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The Rain of Iran

Come this Saturday and it will literally ‘rain’ music,which is full of love,divinity and mysticism at Ruhaniyat,a music festival that will be held at the Empress Botanical Gardens.

Written by Garima Mishra |
February 11, 2010 2:42:59 am

Performing for first time in the city,the Baran Music Ensemble will introduce the Pune audiences to two new musical instruments – Ney and Udu

Come this Saturday and it will literally ‘rain’ music,which is full of love,divinity and mysticism at Ruhaniyat,a music festival that will be held at the Empress Botanical Gardens. ‘Rain’,because that is the meaning of the word ‘Baran’ in Iranian language and Baran Music Ensemble is the one,which will enthrall the music lovers in the city with purely Iranian compositions.

It will be the third consecutive year for the band and their association with Ruhaniyat. However,it is the first time that this Iranian musical group,which has five members – Ciavash Borhani,Aryan Rahmanian,Hosien Ghasemzadeh,Kazeem Nikkheesal and Fakhroddin Ghaffari,will perform in the city on February 13. “We have heard a lot about Pune and its rich culture and music flavour. People here are open to different forms of music. It is always special to perform for audience who appreciate and understand good music,” says Ghaffari,the lead percussionist.

On every tour that they have gone on,the group introduces their audience to some new musical instruments. This time,the Baran Music Ensemble will be bringing in two new instruments – Ney and Udu. While Ney looks quite similar to the flute,Udu’s resembles a water jug,with a big hole on one side.

Elaborating more on the kind of music and tunes,which they will be presenting,Ghaffari says,“The formation will be little different and the musical pieces will depict separation of loved and beloved and their reunion. A layman will be able to relate it to the divine love between a male and a female. However,if one goes deep into the meaning and soul of the poems,one can relate it to relation between a human being and the divine.”

Although the accent and the lyrics might be different of Indian and Iranian music but Ghaffari feels that there are a number of resemblances between the two. Adds he,“The rhythm,the process of improvisation is out there too. The guru-shishya parampara is practiced in Iran also.” Ghaffari,who is settled in Delhi,is fond of Indian classical music and admires Ustad Vilayat Khan,Rajan-Sajan Mishra and Pandit Ravishankar.

Presented by Banyan Tree,this is the fifth year of Ruhaniyat Sufi and Mystic Music Festival in Pune and it is known for showcasing best of classical and folk artistes from across the world. Tickets for the event are available at Landmark Bookstore,New Rhythm House,Balgandharva Auditorium and Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium.

(Baran Music Ensemble will perform at Ruhaniyat,Empress Botanical Gardens,near Race Course on February 13,6.30 pm onwards)

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