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Review: Celebration of Sitar

Shujaat Khan

As I focused on his music with my eyes closed, my heartbeat racing and tapping along with the raga’s on my fingertips, the audience around me whispered and some shouted in excitement the common phrase of acknowledgement – ‘Kya baat hai’. "Music may not have, precisely, saints." But amongst us we have legendary musicians and Ustad Shujaat Khan is one of them.

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Celebration of Santoor

inner circle entertainment

Inner Circle Entertainment is proud to present CELEBRATION OF SANTOOR with the legend PANDIT SHIVKUMAR SHARMA & RAHUL SHARMA live in South Africa. The concert is a double bill featuring the legendary santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma rendering traditional compositions on the santoor, accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee on tabla.

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Ragas of Romance

ragas of romance

ShareLovers of Indian Classical Music will treated to an evening of romantic and soulful music in the forthcoming production Ragas of Romance featuring Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Rakesh Chaurasia (flute), and Abhijit Banerjee (tabla). Each one of these artists have made major contributions to the realm of Indian Classical Music internationally. The concert series starts in Cape Town on Friday 15 April at the Baxter Concert Hall, and then moves to the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on Sunday 17 April. Ragas of Romance will feature solos by each principal artist accompanied by tabla, and then move on to the much acclaimed jugalbandi (duet) between flute and santoor accompanied by tabla. Santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharya has been a pioneering and revolutionary musician who has changed the face of Indian classical music, he has been truly an unparalleled music ambassador of India. He …

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3 Shades of Raga

Indian lifestyle

ShareLovers of Indian Classical Music will be treated to a festival of Indian Classical Music, titled Three Shades of Raga, in February 2010. The festival is headlined by the doyen of Indian Classical vocal, Pandit Jasraj,  and also features ace violinist Kala Ramnath, tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, and Swiss based sarodist Ken Zuckerman. BBC presenter, musicologist and author Jameela Siddiqi will present a pre-concert talk. Blessed with a soulful and sonorous voice, which traverses masterfully over all three and a half octaves, Pandit Jasraj’s vocals is characterized by a harmonious blend of the classic and the opulent elements projecting traditional music as an intense spiritual expression, at once chaste and yet densely coloured. This gives his music a unique and sublime emotional quality, reaching out to the very soul of the listener. Pandit Jasraj celebrates his 80th birthday in …

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World’s best Sitar player comes to South Africa

Ustad Shahid Parvez, descends from six generations of sitarists. He is the leading exponent of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or "family" committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. His family has produced some of the most revered and influential figures in North Indian Classical Music including the likes of Ustad Sahabdad Khan, Ustad Imdad Khan, Ustad Enayet Khan, Ustad Waheed Khan and his uncle Ustad Vilayat Khan.

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