|Hindustan (Varanasi, India) 23/02/2012
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Flowing melodic river on the bank of the Ganges
Varanasi, Varisht Samvadadata
The artists of the Mata Ganga Orchestra Tour "made a musical river flow" on Assi Ghat on Wednesday evening. The 22 Indian and foreign artists made the Ganges banks musical by presenting Indian ragas and foreign melodies. The goddess Saraswati was commemorated by Cahors Music School from France, C.J. Maa Music School from Rishikesh and Kashi Kathak Kendra from Varanasi.
Under the direction of tabla player Shivananda Sharma, violin player Pt. Sukhdev Mishra and Jerome Chaumie from France, the national and international artists were delighting. Their first piece started with "OM". Then under the "Rising Sun in Banaras" the orchestra of flute, tabla, guitar, violin, slide-guitar, classical guitar began, so that even in the evening, people were blessed with a morning in Banaras. The programme was followed with presentations in Raga Bageshwari and Raga Desh.
After the welcoming tune the group played some pop music. They played "My Guitar" and "My Lord" by George Harrison, dedicated disciple of notorious sitar player Pt. Ravi Shankar. Violette from France presented a violin solo. At the end, under the direction of Rohit Sharma five children from the Kashi Kathak Kendra, Rajalakshmi Sharma, Soni Sarkar, Saraswati Sharma, Rani Yadav and Mamta Ray presented some traditional Kathak dance. Garima presented the programme..
(Translation from Hindi by Vio)
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