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Chiranjeeb Chakraborty with ‘Swar-Taal Samvaad’ – Indian Spring 2

01/03/2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

£2 – £5

As we approach Holi, the Indian spring festival of colours, join us to mark the season with a series of concerts bring you the best of Hindustani classical music. The spring is celebrated in the Indian arts as a time of new life, playfulness and the appreciation of beauty, and Indian music is perfectly adapted to capture these moods. Whatever the weather outside, immerse yourself in our celebration of the coming spring with superb exponents of the classical raga tradition.

An installation from the exhibition Khyal: Music and Imagination will be presented in connection with the concerts on the Saturday and Sunday.

Morning concerts are a regular feature of the Indian music scene and offer both a rare opportunity to hear the morning raga repertory and a perfect opportunity to share the music with family and friends without having to worry about transport home! Children are also welcome to contribute to a special Rangoli decoration of the event.

We begin this concert with Seema and Vishwanath Shirodkar taking centre stage as ‘Swar-Taal Samvaad’ (the conversation between melody and rhythm). Harmonium and Tabla are both traditionally treated as ‘accompanying’ instruments, although there is a long tradition of tabla solo performance: harmonium solo is a more recent phenomenon, but a revelation for music-lovers in the hands of a brilliant musician such as Seema Shirodkar. In this part we will enjoy the beautiful and energising music of these two masters.

The second item will be a khyal presentation by Chiranjeeb Chakraborty, one of the top ranking of Indian classical vocalists in Europe. His music sparkles with the rare combination of virtuosity with classical purity, along with a deep sense of artistic aesthetics. Chiranjeeb’s style blends elements of different khyal gharana styles – Rampur, Gwalior and Patiala/Kasur – which he has absorbed from his eminent teachers, and he is a versatile artist equally comfortable in a wide range of styles from dhrupad to ‘light classical’ and fusion.

The concert will comprise presentations of traditional Hindustani ragas and talas.

 Chiranjeeb Chakraborty vocal
‘Swar-Taal Samvaad’
Seema Shirodkar harmonium
Vishwanath Shirodkar tabla

Presented in association with GemArts

Important Event Information

Doors Open: 10:45 am
Ticket Prices: £5 adults, £2 students, under 18s free
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm
£2 – £5
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Palace Green
Durham, DH1 3RL


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