21st January, 2016
Gaayatri Kaundinya is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Baba Allauddin Maihar Senia Gharana. She was trained by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan since the age of 4 in vocal music for 14 years. The repertoire is in the traditional Dhrupad style descending from the time of MianTansen including traditional Dhrupads as well as many Dhrupad style Khyaals. She has learned many special light classical compositions from him as well including Thumris, Dadras, Bhajans, Ghazals, Dhuns, etc. She also took voice training with Pt. UlhasKashalkar at the Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, as well as studied briefly with the late Smt. Lakshmi Shankar in Los Angeles. She currently assists at Panchathan Hollywood Studios under AR Rahman and has sung in his Hollywood films.
Inauguration by Nathoo Lal Solanki and Chugge Khan
Nathoo Lal Solanki has been playing the Nagada for several years now performing all over India, and has also showcased his talent at numerous festivals all over the world. He has performed with artists such as Prem Joshua, Indian Ocean, Susheela Raman, amongst others.
Chugge Khan is a very talented versatile folk singer and musician. Widely traveled all over the world he has played with an extensive range of artists and bands. He plays the mouth harp and wooden hand claps. His energetic movements and his endearing personality add joy to melody.
22nd January, 2016
Suman Yadav has trained in the Guru Shishya Parampara musical tradition and holds a Post Graduate degree in Music from the University of Rajasthan and a Doctorate in Music (Sangeet Praveen) from Gandharva Mandal in Mumbai. She has performed across India for more than two decades. Her albums include Evening Serenity consisting of ‘khayals’ in Rag Puriya Dhanashri, Hansdhwani and Humri Bhairvi, a compilation of Indian classical and Rajasthani folk fusion as well as albums featuring classical devotional music. She has also recorded music for the films Hansuli, Bitiya and Bhobhar. An award-winning musician, Yadav currently teaches Hindustani Classical Music at the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur.
23rd January, 2016
Anirban Bhattacharyya is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Patiala tradition and a junior ethnomusicologist from Kolkata. A senior disciple of Padmashree Ajoy Chakraborty, Anirban aims to break the boundaries between different performance traditions and create a unique space for him. He is a President of India Gold and Silver Medalist from All India Radio in Khyal and Thumri, and Champion in Thumri from State Music Academy in 2010, Anirban is also a National Scholar in Rabindra Sangeet and had the opportunity of learning from and performing with the legendary Kathak maestro Padma Vibhushan Birju Maharaj all over India and abroad. On the academic front, Anirban is an MSc from Calcutta University in Economics and an MMus from SOAS London, and has been invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals in UK including Darbar Festival and Dartington Festival. Anirban has toured Europe, US, and South Africa and had the privilege of performing in Royal Albert Hall in London along with Shankar Mahadevan. Anirban’s academic research on music focuses on the musicological contributions of Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore in late nineteenth century Calcutta.
Mrigya is one of India’s most premier and prodigious World-Fusion bands, hailing from New Delhi. Formed in 1999, the band has blossomed into a fascinating contemporary world music band venturing to stretch the boundaries of Indian classical music becoming the harbinger of a unique fusion band offering a rich blend of Blues, Funk, Folk, Latin, Indian Classical and Jazz.
The band has toured extensively around the globe winning accolades and representing India at various international festivals. Mrigya shows range from international performances around the world for elite audiences, and the most exclusive shows ever performed. Their music shares and introduces an audience to the new, modern, contemporary sound fused with classical Indian music. The music of Mrigya carries the legacy of thousands of years, of not only music, but also the heritage of Indian culture.
“Karsh Kale mixes eclectic beats with the sounds of his heritage to make a sound that is distinctly his own.”
– President Barack Obama
Described by Billboard Magazine as a “visionary composer and producer”, Karsh Kale today is known as a pioneer in the world of global fusion. His career has gone through many avatars over the past 15 years as he jumps between the hoops of being a world renowned tabla player, drummer, DJ/ remix artist, vocalist, multi instrumentalist, film composer, as well as a band leader and curator all with equal ease. He has produced five internationally released solo albums (Realize, Liberation, Broken English, Breathing Under Water & Cinema), of which his most recent “CINEMA”, won the Best Fusion Album Award in India at the GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) in 2012 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music charts.
