THE ASIAN AGE
25 OCT 2017
As renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri puts it, “the mere mention of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan instantly brings to the mind respect for an institution that has preserved and fostered the arts.”
Set up in 1938 by K.M. Munshi, the aim was to preserve and propogate Bharatiya sanskriti (culture) and Sanskrit.
Over the years, the institution has established several branches all over the world and has expanded its charter in manifold ways. The Delhi chapter was set up in 1958 and has been holding an annual Classical Music and Dance festival for 8 years, the 9th edition of the festival is to be held from November 6-8 at Kamani auditorium, New Delhi. The artist line-up is impressive — November 6 is devoted to the Carnatic idiom with Vidushi Bombay Jayashri opening the festival, followed by Vidushi Jayanti Kumaresh on the saraswati veena. One of the most versatile and popular vocalists today, blessed with an amazingly appealing voice, Ms Jayashri verbalised her delight at the opportunity to sing at the festival, and reminisced that while this was her first concert for the Bhawan in Delhi, she had sung earlier at the London, Mumbai, Kochi, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Kolkata and other chapters.
She added “the feeling of pride and love for India and India’s treasures hovers and embraces us in every centre, which invigorates us as artists”.
Jayanti Kumaresh, one of the finest exponents of the saraswati veena, with an equally impressive musical lineage, said she was looking forward to presenting her instrument to the many “rasikas” in Delhi, and it was the first time she would be performing for Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Delhi.