Sat 19 Nov Sunnybank: Sahana Banerjee (sitar – Kolkata)

Qld Sangeet Mela Association presents an evening of Hindustani classical music featuring sitar maestro Smt Sahana Banerjee, direct from Kolkata.

Programme:
7pm: Hindustani vocal – Raghunath and Rugved Pawar (tabla by Pankaj Navlekar)
730pm: Interval – samosas and chai will be served courtesy of Brisbane Indian Times
8pm: Sitar – Smt Sahana Banerjee (tabla by Shen Flindell)

Ticket bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/CCTFF
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3358069631117584/

Sahana will also give a special Alaap Meditation concert on the morning of Sunday 20th November: https://www.facebook.com/events/522545546540828

And Raga Masterclass in the afternoon of 20th November: https://www.facebook.com/events/5435505753202804

ARTIST BIOS:
SAHANA BANERJEE (SITAR)

Born into a family with a rich musical heritage, Sahana’s ability to display her musical dexterity at the tender age of four, urged the world to accept her as a child prodigy. Sahana is a distinguished performer hailing from the Rampur Senia Gharana, a lineage tracing back to Mian Tansen. Today, she is reckoned amongst the front-ranking, iconic Sitarists of India. Her dedication and hard work have led to her wielding an exceptional command over technicalities, alongside an authentic approach towards her presentations. Additionally, her spiritual inclination inspires her to constantly seek philosophical traits in her music, leaving a strong impact on her audiences across the globe.

Website: http://sahanabanerjee.com/

SHEN FLINDELL (TABLA)
Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.

Website: http://ethnosuperlounge.com/shen/

RAGHUNATH and RUGVED PAWAR (VOCAL)
Raghunath is born & brought-up Mumbaikar, started learning from his father since the age of 7, being encouraged after winning an inter-school competition back then and by now performed more than 450+ solo and group shows across the world. He is continuing his classical education from Smt Aparna Gurav and also continues spreading the beauty of Indian classical music through 7-Notes Academy. Rugved is a very passionate musician, having observed his father perform since a very early age. He learnt Tabla for about 8 years. He has been learning classical vocals since the age of 4 and now learns from Smt Aparna Gurav. He also teaches Piano, Tabla and Western drums with 7-Notes. Rugved has performed in various shows in ANZ with local professionals as well as international artists.

PANKAJ NAVLEKAR (TABLA)
Pankaj Navlekar is a Classical Tabla player of the Hindustani (North Indian) style of playing, and has been a resident of Brisbane since 2011. He was introduced to the classical tradition of Tabla playing at a very early age of 10, in his hometown in India. After learning Tabla for 6 years in a local music school in his hometown of Jabalpore, he was introduced to the ‘Gurukul’ tradition of learning under the tutelage of Pandit Gopalrao Wadegaonkar. Pankaj has received training in the Farookhabaad style of Tabla playing – some famous artistes from which include Ustad Amir Hussein Khan and the legendary Ustad Ahmed Jaan Thirakwa. Pankaj calls Brisbane his home and has been a regular performer in Brisbane’s Classical and Semi-Classical music circles and has accompanied vocal and instrumental artists from within Brisbane and overseas.

Sat Jun 18 Nundah: QSMA Indian Classical Concert and 2022 AGM

SATURDAY, 18 JUNE 2022 6PM
Nundah Memorial Hall, 1A Bage St, Nundah

Qld Sangeet Mela Association presents an Indian Classical Concert in conjunction with our 2022 Annual General Meeting. This concert is FREE for members, including anyone who joins from now or on the night! As we have been inactive in the last year, all previous memberships have been extended for the duration of 2022.

A key item on the agenda will be the election of a new executive to take QSMA forward into 2023. 

PROGRAMME:
630pm: Tabla solo by Guhanesh Ganesh, accompanied by Shainthra Birabaharan (harmonium)
650pm: Sitar solo by Sri Saikat Bhattacharya (Melbourne), accompanied by Shen Flindell (tabla)
750pm: Break for tea and snacks
815pm: AGM (members only)

Please note this concert was originally scheduled for June 4 but has been rescheduled with a changed artist lineup. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

BOOKINGS: https://www.trybooking.com/BZDOL
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/974373596613571

AGM OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS:

CONTACT: Shen Flindell 0415106428, shen@ethnosuperlounge.com

ARTIST BIOS:
SAIKAT BHATTACHARYA (Sitar – Melbourne):
Saikat Bhattacharya has been playing the Sitar for over twenty four years. Playing the sitar has been his passion and devotion. His motivation to learn came from his parents more particularly his mother. Saikat’s first teaching began in early nineties under the supervision of his first Guru Pandit Manilal Nag of Calcutta, in India. At present, Saikat is a disciple of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Saikat has made numerous public performances in India and Australia. In Australia, he has regularly performed at the Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Multicultural Music Festival, Queensland Conservatorium, and several other public and private programs. Saikat’s first Guru – Pandit Manilal Nag, a veteran sitar maestro from Calcutta is a world famous name in the world of Indian classical music. The sitar master is the major living exponent of the Vishnupur gharana, a school of classical Indian music coming from the ancient dhrupad style of the aalap, the base of the North Indian ragas. Saikat’s current Guru: Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or “family” committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan. For Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, the Sitar and Self are identical entities, and music is not just a discipline but life itself – vibrating and pulsating and full of colour.

