Japanese musical concert for peace reaches Delhi

New Delhi: A poetess and a musician who have travelled all the way from Japan to various countries across the world are now in India to spread the message of global harmony through a concert that draws inspiration from the ancient land of Koguryo in East Asia.

Musician Idaki Shin and poetess musician Keiko Koma presented the "Legends of Koguryo rediscovered" at the Purana Qila here with the help of music compositions and poetic narrations the duo through the concert say it seeks to promote the importance of preserving cultural treasures and harmonious living.

"The very idea of performing in the land of such rich cultural tradition ignited me," Keiko Koma told reporters here during a press meet to announce the concert.

Keiko who calls herself as a descendant of the rulers of the kingdom of Koguryo heads the non profit organisation NPO KOMA, which holds peace concerts all over the world.

In India the organisation is contributing to the cause of supporting community development efforts of the Joy James Trust which runs the Joybells School for the underprivileged in Dehradun.

Musician Idaki Sen said, "I am thrilled about bringing our concert to the land that recognised its foundation in the theory of non violence. India will be one of our most intersting chapters yet."

fter its first performance in Tyre Lebanaon in the year 2005, the Koguryo concert has since travelled to Azerbaijan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Ethiopia etc. The event at Purana Quila is being billed as the concert's 107th performance.

In the concerts Keiko narrates the tales of the kings of Koguryo, which lies now divided between China, North and South Korea.

"I narrate poems on Koguryo and journeys I made to various parts of the world in search for the origin of Koguryo, in order to rediscover the hidden but true histories of humanity and to reply to essential questions such as what is the true human nature, what  ill come after one's death and what is eternity etc," says the poetess.

Idaki plays different instruments ranging from synthesisers, traditional drums, guitar or flute among others depending on the performance. A video screening with footage from various parts of the world projected above the stage displays the background of Keiko's poems Keiko counts her performances at the Cathedral of Santiago of Spain and in Ethiopia as amongst the best responses.

"The Government of Ethiopia credited our music as an element of regaining pride and joy in this modern world of industrialisation" said Keiko.

The show is being held in collaboration with the Indian council of Cultural Relations and the India Tourism and Development Corporation.