Four young and talented musicians, Avgerini Gatsi (accordion, song), Nikos Paroulakis (ney), James Wylie (politiki lyra, saxophone) and Thymios Atzakas (uti) traveled from Greece to present traditional songs from Epirus and the Aegean Islands, rebetiko and their own melodies to the Indian audience in two concerts that took place on February 4, 2018 at the India International Center, New Delhi, and on February 8, 2018, at the Pandit Omkar Thakur Auditorium, Faculty of Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
The concerts were part of the cultural program of the international conference “Dimitrios Galanos and His Legacy: Indo-Greek Scholarship 1790-2018” organized by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) under the Bharat Vidya Prayojana in New Delhi and Varanasi from 3 to 10 February 2018 with the support of the Greek Embassy in New Delhi and the Hellenic-Indian Friendship League.
During the conference the Greek musicians also gave speeches with a practical demonstration of the musical instruments and their compositions, making the Greek traditional music known to the Indian audience.
The concerts attracted a big audience, former Indian Ambassadors in Greece, scholars and a few distinguished Indian musicians, and they followed with very positive comments in the Indian press. After the concert at the BHU, Professor K.D. Tripathi said that Greek music is very much like the Indian, while Prof. Ritwik Sanyal, who had worked on Byzantine music and Dhrupad, was particularly excited. However, what inspired all listeners most, was the rendition of the Indian-type Greek songs influenced by the 1960s Indian cinema melodies.
- International Conference on “Demetrios Galanos and His Legacy: Indo-Greek scholarship 1790-2018″, INDIKA 2018
- “Demetrios Galanos and his Legacy: Sanskrit Studies in Greece” lectures by Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis in India, INDIKA 2018
- “Greek-Indian dance creation: Sacred dance in ancient Greece and India” speeches by Leda Shantala in India, INDIKA 2018
- Concerts of Greek Music in New Delhi and Varanasi – VIDEO, INDIKA 2018
- Indian Scholars: “India and Greece are the representatives of the oldest cultures”, INDIKA 2018
- RECALLING THE GREEK WHO ESPOUSED INDIA, Priyadarsi Dutta, INDIKA 2018
- A GREEK PROFESSOR WITH ROOTS IN INDIA, Soumya Sharma, INDIKA 2018