The Telegraph
Saturday , January 4 , 2014
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Ranchi, wake up to classical ragas

This will be music to the ears of Ranchiites.

The state art and culture department has decided to start a unique musical concert called Early Morning Raga — Sangeet Vihan from the second week of January, giving music lovers a great opportunity to listen to some great vocalists at daybreak.

The decision has been prompted by the overwhelming response the department got from art lovers for organising Sani Parab, which is being held every weekend from last August.

Well-known folk artistes and singers from across the state take part in the fest at Kala Bhavan, Hotwar.

“Classical music lovers who attend the Sani Parab have time and again urged us to start a morning raga musical programme. We finally decided to hold it in keeping with their request. Popular vocalists will be invited to perform once a week,” said assistant director of the state art and culture department Vijay Paswan.

He added that the event would be held for an hour from 5am-6am once a week.

As for the venues, Paswan said that the idea was to hold functions at places frequented by people in the morning.

“We have zeroed in on a few places where morning walkers throng like Morabadi and Tagore Hill. This apart, the performances can be also held at Kala Bhavan where Sani Parab is going on,” he said.

Well-known city vocalists like Mrinalini Akhouri, Gyan Shankar Pathak and Shyama Prasad Neogi have been approached to perform in the morning shows. The department is also keen on roping in vocalists from other districts of the state.

However, this is not the first time that such a programme will be held in the state capital.

Kamal Bose, who is playing a vital role in organising Sani Parab, said that two years ago, they had organised a morning raga show at Tagore Hill and Rock Garden.

“We had received huge response from morning walkers,” he added.

Regarding the Sani Parab, Paswan said it would continue as well.

“We have already completed 13 episodes and around 1,500 artistes have performed. More are expected to join. We want to cater to both art and music lovers and hold events to suit their taste. Tribal artists are putting up paintings at the weekend programme. Similarly, we expect the new musical programme to do great as well,” he added.