SANGEET KA SAFAR – AN ASIAN MUSIC ODYSSEY

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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.

The Asian Music Circuit (AMC) have announced their new and fascinating project for 2017.

 Under the broad title of SANGEET KA SAFARAN ASIAN MUSIC ODYSSEY, the AMCis 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.The events are supported by the generous funding from COCKAYNE.

We have already had a very successful recital by Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri who played a tabla solo in the Lucknowi tradition and Deepak Maharaj   who gave a wonderful kathak dance performance as part of this series.

2nd –  9th March 2017

EXHIBITION:    THE GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC : Venue-  Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

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.Sir Mark Tully will give a speech at the launch of the exhibition 3rd March 2017.

There will be workshops with UDAY BHAWALKAR (dhrupad) accompanied by Chitrangana Agle Reshwal (the first female pakhawaj player of modern times) and MANJIRI ASANARE KELKAR (khyal) accompanied on tabla by Sanjay Deshpande.  ARUNA NARAYAN KALLE   daughter of the illustrious Pt Ram Narayan will talk about the instrument and its history and her role   as the first female sarangi player.

4th March 2017.

A SYMPOSIUM in partnership with the Forum for South Asian Music and Dance (Institute for Music Research) with the presentation of academic papers and discussion on the theme of GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC

Academic advisory panel: Prof Katherine Schofield; Prof Richard Widdess; Prof Anna Morcom; Dr Neil Sorrell; Dr Richard Williams; Prof Jim Kippen

CONCERT – 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

A concert   in the “baithak “tradition by:

UDAY BHAWALKAR –  dhrupad with CHITRANGANA AGLE-RESHWAL – pakhawajMANJIRI ASANARE –  khyal    with SANJAY DESHPANDE – tabla.

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CONCERT 24th March 2017 – Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW1.  7.30pm

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Pt. BRIJ NARAYAN – the wonderful sarod maestro (solo) son of Pt Ram Narayan

HARSH NARAYAN –  sarangi (solo) grandson of Pt Ram NarayanSUNANDA SHARMA (thumri) solo

 SANJU SAHAI – tabla

 All events are subject to change without notice

 Generously supported by   COCKAYNE   and COX & KINGS TRAVEL LTD 

For more information, please contact Asian Music Circuit Ltd: Madsudhan Shah and Matthew Gibbs at amc.org.uk

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