Can music get you to plant some trees?

While talks on sustainability and activities on going green are a usual scene in the city, one wonders how often do we inculcate green practices in our lives.

Published: 24th March 2017 09:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2017 06:51 AM   |  A+A-

(From left ) Amit N, Durga Jasraj and Pravin Godkhindi

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: While talks on sustainability and activities on going green are a usual scene in the city, one wonders how often do we inculcate green practices in our lives.

“A greater awareness is still needed,” says Durga Jasraj, founder, Art And Artistes (I) Pvt Ltd. Durga, along with Neeraj Jaitly has put together a musical concert that is theme on the five elements – aakash (Space), vaayu (Wind), agni (Fire), jal (Water) and prithvi (Earth).

Ustaad Rashid Khan will perform on the theme Earth, Purbayan Chatterjee on water, Taufiq Qureshi, Subhankar Banerjee, Sridhar Parthasarthy and Amrit N on fire; Rattan Mohan Sharma and Ankita Joshi on space; and Shashank Subramanyam and Pravin Godkhindi on wind.

“We can’t place the burden of restoring the balance of the environment on the next generation. We need to take ownership of our own actions. This programme is our attempt at creating an awareness on sustainable living practices through music,” says Durga.

The concert is open to all and is free. The audience members will be given a spaling each after the show. Pravin Godkhind has been giving away saplings at his concerts from quite a few years now. “We as musicians, should use our art to get a conversation going on the issues that need to be addressed,” he says.

Pravin will be creating sounds of gushing of the wind, a soft breeze and a gentle air flowing with his flute. “I will try to incorporate sounds from as many different kinds of flutes as possible -- the bird flute, koel flute, bagpipe and shehnai,” he says.

Even today, when Pravin visits his friends, they show him the trees they have planted which they got from him. “They will show me around saying, look you gave this to me in 2003 and that is from 2005” he adds.  Amit N, who will be performing on fire with other musicians, says that it is extremely important that children are brough to such concerts. “This gives them an exposure to Hindustani music and builds in them a concious that respects a green lifestyle,” says Amit.

Catch the show ‘SBI-Panchtatva’ Lakeside Amphitheatre, Orion Mall today at 6.30pm. 

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