The Cambridge University Indian Classical Music Society and Centre for Music Performance recently teamed up to present a three-day spotlight on Indian classical music.
Events kicked off at Newnham College on Thursday 19 October with a fireside chat with Carnatic (South Indian) violinist Smuanth Manjunath facilitated by Cambridge-based musician Ranjan Vasudevan.
On Friday 20 October the Indian Classical Music Society performed for a 100-strong audience at Emmanuel College on the occasion of the Indian festivals of Navaratri, Durga Pooja and Dussera. The concert featured performances from Hindustani and Carnatic styles of music, with vocal performances presenting festive literature and instrumental performances showcasing late evening and midnight raagas.
On Saturday 21 October Shamit Tyagi and his ensemble visited the University to give a masterclass on contemporary and classical Indian music. The session explored in detail the impact of Western musical traditions on Indian music, and how this fusion has developed the genre. Shamit also spoke passionately about his belief in the power of culture to bring joy and unite people of different backgrounds.
The Indian Classical Music Society, which was founded earlier in 2023, brings together members of the University, alumni and Cambridge residents who are either trained in or have an interest in Indian Classical Music. The Society is still developing, and it warmly welcomes new members.