Thursday, September 23, 2010

Qawwali Ensemble- Bandanawazi and Troupe

Following an extremely successful concert by Pandit Ajay Pohankar in August, SPICMACAY IIMB proudly presents, as part of Virasat 2010, a Qawwali performance by the Bandanawazi group from Hyderabad.

Qawwali is a musical manifestation of Sufi mysticism, and traces its origins to 8th Century Persia. The Indian connection came about with the 11th Century Persian migration to South Asia. Qawwali as we know it today is attributed to Amir Khusro Dehelvi – also the father of Hindustani Classical music. The essence of Qawwali is a spiritual quest for divinity. The songs which constitute the qawwali repertoire are mostly in Urdu and Punjabi, and are classified as Hamd – songs in praise of Allah, Naat – in praise of the Prophet Muhammed, Marsiya – lamentations for the dead, ghazals – love songs etc.

The Bandanawazi group is a prominent group of qawwals in India, led by Ateeq Hussain Khan Bandanawazi, son of the legendary Padma Shree Hajji Iqbal Hussain Bandanawazi, who passed away in June 2010. Ateeqji started performing at the age of 7, and is one of the youngest lead singers at the age of 30. The Bandanawazis hail from Gwalior, and are credited with applying the Thumri, Dadra and Khayal styles apart from qawwali.
Accompanying Ateeqji will be Shabaaz Hussain Khan, Saeed Khan, Yaseen Pasha, Asif Hussain Khan and Majid Khan on supporting vocals, Faleebin on Harmonium and Maqsood Ahmed Khan on the Tabla.

Be there for an enchanting evening of music, magic and mysticism.

Date: 25 September 2010
Venue: IIMB Auditorium
Time: 5 P.M.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Virasat-2010: Evening of Melody

As a part of the Virasat Series of Concerts 2010, Spicmacay's Subchapter at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is excited to host the Hindustani Classical Maestro, Pandit Ajay Pohankar.

Ajayji was a child prodigy and was introduced to Classical music scene by none other than Ustad Amir khan saheb in 1958 at the age of 10 at the Calcutta music conference. He has been singing the Kirana, Patiala and Gwalior gharana gayakis and was trained by his mother, musicologist Dr Susheela Pohankar. Pandit Ajay Pohankar has been in the Indian music scene since last 50 years now, has done innumerable concerts in India and all over the world and has been a trendsetter in his own right. His singing impresses primarily for its aesthetic beauty and then for its impeccable technique. His voice has reached and touched the hearts of millions of listeners around the world.

He will be accompanied by Pandit Ravindra Yavagal and Shri Gurumurthy Vaidya on the tabla and Shri Vyasmurti Katti on the Harmonium.

Pt. Ravindra Yavagal was initiated into music by his father Late Sri.Ramachandra Yavagal at the age of four. Considered to be a child prodigy, Pt. Ravindra Yavagal gave his first solo performance at the age of ten at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Music Festival at Kundagol. He is an A “TOP RANKING” artiste of All India Radio. A “POST GRADUATE” in music from Indira Kala Vishvavidyalaya-Khairagarh (M.P), he is one of the most sought after tabla players of the country today and has been able to enthrall the audience through his skillful fingering techniques and creative style which is a result of rigorous training and sincere riyaz.

Shri Gurumurthy Vidya, presently under the tutelage of Pt. Ravindra Yavagal has performed in many programmes of AIR & Doordarshan. He has also accompanied many well known artists like Smt Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Dr. N Rajam, Pt. Brijbhushan Kabra and has also performed in many prestigious festivals like Sawai Gandharva Festival Pune, Pt. Taranath Foundation, Kalamandalam, Kerala.

Shri. Vyasmurti Katti was initiated into music at a very young age by his sisters. He then trained in harmonium under the late Pt. Ramacharya Bagewadi of Solapur. Shri. Katti has given harmonium solo concerts and accompanied eminent artists. His lucid playing style and 'following' technique has won the appreciation of both artistes and music connoisseurs alike.

With such a star-studded combination, Virasat 2010 has got off to a remarkable start and this concert in particular promises to be a confluence of great minds. This is an essential showcase of pristine hindustani music for any Indian Classical music fan and the Spicmacay subchapter at IIM,Bangalore extends its warm welcome to all music lovers to come and be a part of this special experience.

Date: 05 August 2010
Venue: Auditorium, IIM, Bangalore
Time: 06:30 p.m. - 08:30 p.m.

Be there to drown yourself in an evening of melody and experience a touch of Classical Indian Music.