Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant: From Here to Eternity
Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant: From Here to Eternity
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), in association with Citigroup, launched Indian classical music festival Aadi Anant: From Here to Eternity in 2012. The multi-city travelling festival showcases celebrated gurus (teachers) performing with their shishyas (students), as a testimony to the age-old guru-shishya tradition.
Previous editions of the festival, the flagship edition of which is held in Mumbai at the NCPA, have been held in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad. It has featured performances by such renowned teacher-student pairs as singers Ajoy Chakrabarty and Kaushiki Chakrabarty, sarod players Amjad Ali Khan with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, and santoor players Shiv Kumar Sharma and Rahul Sharma. Vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and sitar player Shujaat Khan are among the other stars to have regularly performed at the event. Most instalments have included at least one recital by tabla maestro Zakir Hussain who has performed with his students as well as with Indian and international contemporaries and collaborators in a variety of concert formats.
The Mumbai leg of the twelfth edition of Aadi Anant in 2022 featured Hussain, who performed both solo and with sitar player Niladri Kumar (on Saturday, 10 December 2022); a collaboration between violin player Ambi Subramanian, flautist Shashank Subramanyam, kanjira player Selva Ganesh and Norwegian tuba player Øystein Baadsvik; and concerts by two student-teacher pairs (on Saturday, 17 December 2022). Karnatik classical vocalists Bombay Jayashri Ramnath and her son Amrit Ramnath performed both individually and together (on Saturday, 07 January 2023); and singer Shankar Mahadevan and his sons Siddharth and Shivam Mahadevan presented a show spanning multiple genres (on Sunday, 08 January 2023).
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How To Get There
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1, or the domestic terminal, was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from most major cities in India and across the world. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run and private buses operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
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- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Wheelchair access
Items and Accessories to Carry
1. Temperatures in Mumbai can go up to 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Carry light, cotton clothes to beat the humidity in Mumbai.
2. Sandals, flip flops, and sneakers, keep your feet comfortable.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the organisers allow bottles to be taken into the venue.
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