Music and festivity
What: Delhiites gear up to celebrate the festival of colours with music in a stunning setting. The Holi edition of the ‘Under the Banyan Tree on a Full Moon Night’ puts women in the center stage. Made for music lovers by music lovers, these musical soirées are the perfect place to bring friends and family to discover new artistes and experience the ancient musical traditions of India. The first performance will see Tritha Sinha led ensemble, ‘Tritha and Friends’ an edgy punk band spiced with Hindustani flavours, a testament to the diverse influences of its members. This will be followed by spoken word poetry with Sabika Abbas Naqvi. The final performance of the evening is by Sawani, a Hindustani Classical vocalist. She specializes in devotional music, having an expansive repertoire that involves texts of saint poets such as Kabir, Tulsi, Meera, Surdas, Rajjab Ali, Nanak (Shabads) and others. Set in a beautifully lush and serene venue with stunning views of the Qutab Minar, the evening will get even better with delicious food and delectable drinks, along with pop-up market filled with goodies.
When: March 16 (7 pm onwards)
Where: 1AQ, Opposite Qutub Minar, Mehrauli
What: For all the classical music aficionados, here’s an iconic music festival in the city. The Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival 2019 is back with its 72nd edition. An iconic dais for the oldest music festival in the country, it carries forward the traditions of the Indian classical performing art. Not only will it bring together music luminaries like Biswajit Roy Chowdhary (Sarod), Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute), Rahul Sharma (Santoor) and Kaushiki Chakraborty (Vocal), but it will also see younger artists perform like Sabir Khan and Manjusha Patil. The grand finale will feature the iconic Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj in an exclusive morning session for the first time.
When: March 14 – 17
Where: Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra Lawns, Copernicus Marg
Riot of colours
What: Inspired by Holi, which signifies the start of spring, ‘Holi Moo’ the experimental music festival combines the traditional revelry and irreverence of the festival of colours, with a contemporary mix of music, art and culture. Back with its 13th edition, this multi-genre festival has hosted over 600 artists performing for over 70,000 people from over 100 countries, cumulatively over the past editions. The festival provides a safe, secure and welcoming environment, with an opportunity to play the traditional festival of Holi with eco-friendly, organic gulaal, along with traditional Indian dhols and performers. Visitors also get to enjoy Indian and western street food and Holi-inspired cocktails.
When: March 21 (Noon – 7 pm)
Where: Asiad Tower Lawns, Asiad Village, Siri Fort
What: Exploring and interpreting the world around him, artist Sushanta Kumar Das uses an imaginative interplay of form colour and texture. Putting together his paintings and sculptures, his works are on display at the exhibition ‘Search for Sense’. Das strives for simplicity in his work while retaining the essence. He believes his art is a sustained search for a deeper meaning that can go beyond what one can perceive.
When: March 12 – 22 (11 am – 8 pm)
Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg