Festival of Indian Instrumental Music
Godrej Dance Theatre
Friday, 7th & Saturday, 8th April – 6.00 pm
An NCPA Presentation
The Indian subcontinent abounds in a variety of musical instruments, and a considerable specialisation is displayed in instrumental usage. Instruments present music solo, provide melodic or rhythmic accompaniment, or produce drones. The eighth edition of this festival will showcase four instrumentalists wielding instruments from different categories – string-plucked (sitar), string-bowed (violin), air-blown (shehnai) and drums-percussion (tabla).
Each day at 6.00 pm, Dr. Suvarnalata Rao will present a pre-event talk on instruments presented on the respective days.
Hassan Haider (shehnai)
M. Narmadha (violin)
Hassan Haider hails from a family of musicians. Having trained with his father, shehnai maestro Late Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan, he is at present under the tutelage of sitar maestro Arvind Parikh. Besides being a regular broadcaster on AIR and television, Hassan has performed widely across India and overseas. Having had the privilege of being initiated into music by her illustrious grandfather, Parur Sundaram Iyer, Dr. M. Narmadha is a disciple and daughter of the violin virtuoso M. S. Gopalakrishnan. She is trained in both Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions. As a top-ranking artiste of AIR, she has to her credit several albums and a large number of concerts all over the world.