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“Melodies for Peace and Happiness”  Raga Bhupali and Raga Yaman

We are happy and honoured to be these days in contact again with Vidushi Sumitra Guha who has recorded a beautiful CD for Maharishi Gandharva Veda several years ago.

You should be able to find her CD at the MAP shops – see links in right column.

The CD is called  “Melodies for Peace and Happiness”, for the evening (19 hrs to 22 hrs, give or take one hour either way) Raga Bhupali and Raga Yaman, each 30 minutes long. The CD goes over 60 minutes. MAP order code: 150070.

Sumitra Guha is accompanied on these recordings by Bharat Bhushan Goswami on Sarangi, Prasun Chatterji on Tabla, Sudheshna Talukdar on Tanpura, and Arundhati Bhattacharya on Harmonium.

Audio samples: Bhupali and Yaman

Vidushi Sumitra Guha is currently  working on the project “Gondwana Dawn” with double Grammy Award Winner Robin Hogarth. It is a fusion of Indian Classical (Gandharva Veda) and African Gospel music based on humanitarian grounds.

Links: High Resolution Video or Low Resolution Video

General information about Vidushi Sumitra Guha

Vidushi Sumitra Guha

Sumitra Guha brings to music a rare stream of singing that make her listeners aspire for a better quality of life. Her concerts are counted as ‘experiences’ that bear the stamp of exclusive musical devotion.

Her first tutor was her mother, who imbued music with a spiritual fervor. At the age of 11, she began her formal education in Carnatic Music under the acclaimed S. R. Janakiraman (Sangeetha Vidwan). After completing her pre-university course, Sumitraji went to Viswa Bharati University in Shantiniketan to do her graduation in Philosophy. It is here that she found herself getting drawn to Hindustani music.

In 1964, Sumitraji started learning Hindustani Classical music under none other than Pt. A. Kanan and Vidushi Malobika Kanan. She assimilated both their styles in her music, and later received instruction from Pt. Sushil Kumar Bose, the accomplished disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She thus became the first Andhra woman musician to sing Hindustani Classical. She sings Annamacharya kirtanas in Hindustani Style and Tirumala Tirupathy Devasthanam has recorded her Annamayya Sankirtanas in 1986.

Sumitraji attained the Top Grade of “Vidushi” in 1995. In 1972 she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams at Tirupati at her very first public concert while still a student. She received another Gold Medal at the All India Vaggeykar Utsavams at Bhadrachalam. In 1991, Dishari, the West Bengal Journalists Association, conferred on her the Best Vocalist of the Year for l990. And in 1995, the Central Production Centre made a documentary, called Ek Mulakat on her evolution as a musician. She was awarded the Sangeet Kala Ratna by the Sangeet Kala Kendra, Agra, at the Vishnu Digambar Samaroh in October 97. The Asian Academy of Television and Acting awarded her for her contribution to Indian Music. In the year 2006 she received the Best Music Teacher at the Sangam Kala Group National Music Awards 2006 sponsored by Hero Honda and the Pt. Gama Maharaj Smriti Samman – 2006. She was awarded the Rashtra Bhushan Samman by Vishwa Jagriti Mission in 2007, DTA Excellence Award for Promotion of Fine Arts by the Delhi Telegu Academy in 2008, Mahandhra Excellence Award for Contribution to Music by Telugu Employers’ Welfare Association (Delhi), Face Award 2009, Naadbrahm Shiromani by Sangeetanjali – Mumbai in 2010, Sangeet Vibhuti Samman by Gandhi Hindustani Sahitya Sabha and Sangeet Shree Award in 2011by The Art & Cul;tural Trust of India.

She has been conferred with the prestigiousNational Award of PADMA SHRI (2010) on 31st March, 2010 for her distinctive contribution to Art by the President of India.

Sumitraji has also recorded for the archives of Sangeet Natak Academy and the National Channels of AIR and Television. Her cassettes in India have been distributed by the Atlantis Co. and HMV. She has also brought out several CDs abroad for the Indian Archives in New York, Eye Foundation of North America, the MMY Movement Music Foundation and in India for the Master’s Music Co., G M Records, Bihaan Music Co. and so on.

Sumitra Guha has performed all over India in several Radio Sangeet Sammelans, National programmes, private concerts (Harballav Music Festival – Jallandhar, Saptak – Ahmedabad, Golden Jubilee Festival of Sangeet Natak Akademi – Hyderabad, Concert at the feet of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – Puttaparthy, Spirit of Unity Concerts – Srikakulam, Maharana Kumbh Festival – Udaipur, Champaran Music Festival, Maghotsav – Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai, Times Music Festival – Kolkata, Navratri Festival – Mysore, Delhi International Arts Festival, West Bengal State Music Academy Festival, Ganga Mahotsav, 2010 – Varanasi, All Bengal Music Conference – Kolkata, concert at Nadaneeranjanam,2011, Konark Dance & Music Festival, Dr.Vasantrao Deshpande Smruti Sangeet Samaroha at Nagpur, Pawas Prasang at Raipur to name a few) and held workshops in various colleges and universities. She has virtually toured all the continents of the world, mesmerizing audiences with her melodious voice and her soulful renditions. Her performances abroad include notable concerts at the Musée Guimet (Paris, France in September ’06), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (UK), Kennedy Center (Washington DC in May ’07), Kabir Cultural Society (Montreal in June ’09) and Harbourfront International Music Festival (Sirius Stage, Toronto in August ’10), in prestigious universities (covering South-East Missouri State University, MIT (Boston), Brown & Wales University, Sackler Music Hall at the Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, to name a few), various Temples, Churches, Synagogues and large world festivals (IL SACRO ATTRAVERSO L’ORDINARIO at Turin in September ’06, World Music Festival at Istanbul). Apart from the sheer number of performances abroad covering countries in North America, Europe, West Asia, South-east Asia, Mauritius, Algeria and Egypt, Sumitraji has demonstrated a unique capability to touch the human heart. She has also done Fusion Concerts and recording with western musicians.

