It was a day filled with classical music and positive vibes when musician Harsh Meswani’s ode to Indian classical music, a book titled The Torchbearers”, was launched by tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and Nita Ambani, the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation. In a way, it was the non-profit organization’s attempt to embrace cultural diversity as music is a field it has not contributed much in. Mrs. Ambani, who is a wholehearted humanitarian, hopes to shift some of her organization’s focus on music and other cultural activities.
About the Launch Event
With a tagline that goes “Keeping the flame of Indian classical music alive”, The Torchbearers is a book that features biographical accounts of contemporary classical musicians. It is a non-fiction book that will appeal to anyone who enjoys classical music and its history. Writer Meswani describes it as an attempt to showcase the profiles of musicians like Shankar Mahadevan on whose shoulders fall the responsibility to take the legacy of Indian classical music forward.
Harsh Meswani is a musician himself and the son of Hital Meswani, a key person of Reliance Industries, one of India’s largest conglomerates and a Fortune 500 company.
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan also attended the book launch with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, another musician who later talked about the importance of classical music.
Nita Ambani – Role in Art
Although Nita Ambani has already stepped into the world of arts as a serious promoter, with this book launch she inches closer to expanding her presence in the music scene. The literary scene has already welcomed her with open arms as she was invited in quite a few book launches in the past year. Other than the recent launch of youngster Zuni Chopra’s fantasy book, Mrs. Ambani has also helped writers like Gunjan Jain (whose last book featured the philanthropist as a new-age role model who is the husband of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani). She has been felicitated by the Met for her philanthropic work in the field of art and was recently honored by the Rotary Club of Bombay.
All this emphasizes her role in art. Launching Meswani’s book on classical music is just another feather.
Overall, the book launch helped fans of classic music understand more about its history and get a fresh youthful look into its world.