Classical Music Losing Out

DJs NDS and Blue, Rank 1, Shogun and Dash Berlin would be enthralling crowds at the first venue that is Space Station and DJs Vipul, Dualist Inquiry, Anish Sood x Lost Stories, Porter Robinson and Nervo would be rolling out their numbers in Space Jungle. Sunburn 2013, one of the bigger music festivals around the globe, finishes with the promise to return next year. While the former promises to make you ‘leave your world behind’, the latter would take you to a green paradise. In a nutshell, great music, beautiful lights, interesting food is equal to an eight-hour long affair that would be inked for a lifetime in your memories. Anushree Singh and Shikha Pushpan of IBNLive have brought to you the live action of Sunburn Noida 2013. 04:45 PM: And the #sunburnnoida madness begins. Stay tuned for more updates. 04:47 PM: Dj #vipul hits #sunburnnoida space jungle stage. 04:50 PM: DJs NDS & Blue get the crowd grooving at #Sunburnnoida Space Station stage. 05:06 PM: #sunburnnoida: music fever grows. Many hands go up in the air. 05:42 PM: #dualistinquiry sets the stage on fire with live electronica and guitar based rock. #SunburnNoida 05:45 PM: #anishsood from goa rolls out his tracks now. Crowd turnout is overwhelming.

North Coast Music Festival 2013 in Union Park during Labor Day Weekend Review (Video)

North Coast Music Festival 2013

Singer Manajari Vaidya says that classical singers are now like heritage buildings. “Both teachers and learners are declining in number,” she says. There is a lack of patience among students and teachers as everybody is in a hurry to get output. “This is the era of instant. The discipline and patience required to train in classical music is missing. So now there are offers like 10 songs for Rs 10,000,” says Vaidya. There are still many listeners for classical music but it is the performers who are now less in number feels classical vocalist Chitra Modak who also trains students. “People have no time to devote to any form of art and those who are learning are in a hurry to get results,” she says. Describing classical as an eternal form, Modak says that now money comes from light music so students can’t be restricted from performing on stage even if the teacher thinks that it is premature. “Taking stage at any age and level is a learning process. A singer learns from there too.” Learning this form of music requires certain degree of intelligence and imagination feels Sadhana Shiledar, professor of music at Morris College . “The number of students who learn classical music has always been less as it requires an aptitude.” But Shiledar is of the view that changes should be brought about in the method of training. “It should not remain undefined. There has to be some time frame as it will help the students to be more focused.” 70-year-old student of classical music Surekha Bhalerao agrees with this.

Sunburn 2013: The music festival lives up to the hype

Blaccs vocal chords showed his range and showmanship and also engaged the crowd thoroughly. Future Rock , the Chicago native trio performed with heavy synth, heavy bass and electro jams for a proper set for the masses. Seven Lions mixed with a perfect flow of electro, house, dubstep and more. Gramatik had his live guitarist there by his side for his set and also surprised the audience with Cherub , who performed a song! Hip-hop legend and matriarch, Nas showed the crowd why he is considered a lyrical genius with his verses cause uproar to a reciting crowd. Headliner, Afrojack filled his set with big anthems, big beat drops and showcased his rising popularity in the electronic dance music scene. Rain was in the forecast again on Sunday and held off for most of the day though it did force an early end to the festival closing, headlining set by hip-hop ensemble Wu-Tang Clan with concertgoers once again advised to prematurely evacuate festival grounds. They managed to perform Clan In Da Front and C.R.E.A.M. followed by a tribute to deceased former member, Ol Dirty Bastard with Shimmy Shimmy Ya. A Sunday night set by local soul-punks JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound was halted after one song. However, New Orleans finest brass ensemble, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band got the day started earlier with their patented blend of funk, soup, gospel and more. The band got fans moving (some fans even joining them onstage for twerking and drunken dancing during “Dirty Old Man”) before hitting on a spirited rendition of “When the Saints go Marching In” later on. Datsik, attracted a substantially large crowd for his hour long setsecond only to Wu-Tang Clan (who he’s remixed). Diversity continued though as hip-hop, dubstep and reggae gave way to blues guitar in the form of Gary Clark, Jr.

Bucharest’s Biggest-Ever Classical Music Festival

Other orchestras in the festival’s lineup were the Orchestre de Paris, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, The Munich Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which played Brahms and Enescu in a concert conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky. Romanian math teacher Elena Ungureanu went to eight concerts. “There was a very high standard of music and the soloists and orchestras were special,” she said. “There were lots of young people and many people were standing. I wouldn’t have had the chance to see such great orchestras if they hadn’t come here.” One morning during the festival, violin and flute music floated across Revolution Square, a tranquil historic spot in the otherwise traffic-snarled capital, as tourists and passers-by crossed. It was a fitting musical footnote to the Wagner, Beethoven and Mozart concerts that rung out from concerts at the nearby 19th century Atheneum and the Palace Hall, where late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu presided over the Communist Party’s final congress weeks before his downfall and execution in December 1989. “The concerts are very good value for money,” said Fareed Curmally, an Indian pianist and conductor who traveled to Bucharest for two weeks of concerts and purchased a CD to bring home. “And the standard of music is very high; I’m enjoying it.” The festival, which started in 1958 and is held every other year, has grown larger and more attractive in recent years as the country has opened to tourism and foreign investment. Tickets for the 2015 event will go on sale in February of that year, and if this year’s success is any indication, many concerts will be sold out months before they take place. Flowers are a hallmark of the event, with 2,500 roses, 3,500 lilies and 5,000 carnations adorning halls or presented to female artists. Bucharest has had a long love affair with flowers, because even when meat and bread were rationed, and electricity and hot water were in short supply during the dying years of Ceausescu’s rule, Romanians could still buy flowers.