The Words Of Khusrau
3 powerful women creates artistic dynamite on stage!
Date: 04h of June 2017
Venue: Rommen Scene
Time: 4 PM
This concert is going to be one of a kind and one that you will not forget.
You will experience heavenly lyrics, sung by Madhumita Ray, written by the 13-century Sufi mystic Amir Khusrau (Khusrow).
In the Indian Classical and semi-classical genres of Khayal, Thumri, Qawwali, Bhajan
Sudeshna Bhattacharya will take you on an emotional lifting journey, caring you on the tone of Sarod.
To give the lyrics and melody physical expression, Richa Chandra will dance Kathak.
It was the night of Janmashtami – birthday of Lord Krishna, in 13th century Delhi, and the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya had a dream. He was greeted by lord Krishna, the popular Hindu god. By the end of the conversation, the patron saint of Delhi, promised Krishna that he would get his most talented disciple to write an ode to him in the language of the common people. His student was Amir Khusrau.
Khusrau, Sufi mystic, scholar, poet, musician, creator of khayal, tarana and qawwali, and the grammarian of what is today called Hindustani Classical Music.
Khusrau’s odes to Krishna are layered with different shades of emotion and symbolism. There is for instance one song envisioning a jugalbandi between Pir Nizamuddin and Krishna: the Pir plays bansuri, Krishna’s own instrument, while the Lord is dancing to the Pir’s music. In another the poet himself is playing Holi with the Lordin in the lanes of Vrindavan. In this venture Madhumita Ray has given a varied treatment to the compositions by presenting them in different styles like Khayal, Thumri, Bhajan, Sufi and Qawwali, Hori and Jhoola, to show the versatility of the Sufi saint Amir Khusrau.
Madhumita received her initial training at Gandharv Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi, from where she obtained her Sangeet Alankar in 1984. She went on to train under Pandit Vasant Thakar and Ustad Ghulam Taqi Khan & Ghulam Hussain Khan, (both sons of the legendary Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan of Rampur) and finally the Rudra Veena maestro Ustad Asad Ali Khan with whom she trained under for almost 18 years.
For the semi-classical idiom of Thumri-Dadra, she trained under another musical giant, Pandita Naina Devi.
In addition, at various points, she has received training from Vidushi Lalit J Rao (New Delhi/Bangalore), Ustad Maskhoor Ali Khan (Kolkata), Pt. Channu Lal Mishra (Varanasi), Pt. Chandrakant Apte (Jamshedpur), Pt. Balasaheb Poochwale.
Performances (Highlights from India and the World)
Madhumita has performed in some of the most prestigious festivals and venues in India and abroad including Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan (Jalandhar), Shri Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroah (Varanasi), Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Sangeet Samaroah (New Delhi), Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra (Uttarpara, West Bengal), West Bengal State Music Academy Festival (Kolkata), Pavas Mahotsav (Bhopal), ICCR’s Malhaar Festival (New Delhi), Festival of Morning Ragas New Delhi (Sangeet Natak Akademi), Sufi Inayat Khan Music Festival (Hazrat Nizamuddin. New Delhi), Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival (Lucknow), Neemrana Fort (Neemrana), Ballygunj Maitrayee Memorial Conference (Kolkata), Times of India Music Festival (New Delhi), Ustad Chand Khan Festival (New Delhi), Pt. Nikhil Banerjee Sangeet Sammelan (Lucknow), Jaipur Music Festival (organized by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Jaipur), Varchasva (Annual Festival at IIM (Lucknow), Chinmaya Mission Bhakti Pravah Series (New Delhi), IISCO Music Festival (Burnpur), Ma Anandamayee Birth Centenary Celebrations (Kankhal, Haridwar), BHU Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (Varanasi) etc, the City Palace of Kota (at the invitation of HH Brijraj Singh of Kota) and Tirupathi Balaji Temple (Tamil Nadu, India).
Even Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the legendary sarod maestro was impressed with her dedication
She is Sudeshna Bhattacharya!
Sudeshna is a musician, playing the rich tradition of north Indian classical music. Her instrument is the sarod. The more than one meter long, nineteen strings sarod is a descendant of a mid-Asian instrument, the rabab, witch was modified seven generation ago, to better suit Indian music. Sudeshna began to learn at the age of four from her father Pandit Shri Krishnamohan Bhattacharya, who is respected not only because of his sarod, but also because of his vocal knowledge in dhrupad style. According to the tradition, Pandit Shri Krishnamohan Bhattacharya learnt from his father, Pandit Biswanath Bhattacharya, who was a great esraj player, and the great sarod maestro Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra. After studying from her father, Sudeshna gave her first public recital at the age of seven. and in the same year she started participating in musical competition too.
Throughout three years she was chosen as the best among all the applicants, winning the first prize and a national scholarship for nine years. From the age of eight Sudeshna began to learn sarod from one of the greatest sarod maestroes of the world, the legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Sudeshna became Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Gandabandh disiple. Sudeshna was the youngest awarded by the Indian national scholarship, which she received till her age of twenty. During this period she regularly performed on radio, live and television.
Till now her music was known by audiences in India, France, Norway, Portugal, England, Algeria, Spain, Italy, Israel, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Reunion, Monaco, Morocco, Thailand Denmark and Sweden. March 2007 she played on the Babel Med International festival in Marseilles, from where fifty six French radio channels broadcasting their concert.
The sounds of dancing bells on Richa’s ankle gave an echo from the cold and high Norwegian mountains. Barefoot in the cold and snowy rain she was dancing a prayer for peace and prosperity for Norway’s first University of Peace.
From the age of five Richa has been standing on stage and been the ambassador for Indian culture in Norway. With her mother, Shikha Chandra, she spread the information and knowledge about integration and diversity trough Indian dance. Chandra family is known for cultural work and awareness by opening Norway’s first Indian dance and music school. She received her education of Kathak started with Daksha Seth and then finished with the world
famous Priya Pawar, based in England.
Dance school, performances and projects was the conversation at the dinner table each day. The whole family was involved because of the shared vision of a better community and different physical activities that can optimize health while being fun.
Richa brought Indian dance to parts of Norway that are remote and seldom visited by others. She brought colors, music and movements that were unknown to Northern parts of Norway long before internet made the world a small place.
She has performed in Dehli, England and on some of the biggest stages in Norway and worked with some of the most famous dancers, choreographers, theaters, and institutes in Oslo.
Richa is also the fonder of Indian Rhythms with the blessing of her mother Shikha Chandra. Together they have spread the information and education of Kathak in Norway for the past 30 years. She is also the organizer of this show.
Born in 1976 in a music loving Bengali family, in India. Sanjay has started learning Tabla at the tender age of five and half under the able guidance of Sri Gautam Dam and later Prof. Dulal Natto of the distinguish Benaras Gharana (School of Tabla).
Sanjay has participated in various music compitations in the different corner of India. He has won the frist prize in the National leavel compitation, took place in Delhi in 1996 and has been awarded by the President of India. He is a artist of All India Radio (AIR) since1990. Various TITLES has been bestowed on him such as
Talmani (Master of Rhythm),Sangeet Ratna (Jewel of music),Sangeet Visarad (Special knowledge in music)etc.are few to name.
Sanjay has done his M.Mus. from the Rabindra Bharati University(RBU),Calcutta in the year of 2001,and stood First class First position among all subjects in the university, and for this recognition he has been awarded with Gold Medal by the Governor of the West Bengal state.
Sanjay has been travelling all over the world since 2004. From 2006 he has been living in Rome, Italy where he teaches and performs extensively with Sergio Cammariere, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio(OPV),Etno Jazz group WORLDREAM.
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