Artist Profiles: Shruti Sadolikar

Shruti Sadolikar

Born in Kurundawad, Maharashtra, Shruti Sadolikar is one of the finest living vocalists in the Hindustani (North Indian) classical tradition. Her name means ‘knowledge transmitted through sound.’

Her guru and mentor was her father, the late Pandit Wamanrao Sadolikar, a well-known exponent of Hindustani classical music. Through meticulous training, Shruti has accumulated a musical knowledge, which she has nourished and expanded by adding her own skill and versatility.

In classical Indian music, the voice is the focal point of the musicthe singer acting as a channel intensifying a shared emotion and bringing the audience into a more intimate relationship with God. Shruti has performed all over the world and has won many awards for her extraordinary talent. She has also formed a foundation in the memory of her father to promote and propagate music, arts and education.

Discography:

In The Jaipur-Atrauli Tradition ‎(Rhythm House, 1984)
Traditional Thumris, Vol. 2 (1986)
Bhakti Varsha – Bhajans (1989)
Rare And Complex “Ragas” The Imaginative ‎(Magnasound, 1990)
Afternoon Ragas Vol 3 (Music Today, 1990)
Bhaktimala – Shiva Vol 1 ‎(Music Today, 1991)
Raga Mian-ki-Todi, Raga Bibhas, Raga Bhairavi ‎(Nimbus Records, 1992)
Evening Ragas Volume One ‎(Music Today, 1992)
Bhaktimala Bhajans (1994)
The Raga Guide A Survey Of 74 Hindustani Ragas ‎(Nimbus Records, 1999)
Bhaktimala – Namastotram, Vol. 2 (Music Today, 2005)
Women Through The Ages Series (Navras, 2006)
Soz-E-Dil (Sony Music india, 2011)

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Artist Profiles: Shweta Jhaveri

Shweta Jhaveri

Shweta Jhaveri is one of the most celebrated singers of her generation performing North Indian classical vocal music. Her specialty is the Khayal, the most elegant and technically demanding style of Indian classical music. It is through this unique song form that her innovative artistry and remarkable vocal technique have made her an enduring favorite among audiences in India and abroad.

Born and raised in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), India, Shweta was the first female vocalist to represent the state of Gujarat on an international level in the field of vocal classical Indian music. At the age of 6, she began training under the guidance of the late Pandit Vilasrao Khandekar and for eight years performed and studied with the world renowned vocalist, Pandit Jasraj. She holds a bachelor‘s degree in Literature and a master‘s in Music Composition. In 1985, at the age of nineteen, Shweta made her debut outside of India traveling to Great Britain and the United States, where she now performs annually. Shweta has also developed a strong musical following in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Shweta Jhaveri is the first Indian classical vocalist to publicly perform with westerners and musicians outside of the Indian classical tradition. The music in Anahita is composed in traditional North Indian rags in the form of Drut Khayals, one of the most popular North Indian classical vocal forms. The accompaniment of guitar, bass, violin, and drums is innovative and arresting, lending a modern touch to these traditional musical expressions.

In May 1993, Kavi Alexander, owner of Waterlily Acoustics formed an ensemble called The Court Musicians. During a two day recording session in Santa Bárbara (California), American and Classical Indian musicians collaborated and performed a collection of new works called, At The Court Of The Chera King.

The artists included: Shweta Jhaveri on vocals, Jonathan Kessler on tar, Abdullah Azam on sarod, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Tim Mullins on dobro, Roger Lewbow on cello, Joe Venegoni on dulcimer and Carl Weingarten on dobro & classical guitar.

Shweta Jhaveri is a guest instructor at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music (AACM).

Shweta Jhaveri is the founder of a music publishing company called Cosmic Khayals (1998) and a recording label ’21st Century Cosmos’ (2003). Shweta Jhaveri has performed extensively in India (frequently at prestigious festivals like Saptak-Ahmedabad, Sankat Mochan-Varanasi, Pandit Motiram Samaroh-Hyderabad, NCPA-Mumbai, Nationwide SpicMacay festival tours,Shankarlal fest.-NewDelhi and more), USA ,UK, Canada, Europe, Argentina, The Netherlands, Bangladesh, Middle East, Mauritious, Singapore.

