4,000 Indian Flautists all Set to Create World Record

Posted on: Sunday, January 11, 2015

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The banks of the holy Godavari flowing through the historical city of Nashik will be witness to a unique symphony — titled Venunaad — a music concert set to make a Guinness record by presenting 4,000 Indian flautists performing together on a single stage, measuring 80,000sqft, at Sadhugram in Tapovan, Nashik, on Monday.

Organised by The Art of Living, the concert will be spearheaded by eminent flautist Pandit Ronu Mazumdar.

"This is the most unique venture of my career; more special than my Grammy nomination. It's difficult to imagine symphonies being played with Indian instruments, but we will create an orchestra with flutes," said Mazumdar.

"The selection process of flautists was really an exhaustive one, with my students going to various music schools across the country to find candidates. For this concert, we have 800 professional instrumentalists, the rest are amateurs. The training sessions were really tiring and it took us two-and-a-half months to reach this point. Our volunteers went to Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, which is known as Bansuri Nagari (land of flutes), to get 4,000 flutes for the concert."

Legendary flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will be the chief guest at the event. Mazumdar said, "The composition that I have made is based on raga Kalyan, which is considered the king of all ragas. People can expect sounds of nature from the recital. We will play a non-stop symphony for seven minutes."

Entry to the concert is free and, for those who are unable to attend, the organisation will live-stream the performance on their website.

Source: DNA

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