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Tribute to Chopin has a flavour of Tagore.

Cross cultural friendship comes easy when you listen to Frederic Chopin's waltz against the backdrop of a theme inspired by Rabindranath Tagore. The occasion was the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of Polish composer Chopin at IIC on Saturday.

The magic of Chopin's music, which has struck a chord in the hearts of millions of people around the world, came alive when two young pianists from Poland, Krzysztof Trzaskowski and Pawel Sobowiec played selected pieces from his repertoire.

And Tagore's famous claim, that " music is such a universal language that it needs no translation, for in it, soul speaks to soul," was the theme of the celebration.

Each musical rendering was preceded by a description of the piece. Trzaskowski who played a waltz said that the one- minute musical piece typified the temperament of the Polish composer.

" Whenever someone approached Chopin asking him to spare a minute, he would immediately play the oneminute waltz," said Trzaskowski.

The celebrations organised by the Embassy of Polland, INTACH and IIC, saw a series of fun events and competitions including face painting, quiz, painting competition, calligraphy and songs, for children in the age group of 10- 17 years from various city schools.

" We want to bring Chopin to children," said Malgorzata Wejsis- Golebiak, first counsellor, head of cultural division, Embassy of Poland about the celebrations.

To mark the occasion, the Fryderyk Chopin Music University, Warsaw, Poland, had also prepared a special CD for India titled Chopin for India .

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Date:Sep 7, 2010
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