Evening Performances

Nov 26, 2011 Comments Off by


6.30 PM, 16 DECEMBER


With Deepak Castelino on the guitar and Banjo, Shyam Nepali on the Nepali sarangi, Pritam Ghosal on the sarod, and Gurmeet Singh handling multiple percussions, the Ensemble Chaar Yaar celebrates the unfettering spirit of Sufism, led by Madan Gopal Singh, one of the most highly regarded exponents of modern Sufi music. At Samanvay they will present a performance based on the poems of renowned Hindi and Maithili poet Nagarjun.

A well-known name in the world of cinema, art and cultural history, Madan Gopal Singh is a treasure-house of Sufi music and folk poetry. He has a PhD in the semiotics of cinema and has written a few films, both documentaries and feature, including one on the life of the doyen of the Jaipur Atrauli gharana, Pt Mallikarjun Mansur, Rasayatra, and another on the life of the legendary filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, Ekti Nadir Naam. At music festivals around the world, he has performed Punjabi translations of Rumi, Attar, Rilke, Neruda, Brecht, Rabindranath Tagore and even John Lennon. Singh has composed music for many films, including the well-known Pakistani film Khamosh Pani. He has lectured and performed extensively in the US, Brazil, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Brussels, Switzerland, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, including performances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, the closing ceremony of Belgium’s Festival of India, at the South Bank Centre (UK), at the Evento 2011 (Bordeaux), and the festival of South Asian Arts (Parramatta). He has held residencies at the Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, California), Sound Res (San Caesario), Torcito (Otranto).


6.30 PM, 17 DECEMBER


Ustad Chand Nizami (son of Ustad Mehmood Nizami), Shadab Faridi Nizami and Sohrab Faridi Nizami (both sons of Late Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami) are better known as the Nizami Bandhu in the world of music. Initially trained in both qawwali and classical vocal music by their father and grandfather, Late Ustad Mehmood Nizami (Sultan Ragi), at a very young age, they belong to the very famous Sikandra Gharana, whose singers have had the privilege of being Darbari singers of the Asthana of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aula and Hazrat Amir Khusro for the past seven hundred years. Besides being an accomplished qawwali singer, Ustad Chand Nizami is also a poet and has written many nazms and ghazals. The late Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami was also an accomplished poet and had written many qawwalis, nazms, ghazals, and Bhakti songs under the pseudonym Jazbi Dehlvi.

The Nizami Bandhu are very famous and popular qawwali singers, and are among the top ranking singers of the country. They have travelled widely and performed all over the world, including concerts in: France, Germany, Italy, England, Paris, Mauritius, Iran, Tanzania, West Indies, USA, and at the Seventh World Hindi Conference in Suriname (organised by the ICCR, Govt. of India). Some of the prestigious events for which they have been invited to perform in India are: Jaahan-e-Khusro Festival New Delhi (2003), Bhakti Utsav Festival New Delhi (2003), Qutub Festival New Delhi, Virasat Festival Dehradun, Udayan Music Festival Mumbai, ITC Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata, Spic Macay tours to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Guwahati and other places, and the International Trade Fair New Delhi. The Nizami Bandhu have also recorded their music for the Archives of the Sangeet Natak Academy. They have many CDs, DVDs, audio and video cassettes to their credit, and have also done playback singing in film.


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