New Delhi, Jun 8 : Over 40 Indian and international flautists, including legendary flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will come together for the upcoming 7th edition of the annual Raasrang World Flute Festival here with the aim to propagate the message of global peace. The 5-day-long festival, set to begin on September 21, also celebrated as International Day of Peace, will also usher in the United Nations’ 12-day peace campaign here. Also Read - Milkha Singh to flag off mini marathon ahead of Yoga Day
“This year the Flute Festival will take place in the first few days of the 12-day-campaign. The flute is the proto instrument of the UN’s sustainable goals. A simple bamboo reed has converted human breath into music. “The flute which is celebrated in Indian culture in many regional variations, is also a pan-Indian instrument apart from being a global instrument. It links and binds this nation with its sweetness and brings together the human, spiritual and divine elements in a way that is unique and so beautiful,” Rajiv Chandran, currently heading United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) here, said. 27 flutists from Italy, Slovak, Latvia and Afghanistan will form the international component of the festival. Major attractions will include Riga Saxophone Quartet from Latvia and Arcadio Baracchi from Italy among others. (ALSO READ: Thrissur Pooram: All you need to know about the grand temple festival in Kerala)
Besides Chaurasia who is also patron of the festival, other Indian performers include Pandit Pravin Godhkindi, Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Pandit Chetan Joshi. “The festival has evolved in terms of the scale. I now have on an average 7 countries coming in. When I started off with only two. Now, we have also started becoming more demanding on the genres of music – I want flute on jazz, flute on tango, flute on classical etc,” Arun Budhiraja, convener of the festival, said.
Parallel to the main festival are several ancillary events including an exhibition on the languishing wind instruments of India and a series of workshops where yoga and flute will be combined to create relaxing and healing effects. There is also an initiative to connect professional musicians to the National Brain Research Centre in Gurgaon to participate in a research study and investigate on ‘Structural and Functional correlates of Hindustani Raga Music in Professional musicians.”