Reviews 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 love – as much of the mortals as divine. In her voice, fresh being natural and expressive having been trained, the mortal love sounded uplifting and the divine made one humble. She warmed up the hearts of the keen listeners, who had turned up on the lawns of Ellisbridge Gymkhana those nippy evening hours on Friday, the day Pt Jasrajji was scheduled to present his vocal recital at Saptak. Tall trees rising towards the starlit sky form a lovely background. As worthy of notice is the backdrop for its significance. Between vast plain black spaces, behind the singer, appears an image of the singer in movement. She is seen emerging as from a groove of carved heritage pillars with her flowing lower garment held in two hands alongside. She emerges looking within like a Sufi whirling dervish bringing to the modern world its mystical connect with the divine through its verses and music. The theme of Soz-e-Ishq looks visually personified… Lines to Strokes – Mahendra Kadia's Artistic Evolution from Literal to Visceral

The passionate Ahmedabad-based artist’s four-decade-long visual journey has left citizens of the city completely enthralled. Check out how the veteran painter’s love for birds manifests, in this comprehensive  retrospective. If Mahendra Kadia hadn’t been an artist, he would’ve surely pursued ornithology as his career. For four decades, the artist has been exploring his love for birds… Aparaajita celebrates invincibility of empowered women

Freshness of ideas on her subject and a simple style of writing in her NavGujarat Samay weekly column during over the last three years have kept me connected with Dr Ranjana Harish even after she retired as Head of the Department of English, (GU). Most of her contributions are related to empowered and empowerment of…

  • Kadak Badshahi 2.0 captures the magic of the character of our city

    In the realm of art, picking up threads from your earlier performance, it is possible to outperform yourself and marvel at the exceptionally significant fresh outcome. Darpana Academy’s Kadak Badshahi seven years ago was certainly an outstanding multidimensional multimedia production holding spectacle and communication in balance, perhaps the former slightly getting the better of the latter. Many viewers would have shared the view न भूतो न भविष्यति and its producers would have nodded in agreement. Even as Kadak Badshahi 2.0, which opened at Srirangam Amphi Theatre of Shreyas Foundation last Thursday, spreads its action on a much wider space with a strongly enhanced dramatic quality of action in front of a much wider audience, it captures the magic of the character of the city of Ahmedabad. Madness and masti are…

  • Smita Shastri’s refreshing Shabdam, Padam and Kautvam at Saptak

    Dancing feet and spirit seem to shed ten to fifteen years, if not more, from a senior dancer’s age. In an hour-long Kuchipudi solo performance, a septuagenarian Smita Shastri gave at Saptak, it was her pada lalitya that captured viewers’ attention along with her body language and facial expression. Of the Nritta and Nritya aspects…


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Yatra Archives His Pictures Tell Your Story : a Heart to Heart talk with photographer Vivek Desai

If photographers today wish to cover an age-old festival popular in a remote village, all they need to do is google for details. Date, place, time, schedule, it’s all listed on the well-designed website. Camera bag and lens in order,… 37th Saptak Annual Music Festival peaks during the weekend!

Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by… Sleep Comes Like A Drug : Fab Fables #5

It was July. This time, the monsoon was heavy and the moisture-laden air had dampened everything. But for the streak of yellow light originating from the street lamp, the room was dark.   He got up again with his toe… પ્રાર્થના / prayer (અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા)

Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લ‍ઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લ‍ઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દ‍ઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…