Celebrating Ganga in Arab land

New Delhi: Indian expats in the UAE are set to experience a `desi` musical delight as an Emirates-based Indian choir pays tribute to the river Ganges.

Malhaar, UAE`s first Indian choir, through its show entitled "O Ganga: Echoes From the River of Life" is set to explore the river`s connection with culture, especially through poetry and music. The programme will showcase the journey along the entire course of the Ganga, in an engaging story-telling format with the narrative done by a boatman.

The lyrics of the compositions will talk about various stages of the river – from its origin in the Himalayas till the time it merges into the Bay of Bengal. "It is not a mythological drama, not a religious convocation and definitely not an environmental show, `O Ganga` is a journey along the entire course of the river in search of musical notes and the lyrical rhythm that have emerged over time from the rich banks of the Ganges," says Jogiraj Sikidar, director of the choir.

The Banaras Gharana of music along with various poets such as Kabir, Kaifi Azmi, Harivanshrai Bachchan, Rabindranath Tagore, and Lalan Fakir are among the thousands who have drawn inspiration from the river.