There are music festivals. Then, there are river front music festivals where music meets magic. That is what the Amaravati Global Music and Dance Festival 2017 promises to be. Amaravati is a six-hour drive (273 km) on the NH65 Expressway from Hyderabad in the neighbouring Telugu state and has been curated by none other than the violin and fusion legend L Subramaniam. If that is not reason enough, consider this. The event will take place at Pavitra Sangamam (the scenic banks of river Krishna) in the new capital city.
“Imagine a placid river and the sun is about to set. The sky is turning from blue to a crimson before it goes dark. The winged wonders in the sky are heading back home. The floating dais will have artistes welcoming the sunset and setting the tone for the night ahead. Just when the sun goes down, the aartis (with diyas lit up) will usher in the night and the concert begins. I would think it will be a surreal experience to watch India’s first-ever river front music festival,” says Samit Garg, the chief executive officer of the New Delhi-based event management company E Factor Entertainment that has been roped in to host the four-day event which begins today and ends on Monday (February 13).
The first edition of the event, being touted to be ‘India’s first waterfront festival’ also boasts an impressive line-up of artistes with global repute. Actress and danseuse Hema Malini, Kathak Guru Birju Maharaj legendary violinist Dr L Subramaniam, classical and playback singer Kavita Subramaniam, ghazal specialist Talat Aziz, percussion maestro Trilok Gurtu, Kuchipudi exponent Vyjayanthi Kashi, violin experts Dwaram Brothers, Senegalese jazz and Mbalax musician Solo Cissokho and others will perform at the event.
Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, says, “I look forward to making Amaravati a global hub for culture and I am delighted that the festival is a step in this direction. The festival will feature Indian classical, western music, Bollywood, global fusion and folk music. We are keen to celebrate the spirit of Amaravati – The People’s capital.”
“The event will soon turn into one that will travel to other cities such as Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry also next year. The Chief Minister is keen to put the state in the global art and cultural map,” adds Garg. He says that his event management company has previously organised events such as the Pushkar Fair, the Taj Balloon festival, the Udaipur lake festival last year and he found Amaravati to be on par with the other cities and hence ideal city to host this event. “We are expecting about 10,000 people to attend on each of the four days.” The highlights of the programme will include Sama Veda Chanting by Sundara Rama Sroutigal, Global Fusion: SubraMania (violin concert) and, dance ballet Mahalakshmi by actress and danseuse Hema Malini.”
“Besides vocal music and dance concerts, the cultural extravaganza will also have paramotoring (spot registration on first-come-first-served basis, for free) for the youngsters,” Garg adds.
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– Manju Latha Kalanidhi