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Monday, August 26, 2019

Delhi’s Residents Can Now Wake Up To Morning Ragas At Historical Monuments

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Delhi’s Residents Can Now Wake Up To Morning Ragas At Historical Monuments

Residents of Delhi are blessed with musical mornings as the historical monuments in the city will witness playing of classical music.  It is a good enough reason for the citizens to celebrate as the nearest monuments will soon be hosting classic music concerts.  The government of Delhi took the inspiration from the classical European monuments that host such events on an almost daily basis, and decided to go with the similar plans.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the head of culture portfolio, told TOI that the reason behind this decision is an outcome of discussions with musicians.   He was quoted saying, “Several musicians and music lovers told us that they miss morning ragas as most concerts take place in the evening. I am pleased that the beautiful historic setting and morning ragas will provide a soulful experience for Delhiites.”

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A source of the Delhi government further told TOI that the idea is to take classical music to different localities for easier access of people and that the upcoming concerts would cover both vocals and instrumentals.

Musical concerts to take place at historical monuments

The first ever concert will take place on September 7 that would witness prominent Dhrupad artistes perform on the Rudra Veena.  It will be held at Gol Gumbad, a Lodhi-era monument that’s adjacent to Centenary Methodist Church at Lodhi Road in central Delhi from 7 am onward.

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For the uninitiated, this isn’t the first time to introduce such morning ragas.  The Jaipur Literature Festival hosts morning music sessions for five days of its programming every year and these morning raga sessions have attracted huge crowds in the past years.

However, the thing that it is taking place in Delhi will take it to a whole new level.  Nevertheless, in Delhi too such events against the backdrop of historical monuments have been happening for quite some time now.   A monthly concert named “Under The Banyan Tree” is being hosted on the full moon night at Qutub Minar every month.

With many historical monuments, the Delhi government’s move is a welcome move and if it goes well with the audience, it will help improve the ignored places largely.

Published by Neetu Panwar on 26 Aug 2019

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