CHENNAI: City-based music group Manabendra Smaraney presents the next edition of ‘Raag, Roop Aur Rang’ with the best of Carnatic and Hindustani music on February 27. The event will feature Chitravina N Ravikiran and Kaushiki Chakraborty. Ravikiran, celebrated as a young prodigy at the age of 2, has presented vocal concerts from the age of 5 and Chitravina recitals since he was 11. He is also the inventor of the award winning concept ‘Melharmony’.
The third Saturday of November every year has been decreed as Melharmony Day as an honour to Ravikiran by the city of Middleton, USA. He has travelled widely both in the country and abroad. Ravikiran is hailed as ‘perhaps the greatest slide instrumentalist in the world’ (Radio National, Australia) for his ‘teasing precision and dazzling effects’ (New York Times). He attributes his success to his gurus Chitravina Narasimhan and T Brinda.
Kaushiki is known as the girl with the “runaway taan”. Daughter of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, she learnt taalim under Padmabhusan Gyan Prakash Ghosh. She had her training in Carnatic music from Padma Vibhusan Dr Balamurali Krishna. BBC Asia Pacific lauded her album Pure. She has lent her voice to a number of film soundtracks like Water, Gulaab Gang in Hindi; Ramanujan and Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah in Tamil and many more. In 2015, she formed the first ever all-women classical music ensemble — SAKHI.
Both artistes will start with solos and conclude with jugalbandi. Donors’ passes are priced at Rs 1,000, Rs 500, Rs 300 and Rs 200. The concert will be at Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, from 6:15pm.
For passes and other details, call 9840299645 or 9445390739