in[Chorus] 2019 kicks off with Les Flûtes Enchantées !

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In December 2016, Alliance Française de Delhi and Kalasetu launched a unique initiative in the form of an ongoing series of musical meetings called in[Chorus]. The goal of the same was to promote traditional South Asian Performing Arts by providing a platform to musicians of all genres from India and France. The first edition of in[Chorus] 2019 saw a mesmerizing melange of the flutists Samuel Bricault and Rishab Prasanna who were accompanied by the dancer Tanya Saxena for the aptly-named Les Flûtes Enchantées. AF Delhi piloted a series of performances of the show in Delhi (Jan 9), Chandigarh (Jan 10), and Chennai (Jan 12).

The French flutist Samuel Bricault (left) along with the Indian flutist Rishab Prasanna (right)

The French flutist Samuel Bricault (left) along with the Indian flutist Rishab Prasanna (right)

Les Flûtes Enchantées is the result of two previous in[Chorus] projects in which the flutists had participated in 2017. Following their participation, the musicians had been asked to create a new show which would go on to premier at the Festival Berlioz (France). It was hence that Les Flûtes Enchantées was born. Despite their diverse backgrounds, the two musicians acknowledge that there are parallels between their respective musical traditions – the poetry of Mallarmé about Pan echoes the Krishna depicted in the verses of Surdas. Les Flûtes Enchantées is a celebration of these intersections in a set which is beautifully choreographed by Tanya Saxena.

Tanya Saxena - an exponent of Bharatnatyam

Tanya Saxena – an exponent of Bharatnatyam

Born in 1991, Samuel is a French flutist whose passion for all forms of music has brought him to work with orchestras, chamber music ensembles, baroque ensembles, and jazz groups in prestigious venues. Since the last few years, he has been learning Hindustani music in the High School of Music of Paris (CNSM) with Patrick Moutal and Henri Tournier. Son and disciple of the flute and shehnai maestro Pandit Rajendra Prasanna, Rishab has performed in prestigious venues across the world. Since 2009, he has been exploring new musical horizons through multiple musical collaborations in Europe. Tanya is a disciple of Guru Padmabhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan and holds a Masters degree in Bharatanatyam from Tamil Nadu University.

'Les Flûtes Enchantées' in progress at AF Delhi

‘Les Flûtes Enchantées’ in progress at AF Delhi

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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