CAPTION FOR ATTACHED PHOTO: The 7th Edition of the Raasrang World Flute Festival was announced in New Delhi. (l-r): Rajiv Chandran, UN Information Officer; Prof. Lokesh Chandra, ICCR President; Arun Budhiraja, Festival Convener
The 7th Edition of the Raasrang World Flute Festival will be hosted in New Delhi 21-25 September 2016. The Festival is dedicated to the cause of Global Peace; 21 September is observed all over the world as International Day of Peace.
Hosted by the Krishna Prerna Charitable Trust, the Raasrang World Flute Festival is being partnered by United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). The Festival brochure was released at the UN in New Delhi by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, ICCR President.
Famous Indian flutists Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia ji (who is also Patron of the festival) Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt Pravin Godhkindi, Pt. Ajay Prasanna and Pt. Chetan Joshi along with three teams sponsored by the Sangeet Natak Akademi will play rare wind instruments of India.
27 flutists from Italy, Slovak, Latvia and Afghanistan form the international component of this festival.
Built around the Raasrang World Flute Festival will be other ancillary events:
1. Roots: In association with Sikkim University, the festival will exhibit over 65 languishing wind instruments of India.
2. Music Therapy: Krishna Prerna assists to connect and contact professional musicians to the National Brain Research Center, Manesar, Haryana, to participate in research and a study investigating the “Structural and Functional Correlates of Hindustani Raga Music in Professional Musicians”.
3. Saans: An ongoing endeavor where young aspiring flutists are sponsored for residency under great Gurus; so far 21 students have participated in this unique mentoring initiative.
4. Bansiyog: A unique endeavor to combine Yoga and Flute for relaxation; six workshops shall be held alongside the festival. According to the UN Information Centre: “Just as the magic of the flute emanates from an individual’s breath and suffuses the entire universe, so too the concentric circles in the UN logo radiate from the center symbolizing the individual and then encompass the community, nation, region, eventually energizing the entire world! The 2016 WORLD FLUTE FESTIVAL is a unique opportunity to emphasize the links between peace, development and human rights.”
Arun Budhiraja, founder of Krishna Prerna Charitable Trust, who has conceived this festival, says: “It is so gratifying to see the Flute Festival evolve meaningfully over the past six editions. This seventh brings in the partnership of UN; from next year on; we hope to take this festival to overseas venues too.”
The Raasrang World Flute Festival has relentlessly endeavoured over the past 6 years to raising the bar and is today considered among the most respected festivals of the world.
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