GUWAHATI, Nov 23 – The Second Guwahati International Music Festival featuring artistes across eight nations got under way at Shilpgram today.On the opening day, music buffs grooved to ethereal melodies as GIMF presented them with the best of Indian classical music, with Hem Hazarika and son Subhankar Hazarika with their symphony of 100 sitars, sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta and ghazal singer Harris Khan from Afghanistan enthralling the audience.
The festival was inaugurated by Anurag Singh, Managing Director, Assam Tourism Development Corporation. Eminent music director Ramen Baruah was honoured with the Eastern Beats Excellence in Music Award.
The three-day music festival will feature presentation on an array of genres of music.
Other artistes who performed today included classical vocalist Prosun Banerjee and tabla player Nishant Sharma.
Among the captivating performance of the day was Padmabhushan Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta’s riveting sarod recital accompanied by Mallar Rakshit and tablaist Pandit Gopal Mishra. Other performances included classical singer Aniruddha Bhattacharya, Shekhar Dewughariya and Debaratha Gupta. The day’s performance ended with a violin recital by Saket Sahu, an ITC Sangeet Research Academy Scholar and disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.