Kala Academy for the first time will celebrate World Music Day on June 21 with students of its Western and Indian classical music departments as well as those not linked to these departments giving instrumental performances.
June 21 has been designated as World Music Day, a day the world celebrates the magical gift of music. The origins of the day lie in France when, in 1976, American musician Joel Cohen proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice and since then it has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way regardless of the season.
The programme and development officer of Kala Academy, Mr Dattaguru Amonkar informed that besides students of Kala Academy, musicians desiring to present short pieces of music will be allowed to do so. “Since all auditoriums of Kala Academy are under repair the event will take place in the foyer of the complex from 4:30 p.m. onwards,” he informed, pointing out that Western instrumental performances will range from two-to-twenty-minute duration and include musical instruments like guitar, viola, violin, keyboard, saxophone, clarinet, and trombone, besides vocals.
It was also informed that Indian classical music will have three scheduled performances of 15-minute duration each. Sanket Khalap and Saish Nayak Dalal will present a tabla jugalbandi, with Tulshidas Navelkar accompanying on harmonium; Ketan Chari and Daulat Palekar will have a harmonium jugalbandi, with Shailesh Mardolkar providing tabla accompaniment; and Vinita Nagvekar and Pavana Gawas on sitar ensemble, with Sadanand Nagvekar accompanying on tabla. The event is open to the public.