Our Varsha Ritu Sangeet Sandhya was a soulful experience for all those who joined in on the 8th of August. Our Patron Sh N Khosla completed a hundred years on the 9th of August, thus making this celebration a very special one.
Here are some news clips on the concert and also a special feature on Sh N Khosla.
(In the lounge of the Aqua marine hotel sector 22, Chandigarh)
Our Music Appreciation Course concluded successfully on the 20th of November 2016.
The first day (18th of November 2016) Introduction to music- brief history of the evolution of music – sound, rhythm- laya, concordant and discordant notes, harmony, melody – the difference between the basics of Indian and western music.
Introduction to the seven shudh swaras and five vikrit swaras – Thaats and evolution of ragas from the thaats . How the different swaras express different emotions and bhaav.
Brief introduction to the evolution of gharanas and a basic information about the popular gharanas (of North Indian classical vocal music) of present times and their representatives.
The speaker of the day was Dr Nivedita Singh .
Day two (19th of November 2016) The different genres of Indian music – light, folk, devotional, semi classical and classical with special reference to the different moods and emotions related to them.
Taal and its importance – the relationship of laya and composition- the different taals used for the different genres of music.
Modulation of sound and how it can enhance the emotional content of a composition.
The speaker of the day was Dr Alankar Singh. We had the good fortune of having Pt.Keshav Talegaonkar from Agra , as part of our audience. He shared some valuable information and experiences with us too.
Day three (20th of November 2016) The different forms of Hindustani classical vocal music: Dhruvpad, Khyaal, Thumri and Dadra – with special reference to khyaal which is most popular in present times.
Aesthetics of music and what to look for in a concert, followed by a concluding performance.
Our speaker for day 3 was Dr Neera Grover.
Our speakers on all three days brought out the basics of music very beautifully, which helped our participants gain a better insight into our classical music. It was a successful event indeed!
Our Music Appreciation Course concluded successfully on the 6th of November 2012.
The first day (3rd of November 2012) started with Vinita Gupta’s lecture cum demonstration on the various basic aspects of Hindustani music – sound,naad, shruti, rhythm ,taal, thaats and evolution of ragas; the basics of raga development, alaap, anibadh and nibadh gaan.
Day two(4th of November 2012) featured Dr. Nivedita Singh’s lecture-demonstration on the different forms of Hindustani vocal music (classical and semi-classical). She gave an introduction to the development of the raga(vistaar)during its presentation in Khayal gayan. Kanika Mankotia accompanied her on the tanpura.
Day three(5th of November 2012) featured Dr. Alankar Singh giving an insight into the the depiction of different moods through various compositions in khayal gayan and how the various talas help to enhance the depiction of the essence of the lyrics of a composition bringing out the appropriate ‘Bhav’.
Sh. N.Khosla (President INT), concluded with a brief insight into what the correct perspective of the listeners should be, as being an integral part of the concert, how they can help make their listening experience more enjoyable; the ‘gun’ and ‘avgun’ of musicians; and what to look for in a concert. Gautam Dhar accompanied the speakers on the tabla on all three days.
Day four(6th of November 2012) featured a concluding session by Dr.Deepti Omcherry Bhalla on a comparative discussion cum performance on the two major styles of Indian classical music – Karnatak and Hindustani North Indian vocal music. She was accompanied by N.Padmanabhan on the mrindangam and Gautam Dhar on the table. Kum. Sarika gave her some vocal accompaniment in Hindustani music.
All the four sessions focussed more on vocal music. The course was fairly well attended and the course members went home asking for more!
A three day Music Appreciation Course was conducted by Indian National Theatre in collaboration with Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy from the 7th of October to the 9th of October in the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy Auditorium.The idea of holding this course was to enlighten music lovers with little, or no knowledge of music, on the basic concepts of North Indian classical music.
The society had invited eminent vocalists to throw light on ‘swar’,’laya’,’taal’, ‘thaat’, modulations of voice,presentation of a’raag’,various forms of North Indian classical music etc. The speakers included Mrs.Vinita Gupta (Rampur Sadarang Parampara), Dr.Arvind Sharma(Punjab university),Dr.Nivedita Singh(Punjabi university),Sh.Alankar Singh(Punjabi university).
The course was very well received and the positive response of the listeners definitely proved to be a step towards promoting classical music, as that is precisely what Indian National Theatre stands for.
Indian National Theatre has been holding similar courses in the previous years and intends to hold such courses more than once a year on popular demand.