Karsh Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre bending collaborator which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe including his musical hero ZakirHussain, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Laswell, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and many others.
24th January, 2016
Dagar Archives Gunijan Sabha featuring Padma Shree Ustad Wasufuddin Dagar
Wasifuddin Dagar‘s public career began on February 25, 1989. He sang with Ustad Zahiruddin Dagar. Wasifuddin’s first major recording were in Switzerland, India and Japan, in 1992. He has since recorded in Switzerland, India, and America with major recording labels. A French television company made a film based on their life and music.
Wasifuddin Dagar has toured North America performing dhrupad solo since 2000. He first performed live in New York in 2000, where he gave a rendition of Raga Bihag. He has since performed at the UN, the Smithsonian Institutions, Yale, the City of Chicago, University of Washington, Seattle, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, and several other prestigious venues.
Ferdows Ensemble and Temple of Drum:
To open the finalÃ© of the JLF, Ferdows Ensemble will present music from Persia and Afghanistanâ€‹ featuring William Rees (USA)â€‹ on Rababâ€‹, Fakhroddin Ghaffari (Iran)â€‹ on â€‹Tombak and Dafâ€‹ and special guests Georgie Pope (UK) on the Harp, and kathak and Persian dancer & choreographer Lise Mouletâ€‹ (France). â€‹
Our musical journey continues â€‹with Temple of Drumâ€‹, an ensemble of percussionists representing the musical cultures of India, Iran, West Africa, the middle East, Australia, Ireland, Spainâ€‹ andâ€‹ Cuba. The line-up for this performance includes Suchet Malhotra (India-djembÃ©, bongos, didgeridoo), Mohit Lal (India-tabla, tablatarang), Bintang Manira Manik (â€‹â€‹Indonesia-kendang, djembÃ©, Jews harp) and Fakhroddin Ghaffariâ€‹. Their performance will also include a guest appearance by award-winning British beatboxer Bellatrix.
Swarathma is one of India’s top folk rock bands, based in Bangalore. Their sound is rooted in Indian folk traditions while drawing on rock, blues and reggae motifs. With a visually electric, high-energy live act, they are among India’s busiest bands, having played hundreds of shows to people across the country since 2002. Swarathma’s second album Topiwalleh (2012) was hailed as a powerful follow up to their highly acclaimed 2009 debut album. The outspoken, heavier sounding album was co produced by Loy Mendonsa and was supported by the mammoth ten-city Restless Tour. With music that has sensitive songwriting and socially relevant lyrics, they have also collaborated with some of music’s biggest names from legendary classical singer ShubhaMudgal to UK-based EDM giants Basement Jaxx.
Delhi 2 Dublin:
Delhi 2 Dublin was a happy accident born out of Vancouver’s Celtic Fest in 2006. Their sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breakbeats to just straight up happy dance music.
Founded by TarunNayar (of Beats Without Borders cred), Sanjay Seran (at the time hailing from live bhangra act Signia), and Ravi Binning (a professionally trained bhangra dancer and dhol player), it was obvious D2D had something people wanted. Word spread about their ridiculously energetic live show, and these road-warriors have been touring constantly since: mesmerizing crowds at many of the top festivals across Canada and the US, blowing people away in the UK, Australia, Germany and Malaysia as well as performing to awe-filled audiences in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Dubai.
Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”, the last 9 years of incessant touring have seen Delhi 2 Dublin become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands — and this was not just a happy accident.
25th January, 2016
Amrit Kaur Lohia
London-based Amrit Kaur Lohia is a sarangi player and vocalist in the genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul. She has toured internationally as a performer, composer and workshop facilitator. Lohia trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic and is currently studying an MA in History at SOAS, University of London.