It was an evening that left Dwarka residents mesmerized at the Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) in Sector 7 on December 28 as eminent Sarangi player Murad Ali and classical singers, and brothers, Ritesh Mishra and Rajnish Mishra performed.
These musicians were performing in the classical music evenings that is part of the 7th Virasat Kamla Devi Cultural Festival. According to CCRT media cell, the festival began on December 26 and would continue till December 30. The cultural festival began with a lecture by Prof Asgar Wajahat on the subject of cultural and educational challenges of Hindi-speaking regions. On December 27, a theatrical performance written by Prof Wajahat was organised.
Residents from across Dwarka attended the programme that began at 6.30 PM and concluded at 9 PM. Govind Sarasawati, an eminent composer and vocalist who is a resident of Harmony Apartments, Sector 4, told City Spidey after the event, “Such an event is being organised at the CCRT after a long time. I came to know about the programme through one of my friends. Many eminent artists live in Dwarka but they have to go to India Habitat Centre or India International Centre or Mandi house to attend such events. They’re fortunate that such an event is being organised closer home.”
Ritesh Mishra and Rajnish Mishra performing Jaijaiwanti Raga at the venue
A CCRT official said that famous violin player Anupriya Deotale and vocalist Sunanda Sharma would perform on December 29. The programme would end with a ghazal performance by noted ghazal singers from Jaipur - Ahmad Hussain and Mohammad Hussain. It would commence at 6 PM.
“Such events should be organised frequently in CCRT. One such programme was organised few years ago. Due to some technical issues, no programmes were organised after that. CCRT is a wonderful place in the sub city where music lovers can enjoy such events. We have been waiting for such a programme for a while and are thankful to the ministry of culture that they are organising this programme here,” said Dr Sailesh Kumar, a classical vocalist and a resident of Daffodils CGHS, Sector 6.