Besides a performing artist Sumitra Guha is now an institutionalist. She has founded the Sumadhur Hansadhwani School of Music where music is imparted in the Guru Shishya Parampara style. Some of her students are now graded musicians with the All India Radio. Sumitraji has done a series on “Tribute to the Musical Saints of India” and organized concerts highlighting the contribution and philosophy of a saint each year (like Saints Surdas, Kabir, Brahmanand and Meera). She has also touched other themes like “National Integration Through Music”, “Gurupranaam” and “Harmony, Sur & Taal”. Her most recent project “Gondwana Dawn” with South African artists led by Robin Hogarth, the double Grammy Award Winner has already made a mark in Delhi.

Perhaps, Sumitraji’s musical talent, divinity and blessing can be summed up with one quote from one of her concert reviews in a leading Indian daily: “Not only human hearts, but stones could also melt”.

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From left to right: Nina Burmi (vocal), Pandit Ronu Majumdar (bansuri), Indranil Mallik (tabla)

DIVINITY

EXPLORE AND ENJOY THE INNER SPIRITUAL DEPTHS OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC FEATURING THE FINEST GEMS!

SUNDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2012, 14:00 HRS

ROERMOND, THEATERHOTEL DE ORANJERIE, THEATRE

The Eternal Music of Nature
Music that Connects You with Nature. A breath-taking sunset, a panoramic mountain view or a waterfall in the woods can fill you with wonder and joy. The melodies of Indian classical music – known as Gandharva Veda – mirror this experience.

About Raga Melodies
Gandharva Veda is based on melodies called Ragas. Each Raga has a unique structure which combines both fixed elements and infinite possibilities of variation, allowing the musician to bring out all the subtle values of the frequencies present at that time of the day.

Each of these melodies (Ragas) traces the vibrations and pattern of a particular time of day. When you listen to a melody during the specified time period, it creates a natural balance and harmony in your awareness and in the environment, and through the particular quality (Rasa) of each Raga, characteristics such as greater courage, self-confidence, wisdom, and happiness are enlivened.

Pandit Ronu Majumdar – Indian Bamboo flute, Bansuri

India’s ace flautist and scintillating performer.
Ronu’s Bansuri is described as “transcendental – It transports you to a zone where divinity reigns supreme and produces a healing effect thereby taking us on a spiritual journey”.

Ronu is a Grammy Nominee for his work with the Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck in the album “Tabula Rasa” {1996}. He has performed and composed for the Hollywood movie “Primary Colours” and collaborated with top artists like George Harrison, Ry Cooder, John Hassels, Lary Coryell and Indian maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj and Kishori Amonkar.

“Mr. Majumdar draws deep, melting tones from the bansuri in the meditative preludes to the ragas, as if dreaming the melodies, and when the tempo picks up and the drums join in, his phrases still hover with an otherworldly tenderness”. – The New York Times, February 23rd, 2001

Nina Burmi – Vocal

Nina Burmi is a leading exponent of Indian classical vocal music. Naturally gifted with a melodious and resonant voice, which extends across three octaves, Nina captures the exquisite yet vibrant and dynamic emotions of Indian classical music. Her devotional singing has a beauty and emotions that touch the listeners’ hearts and minds with deep feeling of divinity.

“She has the soul, the voice and the charisma – superb!” – Pandit Ravi Shankar

Indranil Mallick – Tabla

Indranil Mallick, a promising tabla player of rare skill, has already established himself both as a soloist and accompanist.

Born to a family of genuine music connoisseurs, he received his training in tabla from an early age from various accomplished masters. Keeping a rigorous performance schedule, Indranil continues to perform with renowned artists in various music conferences in India and abroad.

Location: TheaterHotel De Oranjerie is the preferred address in Roermond and wide surroundings for the business traveller as well as the recreational guest. Due to location in the centre of town, the hotel is the ideal operating basis for exploring the lovely Middle Limburg.

What makes this hotel so unique is the fact that the hotel houses a theatre.

TheaterHotel De Oranjerie
Kloosterwandplein 12-16
Postbus 200
6040 AE Roermond

Tel.: +31 (0)475-391491
Fax.: +31 (0)475-317188

info@oranjerie.valk.com
http://www.theaterhotelroermond.nl

SUNDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2012, 14:00 HRS – ROERMOND, HOTEL DE ORANJERIE, THEATRE

Admission: € 19

Tickets are available Online through THIS website: 

http://www.oranjerieprogramma.nl/nl/theater/programma/programma-overzicht/divinity-stichting-meru/926/

or call: +31 (0) 475 391 491

Download Brochure: http://concert.meru-mvu.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Divinity-2012_EN.pdf

To watch a clip of a previous MERU concert with Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Indranil Mallik please click here.

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