Mangaluru: East met west on 7th February at the Ashirwad Joyland Silver Jubilee hall in Bolar Mangaluru at a musical extravaganza hosted by David and Frances Pinto and their school Infant Jesus Joyland School and coordinated by Sachitha Nandagopal, Director, Centre for Integrated Learning and vivaciously compered by Distinguished Toastmaster, Dr. Malini Hebbar.
Locally born, internationally acclaimed pianist Marialena Fernandes from Austria and flautist Amina from Hungary blended smoothly, like aged whisky with each other and the newly formed local folk music troupe Kudla Drum Jammers which included many youngsters. Their melodies kept the fairly large gathering in raptures for the duration of the concert. There were solo performances, blended performances and spontaneous performances by all the artistes, including 6 year old Ananya Pai who rendered beautifully the old Bollywood song Ajeeb Dastan hai yeh and Yash Alva, the 15 year old son of percussionist Anil Alva who rendered John Lennon’s immortal song, Imagine with verve and melody
There was dancing too, with a sizeable portion of the audience participating in an impromptu interactive dance session towards the end of the concert to a Tulu folk song sung by Ramdas and a Baila song by Zena Pereira.
Here's your armchair view of the entire programme
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