3rd Silk Road Indo-China festival provides glimpses of rich cultural texture

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Mar 2018 09:45:19


Staff Reporter,

The 3rd Silk Road Indo-China Music festival held at the Kavivarya Suresh Bhatt hall on Tuesday exhibited the richness in cultural diversity that the two great nations posses. The programme was organised under the aegis of Musicians Federation of India, supported by Chinese Musicians Association and Jihangar Royal Classical Orchestra of Inner Mongolia and Orange City Cultural Association.

Total 16 items were presented by the eleven Chinese musicians namely Zhadedasurong, Mongolian long Song singer, Qianbayila, Morinkhuur Performer and educator, Ling Chun Female Sanxian(three string fiddle), Zhao Changfu, Sihu (Four stringed Bowed instrument) performer, Siqintu, Morin Khuur performer of Mongolian Ethnic group, Baolidao, Chairman and founder of Orchestra Khooai throat singer Mangolian Ethnic group, Hudute vocalist Mongolian Long Singer, Badaronggui, young tenor, Lu Narisu, young performer of Morin Khuur, Narenmandula Khoomei (Throat) Singer and Chu Yali Young Yangqin (Chinese dulcimer performer). The eight Indian musicians all from Nagpur were Dr Prabhakar Dhakde (Violin), Arvind Upadhaye (Flute)  The programme commenced with the Mongolian folk song, Shruti Jain (Vocalist), Jaijaywanti Acharya (Vocalist), Rasika Kulkarni (Vocalist), Ram Khadse (Tabla), Sanjay Barapatre Drums and Sunil Verma (Western Flute).

The items presented were Mongolian folk song titled ‘The Great Emperor Genghis Khan’, Erdos Folk Music titled ‘The Black Satin Waistcoat’, Wurentangnai, Zhaminzhaha, Morin Khuur Solo Music titled ‘The Joyous Night of Naadan’, Long Song Music titled ‘A Horse herding Young Man’, Khmoomei Music titled ‘Hailiu Music aged four’, Mongolian Folk Song titled ‘Swan Goose’, Morin Khuur solo music titled ‘Ther Distant Kherlen River and Soaring Hogh’, Sanxian Solo Music titled ‘Khorchin Capriccio’, Long Song Music titled ‘The Little Yellow Horse, Maid Wanli’, Inetrumental music ‘Epic of Jihangar’, Indian film music Raga Bhupali presented by Pt Dhakde, Arvind Upadhaye, Ram Khadse and Sanjay Barapatre, with vocal suport of Rasika Kulkarni, Bollywood song by Jaijayanti Acharya, Song Yeh Rate Yeh Mausan by Kishore Jawade and Shruti Jain’, Morin Khuur Music titled ‘The galloping Horses’ and the grand finale titled ‘Meditation’ performed by musicians of both India and China.

The Chinese artists used mostly bowed stringed instruments, the type of what India had like ‘Dilruba, Israj’, the fast disappearing ‘Sarangi’. Being acoustic, and devoid of any rhythmic accompaniment, the music was sensory in nature, devoid of any jarring note. It provided pleasant listening. The later half with Indian music arriving on the scene made the environment more homely and easily acceptable.

On the whole, the programme was unique and interesting. The Music concert clearly showed that the elephant and the dragon can dance together with joy provided they dont step on each other’s toes.

Earlier, the programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp at the hands of Vice President of China Music Association Zhao Talimu, Dr Chandrasekhar Meshram, Kishore Jawade and Hukumchand Balpande of Hope Box. Dr Meshram and Balpande feted the Chinese artists and their Vice President Zhao Talimu. Shweta Shelgaonkar conducted the programme with aplomb.

Mayor Nanda Jichkar, First Citizen of the city was Chief Guest, but failed to turn up and even did not bother to communicate her greetings to the visiting Chinese Guests. The programme started fortyfive minutes late as the organisers waited for the Mayor to arrive, which did not happen.