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DD Bharati launches cultural and musical programmes

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NEW DELHI: Doordarshan’s culture channel DD Bharati is telecasting a new programme on the classical music form Dhrupad which today has very few exponents in the country.

The three-day Dhrupad Yatra programme which commenced on DD Bharati consists of legendary Dhrupad musicians of past and present including Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, and Pt Prem Kumar Mallick. Curated by Prashant Kumar Mallick, the programme which began from 18 August is being held till 20 August at 9 pm and will be repeated the next day at 5 am and 1pm.

DD Bharati is also telecasting a series next week on the monsoon season. The charisma of music with Barkha Ritu will feature Pandit Chhannulal Mishra and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma – who will enchant music lovers with monsoon ragas. The recital by Pt Shivkumar Sharma on the santoor will be aired on 24 August and Pt Channulal Mishra on vocals will be on air on 30 August to mesmerise the audience with a musical extravaganza at10 pm respectively.

DD Bharati is also commencing telecast of Purva Uttara: Past Forward from 20 August in which eight  of India’s most spectacular sites – Sanchi, Konarak, Mamallapuram, Vijayanagara, Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Mewar, and Goa – are examined in a thought provoking manner in the context of the history of the time and the socio-economic milieu.  The programmes will be telecast every Wednesday at 4pm and repeated the next day at midnight and at 8 am.

The first programme will be Mamallapuram: A Riddle in the Sands, while the second one will be Vijayanagara: Where Kings and Gods Meet. Others are Sanchi: Monument of the People and Konark: Chariot of the Sun. A World Apart: Princely MewarRome of the Tropics: GoaImmortal Capital: The Many Cities of Delhi and Visions of Paradise: The Taj Mahal.

Conceptualised by art historian Vidya Dehejia and directed by Shyam Benegal and Zafar Hai, the series present events and forces that shaped these towns and cities that are today icons of India’s architectural and cultural heritage.

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