As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Indian independence and on the occasion of World Music Day, Sangeet Natak Akademi organized Jyotirgamaya – a unique festival to highlight showcasing the talent of rare musical instruments from all over the country, including street performers, train performers, temple-attached performers, and more. Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Doner Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the festival today. Minister of State for Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal was also present on the occasion.
On the occasion, Union Minister Shri GK Reddy said that music is a universal language and Indian music, like its culture, is very diverse. He also added that in Indian culture, music is embedded in all aspects of life. The Union Minister also added that the preservation of folk music and its instruments should be a top priority and that this event will go further.
On occasion, Shri Arjun Meghwal said that we need to ask ourselves what we want to achieve in music and other fields by the time India completes 100 years of independence in 2047 He also added that like in yoga, India should lead the world in music too.
The festival plans to raise awareness of the need to safeguard the craftsmanship of making as well as the skill of playing rare musical instruments, and to give voice to “unreleased” artists who hardly ever see the limelight. This is a unique effort by Sangeet Natak Akademi to save India’s dying performing arts and the initiative will persist beyond the World Music Day festivities.
Music is flowing in every street and every corner of India. It’s not uncommon to find travelers playing flutes and tap dancing in the open air, rain or shine, who are rarely thanked for the momentary escape they offer from the daily grind. We also have a plethora of rare musical instruments that are slowly disappearing from the public domain due to their declining popularity and diminishing guardianship.
A hunt for “new” talents was organized for the festival through a call to action. Participants were invited to send a small excerpt of their performance with their contact details. Leading musical institutions, cultural centers, SNA laureates and eminent musicians were also invited to locate and identify these rare talents. After reviewing all applications and taking into account the recommendations sent, a total of 75 performances have been selected for the 5-day festival from June 21 to 25, 2022.
A 5-day workshop on making rare musical instruments is underway and will prove to be both educational and interactive. Artists from all over the country will participate in this festival.
The Akademi has a gallery of musical instruments, masks and puppets in Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. A living exhibition showing the making of musical instruments by craftsmen will be open each day of the festival. Admission is free for all.
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