Thursday February 27, 2020

Now app for Hindustani Classic and Carnatic music


By NewsGram Staff-Writer


Mumbai: Gone are the days, when traditional Hindustani Classical and Carnatic music were restricted only to cassettes and records for storage. Now, for all classical music fans, an app has been launched, which provides access to more than 8000 recordings of about 400 stalwarts from the genre.

The app introduced by Saregama India Ltd, makes classical music available to everyone via smartphone. The app also enables users to access profiles of compositions virtually to know more about the artist. Launched on Tuesday, the app has been named as ‘Saregama Classical’. It is available on both iOS and Anroid platforms.

In the Carnatic category, the app features musical works of more than 70 classcial musicians including eminent names such as Dr M Balamuralikrishna, MS Subbulakshmi, DK Jayaraman, Semmangudi Srivivasa Iyer, MS Gopalkrishnan, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Bombay Jayashree, and Madurai Mani Iyer.

Similarly, the Hindstani Classical music section of the app rejuvenates melodies of four generations of musicians. From the era of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Zohra Bai, Pandit DV Paluskar to Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Bismillah Khan and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the app hoards commendable work from young musicians like Ustad Rashid Khan and Ronu Majumdar as well.

The app also lets user to download their favourite composition on mobile phone. They can also listen them offline with any data connection in the offline mode. It is free for a 7 day trail, after which music lovers have to take a subscription which is available on monthly and annual basis.

Apart from traditional genre, the app has a plethora of fusion music compositions. It also boosts 50 specially designed radio stations to facilitate variety to the user.

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Festival of India in Brazil kicks off with Carnatic Music and Gandhi Exhibition

The exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi was inaugurated by Ambassador of India in Brazil Sunil Lal

Festival of India
Carnatic Musical. Wikimedia

September 2, 2017: In the opening of the 10-day Festival of India,  an exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and an enthralling performance of Carnatic music by renowned Indian musicians in Brasilia, that was attended by senior Brazilian government officials, ambassadors, media, culture lovers and friends of India.

The event, on August 31, was held at the University of Brasilia (UnB).

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The Festival of India is being organised in Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by the Indian Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of India in Brazil to celebrate the completion of 70 years of India’s independence, an Indian Embassy press release said.

The exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi was inaugurated by Ambassador of India in Brazil Sunil Lal. The bilingual exhibition in English and Portuguese familiarized the Brazilian visitors with fascinating aspects of the Mahatma’s life and his decisive role in India’s independence. This was followed by the soulful performance of Indian Carnatic music by Anuroop Sugathan on the violin, Govindarajan and Palakal who were the vocalists and Viswanathan on the Mridangam.

In an evening marked by patriotic fervour and invocation of the divine, the Brazilian audience were treated to renditions of Vande Mataram and devotional and classical Carnatic numbers, reaching the crescendo with a rendition of the Indian National Anthem.

The group of musicians are to perform in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian friends of India would be treated to another stellar evening of a Kathak performance by an 11-member group led by Nandini Singh in Brasilia on Friday. This would be followed by Kathak performances in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The widely appreciated exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi would also be on display in São Paulo.

The final leg of the festival would celebrate Indian literature with renowned Indian poets Siva Reddy Kolli, Shauq Mohammed Shafi Lone and Monalisa Jena sharing gems of Indian literature in Telugu, Kashmiri and Odia languages, with their translations, to introduce the Brazilian audience to the fascinating world of Indian poetry, in all the three cities. (IANS)