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The Festival of Indian Classical Music @ Sunad

 

If Spring Season cometh to Delhi can the The Festival of Indian Classical Music @ Sunad be far behind.

This year’s Musical Festival is indeed a kaleidoscopic pattern, integrating various subtle genres of the Indian Classical Music. It starts with a Hindustani Instrumental rendering by veteran Suvir Misra on the rudhra veena. Suvir Misra is an Indian musician – vocalist, musicologist, and is an expert in the rudhra veena. He is accompanied by Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma who is one of the leading pakhawaj players of India.

 

Suvir Misra

 

This is immediately followed by a grand Carnatic music Vocal concert by Sandeep Narayan (who has relocated to India from Los Angeles purely for his passion for music) accompanied on the violin by Delhi P. Sunder Rajan and on the mridangam by Delhi M.V. Chander Shekar. So much for the morning session menu for the 18th Mar. Saturday.

Sunday the 19th evening features another Double delight. It starts with a Carnatic music vocal duet by young Kumari Archana and Kumari Samanvi. They are accompanied on the violin by Delhi R. Sridhar and on the mridangam by Vinod Shyam.

 

Saraswati Rajagopalan

 

This is followed by the unique Samvad which is a musical fusion based on the harmonious exchange of musical expressions and rhythms. This is featured by the versatile Veena Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan on the veena; Ajay Prasanna on flute; Anil Chawla on keyboard; Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma on mridangam; Vinod Shyam on tabla; and S. Pranav Dath on rhythm pad.

Saraswati Rajagopalan has the distinction of having featured on all the Sunad events in various formats as Solo, Jugalbandhi, Orchestra/Fusion music and now the Samvad. This is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India. All are Welcome.

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The Genders of Indian Music Concert in London

On March 5, 2017 the Asian Music Circuit will present a concert in London of North Indian Classical music. The event deals with the gender roles within North Indian Classical music and how these roles have transformed over time.

The concert will showcase Uday Bhawalkar, who will sing in the Dhrupad style that is conventionally performed by male singers. He will be accompanied by Chirangana Agle-Reshwal, who has attracted a lot of attention as the first well-known female performer of an instrument that until recently was habitually only played by men, the pakhawaj (a barrel drum).

Uday Bhawalkar

 

The concert will also feature Manjiri Asanare Kelkar, who sings in the Khyal style, another genre usually associated with men. She will be accompanied by the male tabla player Sanjay Deshpande.

 

Manjiri Asanare Kelkar

 

Sanjay Deshpande

 

March 5, 2017
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Starts: 6:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP
UK
Phone: 020 7589 8212
www.royalalberthall.com

headline photo: Chirangana Agle-Reshwal

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Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh to Perform at Celtic Connections Festival 2017

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh

EarthSync will present the Carnatic tradition of veena virtuoso Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh live at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Celtic Connections is a large, influential music festival that celebrates Scottish music as well as Celtic and world music and other forms of roots music.

Jayanthi Kumaresh is an internationally renowned Carnatic veena maestro hailing from a distinguished family of musicians who have been immersed in the Carnatic tradition for seven generations. She has been playing the instrument since she was 5 years old, and will showcase a selection of evening ragas. Her performances at Celtic Connections 2017 will take place on Friday, January 27th at 7:30pm, and Saturday, January 28th at 8:00 pm.

I’m looking forward to presenting the national instrument of India – the Saraswati Veena – to an international audience in Glasgow, introducing many of them to the textures of this instrument that has a 15000 year old tradition originating from the Vedic period” says Kumaresh, “I would like to give credit to EarthSync for taking this instrument far and wide where people haven’t heard of it – it’s a great service to the cause of Indian Classical music to facilitate this exposure”.

For more information, visit: www.celticconnections.com

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Artist Profiles: Anupama Bhagwat

Anupama Bhagwat

Sitar player Anupama Bhagwat is one of the leading sitar disciples of the world-renowned Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee. Her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre, while remaining true to tradition. She has imbibed the vigor that is a hallmark of her Gharana: scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap and brilliant fluency of melody (raag bhava), all the while maintaining her technical virtuosity.

Anupama was born in 1974 in a musically inclined family in Bhilai, India. She began her musical training in Bhilai with Shri R. N. Verma at the age of nine, having received her uncle’s sitar as a gift. At the age of thirteen, she commenced her tutelage with Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana. Under her Guruji’s guidance, Anupama acquired the finesse and technical nuances of the Gayaki style, while bringing out its lyrical beauty with the emotive cadences of the sitar. During this time, Anupama was conferred the title Surmani, by Sur Sringar Sansad, Bombay (1995); she won First Position in the All India Radio Music Competition (1994), as well as a HRD Scholarship from the Government of India (1993-1996).

Now as an established artist, besides her concert appearances worldwide, Anupama conducts sitar workshops and lecture-demonstrations.

Anupama obtained her Masters in music from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya (Khairagarh), India.

Discography:

Confluence (Felmay Records, 2009)

Website /www.anupamabhagwat.com

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Artist Profiles: Krishna Bhatt

Krishna Bhatt

Pandit Krishna Bhatt was born into a family of musicians, poets and Sanskrit scholars who for five generations upheld their tradition in Rajasthan. Krishna was introduced to the musical traditions of Senia school by his father, who was a distinguished sitarist of his time, the late Pt. Shashi Mohan Bhatt.

In his teens, Krishna’s musical grooming was further enhanced by many years of study under the tutelage of his Guru Pt. Ravi Shankar, and legendary musicians Pt. Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, who had a strong impact on Krishna’s musical growth.

While developing his own individual style, Krishna’s music was greatly influenced by twentieth century stalwarts such as the vocalists Amir Khan, Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Abdul Karim Khan, Begum Akhtar, Shobha Gurtu as well as renowned folk singers of Rajasthan. Krishna’s repertoire in performance includes a wide variety of rare and old traditional compositions from these masters of music.

