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Dancing Peacock has produced a unique musical concert, Divine Strings, an all-women sitar ensemble. The first concert was organised by dancing Peacock for music lovers of Jaipur on 13 August 2023 at the Rajasthan International Centre.

The concert featured a group of 19 talented women sitarists and vocalists. What’s intriguing is that none of the performing women were professional musicians, they come from diverse backgrounds – from teachers and medical practitioners to entrepreneurs, homemakers, and artists.

The renditions included bhajans and Indian classical compositions. The program was a blend of various rhythms and melodies, offering a rich and immersive experience for the listeners. Some of the notable compositions that resonated with the audience were:

  • Ganesh Vandana – Ek Taal (गणेश वंदना – एक ताल)
  • Raag Yaman – Teen Taal (राग यमन – तीन ताल)
  • Shri Krishna Govind – Kehrwa (श्री कृष्ण गोविंद – कहरवा)
  • Meera Bhajan – Adh Dhaatritaal (मीरा भजन – अद् धात्रिताल)
  • Raag Bahaar – Teen Taal (राग बहार – तीन ताल)
  • Vaishnav Janto – Kehrwa (वैष्णव जन तो – कहरवा)
  • Raag Tilak Shyam – Teen Taal (राग तिलक श्याम – तीन ताल)
  • Madhuraashtakam – Kehrwa (मधुराष्टकम् – कहरवा)
  • Bhairwi Dhun – Dadra (भैरवी धुन – दादरा)

Accompanying the group of 19 women sitarists and vocalists, were two tabla players. Their rhythmic brilliance added depth and texture to the performances, creating a seamless fusion of melody and rhythm.

The concert has been designed by the renowned Sitar teacher & mentor, Pt. Shri Chandra Mohan Bhatt. Pt Bhatt runs the Rageshwari Sangeet Sansthan in Jaipur where he has tutored more than 400 pupils.

The concert witnessed the presence of distinguished personalities, including Smt Veenu Gupta, ACS Industries & Commerce and Mines & Petroleum; Shri Sandeep Verma, ACS, Science & Technology, Smt Shreya Guha, Principal Secretary, Cooperatives; Shri Amandeep Singh Kapoor, IPS; Padma Shri Gulabo Sapera, Padma Shri Ram Kishore Chipa Gerewala, and Padma Shri Shakir Ali. Renowned Kathak gurus Smt Prerana Shrimali and Dr. Shashi Sankhla also graced the evening.

As the applause echoed through the hall and the last notes hung in the air, “Divine Strings” left an indelible mark on the cultural canvas of Jaipur, reminding us all of the timeless magic that can be woven through the strings of devotion, passion, and unity.

Dancing Peacock works closely with indigenous creative communities and musical & cultural experts to create authentic, unique, unforgettable concerts and cultural experiences.

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