Dumru: The Drum festival of IndiaAround the city — By Kadambari on September 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM
Dumru is a musical festival dedicated to the rhythmic sound of the assorted percussions instruments. A boon to percussion instrument lovers, the festival will certainly bridge the gap between the renowned artists and spectators. An initiative by Gladpeople Entertainment Network, the festival promises a melange of fine and veteran artists.
Dumru being the forefather of all the percussion instruments in the world, first played by Lord Shiva, the organisers felt it was the apt name for the festival. Every developed country in the World has their own drum festival, The Mordern Drummer Festival in the US, The World Drum Festival in Malaysia, Meinl Drum Festival in Germany etc and now India is too prepared with its very own drum festival.
Tabla is an integral part in the world music scenario and India’s very own talented artists like Ustaad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Anindo Chatterji, Pandit Vijay Ghate, Bickram Ghosh, Sivamani etc are often invited to these festivals to promote the India drum – Tabla.
Percussion instruments have been prominent in India for several decades and the Dumru festival is the right platform to bring all the music lovers under one roof. The first season of Dumru festival will take place in the cultural capital of Maharashtra – Pune. It will open on 16th September and continue till 18th September. The three day fest will feature top twenty percussionists from India.
The event will take place at the Mahalaxmi Lawns, which can accommodate 6000 plus people in both the open and covered area.
As a beginning to one of the biggest festivals of India, the organisers have decided to give away free passes in its first year. Passes will be available at Radio One office, Bank of Maharashtra FC road branch, Mahalaxmi Lawns, The Sound Factor in camp and the makeover salon, millennium plaza on FC road. So, make the most of it and be there to experience the drumming revolution.
List of eminent artist who would be performing at the festival:
1) Pandit Kumar Bose: Tabla Solo
2) Pandit Anindo Chatterjee with Anubrut Chatterjee
3) Pandit Vikku Vinayakram: Ghatam with group
4) Pandit Suresh Talwalkar: Tabla and Ensemble
5) Pandit Bikram Ghosh: Tabla and assorted percussions
6) Pandit Vijay Ghate: Tabla
7) Pandit Selva Ganesh: Kanjira
8) Pandit Bhavani Shankar: Pakhawaj
9) Shivamani: Percussions
10) Ranjit Barot: Western Drums and Assorted percussions
11) Ustaad Taufiq Qureshi: Djembe and Tabla
12) Ustaad Fazal Qureshi: Tabla and Assorted Percussions group
13) V Suresh: Ghatam
14) Pandit Shubankar Bannerjee: Tabla
15) Pandit Gopal Burman: Shree Khol
16) Gino Banks: Jazz Drums
17) Shridhar Parthasarthy: Mridangam
18) Nitin Shankar: Assorted Percussions
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