Krishna Bhatt has performed in major festivals on three continents. In India, his concerts include appearances in the prestigious Saptak Music Festival in Ahmedabad, Haridas Sangeet Sammelan in Bombay and the Desert Festival in Jaiselmer. His performances in Europe include concerts in Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, and appearances at the Venice Bienale, Lugano Music Festival, Zurich’s Reitberg Museum, Guitarra International in Cordoba, [wiki:Spain] and I Suoni Del Tempo in Cesena, Italy.

In the United States, his performances include concerts at the Herbst Theater and the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco; Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York.

Partial Discography:

Bouquet of Sentiments (Gurukul Music)

Raga Chandni Kedar / Raga Kafi (Playasound, 1994)

No Man’s Land, with Terry Riley (Plainisphare, 1996)

Kirwani: Essence of a Raag (Amiata, 1997)

Dancing in the Light of the Full Moon (Amiata, 1998)

Wonder & Desire

Rasa, with Jody Stecher (Rooster Records, 1981)

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Artist Profiles: Taufiq Qureshi

Taufiq Qureshi – Photo by Vaibhav Kapadi

Taufiq Qureshi, son and disciple of tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha, is an acclaimed composer and commanding percussionist. His trademark style incorporates body and vocal percussion to create distinctive rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures.

His albums have been released internationally and he has performed at major music festivals throughout the world. He has been greatly influenced by his brother Zakir Hussain and has been privileged to receive guidance from Ghatam Vidhwan Pandit “Vikku” Vinayakram.

While the realm of studio music keeps him constantly engaged creatively, Taufiq is continuously evolving as a percussionist in live performance.

Discography:

Colours of Rajasthan (Music Today, 1995)
Rhydhun (Music Today, 2000)
Swar Utsav – Streams In Confluence (2001)
Rhydhun Gold (2002)
Mondo Beat – Masters of Percussion
India The Greatest Songs Ever
Taalisma (2002)
PercJam (2003)
Bombay Fever (2006)
Mystic Soundscapes – Forest (2007)
Rooh – Songs From The Heart (2007)
TaDhaa- An Expression Of High Energy (2011)
Spark (Music Today)
The Oath Of Vaayuputras (2013)

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Artist Profiles: Shankhachur Lahiri

Shankh Lahiri
Shankh Lahiri

Tabla performer Shankh Lahiri comes from a family with a strong tradition of Indian Classical Music and has fully devoted his life to this music. Son of the sitarist and Guru Shri Rabindranath Lahiri, he grew up in an environment imbued with the fragrance of Hindustani music.

As a child, Shankh Lahiri received intensive training in both vocal and tabla from his father and went on to graduate with a Sangeet Visharad in both subjects. Currently Shankh, as he is known in the fraternity, is the senior disciple of world-renowned tabla maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

He has accompanied and toured with many reputed and leading artists such as Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Arati Ankalikar, Nayan Ghosh (sitar), Pt. Mukul Shivputra, Shri Rakesh Chaurasia and many more.

Aside from his own performing career, Shankh teaches students in Florida through his own organization, Shruti School of Music and the non-profit Shruti Foundation in Tampa.

Shankh is a member of world fusion band WAHH.

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Artist Profiles: Venupuri Srinivas

Venupuri Srinivas
Venupuri Srinivas

M.R. Venupuri Srinivas started as a child prodigy, playing kanjira when he was only one year and eight months old, in Tirupathi. He gave his first concert in All India Radio when he was merely three years old.

Srinivas learned mridangam under legends Ramanathapuram C.S. Murugaboopathi and Trivandrum Mahadeva Iyer. He studied in Madras Music College under Thanjavur Srinivasan obtaining his master degree with distinction and a gold medal. He is an “A” grade artist from the Indian National Radio (All India Radio). He was honored with the respectable asthana vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

Venupuri Srinivas has accompanied renowned artists like M.S. Subbulakshmi, M.L. Vasanthakumari, Madurai Somasundaram, Dr. Balamuralikrishna, Veenai Balachander, T.K. Govinda Rao, Maharajapuram Santhanam, T.N. Seshagopalan, Ravi Kiran, U. Srinivas, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Hydrabad Brothers, T.N. Krishnan, N. Ramani and many more acclaimed artists.

Srinivas is in a fusion group with Louis Banks, Shankar Mahadevan, and Shiva Mani. In addition to mridangam, he plays other percussion instruments such as kanjira, ghatam, thavil, tabla, dholak and western instruments. He also performs konnakol.

Srinivas lives in Tampa, Florida and directs an institution called Navarasa Academy of Performing Arts

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Artist Profiles: Arun Ramamurthy

Arun Ramamurthy
Arun Ramamurthy

Arun Ramamurthy is a multi-talented violinist who is making his mark in Indian Classical and World music. Trained in Carnatic (south Indian classical) music initially by the distinguished violinist Anantha Krishnan, and then later by the celebrated violin brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the most in-demand violinists in the United States.

Arun performs traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music as well as fusion music.

Arun has performed with leading Indian Classical artists such as Padma Vibushan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Padmabushan Sudha Ragunathan, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Subhankar Banerjee and more.

Discography:

Jazz Carnatica (2014)

arunramamurthy.com

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Artist Profiles: Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee
Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee, born in Kolkata, is a sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana (school). He started his sitar training at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while at the same time receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since received training from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the renowned Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Abhik Mukherjee is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.

Abhik’s first public concert was at the age of 9 at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. Since then, he has performed in ten countries on four continents.
Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.

Discography:

Waves of Emotion
Brooklyn Raga Massive Compilation Vol 1
Liberation

Website: abhikmukherjee.com

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