ICCR: Vidya Shah in concert

vidya shah south africaCenturies ago, some of the most powerful and ecstatic expressions of love, devotion and surrender to the ultimate were authored by the great saint poets from the Indian subcontinent.

While some of these verses are direct and forthright in their simplicity, others contain complex allegory and metaphor. Vidya Shah presents an evening of  powerful medieval poetry in song.

About Shah: Vidya Shah was born into a family with a rich musical heritage. With her fondness for and exposure to the North Indian style of classical music, she decided to make a foray into this style of vocal music. She has trained under music icon Shubha Mudgal in Khayal Gayaki and with Shanti Hiranand in Thumri, Dadra and Ghazal.

Trained initially in Carnatic music, Vidya Shah later received guidance in Khayal from Shubha Mudgal and learnt thumri, dadra and ghazal gayaki from Shanti Hiranand. During her training in Khyal Gayaki under the guidance of her Guru she gained a rich repertoire of Sufi and Bhakti Music. She also experimented with tribal music during a short stint of her stay in a tribal area in Western Madhya Pradesh and developed a flair for folk music.

Shah will be performing in South Africa later this month in Johannesburg & Pretoria. Information below. Entrance is free


  • Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2013
  • Time: 19h00
  • Venue: Main Theatre, Market Theatre, Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown,  Johannesburg


  • Date: Thursday, 28 November 2013
  • Time: 19h00
  • Venue: State Theatre, 320 Pretorius Street,  Pretoria


Watch a performance of Vidya Shah

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.