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Maestros pay tribute to national flag, spin magic

Sep 01, 2007 09:08 AM IST India India

New Delhi: On the occasion of the National Flag day on Friday, maestros like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj and Javed Akhtar came together in the Capital to pay tribute to the flag through poetry and music.

“I want to explain the meaning of the colours on the flag to the younger generation through my music,” said Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

And that's exactly what he did on Friday at Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium in a bid to mark the special day.

Organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Art & Artistes, the evening brought together the likes of classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, lyricist Javed Akhtar and Pandit Bhawani Shankar, Pandit Vijay Ghate, S V Ramani and U Shrinivas.

“In our classical music certain ragas are sung at a certain time and it creates sets the mood and ambience,” said the event organiser Durga Jasraj.

The percussions represented the Ashoka chakra of the flag at large while the rhythms of the tabla and the pakhvaj represented its dynamism in particular.

And the tuned in viewers saw the Indian flag: its colors orange, blue, white and green - but all through music and poetry.