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Press Release |  29 Oct 2018 14:10 |  By RnMTeam

Citi- NCPA Aadi Anant Music Festival announces its eighth Edition

MUMBAI: The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and Citi India announced the launch of the eighth edition of the much awaited Indian music festival, Citi - NCPA Aadi Anant: From Here to Eternity. Spread across four cities: Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, the three-month long festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and will give concert goers the opportunity to engage with Indian culture through some of our country’s oldest forms of music. In its eighth edition, the Citi- NCPA Aadi Anant Music Festival will feature some of the most respected maestros of the classical music fraternity; including Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ajmad Ali Khan and Sudha Ragunathan amongst others.

Commenting on the festival, NCPA Chairman Khushroo N Suntook said, “As the oldest surviving music traditions in the world, Indian music owes its resilience to the oral –aural system of Guru-Shishya, which has been the most efficient mode of training and transmitting the traditional knowledge. As a National Centre dedicated to preserve, promote and propagate the performing arts, we are proud to foster this age-old institution through various initiatives. We extend many thanks to Citi, our esteemed partner, for their passionate support through the years towards nurturing our great Indian heritage. It is indeed gratifying that through the CITI-NCPA Music for Schools program, we are able to uphold the right of a child to music education, and thus fulfil our remit as a Member Organization of the International Council for Music (IMC), a body founded by UNESCO.”

Citi India CEO, Pramit Jhaveri, said, “We are delighted to present the eighth edition of the Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant Festival. The Festival is dedicated to promoting and proliferating the ancient Guru-Shishya tradition across the country. We do hope that many of you take this opportunity to experience maestros of music perform at the highest stage, and in turn, enjoy current renditions of age-old compositions. This initiative is especially meaningful for us at Citi, as it is part of a much deeper and long-standing partnership that we have with the NCPA. From training aspiring musicians to nurturing some of the finest talent in our nation, Citi is proud to play its part in the continued progress and evolution of India’s cultural heritage.”

In addition to the festival, Citi and NCPA have collaborated on various CSR initiatives in the field of Indian and Western Classical Music. With the intent of keeping alive the age-old Guru-Shishya tradition, both institutions are committed supporting musicians at every level, ensuring that they have the opportunities and skills to experience and pursue Indian classical music.

Program 1 - Support to Guru’s

Under this scheme 8 Gurus receive financial support to train three promising disciples each, in the traditional format of one-on-one teaching. The program is free of cost for the disciples.

Program 2 Scholarships to Young Musicians

This scheme is meant for talented amateurs (age group: 18-30) in the field of Hindustani music (vocal –dhrupad & khayal, instrumental music –melody & percussion). A total of nine scholarships are given annually based on the quality of performance in a live audition.

Program 3 - Introducing Music Training to School Children

This program trains school children in Indian Classical Music, working in nine schools with approximately 600 students.    

Festival Schedule

Tickets will be available on





Annabhau Sathe Auditorium, Pune

Sunday, 18th Nov 2018,
6.30 pm

HariprasadChaurasia (bansuri) with Rupak Kulkarni (bansuri)

Supported by:

Bhawani Shankar (pakhawaj), Vijay Ghate (tabla) & Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla)

20th October, 2018

Tata Theatre, Mumbai

Saturday, 1st Dec 2018, 6.30 pm

Zakir Hussain (tabla), ShikharNaad Qureshi (djembe) & students of Ustad Allarakha Institute of Music (tabla &jodi) with Sabir Khan (sarangi)

12th November, 2018

Tata Theatre, Mumbai

Sunday, 2nd Dec 2018, 6.30 pm


Amjad Ali Khan (sarod) with Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash (sarod)

Supported by:

Satyajit Talwalkar (tabla) & Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla)

12th November, 2018

Madras Music Academy, Chennai

Saturday, 12th Jan 2019,
6.30 pm

Zakir Hussain (tabla), ShikharNaad Qureshi (djembe) & students of Ustad Allarakha Institute of Music (tabla &jodi) with Sabir Khan (sarangi)

20th December, 2018

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru

Sunday, 20th Jan 2019, 6.30 pm

Sudha Ragunathan (vocal) with V. Deepika (vocal) 

Supported by:

Embar Kannan (violin), PatriSathish Kumar (mridangam) and R Raman (morsing)

25th December, 2018