On the first day Rajwinder Kaur and Sanya Kulkarni gave delightful vocal renditions , followed by Sahana Banerjee on the sitar. Rajwinder Kaur commenced her performance with delightful verses from the Gurubani in Raag yaman, set to drut Teen taal, followed by a composition in Raag Kalavati set to drut ek taal.
Saniya Kulkarni commenced with a beautiful compostion in Raag Nand “Dhundu bare Saniyan” set to vilambit Teen taal, followed by a fast tempo composition in Drut Teen taal “more karan de batiya” and a sargam geet in the same raag. The ease with which Sanya traversed the three octaves in her crystal clear voice while developing the raag was indeed highly commendable. She concluded with a soulful bhajan – ‘payo ji maine Ram ratan dhan payo’. She left the audience asking for more.
Sahana Banerjee started her sitar recital with a composition in Raag Hemant set to vilambit Teen taal followed by a drut composition in the same raag. Her performance displayed her skill in alaap, jorh, jhala, typical of Rampur Senia gharna style. She continued with a thumari ang composition in Raag Manjh Khamajh and presented the beautiful nuances of the raag with perfect ease which enthralled the listeners.
On the second day, vocalists Dr Chetna Banawat and Dhananjay Hegde gave memorable performances.
Dr. Chetna Banawat commenced with a beautiful composition ‘sakhi man lage na’ in Raag Bageshri set to vilambit ek taal , followed by a drut composition ‘ja re ja badra tu ja’ and a tarana. She chose Raag Bhinn shadaj as the second raag of the evening. Her compositions ‘ae more balma’ in Madhya laya rupak and ‘jiya lage na’ in drut laya had the audience spell bound. Most of the compositions she sang have been created by her Guru- Dr Prabha Atre.
Dhananjay Hegde commenced with a beautiful composition ‘ae ri ab goond laavo’ in Raag Chhaya nat, set to vilambit Tilwada taal followed by a drut composition ‘ghar jane de’ in teen taal, composed by his Guru Pt Vinayak Torvi. Later, he rendered a beautiful composition in Raag Madhu kauns -‘mora man lubhayo sanvaria’ in drut teen taal.
Both the artistes performances were highly appreciated.
It was surely a vibrant and melodious musical treat for all the classical music lovers present at the Sangeet Sammelan.
On the last day Dr. Purnima Dhumale gave a delightful vocal performance and Gautam Dhar spelled his magic on Tabla.
City-based teacher and tabla maestro Gautam Dhar is the foremost disciple of late Guru Pawan Verma.
Gautam Dhar performed with his students presenting variations of teen taal ‘gat’ pieces. After this presentation he concluded with another gat, where his students recited the ‘bols’ of “Thumak Thumak chalet chaal “ in praise of Lord Krishna and he played the same on his tabla.
This was followed by Dr Pournima Dhumale’s soulful presentation.
Dr Dhumale hails from Pune.In her vocal recital she presented rather rare ragas. She commenced with Raag Bahaduri Todi… ‘Mahadev devan pati’ in vilambit ek taal and a drut composition by ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan Sahib of Agra ‘sajan ki sanwali surat’ in Teen taal. She had the audience spell bound with her soulful rendition. Later she sang a composition in Raag Kukubh Bilawal set to jhap taal -madhya laya ‘ Shambhupat sees pat’ and ‘Tero rang roop’ in drut Teen taal. She concluded with a melodious bhajan which conveyed a beautiful concluding message to all the listeners- “Govind ke gun gao.”
Indian National Theatre President Sh. Navjeevan Khosla, collaborated with Raza Kazim (Director) Sanjan Nagar Institute of Philosophy and Arts presented a Three day Sangeet Sammelan in Lahore from the 7th to the 9th of March, 2014.The Sammelan featured renowned artistes from India and also Sanjan Nagar’s in-house artistes, who performed as a prelude to the guests.
The Three Day Programme was as follows:
7th March Iram Tauqir (Vocal)
Vinita Gupta (Vocal)
8th March Rakae Rehman Jamil (Surbahar)
Piu Sarkhel (Vocal)
Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas (Vocal)
9th March Noor Zehra Kazim (Sagar Veena) – (An instrument created by Raza Kazim)
Dr. Kalyani Deshmukh (Vocal)
It was indeed a memorable experience for all those who participated and witnessed this event. The loving hospitality all the members from India received, was something to be cherished for years to come. Sanjan Nagar Institute which is functioning under Raza Kazim’s leadership, is worth a mention.
As quoted in their brochure- “The object of the Institute is to discover and establish through knowledge, reason and verification, a framework of theory and practice in an effort to contribute towards a new and superior civilization emerging in our time”- which was very evident during our visit to the Institute.