Antar Samvaad – World Music Day with Vidya Rao and Dr. Preeti Bahadur
World Music Day with Vidya Rao and Dr. Preeti Bahadur
21 June 2020
On the occasion of World Music Day, KNMA invited well known Hindustani vocalist Vidya Rao in conversation with art historian Dr Preeti Bahadur. Antar Samvaad as the talk was titled focused on the aspects of music as a medium for introspection in times of pandemic and desolation. Dr Bahadur began the talk by talking about a Kedar ragini miniature where a destitute wanderer is sitting in contemplation, listening to a Rudra-veena player. After discussing the nuances of classical Hindustani Raagas, the course of the talk then moved towards Vidya Rao speaking about discipline and dedication, from her own perspective of working on the verses of Kabir and other Sufi poets, as important factors in experiencing the essence of music and life in general. The talk ended with discussing about the survival of performing arts and artists during pandemic inflicted Lockdown and how the entire artist community is struggling for livelihood and sustenance. The talk was conducted via Zoom on KNMA Facebook live pages and saw a decent attendance from arts and music aficionados.