SHEN FLINDELL:
Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.
Website: http://ethnosuperlounge.com/shen/

GUHANESH GANESH:
Guhanesh is one of the senior students of Shen Flindell. He recently completed his PRSSV Grade 7 tabla exam, and is the 2022 recipient of the Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Scholarship. Currently 16 years old, Guhanesh is very excited about his future in tabla.

SHAINTHRA BIRABAHARAN:
Shainthra is one of the senior tabla students of Shen Flindell. At this concert he will be giving harmonium accompaniment for Guhanesh’s tabla solo.

Sat Apr 10: Sarad Sangeet – Indian Classical Sitar and Vocal Concert

SATURDAY 10TH APRIL 7PM
FINNISH HALL (62 Newnham Rd, Mount Gravatt East)

Qld Sangeet Mela Association continues our series of mini Sangeet Melas, this time celebrating the shift to autumn (“sarad”) with Indian classical vocal by Mansey Kinarivala and sitar by Scott Benning (Sydney), accompaniment by Joseph Nand (harmonium) and Shen Flindell (tabla).Doors open 630pm. Concert starts 7pm sharp.

QSMA Members please enter the promo code “QSMA” to receive $5 discount on each ticket. Visit www.sangeetmela.org for more information on becoming a member.

BOOKINGS: www.trybooking.com/BPSIW
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: www.facebook.com/events/124000989615940

ARTIST BIOS:
SCOTT BENNING (Sitar – Sydney)
Scott Benning completed a degree in North Indian Classical Music at CODARTS (Rotterdam Conservatorium) in the Netherlands. Here he studied under Indian sitar master, Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee and Siddharth Kishna. Since returning to Australia in 2004, Scott has continued to make annual study trips to India where he has also studied with Ustad Imrat Khan and Subhranil Sarkar – student of Ustad Shahid Parvez. Scott has taught and performed in Australia, India and Europe.

MANSEY KINARIVALA (Vocal)
Dr. Mansey Kinarivala started learning classical vocal music at the age of 6, from Shri Krishnakant Parikh, disciple of Shri Pandit Jasraj. Completed the degree of Bachelors in Classical Music (Sangeet Visharad) in 1998. Pursued further vocal classical music training with Surmani, Dr Monika Shah in Gujarat, India- Kirana Gharana. Winner of Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Spardha- 2001. Honoured by the Indian Ambassador for a musical performance in Romania-2002. Performed at several other music concerts nationally as well as internationally. Performed at Aakashvani (radio) and Doordarshan (national TV) in India. Performed for several other noble causes- including cancer hospitals, old-aged homes. Interests: Vocal classical music, Bhajans and other devotional songs, Haveli Sangeet, Sugam Sangeet.Dr Mansey Kinarivala is originally from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, now resident in Brisbane, Australia, employed as specialist physician, Gold Coast Hospital. She performed vocal solo at Sangeet Mela 2015.

JOSEPH NAND (Harmonium)
Joseph Abhay Nand is a stalwart participant in the Brisbane Indian classical community. Originally from Fiji, he learnt harmonium from Ustad Mohammed Hussein from Pakistan and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri from India. He is also accomplished in both tabla and vocal. He learnt tabla from his elder brother Sri Viveka Nand, Ustad Mubarak Khan, Pt Surendra Bhatt and Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan, and learnt vocal from Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan. Joseph was a member of the Sangeet Mela organising committee and a regular accompanist for vocal, tabla solo and Kathak dance performances at Sangeet Melas 2014-2017.

SHEN FLINDELL:
Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.
Website: http://ethnosuperlounge.com/shen/

Sat Feb 27: QSMA Indian Classical Concert and AGM

Qld Sangeet Mela Association presents an Indian Classical Concert in conjunction with our first Annual General Meeting. This concert is FREE for members, including anyone who joins from now or on the night!

PROGRAMME:
630pm: Tabla solo by Arun Pillai, accompanied by Nikhil Deo (harmonium)
650pm: Bansuri solo by Darshil Shah, accompanied by Shen Flindell (tabla)
730pm: Break for tea and snacks
8pm: AGM (members only)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL:
https://www.trybooking.com/BONBM
(You can purchase tickets for the concert, or for just $5 extra get annual membership. Current members are also requested to book their free ticket via this link.)

