Medhi Hassan: a confluence of Ghazal and Ragas: a tribute by Dattaprasad
Saturday, May 1 and 15, 2021 -- 8pm CST
Mehadi Hassan’s unique contribution to Ghazals is the marriage of classical ragas and the art form of Ghazal singing. In this specially commissioned virtual concert, eminent classical vocalist Dattaprasad renders Mehadi Hassan’s raga-based compositions, covering the spectrum of ragas. You are taken on a journey of
popular Ghazals composed by Khan Saheb in ragas Darbari, Khammaj, Kirwani, Bhimpalasi, Pahadi, Yaman, Goud Malhaar, Bihag, Bageshari, Ahir Bhairav, Nat Bhairav, and, of course, Bhairavi. (A joint presentation of SIA and South Asian Performing Arts Foundation)
Amir Khusrau: A tribute by Farid Ayaz- Abu Muhammed Qawwals
Saturday, June 26, 2021 -- 8pm CST
Amir Khusrau, a Sufi poet and a musician, is called “father of qawwali”. At the behest of his spiritual mentor Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Khusrau initiated “Qawwal Bacchon Ka Gharana” that was headed by Miyan Samat bin Ibrahim.
Renowned qawwals Farid Ayaz and Abu Muhammed are direct descendants of Samat bin Ibrahim who render qawwali the way Amir Khusrau meant it to be rendered.
Ali Akbar Moradi & Pejman Hadadi -- a sacred trance music of Kurdistan
Saturday, August 21, 2021 -- 8pm CST
This trance-inducing concert of Kurdish music brings together two of Iran’s most renowned musicians: Ali Akbar Moradi, the extraordinary virtuoso of the tanbur, a long-necked fretted lute traditionally used in religious ceremonies, and Pejman Hadadi, the innovative percussionist. (Curtsey: Robert Browning Associates)
Debpriya & Samanwaya with Tanmaoy Bose- vocal/sitar jugalbandi
Saturday, September 4, 2021 -- 8pm CST
This jugalbandi of two of India’s foremost young artists accompanied by renowned tabla player Tanmoy Bose, is unusual in that it is a duet with vocal and sitar instead of the more common duets of two instrumentalists or two vocalists. (Courtsey: Robert Browning Associates)
Bollywood Meets Ragas
Saturday, October 2 and 9, 2021
This play is regularly performed every year by major theater companies in India. In Adhe Adhure, playwright Mohan Rakesh captures the complex world of a contemporary Indian woman. The lead character, Savitri, is an overburdened woman caught between her career and the demands of her three children. And her husband, Mahendranath, is no help. She reaches out in vain to her boss,
Singhania, to find a job for her son, and to her one-time lover Jog for emotional support. Juneja, her husband’s friend, confronts Savitri with reality of life. In the climax scene Savitri lashes out at Juneja as she looks for the ‘perfect’ man.
Celebrate the Holidays: Bollywood Meets Ragas
Friday, December 10 (8pm CST) through Sunday, December 19 (8pm CST)
A narrated multimedia production showcasing more than twenty prominent ragas through an array of bollywood songs you grew up humming!
Singers: Hrishikesh Ranande, Priyanka Barve, Madhura Datar
Musicians: Kedar Paranjape (music arrangement), Anay Gadgil, Prasad Gondkar, Nilesh Deshpande, Vikram Bhat, Apurv Dravid, Aditya Apte
Concept: Hari Dayal
Narration: Dr Sunil Keshav Deodhar