Every year the ‘Raasrang World Flute Festival’ spreads the message of “Love Peace Water” through the timeless melody of wind instruments.  This year’s Raasrang was organised and hosted in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre For India And Bhutan (UNIC) and the Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR).  This 7th Edition of the festival, which opened in Delhi on the 21st of September, coincided with the UN International Day of Peace, and was dedicated to promoting global peace.  Arun Budhiraja, founder of Krishna Prerna Charitable Trust & Convener of the Raasrang World Flute Festival, spoke on how in these violent and fragmented times it is important to celebrate peace and highlight the work of peacemakers like flautists and musicians.  The festival’s opening night featured German Ambassador HE Dr. Martin Ney and his spouse Dr. Gabriele Ney, who regaled the audience with a western classical repertoire for two flutes, culled from compositions by Hoffmeister, Beethoven, Romberg and Mozart. Performers from Latvia followed – the Riga Saxophone Quartet played lilting Latin American tunes of tango, salsa, and jazz, concluding with a devotional rendering of ‘Amazing Grace.’  Diplomats, government dignitaries and music lovers were present in strength on the opening night.  The second part of the Flute Fest began on 23rd September where flautists from Latvia, Slovakia, Italy and India participated.


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