NEW YORK CITY (TIP): Indian Classical Heritage: Music & Dance was the theme at the Media India Lecture Series organized by the Consulate General of India, New York on October 16, 2015.
Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, the Consul General extended a word of welcome to the performers Pandit Dinesh Prabhakar and Sharanya Chandaran and to a special guest Daryl Rand who is leading a delegation of distinguished women to India. Mr. Mulay briefly described the various activities of the Consulate, with special mention to the Consulate’s monthly outreach and the measures to strengthen ties between the two great democracies of the world-India and the US.
Pt. Dinesh Kumar Prabhakar who is a violinist was born in 1950 into a family of great musicians. At the age of 8, he began his early training in music with his father, Late Pandit Husan Lal, a renowned Violinist, Vocalist and Music Director. Over the years, his presentation expanded in repertoire to include music composition and has been accredited with a number of musical performances not only in India but on the international level.
He performed an evening Raga “Yaman”. The Vilambit was set to Ektaal (12 beats) and Drut in Teentaal. (16 beats). Accompanying him on table was Avirodh Sharma and on Violin was Daljeet Singh Sokhey.
Bharatnatyam Dancer, Sharanya Chandaran has been learning Bharatanatyam from the age of four. She began learning both from her mother and Guru K Dakshinamurthi and presented her formal solo debut performance, the Arangetram, in November 2001.
Sharanya is the Vice President of the Natya Vriksha, an organization to promote Indian Culture and Dance, where she is a senior dancer and choreographer. She also assists with cultural management and curating festivals & events at Natya Vriksha. Sharanya performed three pieces based on Indian Mythology. She received standing ovation from the audience.