Welcoming Lord Ganesha in Style

Melodious music by talented artistes and vocalists welcomed Lord Ganapati to Bangalore.

World Renowned Berklee College of Music’s Berklee India Ensemble paid tribute to Grammy Award-winning composer AR Rahman with a vocal medley of some of his most popular work. The tunes of ‘Dil Se Re’, ‘Jiya Jale’, ‘Raasathi En Usiru’ echoed across Bengaluru’s soundscape. The ensemble, comprising over 40 musicians and singers from 22 countries, performed a repertoire of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music with Sufi, contemporary and Indo-jazz compositions.

Annette Philip, vocalist, and Berklee alumna, who is taking Indian music to the world in her own way said, “The diversity reflects in our music. And the fact that we can celebrate music despite our different backgrounds is what people got to listen.”

The evening began with the performance of Tejas and Pranav Manjunath’s extensive repertoire which included diverse genres at the 54th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava at the National College Grounds.  The star attraction of the grand festival is the custom designed mandapa, which has been built inspired by the architecture of the famous temples Melukote, Hampi and Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple. Every evening of the festival a thousand diyas is lit at the mandapa to make Ganesh Darshan a whole new experience for the devotees.