Besides many national music prizes and trophies, Shweta has been the recipient of – ‘Gaan Kala Bharati’-Ahmedabad at age 14, The Netragaonkar award-Pune 1991, The prestigious Pandit Jasraj award – Pune 1994, The Indo-American Chamber’s award-California 2003, The ASCAPlus awards for her world music English lyrics and Indian classical vocal CD Avishkar, in 2005.

After the released titles Avishkar & Khayal-Saga, Cosmic Khayals/21st Century Cosmos’ next production is the pioneer world vocal music CD release, featuring Shweta’s World music lyrics based on Indian classical ragas.

Discography:

Anahita (Intuition, 2000)
In Various Moods (Biswas Records, 2000)
Hindustani Classical (Biswas Records, 2001)
Avishkar (21st Century Cosmos, 2005)
Khayal-Saga (21st Century Cosmos, 2005)
Music of Teens & 20s (21st Century Cosmos, 2007)
Huge (21st Century Cosmos, 2007)
Awakening (Audiorec Classics, 2011)

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Artist Profiles: Sisirkana Chowdhury

Sisirkana Chowdhury

Dr. Sisirkana Chowdhury is known as a distinguished violinist throughout India and abroad. She had her first lesson on the violin from Ustad Moti Mian when she was seven years old. Later she received systematic training from the famous violinist Padma Bhushan Pandit V.G. Jog.

Impressed by her talent, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan accepted her as his pupil in 1956. She also had the occasion to come in touch with the scholar-musician Acharya T. L. Rana and enrich her theoretical knowledge of the different aspects of Hindustani classical music.

Sisirkana has had a distinguished career as Dean of Music at Rabindra Bharati University in Calcutta.

Currently she is a visiting professor at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California.

Discography:

Sisirkana Dhar Choudhury (His Master’s Voice, 1974)

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Artist Profiles: Sivamani

Sivamani

Sivamani, also known as the Prince of Percussion, plays dozens of instruments from drums and kanjira to cymbals, pots and pans ? all in one concert. His unique style combines traditional Indian drumming with Japanese, African, jazz and Latin rhythms.

Sivamani is one of India’s most popular and colorful percussionists known as much for his charisma and showmanship, as his talent.

Discography:

Golden Krithis Colours (BMG Crescendo, 1994)
Pure Silk (2000)
Drums on Fire (New Earth Records, 2003)
Kaash
Mahaleela
Arima Nambi (2014)
Kanithan (2016)

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Artist Profiles: Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee is a tabla virtuoso from Kolkata (Calcutta), who has been on the concert circuit since he was sixteen and has performed regularly with many distinguished artists, both vocalists and instrumentalists. Subhankar Banerjee’s style combines technical mastery with creativity and his popularity can be gauged by the fact that he has already featured on more than one hundred commercial recordings.

At the age of five he was placed under the tutelage of Shri Swapan Shiva, celebrated artist and teacher of Farukhabad Tabla Gharana. There are six recognized distinctive styles (gharanas) of tabla playing in North India, and over the years Subhankar has dedicated himself to the study other gharanas from different maestros.

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Artist Profiles: Subhra Guha

Subhra Guha

Subhra Guha is one of the leading female singers in Indian music. She is an exponent of the Agra Gharana (School) and has successfully carved a niche of her own in what is traditionally a male-dominated genre.

She has a voice of astonishing luminosity and power, capable of soaring effortlessly from one octave to the next. She performs a classical style known as khayal, but has also received training in thumri, dadra and chaiti, giving her a wide array of musical options and a devoted following. Subhra not only possesses a magnificent voice – she also has one of the world’s largest and most exhaustive collections of rare ragas and compositions.

She has had numerous international tours, and has a number of recordings to her credit; her CD’s have been released in the U.S. by India Archive Music, AIM Records, and Biswas Records.

