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4000 flautists attempt to create Guinness record with concert

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Noted flautist Pandit Ronu Mazumdar iNew Delhi: Noted flautist Pandit Ronu Mazumdar is set to conduct a concert that brings together on stage over 4000 flautists — a mix of professionals and amateurs — who aim to create a Guinness record.

Organised by the Art of Living (AOL) Foundation, the music concert titled ‘Venu Naad’ is scheduled on January 12 in Nashik and attempts to bring together thousands of flautists on a single stage measuring over 80,000 square feet.

“These musical concerts are a way to revive Indian classical music, values and spirituality,” says Santosh Kapdne fronm the Aol Foundation.

Pandit Ronu Mazumdar terms this opportunity as the biggest achievement of his life.

“This opportunity of conducting the ‘Venu Naad’ is the biggest achievement of my life, even bigger than my nomination for the Grammy awards in 1996. I wasn’t as happy even then. It is an emotional moment for me”, says Mazumdar.

Organisers say the legendary flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia is set to attend the ‘Venu Naad’ as Chief Guest.

His presence stands to be a major inspiration for the artists playing in the event shares Pandit Mazumdar.

“I wanted him to bless all the flautists who would be present on stage, it would be a big inspiration for them to perform in front of the greatest flute player ever,” he says.

The ‘Venu Naad’ is based purely on the use of bamboo flute along with accompanying percussion, playing the ‘Raag Kalyan’, an evening raaga meant to spread the message of peace and belonging.

Apart from the main seven-minute long ‘Venu Naad’ symphony, the evening would also compromise a solo piece by Mazumdar and a performance by International Art of Living Singer Vikram Hazra. The sound for the evening is set to be managed by Warren D’Souza.

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