Smaran – 2020

SRF Foundation, the social wing of SRF Ltd. along with SPIC MACAY presents SMARAN, to commemorate the birth centenary of Bharat Ratna, Pt. Ravi Shankar Ji on 29th Feb and 1st March 2020 at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A two-day musical concert, Smaran promises to be a mesmerizing experience, filled with soulful tunes played by several renowned Indian Classical musicians.

Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia – Padma Vibhushan Hari Ji is a world-renowned music director and classical flutist, who plays the bansuri in the Hindustani classical tradition. Considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, he has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri through his masterful blowing technique.

Ustad Zakir Hussain – Ustad Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla virtuoso, composer, percussionist and music producer. Awarded the titles of Padma Shri in 1988, and Padma Bhushan in 2002, he became the youngest percussionist to be awarded these titles by the Indian Government.

Begum Parween Sultana – Begum Parween Sultana is an Indian Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana. She was awarded the Padma Shri (1976), Padma Bhushan (2014) by the Government of India. She is among the foremost classical vocalists in India and is known as the Queen of Classical Vocal.

Vishwamohan Bhatt – He is a legendary musician and exponent of Indian Classical music. He plays the Mohan Veena, a 19-string slide guitar/sitar combination he designed four decades ago. He is also a Grammy Award winner.

Bickram Ghosh – He is ranked amongst the greatest Tabla players in India. He has carved a unique niche for himself in his diverse avatars as a classical musician, new – age artist and composer. While he has played on four Grammy nominated albums and one Grammy awarded album, he also has an Oscar contention as a composer .

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande – She is a famous Hindustani classical vocalist and composer. She is one of the most authentic representatives of the famous Atrauli Jaipur Khayal Gayaki tradition in the present generation of khayalias.

Tarun Bhattacharya – He is an Indian classical musician who plays the santoor. His special technique of playing the santoor facilitates the playing of “Krintans, Ekharatans, Bolton’s” broadening the use of santoor in various traditional art forms.

Partho Sarathy – He is blessed with an exceptional artistic temperament, exacting technical precision and a rare aesthetic sensibility, Partho Sarothy is considered one of the most engaging, intelligent and talented instrumentalists in contemporary Hindusthani music.

Shubhendra Rao – He is a composer and well-known sitar player in India. He is a protégé of world-renowned Sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has established himself not only as a master of his instrument but also as a thinking musician, constantly endeavoring to carry his instrument beyond conventional boundaries and a musical bridge to many cultures. Critics and connoisseurs hail him as a worthy successor to his Guru’s legacy.

Sanjeev and Ashwini Shankar – They have made their mark as young talents and performed widely in prestigious music festivals. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwini Shankar are jointly awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2009.

Entry to the concert is free for all, no invitation required.

About the Host:
SRF Foundation, formerly known as the ‘Society for Education and Welfare’ was set up in 1982 as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of SRF Limited, which is a diversified, multi-business entity engaged in the manufacture of Chemicals, Packaging Films and Technical Textiles.

SPIC Macay is a voluntary organization with the aim of promoting Indian classical music and culture amongst the youth, founded by Dr. Kiran Seth.

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