Reviews

  • Confluence : a meeting of Indian classical dance & music

    A trained vocal artist, CY contributor Meera Desai shares her experience as she goes on a musical journey with ‘Confluence’.  The brainchild of tabla player Sapan Anjaria, ‘Confluence’ put together a meeting of kathak, Hindustani classical and Carnatic classical music.…

  • Indo Jazz Fusion: A Concert worth the time spent!

    The music segment at the ongoing Abhivyakti has offered a good deal of diversity of musical genres while not missing out on popular appeal and entertainment quotient. And then, whether it was Nadanpatus Gujaratayaan or Indo Jazz Fusion, the bands…

  • Chandrabharti: conversations in classical and folk

    A project by classical vocalist Tarjani Hirani, Chandrabharti is a beautiful meeting of Indian classical and Gujarati folk music. The tastefully arranged performance that opened at Abhivakti edition 2 pushed creative boundaries and emerged a winner. In Chandrabharti Tarjani Hirani skillfully exhibits…

  • Bhor Bhayee evokes the subdued romantic spirit of Vasant

    When at her best, young and ebullient vocalist Nirali Kartik can move listeners with songs of the soil and soothe the mind getting one with the core of a classical raga. Enigmatically when she turns to an overtly entertaining format…

  • Delightful classical dance performances at Nrutyotsavam

    On Day Two of Kalalayam’s Nrutyotsavam, Dr Haripriya Nambudiri, who combines scholarship with dance skills, in her solo Putana in Kathakali style gave a cherished performance. In immaculate resplendent traditional costume and aharya, she rendered her visual narrative so beautifully…

  • Mukt the Band gets a rousing response at Natarani

    Mukt the Band, formed by five talented young lads from a modest social background who held their show at Natarani last Sunday to a rousing audience response is different and promising. To the strong rhythm of drums and two pairs…

  • A glimpse of a nine-generation lineage in Kathak at Saptak

    Pandit Birju Maharaj at Saptak (file photo) Charisma is not definable. It drips and gets felt. Among performing artists, Pt Birju Maharaj has it. That had the audience that chilly night wait right till midnight, as it does every year…

  • Samraga: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in winter

    The two-day classical music concert in Ahmedabad brings together the aspiring and the seasoned artists for an open-air winter gala. Ahmedabad is known for its culture of Indian classical music. As winter has set in, “Amdavadis”, too, have geared up…

  • Jasrangi Jugalbandi: A wondrous show of musical acumen

      Listen to an innovative experiment in the Hindustani classical vocal performance tradition. A duet between a male and female that weaves through not one but two raags, creating varying levels of auditory pleasure. Jugalbandis, duets, have a long history…

  • Maati Baani performance gives listeners a rocking time

    Nirali Kartik and her Maati Baani band who gave a performance at Natarani on Sunday, November 4, 2018, is visibly on the crest of success they have achieved in taking Indian music abroad in an original style with an appeal…

  • It was a cherished Jazz experience at Natarani

    For the first time in Ahmedabad, NCPA Jazz Collective pianist ‘Paddy’ seemed wary initially at Natarani last Saturday of the city’s taste for Jazz. The way the listeners appreciated the concert must have left them all agreeably surprised and pretty…

  • Wind Quartet gives a taste of master composers of Western Classical Music

    It is common knowledge that unlike the improvisational freedom in Indian classical music, there are precisely constructed compositions in western classical music, which are expressed in traditional notations. Listening to Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Quartet music provided yet another opportunity to…

  • There were performances that touched a chord at SNA Fest

    The Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, though a throbbing national cultural entity, has remained a distant existence for Ahmedabad all these years. With twin objectives its current Chairman Shekhar Sen, a versatile performing artist himself, set to it, it came…

  • Mirande sings lyrics celebrating ardour-tinged love

    Within the genres and format selected, Mirande Shah runs the whole gamut of swara notes and shades of emotions with delectable ease in Soz-e-Ishq – ardour-tinged love. Her rendering of gazals and Sufi songs, around a dozen, was all about…

  • A Young Vocalist presents Engrossing Morning Ragas

    Time stopped, nearly so, when Omkar Dadarkar recited 10.40 onwards for over two hours at Vishwakosh under the aegis of its Lalit Kala Kendra and Agastya Foundation on Sunday. Viraj and Amar Bhatt had held the programme in the morning…

  • Tagore’s Krushnakali in a ringing flowing voice

    Till the other day, though the calendar indicated onset of Ashadh, the clouds showed an anticipating Jyeshtha, and now when Ashadh, at times content with spells of occasional showers, assumes the character of Shravan, it seems the perfect time to…

  • A poet of lofty imagination and delicate feelings

    A Gujarati poet gets us to visualise and feel the magnificence of the Supreme Being through His extraordinary creation. A physical description of His visage and limbs of huge proportions is likely, in all probability, to be laughable. Kavi Nanalal…




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