San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The finale of the unique and exotic three day festival that offers hypnotic performances of the extremely musically exuberant, magical and enrapturing genres of Pan-Indian (India as a sub-continent) classical and highly popular semi-classical music. This session features two leading classical performers of Indian classical music Roopa Panesar (Sitarist) and Sanhita Nandi (vocalist) accompanied by Tabla Maestro Sanju Sahai and critically acclaimed musician Rekesh Chauhan on Harmonium.
Smt Sanhita Nandi is one of the most acclaimed artists of Hindustani Classical Vocal of current times. She presents herself as a representative exponent of Kirana Gharana. Smt Sanhita was groomed by Late Pandit A. Kanan, the senior most gurus of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy,Kolkata. She got added exposure under Pandit Vinayak Torvi for few years. After years of practice, and under the profound influence of Gharana maestros, she assimilated the distinctive features of the Kirana Gharana. To further enrich the aesthetic improvisation of the Kirana Lineage and traditional compositions, Sanhita came under the advanced tutelage of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and continues to hone her fine musical skills under him. Sanhita Nandi is currently based in New Jersey (USA) and New Delhi (India) and performs frequently in India and abroad at all the prime music festivals and concerts. She has received great recognition and reviews on her mastery over the delivery of pitch, tonal precision, use of microtones and tone-fragments, the main characterization of Kirana Gharana. (http://sanhitanandi.com/ for detail).
Roopa Panesar is one of the finest Sitar players to emerge on the Indian music scene in the UK. She has been receiving accolades from audiences and peers alike for her outstanding ability and quality of music. Her soulful and unique style of playing has left her listeners captivated in true sense.
With the incredible emotional depth of her sound, she has touched the hearts of audiences far and wide and received blessings from many eminent musicians in the world of Indian classical music. Roopa has also been teaching the sitar for a number of years and is involved in numerous projects to inspire and educate the next generation of Indian classical musicians. As well as being deeply rooted in the classical tradition, Roopa has collaborated with musicians from different genres such as Mercury Prize Winner, Talvin Singh, Laura Wright and Dirk Brosse to name a few. Roopa has toured extensively in UK, Europe and USA performing at prestigious venues and released her debut album ‘Khoj’ in 2011.
(http://www.roopapanesar.com/about.htm for detail).
Tickets for the rest of the events of the festival:
Raynes Park Library Hall:
Morden Assembly Hall:
For more details please visit www.saudha.org or contact Pushpita Gupta on 07737828922
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Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music
Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music (www.saudha.org), 'one of the leading Indian classical music promoters' (BBC Radio, Asian Culture Vulture) is dedicated to develop a true Western Gharana (school) of Indian classical music through intertwining with other profoundly related art forms e.g. poetry, Western Classical, Kathak, painting, theatrical presentation of music etc. It organises 'remedial and therapeutic performances' (Wimbledon Guardian) 'hypnotic musical concerts' (Yorkshire Evening Post) and music festivals involving leading performers of each genre.