News & Notes
Brhaddesi Festival & Seminar
An eight-day festival and seminar on the regional music traditions of the North-East, billed as Brhaddesi Sangeet Mahotsav, was held 13-20 February in Guwahati, Assam.
Organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, this event was another in a series of regional festivals, of which the earlier ones were held in the South (Chennai) and in the West (Mumbai) recently. Named after the treatise Brihaddesi written by Matanga, the series of festivals seeks to celebrate, as well as study, the vast and diverse traditions of distinct musical styles and systems of India. Underlying it is the concept mooted in Matanga's work, of different regions practising and pursuing their own unique traditions, each in its own distinctive way.
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