The Swar Samrat on-line music and dance competition is making it some extent to not be a free present, and generate funds for over 100 artistes
With a scarcity of alternatives to carry out and depleting monetary sources, many classical musicians and dancers have taken the digital route to show and carry out, utilizing social media to heal by way of their artwork and attain out to fanatics throughout the globe throughout the pandemic. Nevertheless, most of those performances have been free and are due to this fact not viable, remarks Indrayuddh, son of pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and Manasi, the famend sarod participant and Hindustani vocalist respectively.
To honour guru
For the previous 9 years, the household has been internet hosting the four-day Swar Samrat Music and Dance competition in Kolkata in reminiscence of Tejendra Majumdar’s guru ustad Ali Akbar Khan (the competition is called after his title). Apart from Ustad Zakir Husain — who carried out for eight years — the competition has performed host to legends together with Karaikudi Mani, Pandit Birju Maharaj, the late Pandit Jasraj and maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Owing to the pandemic, this yr’s competition went digital from November 1, and will likely be on until February 28, 2021. That includes 36 concert events by 100 musicians/dancers, it’s a fund-raiser to assist musicians and dancers throughout the nation. “We don’t need to title the artistes,” shares sarod participant Indrayuddh, including that some had been able to promote their devices to outlive and a few have been getting ready to suicide.
Social media introduced individuals and music nearer throughout social distancing occasions however free exhibits don’t give any financial advantages. Irked by the phrase ‘free’, Indrayuddh says, “That is our occupation; the behavior of watching all the pieces without spending a dime may have a long run affect on artistes.”
The performances for the competition have been shot in empty auditoriums and movie studios like GM Studios (Mumbai), The Field (Pune), Purple Film City (Kolkata), Chowdiah Memorial Corridor (Bengaluru) and the auditorium of Shri Ram College, Moulsari (Gurgaon). A group of 30 (for every metropolis), comprising audio and video professionals, stage decorators and lightmen, had been concerned, following site-safety guidelines and complicated measures of sanitation.
With Indrayuddh’s directions over GoogleMeet, your complete studio and and stage area was fumigated, and microphones had been sanitised by utilizing UV rays after each efficiency. “The truth that over 100 artistes had been acting on stage after a spot of eight months was a excessive energy-booster.”
To this point, artistes who’ve carried out embody Anubhab Khamaru (Hindustani vocal), Pt. Pravin Godkhindi and Jayanthi Kumaresh (Carnatic veena) in a Hindustani-Carnatic jugalbandi, Rupak Bhattacharjee (tabla), Sandip Chatterjee (santoor), Paramananda Roy (flute), Pt. Sandipan Samajpati (Hindustani vocal), Dhananjay Hegde (Hindustani vocal), Pt. Shubhendra Rao (Sitar), Rukmini Vijayakumar (Bharatanatyam) and Pratik Shrivastava and Ayan Sengupta presenting a sarod-sitar jugalbandi.
Two performances are live-streamed each Sunday and the video stays on the web site for a day. One should buy tickets or subscribe for a yr (₹999) or a month ( (₹299) or per live performance (₹99) www.swarasamratfestival.com