Discography:

Vocal, Raga Devgiri Bilawal / Mishra Khamaj / Pilu (India Archives, 1999)
Exquisite Voice (Aimrec)

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Madridfolk Musical Festival Announces 2018 Program

Madridfolk 2018

Madridfolk 2018, a festival of Spanish contemporary folk music, will take place on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) in Madrid. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with “an eye on the future, enjoying the present and not forgetting our past,” said Manuel Segovia, Director of MadridFolk.

Festival Program

Saturday, September 15
12:00 to 13:30
Dance Class Neofolk – Raquel Ruiz
Price: € 5 (free, if you show the ticket to the Hispania Tribal concert)

8:30 p.m. Concert
Eliseo Parra Band & Ibérica De Danza
Tribal Hispania
Price: €15, CBA member: €12
A retrospective of the origins of the Festival with Eliseo Parra Band, on Saturday the 15th, with the Hispania Tribal concert. He will be accompanied by Ibérica de Danza, a company that is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Sunday, September 16

12:00. Didactic Concert and Projection
Joaquín Sánchez (Vibra-tó) & Uninstrumented
Price: €10 CBA member: €8
Do we know how the things we throw in the trash sound? In this educational concert for all audiences, Joaquín Sánchez (Vibra-tó) will show that music can be made with the most amazing objects. It’s the Landfill Folklore! And they will also project the short film Desinstrumentados. The magic of unusual instruments.
Joaquín Sánchez goes deeper into the surprising world of rare instruments through unusual artists who, beyond creating original and fun proposals, defending alternative paths, creativity, values ​​and musical magic.
Uninstrumented, the magic of unusual instruments

Aljibe

7:30 p.m. Concert
Aljibe
Water. Traditional music of the Tagus basin
Disc-book presentation
Price: € 15 CBA member: € 12
The group Aljibe, based in Guadalajara, will present their latest work, the album and book with a very suggestive name, Agua.
This project aims to unite, around the Tagus River, “traditional music, its history, its traditions and legends forming an authentic travel guide and developing a journey that leads from its source in the Sierra de Albarracín, to its mouth in Lisbon” .

Circulo de Bellas Artes
Calle de Alcalá, 42 – Madrid

More at www.circulobellasartes.com

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Artist Profiles: Subhrangshu Chakraborty

Subhrangshu Chakraborty, tabla artist, started his musical run when he just age of six. His first guru Provas Kumar taught him in the farukha style. He was later admitted into the popular Tagore House, “Rabindra Bharati University” in Kolkata, Iindia, where he completed a B.A and M.A course in percussion.

He learned the same Gharania from Pandit Anil Roy Choudhury, a famous tabla exponent of India. Shubhrangshu took talim from Punjabi Gharana tabla master, the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha Khan Sahib. He was awarded the Nirod Baran Memorial Award from Rabindra Bharati University. Subhrangshu has composed many instrumental fusions like Anodhyo Samya Dhoni, Orrissa “99” and Naad Vinyas. He has collaborated with many vocalists and instrumentalists like Pt. Ajoy Pohankar, Arun Bhadury, Indrani Chatterjee, Pt. Shyamal Nath, Brayan Melvin, Shamuel Sejen, Pt. Deepak Choudhury and Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan.

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Artist Profiles: Subrata De

Subrata De

Subrata De was born in 1970 in Jamshedpur. He was initiated in the art of playing Hindustani Classical Music on the sitar at the age of seven under the guidance of Sri. Amarjeet Singh of Jamshedpur. Later, he obtained training from Suramani Bauri Bandhu Sethi of Bhubaneswar, from where he has imbibed the essential elements of sitar with great devotion

After 10 years he placed himself in the hands of sitar maestro Pandit Manilal Nag of Calcutta of Bishnupur Gharana, with strict discipline and sincerity, to learn extensively the Dhrupad and Gayeki Style, Tankari, Alapang, Gatkari etc. of Bishnupur Gharana and now has become an accomplished sitar player. Currently, he is involved in various musical organizations as a lecturer in sitar.

