Chandigarh Capitol Complex, the pride of Chandigarh, in July 2016 was bestowed with the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Status and Chandigarhians had been in festive mood whenever they think, talk or visit the Capitol Complex. But, what we all had been missing a befitting celebration to mark the esteemed recognition. 

For an year, UT Chandigarh administration had been planning to formally recognise the World Heritage Status, but something or other postponed it. 

Finally, a truly soulful and befitting celebration was held on June 10 at the Capitol Complex with the mesmerizing Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan’s sarod recitals casting spell on the audience. 

The occasion was graced by Governor V P Singh Badnore and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher.

Chandigarh, its making, the vision of Le Corbusier and how the Capitol Complex achieved the status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site…it was a walk down memory lane for the audience here. The distinguished Governor unveiled the UNESCO plaque installed in the Capitol Complex. 

There are many ways to present classical music, but we generally follow the convention. It’s the weakness of us Indians to follow conventions, rules and nobody questions whether it’s music or religion. But tradition allows innovation as there are many beautiful compositions which were created to preserve the raag. So, I begin the recital with a Ganesh Vandana that I conceived when I used to love to sing,” smiled the respected and celebrated classical musician.

 

Source: The Indian Express

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