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Kids take centrestage at the Jackfruit festival

This weekend will be a treat for musically inclined youngsters in the city. Jackfruit, Bhoomijaa��s signature event of classical music for and by children, returns with new prodigies and three different concerts to make classical music fun. Gayathri Krishna,the managing trustee of Bhoomija, says it is best to start early. a�?It is important to show that classical music is fun and valuable; that it is cool to learn or perform because it is special and has been handed down through the ages,a�? she says, adding that the show, called Strings Attached, has been specially created by veteran musicians Jayanthi and Kumaresh.
Starting young
The Jugalbandi, for the first time, by child prodigies, sees Suleiman, a 12-year-old flautist from Amritsar (a disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, no less) team up with Bangalorea��s violin genius, the 17-year old Vaibhav Ramani (student of Kumaresh). They will be accompanied by Jagmitra Lingade, a 12-year-old tabla player from Aurangabad and city-based Ramana Bala on the mridangam. As the last show, there will be a percussion ensemble, put together by rhythm practitioners, Giridhar Udupa and Jayachandra Rao, who have trained 11 children under 15 years of age for this. a�?Among them, they play 13 rhythm instruments. This will be a cracker of a show,a�? Krishna beams.
But all eyes will be on Roysten Abela��s The Manganiyar Classroom, which will see 40 Manganiyar boys aged nine to 14 years, opening the event. a�?Every part of the world has its own classical music that is passed on to the next generations. It is absolutely magical to see how they transform from restless kids backstage into focused performers on stage,a�? she signs off.
April 24 and 25.
Tickets (`100) on

a�� Jurish Nath and Tarangini Jayram


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