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2 NOVEMBER 2012 | 7.15 pm – 8.15 pm

UGANA RE: Presentation of a mythical episode from Maithili poet Vidyapati’ life by Kathak Guru Shovana Narayan

Guru Shovana Narayan is a venerated Kathak exponent of India. A consummate artiste and choreographer, a revered guru to her disciples and an intellectual, she combines artistry with keen observation and humanism. She has been conferred with numerous awards, outstanding among which are Padma Sri  and the Sangeet NatakAkademi Award. She has also worked in collaboration with nationally and internationally known Indian and western dancers and musicians. Shovana’ spalette  also contains other media, including films and operas as well as research works on the development of dance in general, and particularly Kathak. Among her films is Dance of the Temples based on Khajuraho.

 About Ugana Re 

Maithil-kokil Vidyapati in his old age turns into a devotee of Lord Shankaraand starts composing and singing in praise of the Lord. The Lord himself is so pleased that he decides to come down to earth disguised as a lowly servant called Ugana, so that he can work in Vidyapati’s house and therefore listen to him sing daily.One day Vidyapati is invited to a poetry festival, in the peak of summer,for which he sets out accompanied by Ugana.Vidyapati is exhausted and finally faints due to thirst. Ugana goes searching for water but fails to find any. So he, being Lord Shiva, takes some water from his tresses and gives it to Vidyapati. On regaining consciousness Vidyapati questions Ugana about where he found the water. The truth dawns on him then that Ugana is in fact the Lord himself. However Shiva remarks that he would stay on with Vidyapati only as long as this is kept a secret. This secret is revealed one day when Vidyapati’s wife beats Ugana with a broomstick for not performing his tasks well and Vidyapati blurts out that it is Lord Shankara that she is beating. Immediately Ugana vanishes.Vidyapatisearches for him all over but in vain.

3 NOVEMBER 2012 | 7.15 pm – 8.15 pm

SHISH RANG: Kashmiri Sufiana Kalam by Gulzar Ahmad Ganie

Gulzar Ahmad Ganie and his troupe are one of the most renowned folk singers of Kashmir. Grade-A artist of All India Radio, he has enthralled audiences all over the country with his magnificent voice and in Arab countries. He has also released several CDs and cassettes on Kashmiri folk music. He has been awarded by the Culture Academy n Jammu& Kashmir, as well as the Doordarshan  and All India Radio. During the Kargil war he presented several performances as part of Operation Vijay. Shish Rang literally meaning six colours is a kalaam by the sufi poet Rahman Dar. About 300 years old , this composition deals with the total submission of the poet to god.

 Accompanying musicians: 

Rabab – Ustad Asadullah |Shah

Md Maqbool Shah

Sarangi Nawaz- Shabbeer Ahmad Ahangar

Ghada- abdul Rashid Shah

Tumbak Nari- Wasim Akram Shah

Folk Music of Kashmir

Since Kashmiri language does not have any script of its own, its music has been passed from generation to generation. Kashmiri music is so full of melody and rhythm that it distinguishes itself from music of any other state. There is no function or celebration, which is performed without music. Even in times of sorrow, the involvement of music is a must like Van, a folk form that is sung when someone dies and an environment of sadness prevails all over. Kashmir has been home to Lalleshwari – the mystic poetess who used to roam naked, being of the opinion that the body is a creation of God and so need not be covered. Abounding in depth and pain, her Vakhs are sung in every Kashmiri family. Habba-Khatoon’s poetry have virtually created the culture of Kashmir. There is Vanvun, a prayer in the form of folk music. Ruf, an emotional type of folk dance related with spring, depicts the dance of the black bee which sucks the juice of the flower, sits on it, moves forward and goes backward. Lalnavun reflecting pure motherly love illustrates the unbroken bond between the mother and the child. Chhakri, one of the most popular forms of folk music is rhythmic, fast and when in full swing attracts the attention of each and every listener. Naind Gyavun, one of agricultural songs that are joyful, exciting and merry making and hence make difficult tasks of the farmers easy and enhances their zeal.

4 NOVEMBER 2012 | 11.15 am – 12.00 noon

PAD DANGAL (Poetry Performance in Jagrauti) : Dhavale, Jagan and Others (Introduction: Prabhat)

‘Pad’ is a style of folk-poetry prevalent in the Maad-Jagrauti (Karauli, SawaiMadhopur, Dausa) parts of Rajasthan. They are often based on stories from mythology, history, or that of war heroes. The pad-poets adapt these into their own style and relate accounts of contemporary times, sharing their joys and sorrows. Villages of an area organize these pad-dangals, which are attended by as many as 40, 000 people. The dangals go on for 2-3 days during which various pad-parties present their works. A single pad is about 30-40 minutes long.

Folk poet Dhavale made efforts to get this style recognized outside Rajasthan, on a wider scale. He modified the old form of the pads and integrated them with the regional music of specific areas. He ensured that pads are seen not just as a medium of entertainment but also as a way to express the poignant truths of life. Now pads have been made even more accessible to people and can be found in the form of cassettes and CDs. Like Dhavale, Jagan is also immensely popular and often they perform with and against each other.

4 NOVEMBER 2012 | 7.15 pm – 8.15 pm

RABBI ACOUSTIC LIVE

Rabbi Shergill (born Gurpreet Singh Shergill, 1973) is an Indian musician well known for his debut album Rabbi and the chart-topper song of 2005, ‘Bulla Ki Jaana’. His music has been described variously as rock, Punjabi, with a bani style melody, and Sufiana, and “semi-Sufi semi-folksy kind of music with a lot of Western arrangements.” Rabbi has been called “Punjabi music’s true urban balladeer”. His first album Rabbi was released in 2004 which was an instant success. Rabbi has since worked as a music director and lyricist for the Hindi movie, Delhi Heights. He has also performed at the World Social Forum in Brazil, played at the inauguration of the Tri-Continental Film Festival in New Delhi and various other Live Shows. Recently he lent his voice to Yash Chopra’s 2012 romantic film Jab Tak Hai Jaan singing the leading number Challa composed by A. R. Rahman and written by Gulzar.

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