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2nd Guwahati International Music Fest to establish city in global music circuit
un article par Santanu Ganguly, Guwahat, for India Education Diary (abridged)

Come November and the northeastern region of India will rock and roll once again with the most awaited music fiesta - the 2nd Guwahati International Music Festival (GIMF), which will be held from November 23 to November 25 at Shilpagram in Guwahati. Organized by the Eastern Beats Music Society in collaboration with NEZCC, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the three-day music festival will feature over twenty top musical artistes from across five different nations.

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Talking about this year’s festival, EBMS secretary and creative director Aiyushman Dutta said, “One of our chief objectives is to introduce hitherto lesser known genres and musicians to our people to appreciate. Artists from five international artists will be arriving in the city to engage in dialogue through music and which will finally culminate with live performances.”

The diversity in music is mindblowing – from folk to rock, ghazal to jazz, GIMF has it all. While Ghazal maestro Harish Khan from Afghanistan will perform on the inaugural day, a slew of workshops and performances have been lined up across the three days. Clio Kaberelias from Greece, musical prodigies Rishii Chowdhury and Samyami Chowdhury from UK, virtuoso mandolin player Snehasish Mazumdar from Kolkata are among the few visiting musicians. The final day of the festival will culminate with the riveting performance of the great Bickram Ghosh.

Besides the performances of the celebrated artists, there will be a number of other interesting activities buzzing in the venues of the festival. A major attraction of the inaugural ceremony will be a Symphony of 100 sitars, to be presented under the direction of veteran Sitarist and respected Assamese musician Hem Hazarika. Similarly, on the second day, there will be a lecture-demonstration on folk music, plus a workshop on fusion music by northeast folk musicians and visiting guest during the morning, performance of local Rock bands during the afternoon and a World Music Festival in the evening. The third day of the festival will witness a film festival in the morning organized in association with Creovaent Productions, followed by a valedictory function and a grand musical concert in the evening. . .

Given the present socio-political turmoil in the State of Assam, the GIMF comes at the right time as the theme for this year’s edition is peace. The event will look to provide positive vibes for the region which has been getting a bad press in the recent past due to conflicts and bandhs. As Eastern Beats Music Society’s motto goes, ‘Healing through music’ will be the aim of the event. Besides showcasing international artists, the event will give a grand platform for the local bands to perform at a mega-event. It will aim to wean away the youth from the negative influence of violence, insurgency, and apathy and to promote a culture of peace and positivism in the region through the power of music. . .


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Cet article a été mis en ligne le November 25, 2012.