AMC Press Release 2016 - 2017
PRESS RELEASE - OCTOBER 2016
SANGEET KA SAFAR - AN ASIAN MUSIC ODYSSEY
The Asian Music Circuit (AMC) has for the last 26 years been at the forefront in the production and promotion in the UK of the music culture of South Asia. It has created and curated some of the most iconic and innovative events in this field in the UK.
2015 was a perfect example of this with events related to the life and music ofthe courtesan tradition in North India, with the stage production of UMRAO JAAN ADA in English, and then the TAWAIF exhibition and related concerts – such as Pts Rajan and Sajan Misra singing - for the first time ever in the UK - pure Banarasi Thumri; the legendary Savita Devi gave an intoxicating and memorable concert of various genres within the broader thumri.
Now the Asian Music Circuit (AMC) are delighted to announce their new and equally fascinating project for 2016/2017.
Under the broad title of SANGEET KA SAFAR –AN ASIAN MUSIC ODYSSEY, the AMC is producing a variety of events that will give huge pleasure, interest, educate and inform, focusing on the innovative exhibition – THE GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC in March 2017
24th November 2016.
Concert at the Cadogan Hall, London 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ 7.30pm Box office 020 7730 4500
Showcasing flavours of Lucknow inspired by the Royal Courts of Avadh
One of India’s most brilliant tabla players Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri and master of the Lucknow tradition of tabla, will perform a solo in the first half. Swapan da is accompanied on harmonium by Rekhesh Chauhan and on sarangi by Surjit Singh.
The second half of the concert features the fabulous KATHAK dancer Deepak Maharaj – son of the illustrious Pt Birju Maharaj of the Lucknow kathak tradition. Deepak is a dancer of great virtuosity with strong control of rhythm but also performs “abhinaya” – expression - to poetry and thumri – so characteristic of Lucknow and Varanasi. Kathak was once thought to be the domain of female dancers but here we have an excellent example of the interchangeability of roles.
He is accompanied on tabla by Pranshu Chatur Lal - grandson of the illustrious Pt Chatur Lal
(who accompanied Pt Ravi Shankar on his first visit to UK in 1956) and Ghulam Waris on vocals and harmonium
The evening will be compered by the writer Divya Mathur - founder of VATAYAN - who will further bring the art of LUCKNOW to life with Urdu poetry.
11th December 2016.
Concert at the Cadogan Hall, London 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ 7pm Box office 020 7730 4500
TAGORE’S TRAVELLNG TRUNK
The AMC is delighted to present a Sangeeta Datta /Baithak production of Rabindranath Tagore’s travels, musical influences and operatic adaptations
Tagore was influenced in his early years by Indian classical music, Bengali folk and Sufi music. Subsequently parlour songs, Irish and Scottish folk music and Western Opera fired his imagination during his first travels to England.
He composed the first Indian opera in Bengali adapting Western songs that he had learnt. In later travels Tagore adapted Sikh shabad from Amritsar, songs from the temples of the South and folk traditions from Gujarat.
This production brings Tagore’s travelling trunk of musical treasures to London along with new music composed to some of his iconic and inspirational poetry Superb dances are performed to the music.
Written and directed by Sangeeta Datta - with Pramita Mullick – guest artist
Souvid Datta – Narrator
Soumik Datta – Sarod and vocals
Pramita Mullick, Sangeeta Datta, Rosabella Gregory, Sasha Ghosal - vocals
Sandip Chakraborty – Tabla
Abu Erman - Keyboards
Sandip Sen – Guitar
Aindrilla Ghosh- Sejouti Dass – Protima Chatterjee - Dancers
This event is dedicated to Pashawar “John “ Singh OBE, the late trustee/Director of the Asian Music Circuit Ltd
This evening will include a special pre-release screening of:
Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India
Directed by Soumik and Souvid Datta.
Produced by Soumik Datta Arts and The Bagri Foundation.
Successfully funded on Kickstarter.
Official Release on Channel 4 in 2017.
Throughout India, in towns and villages beyond the reach of tourist brochures, countless musicians play traditional instruments and melodies that have stirred souls for centuries. These artists are well known locally but are hidden, ignored by the metropolitan mainstream in its constant search for cool.
Soumik Datta, a British composer and virtuoso sarod player, returns to his roots in India to ‘discover’ some of these musicians off the beaten tracks. Far from the world he knows, pushed beyond extremes, the journey leads him deep into rural India where he encounters gifted musicians struggling to make a living.
Vivid and panoramic, “Tuning 2 You - Lost Musicians of India" is an adventure through a raw, undiluted India. Its soundtrack throbs with gypsy songs, qawwali and thundering drums played by under-represented folk and tribal artists. This special pre-release screening features excerpts from all six films and an introduction by the director.
2nd - 8th March 2017
EXHIBITION: THE GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC
Siva, the Lord Whose Half Is Woman (Ardhanarisvara) Mankot School, Western Punjab Hills, c.1710-20
Venue- Asia House, New Cavendish Street, London W1
The inspiration for this exciting exhibition is to be found in the fact that since ancient Vedic times, the people of South Asia have seen and worshipped SHAKTI as the feminine force and the other half of Shiva - masculine energy later represented in the concept of ARDHANARISHVAR - the image of Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) as one body – half man half woman - symbolising the equality of male and female as one – the unity and inseparability of masculine and female energies driving the universe. The union of Shiva and Shakti is symbolised in their cosmic dance.
The exhibition explores the different qualities and energies that men and women have brought to the evolution of Indian music and looks at
Divine musicians - Human musicians – how music is seen as being feminine and masculine - gendered musical spaces - contesting gender - impact of colonialism and globalisation
Expertly written story boards are illustrated with the use of images - audio-visual recordings.
There will be workshops with Uday Bhawalkar (dhrupad) accompanied by Chitrangana Agle Reshwal (the first female pakhwaj player of modern times) and Manjiri Asanare Kelkar (khyal) accompanied on tabla by Sanjay Deshpande.
A symposium is planned in partnership with the Forum for South Asian Music and Dance (Institute for Music Research) with the presentation of academic papers and discussion.
Academic advisory panel:Prof Katherine Schofield; Prof Richard Widdess; Prof Anna Morcom; Dr Neil Sorrell; Dr Richard Williams; Prof Jim Kippen
Sunday 5th March 2017
Venue - Elgar Room – Royal Albert Hall , Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP 6pm till 9pm www.royalalberthall.com +44 (0)20 7589 8212
THE GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC
A concert by:
Uday Bhawalkar - dhrupad with Chitrangana Agle- Reshwal – pakhawaj
Manjiri Asanare - khyal with Sanjay Deshpande – tabla.
Manjiri Asanare Kelkar Sanjay Deshpande
Uday Bhawalkar Chitrangana Agle Reshwal
All events are subject to change without notice
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