As a professional artist, he has been awarded ‘Sangeet Praveen’ by ‘Prayag Sangeet Samiti’, ‘Allahabad and Sangeet Bhaskar’ by ‘Pracheen Kala Kendra’, Chandigarh. Also he has received ‘National Scholarship’ from Govt. of India Ministry of HRD, Dept. of Culture and he has been selected by ‘Indian Council’ for Cultural Relation for their panel of Musician. He has been associated with ‘All India Radio’ as a graded artist since 1990. He has been selected by ‘Sahitya Kala Parishad – New Delhi’ to perform in Yuva-Mahotsova’98.

The release of few audio cassettes and CDs like meditation de la India, Ganga, Insearch & Swaranjali, also created a milestone in his musical career.

He has given numerous performances in various International & major festivals all over India and many countries in abroad namely, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Cuba, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Paraguay, U.S.A, Armenia, Austria, Holland, Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Hong Kong, as a Solo and an accompanist and also he dedicated himself to extend and create an environment of Classical Music in rural areas of India and in abroad with leading organizations and eminent dancers. Apart from this, he has been associated with media & various cultural organizations as a sitarist and& cultural coordinator. At present working with G.D. Goenka World School, Sohna.

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Artist Profiles: Sultan Khan

Sultan Khan

Sultan Khan was known as one of the world’s most talented sarangi players. Sultan’s virtuosity on this difficult instrument was apparent in his eloquent phrasings and rhythmic ornamentations. A representative of the Indore gharana, his models were his grandfather Ustad Azim Khan and his father, Ustad Ghulab Khan. Originally from Kathiawar, he later lived in Bombay where he was actively involved in live concerts and film scoring. He traveled and performed internationally, and his music is available on various Indian, European and American labels.

Ustad Sultan Khan gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of 11, and since then has become to be recognized on an international scale.

In November 1974, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar collaborated with some of the greatest Indian musicians of this century on an American concert tour. During their stay in San Francisco, the Indian performers were invited to do an informal concert at The Stone House, a granite room in Fairfax, California. Ustad Sultan Khan recorded an album titled Sarangi : The Music Of India.

He won numerous musical awards, including being a recipient twice of the Sangeet Natya Academy Award, also know as the President’s Award, as well as being a recipient of the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra, and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998.

Sultan Khan

Ustad Sultan Khan also composed and recorded music for films, such as In Custody, and Ghandi. But, his true devotion and love was playing the classical music of India.

sultan Khan died November 27, 2011 in Mumbai, India.

Discography:

Jugalbandi (His Master’s Voice, 1971)
Young Tabla Wizard – Sarangi Maestro (Chhanda Dhara, 1987)
Sarangi The Music Of India (360° Productions, 1988)
Singing Sarangi Of Sultan Khan (Chhanda Dhara, 1988)
Sur Taal (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd., 1991)
Sarangi (Moment Records, 1991)
Sarangi (Navras, 1992)
Ragas Kaushi Kannada, Bhairvi (Navras, 1993)
In Custody – A Film By Ismael Merchant (Angel Records, 1993)
Raga Pour La Saison Des Pluies (Adès, 1993)
Thought ‘N’ Beats (T-Series, 1994)
Jugalbandi Duet Series Vol.1 (Navras, 1994)
The Art Of Sarangi (Seven Seas, 1994)
Virtuoso (Chhanda Dhara, 1995)
Raga Marwa / Bhairavi (India Archive Music, 1995)
Raga Bhoop & Dhun (Navras, 1996)
Pukaar The Echo (Navras, 2001)
Sonorous Sound of Sarangi (Chhanda Dhara, 2002)
A Drop Of The Ocean (Karuna Music, 2003)
Maestro’s Choice – Sarangi (Music Today, 2004)
Alap, Morning & Afternoon Ragas (India Archive Music, 2004)
Taras – The Longing (Navras, 2006)
Umeed (Sense World Music, 2008)
Live Programme at Savai Gandharva Music Festival, Pune (Fountain Music Company, 2008)
Mesmerizing Maestros (Saregama, 2009)
The Legacy (Worldwide Records, 2011)
The Master, with Warren Cuccurullo (Six Degrees Records, 2014)
Piya Basanti (Sony Music, 2000)

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