Thursday, June 10, 2010

Morning flutes at the Fez Festival

The great master of the bansuri flute, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, is invited to play all over the world. For the Fez Festival, he particularly wanted to play his morning ragas, an innovation that proved popular with the crowd.

It was cool and damp at the Batha Museum this morning. The ragas, as the highest expression of emotions and feelings in Hindustani music, provided a contemplative start to the day. The bansuri expresses the meeting point of the divine and nature. Pandit Hariprasad and Rakesh Chaurasia played their bamboo flutes accompanied by tabla (Subhankar Banerjee), tanpura (Pushpanjali Chaurasia) and pakhawaj (Bhawani Kathak).

A morning of serenity

Photographs and story: Helen Ranger

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