Music of The Three Worlds Press Release

 

MUSIC OF THE THREE WORLDS     June-July 2018

Since ancient times people in India have contemplated the origins of the universe, their natural environment, and their own place in the cosmic scheme. Following the path of intuition and insight they became aware of a creator of everything – the Absolute, Brahman – that was in everything and in which everything was, union with which was ultimate bliss. Music and the arts became powerful means to express their longing for, and separation from, the divine and the spiritual. In many different religious traditions, making sound and music – integral parts of everyday life - became a path to self-realisation, a channel of communication with the divine, an auspicious ritual act, a consecration of time and place, a protection against malign influences, and an expression of love for a divine saviour.

MUSIC OF THE THREE WORLDS- featuring the divine, human and natural worlds - aims to explore how people in India express their yearning for union with the universe through innumerable forms and styles of music – the schedule of events below provides an insight into the depth and variety of such expression.

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An EXHIBITION - THE MUSIC OF THE THREE WORLDS from 3rd July to 8th July 2018

at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 7LP with an academic symposium on 3rd July 10am till 3.30pm. 

This is an expertly curated and written exhibition with wonderful contributions from Prof Richard Widdess (SOAS) Prof Katherine Schofield (Kings College) Dr. Richard Williams  ( SOAS)

Dr. Jasmine Hornabrook (Goldsmiths). It has many illustrations along with the texts as well as short films. There is a wide diversity of ways expressing the search for the divine in India and the exhibition explores some of them including the early Hindu and Buddhist traditions, their architecture and associated arts such as the songs of the mystics, dances of the devdasis, the instruments used as channels of communication with the divine, the development of the arts in the Mughal period, Sufi devotional genres in the shrines of their saints.

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29th June 2018 CADOGAN HALL 7.30 020 7730 4500 www.cadoganhall.com


The AMC has always been very innovative and creative in its artistic programming and an example of this is their newly commissioned work:

TAJJALAN – premiere of a new choral work commissioned by the AMC inspired by Miserere of Allegri but using beautiful melodies of Indian ragas. This is performed by RUBYTHROAT a choral ensemble of students of Trinity Laban under the artistic direction of LINDA HIRST

TAJJALAN   is a mystical cosmological approach developed by the ancient seers attempting to describe REALITY or BRAHMAN. Though Vedic thinkers believed that creation is without a beginning or an end, Brahman was the essence of all that exists and does not exist. It also suggested Brahman as existence, consciousness and infinity – the ideas that underpin the AMC’s project – Music of the Three Worlds.

MANORAMA PRASAD sings the poetry and compositions of some of the great mystics of Carnatic music – Adi Shankara, Dikshitar, Tyagaraja, Purandaradas. She is one of the most highly regarded performers of Carnatic music   having received many awards and recognition in India as well as abroad. She is accompanied by Sri R N Prathap on mridangam and Sri K T Sivaganesh on violin.

SUNANDA SHARMA sings Varanasi Thumri based on Lord Krishna and bhajans of Mirabai and Kabir with Babar Latif – accompanying on tabla;  Rekesh Chauhan  on harmonium, Surjit Singh on sarangi.

Sunandais one of the senior most students of the late Girija Devi – the great exponent of  the Varanasi  Purab gayaki – vocal tradition. Sunanda is no stranger to the UK having performed here for the AMC for many years and commands a huge following in India as well as abroad

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29th June 2018 St Ives Arts Club, St Ives Cornwall 7pm and

1st July 2018 London concerts

The Cockpit at 1pm – 4pm 020 7258 2925 www.thecockpit.org.uk
                          

Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall 7.30 till 10.30pm 020 7598 8212 www.royalalberthall.com


Pts Rajan and Sajan Misra   India’s foremost singers of classical music and hardly need any introduction will give one concert on Cornwall and two concerts in London. In the latter they sing afternoon and evening ragas related to deities and nature. They are accompanied on tabla by Sanju Sahai  and Sumit Mishra  on harmonium

Their UK visit is part of their global tour called BHAIRAV SE BHAIRAVI TAK and the AMC are delighted to work with them again

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4th July 2018 at The Bhavan 02 07381 3086 www.bhavan.net



SUFIANA  -  vocalist  Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan gives us an insight into the  wonderful traditional music of Amir Khusrau and Ghalibwith Babar Latif on tabla. These two fine musicians are from a long family line of musicians of the Delhi gharana.  Surjit Singh accompanies on sarangi.

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Saleem Hasan Chishti and his group perform qawali.  This is their first visit to the UK. They are from a long line of singers of qawali associated with the shrine of Sheikh Saleem Chishti in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. This tomb was built by Akbar when he moved his capital from Delhi to Fatehpur Sikri.

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5th July 2018 at Watermans Arts Centre 02 8232 1010 www.watermans.org.uk

A double bill of Anand Gopal Das and group - mystic BAULs from Bengal and the Buddhist monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.  

The BAULS are amongst some of the most esoteric musicians from India. They have given up worldly existence, living a gypsy like life surviving on alms. To the BAUL “moner manush’ – the man within – is the “absolute” – free from attributes or limitations. The “absolute“ is neither male nor female but both. Their songs can be abstract and very beautiful.

“The Power of Compassion” If you are one who seeks an inner journey, nothing could be more fulfilling that the wonderful prayers and chants of the Buddhist monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.  The chants, mantras, music and swirling costumed masked dance of the monks and the sound of the dungchen (long horn) open a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism

This is one of the Asian Music Circuit’s most interesting and high-powered productions full of depth and variety and class and with the exhibition – the first of its kind – NOT TO BE MSSED!

 

For more details please visit www.amc.org.uk

viram@amc.org.uk

07801625141 Viram

Asian Music Circuit Ltd

 

Program subject to change without notice