Now entering its 21st year, Barkha Ritu has reached this milestone largely because of the tremendous response from music lovers, senior government officials, corporate honchos and media personalities who have witnessed this festival in all of the 8 major cities that it travels to, namely – Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata.
For centuries, the monsoon season has served as a bountiful source of inspiration to the finest music minds belonging to the Indian Classical Music traditions. This, in turn, led to the creation of several soulful Raagas such as Malhar, Des, Megharanjani, and Varunapriya, to name a few.
Typically, these Raagas explore all the varying moods associated with the experience of the rains and are usually performed during the monsoon months. Built on this very essence, Banyan Tree envisioned the concept of ‘Barkha Ritu’ – developing a grand celebration of music that encapsulates all the emotions that the rains evoke in us, creating a deeply moving atmosphere that closely mirrors the lush monsoon season. A host of renowned artists have performed at this festival, and they have all had the opportunity to present their own creative renditions of the Monsoon Raagas.
Over many years, Banyan Trees’s ‘Barkha Ritu’ has truly cemented itself as a celebration of the monsoons, also enabling the propagation of India’s rich intangible heritage. Even through the pandemic, this festival was presented in a hybrid format, despite all odds, and we believe that we are perfectly poised to embark upon the 21st year of this magical musical journey.
When: 7 August, 6 pm
Where: Kamani Auditorium