Indian NRI music lovers, corporate houses and diplomatic missions in China have come together for the first time to form a cultural group called 'Chaiti'. The initiative aims to promote Indian classical music among Chinese by holding annual music shows featuring top Indian musicians. The group was formed four years ago in Shanghai.
The ‘Chaiti’ music festival has the unique distinction of hosting concerts in China which focuses entirely on Indian classical music. This year, it has successfully held shows of famous Sarod players Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali, the popular sons of Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan in Shanghai and Beijing.
The shows in Shanghai was priced around 200 Yuan (Rs. 2000), and was well attended mainly by the Chinese natives. The audiences were treated with the melodious tunes from traditional ragas and folk music, ranging from soulful rendition to fast paced jugal-bandi among the artists.
A founder of the group, Ravi Shankar Bose said ‘Chaiti” relates to the Hindu calendar month Chait that is also associated with a light classical form of Hindustani classical music.
The initiative is backed by the Indian Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate in Shanghai, as well as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), with generous sponsorship from NRI companies based in China such as TCS, Essar and Air India.
This initiative aims at an open exchange of dialogue between the visiting Indian artistes and Chinese artistes, while also allowing for a much-detailed understanding of history, application of ragas and the range of instruments being used in the Indian classical music.