Rageshri and Bageshri ragas.
Besides teaching them nuances of the ragas, the legend handed them chocolates.
“I will remember this all my life,” said tenth grader Toshi Priya, adding that she would like to preserve her chocolate as a trophy.
But, it was a student of DAV, Pundag, who had the best moment.
Sourima Ghosh was spontaneous and brave enough to sing Payo ji maine Ram ratan dhan payo when Chaurasia asked someone from the audience to sing the bhajan.
For vocalist and AIR station staffer Shyama Prasad Niyogi, the evening was magical. “Thanks to Spic Macay and DPS, we saw a legend perform live.”
Students were also exposed to classical dance when kathak exponent Sushmita Banerjee took to the stage on Saturday.
Spic Macay member Rajiv Ranjan said: “Many institutions organise fests that last for a couple of days. We can arrange classical programmes if schools are interested.”