“I am amazed that I haven’t gone underground considering what goes around in the name of classical music these days,” said legend Kishori Amonkar of Jaipur gharana. She was in the city to announce the three-day vocal classical music festival Kanthha Swar starting from February 12 to 14.
She advised young artistes such as Suchismita Das, Prasad Khaparde, Shashwati Mandal, Ramakant Gaikwad, Sayali Talwalkar and Sanjeev Chimmalgi to remember that music is not about prowess but submission. “The problem with artistes is that they indulge in too many acrobatics to show off their skills. How and why should we blame the audiences for turning their backs on us? They come to listen to music to get peace not see some aggressive competitive display.”
She also pointed out that unlike Western music, Indian music is not merely about performance.
The festival is an effort of Pancham Nishad to spread awareness about classical music. “These days, concerts have a little bit of everything — vocal, instrumental and dance. We wanted to separate them so that lovers of one kind of genre can maximise their experience,” said Shashi Vyas who heads Pancham Nishad.