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Raga Fantasy by Inner Circle

Legendary Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia heading to South Africa in June for a two concert tour with Inner Circle Entertainment

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Concert Review: Ragas of the Desert

verushka pather

A review of Ragas of the Desert by Verushka Pather, a classical dancer from Durban who flew in to Johannesburg for this Inner Circle Entertainment event. Ragas of the Desert, is a meeting of the masters inspired by the vast expanses of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India. The spiraling sounds of the Mohan Veena intertwine with the vocal harmonies of the Manganiyars,

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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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3 Shades of Raga

Indian lifestyle

Lovers 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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