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News |  31 Dec 2012 21:40 |  By RnMTeam

NCPA to host Western and Indian music recitals in Jan 2013

MUMBAI: Ushering in the New Year on a musical note, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) is all set to host a wide array of Western and Indian classical music concerts and seminars in January 2013.

The year will commence with a Western music concert by B P Salon Orchestra on the eve of 1 January. Conducted by Parvez Doctor, led by NandkishoreTalgaonkar and hosted by Khursheed Wadia, the concert will also witness guest artists, soloists and choir, presenting classical, semi-classical and light music. The programme will include marches, waltzes, violin and harmonica solos, seasonal medleys, junior items by students of Rumaa Dey, Marilynne Chhabra and Parvez Doctor and sing-along acts.

From 2-7 January, NCPA will host a vocal course conducted by Patricia Rozario (Soprano) and Mark Troop (Piano), in association with The Poona Music Society and Furtados, Mumbai. Titled ‘Giving Voice to India’ the course in Western music covers vocal technique, style and interpretation, European languages, sight-singing/reading and music history.

Alliance Francaise de Bombay and Alliance Francaise de Pune will present a Chamber music concert on 9-10 January, featuring Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), Gérard Caussé (viola) and Henri Demarquette (cello). The renowned French vocalists will collaborate to present the best of western music.

Moving towards the Indian forms of music, the ‘One World Many Musics: Celebrating Artistic Plurality’ concert on 11 January will showcase the myriad traditions and musical forms across various indigenous cultures. The performances will include Koshish, the band led by the well-known vocalist, Shubha Mudgal featuring Sudhir Nayak (harmonium), Murad Ali (sarangi), Benoni Soans (drums), Aneesh Pradhan (tabla), Tony Dias (keyboards), Bertie D’silva (bass) and Pratap Rath (percussion).

The repertoire of the band includes especially composed pieces, which borrow from diverse forms of music. Some rely heavily on Hindustani classical forms while others show a marked influence of jazz and blues, with a few borrowing from genres like Qawwali. These pieces will be interspersed with some of the well-known Indi-pop repertoire that Shubha Mudgal has recorded.

Promoting Hindustani raga sangeet, the Svarit Trust will present a musical tribute to the late DinkarKaikini, disciple of renowned musician S N Ratanjankar on 12-13 January.  On the first day, the programme will comprise ‘Rhythm Celebration’ with Sridhar Parthasarathy (mridangam), Suresh Vaidyanathan (ghatam), Yogesh Samsi (tabla) and Taufique Qureshi (djembe - African percussion drum). It will be followed by a Carnatic violin duet by brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh. They will be accompanied by Sridar Parthasarathy on the mridangam and Yogesh Samsi on the tabla.

The second day will feature renowned vocalists of two famous gharanas of vocal music paying their respects to DinkarKaikini. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande of Jaipur Atrauli gharana will begin the evening’s programme followed by Ulhas Kashalkar whose style is an amalgamation of Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur Atrauli gharanas.

A seminar on music performance and musicology will be held on 18 January in collaboration with the Indian Musicological Society and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The seminar will take a close look at the role and significance of scholastic tradition in the contemporary performance practice of Indian music. It will also include a presentation by six graduate students working in the field of Indian music and some interesting research oriented contribution by reputed senior scholars. A major highlight of the seminar will be its inauguration by the renowned santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma.

An Indian music recital by the young talent will be held on 19 January in collaboration with ITC–Sangeet Research Academy (Western Region) and Music Forum, Mumbai. The rising music stars, all of whom are first prize winners of the All India Radio Competition, 2012, will be felicitated in the morning inaugural session. The evening performance will feature vocal and instrumental Hindustani and Carnatic music by the award–winning practitioners.

A western classical vocal recital will be held on 22 January by Nelly Miricioiu (soprano) and Maciej Pikulski (piano). The programme will include Zarzuela songs, Romanian songs, lieder by Liszt, Verdi and Tosti, and arias by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. Another similar recital will be held on 25 January by Viennese artistes Alexandra Reinprecht (soprano) and Christian Koch (piano).