KZNPO and soloists

2009-04-07 00:00

THE music and vibrancy of India will be celebrated with Pietermaritzburg’s inaugural Eastern Mosaic Indian Classical Spectacular, sponsored by The Witness.

Organiser Chris Hodgkins of HMW Events said that “given the prominence and significant history of the Indian community in Pietermaritzburg it is only right and fitting that a truly classic Eastern mosaic concert be performed at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on April 17.”

The concert — which will be attended by the Indian Consul General His Honour Mr H. Shringla — will feature the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra together with sitar and tabla soloists as well as strings, dancers and singers. Performers include Dr Veena Lutchman, Lauren Dasappa, Shanjeet Teeluck (sitar), Vishen Kemraj (tabla) and Lageshrie’s School of Dance, accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

The evening’s programme begins with the ethereal beauty of Harem, made famous by Sarah Brightman.

Next up are the catchy rhythms of Samne Baith Kar from one of Bollywood’s popular blockbusters Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, followed by the uplifting title track to Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, one of the highest- grossing Indian films. The programme would not be complete without the poignant Kuch Kuch Hota Hai from the award-winning film.

In the classical vein Shanjeet Teeluck’s engaging Darbari for sitar ensemble and tabla complements the Freedom Symphony by legendary musician Dr L. Subramaniam.

Both the South African and Indian national anthems will also be performed on the night.

Hodgkins said: “The Witness Eastern Mosaic Indian Classical Spectacular, with LotusFM radio host Varshan Sookun as MC, will be an enriching experience, not only for the Indian audience, but for attendees from all groups of the population, and will provide an opportunity for the residents of Pietermaritzburg to experience the vibrancy, heritage and excitement of Indian music and dance in the glamorous surroundings of the city hall.”

Tickets range from R90 to R180, and can be booked through Pearl at 033 342 4512 or visit the tourism offices at Liberty Midlands Mall. Safe and secure parking, monitored by security personnel, will be available at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, Freedom Square, Tatham Gallery and in Church Street. Inquiries: phone 033 342 512.

— Arts Editor

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