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News |  21 Aug 2014 22:02 |  By RnMTeam

NCPA to showcase Hindustani Music and Jazz recitals, all in one week

MUMBAI: Hindustani Music recitals, jazz concerts and choral concerts, all in one week?! Oh yes, from 22- 30 August, the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai will be conducting the aforementioned events through the Little Theatre, Experimental Theatre and Tata Theatre.

If you decide to spend your Friday evening indulging yourself in Hindustani Classical Music, you are in for a treat as the Little Theatre will conduct a free Hindustani Music Recital with vocals by Atindra Sarvadikar and Debanjan Banerjee on the sarod. Trained under Dattusingh Gahervar and Dr. Prabha Atre, Atindra Sarvadikar will showcase his mellifluous voice, who can stretch his vocals over three octaves. A disciple of Aashish Khan, Dhyanesh Khan and Ameena Perera, Debanjan Bhattacharjee is a young and upcoming sarod artiste who won the coveted President's Gold Medal in 2008 for standing first in the prestigious All India Radio music competition.

If engulfed in a hall filled with the vibrations of a sarod and Hindustani vocals does not convince you to stay put, Tata Theatre is conducting a Jazz concert, ‘Jazzification' on the same day, 22 August. The concert aims to "jazzify" the tunes of some of the most well-known bands and musicians, ranging from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson. Featuring renowned flautist Rajeev Raja, the concert will be accompanied by an array of stellar jazz musicians including True School of Music faculty member Ruben Steijn on Drums. Saxophone players Ryan Sadri and Rhys-Sebastian will be joined by Rajeev Raja on Flute, Merlin D'souza on Keys, Sanjay Divecha on Guitar and Carl Peters on Bass.

Sunday, 24 August will witness another Hindustani Music Recital, but at the Experimental Theatre. ‘Morning Melodies' will chronicle the relationship of ragas with diurnal as well as seasonal time-cycles are an interesting feature, believed to be unique to Indian music. It is believed that a raga is more effective when performed at the designated time of day or night. However, this concert will feature dhrupad, dhamar and sadra in ragas assigned to the morning. The recital will be conducted by brothers Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha. They have trained in Dagarbani of dhrupad with Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin Dagar. The brothers are among the most outstanding exponents of dhrupad today, and have performed extensively both nationally and internationally.

Next Saturday, 30 August, the Tata Theatre will present a choral