CONTACT:
Shen Flindell: 0415106428, shen@sangeetmela.org

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AGM OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS:

ARTIST BIOS:
DARSHIL SHAH:
Financial Advisor by the day and Musician by heart, Darshil has been learning and playing Bansuri since 2002. Based in Brisbane, Australia since 2009, Darshil has a dream of passing on the legacy of the Ancient Indian Classical Music to cross-cultural communities and next generation of musicians. Born and brought up in Mumbai, he has had the privilege of learning music from some of the best Bansuri Players from Maihar Gharana (Lineage). Darshil was a featured artist at Sangeet Mela 2019.
Website: https://www.bamboomagic8.com/

SHEN FLINDELL:
Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.
Website: http://ethnosuperlounge.com/shen/

ARUN PILLAI:
Arun is one of the senior students of Shen Flindell. He recently completed his PRSSV Grade 8 tabla exam, and is the recipient of the inaugural Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Scholarship. Currently 15 years old, Arun is very excited about his future in tabla.

NIKHIL DEO:
Nikhil Deo is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University under Graeme Jennings on Viola and Mattias Lower in Opera. He found his passion for music through studying harmonium and tabla at the age of 5, studying with his father. He later went on to study tabla under Shen Flindell, completing his 6th Grade PRSSV exam in 2013. He then found his base in Western Classical music, performing in various orchestras around Brisbane. He has also conducted Queensland Youth Orchestra 2, Young Conservatorium String Orchestra and various small projects with Griffith University. Nikhil now enjoys a life as a performer in both Indian and Western classical music.

Fri Mar 13: “Master Musicians of Kolkata” QSMA Launch

The main event of 2020 for Brisbane’s Indian classical music lovers: Two of the finest instrumentalists in India, Pt Sugato Nag (sitar) and Pt Abhijit Banerjee (tabla), Master Musicians of Kolkata, present their art at Queensland Multicultural Centre.

This is the launch concert for Queensland Sangeet Mela Association (QSMA), dedicated to fostering high quality Indian classical music in Queensland, from the team that brought you Sangeet Mela, Australia’s premiere Indian classical event from 2014-2019.

Purchase annual membership of QSMA with your pre-booked concert ticket and save $5.

Tickets: trybooking.com/BICKB
Contact: Shen 0415106428, shen@ethnosuperlounge.com

FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/180066606681753/

TABLA AND SITAR WORKSHOPS ON SAT 14 MAR: Contact Shen for details.

ARTIST BIOS:

Pt Sugato Nag (sitar)

PT SUGATO NAG – SITAR
Born in an elite, educated and highly cultured family of Bengal, Sugato Nag is fast emerging as one of the finest sitar virtuosi of the present generation. In today’s fast-changing world of Indian classical music, Sugato represents a dwindling populace of learned musicians, having had systematic taleem from some of the most respected purists of this art.

Playing in the style of the Etawah and Senia-Shahjahanpore gharanas, Sugato has expertly blended the intricacies of the Sitar baj of the Etawah gharana and the Rabab-based Sarod baj of the Senia Shahjahanpore gharana. A very melodious and sensitive player, Sugato’s imaginative synthesis of the gayaki style and intricate bolwork patterns of the Sarod through skillful improvisations have resulted in a style which is unique.

Pt Abhijit Banerjee (tabla)

PT ABHIJIT BANERJEE – TABLA
Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world. He is known for his sensitivity, skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer.

Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him. He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh.

Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad.  

Sangeet Mela 2019 report

Many thanks to all those who were part of a beautiful day of Indian classical music and dance: the artists, volunteers, sponsors, and thanks most of all the audience. It was a fine selection of performances. Thanks also to Brian Sullivan for these photos. See our Facebook album for more.

Saee Sane (Rising Star Award – Kathak dance) opened the festival with accompaniment by Sri Shen Flindell (tabla), Dr Helena Joshi (padhant), Sri Sangeet Mishra (sarangi), and Dr Mansey Kinarivala (vocal).
Saee Sane (Rising Star Award – Kathak dance) with Sangeet Mishra (sarangi) in the background.
Saee Sane performed rhythmic pieces in teentaal followed by a short sargam.
Saee Sane (Rising Star Award – Kathak dance)
Mansey Kinarivala opened the festival with a short vocal solo and sang the sargam for Saee’s final piece.
Dr Helena Joshi (Guru of Saee Sane, providing padhant – spoken bols)
Aishwarya Jangam (Rising Star Award – Bharatanatyam) gave an enchanting performance.
Aishwarya Jangam (Rising Star Award – Bharatanatyam)
Siddharth Adityan (Rising Star Award – mridangam) performed creditably in 11 beats.
Siddharth Adityan (Rising Star Award – mridangam) with taalam by
Dr. Prabha Selvanathan.
Rising Star Award winners with Shen Flindell (festival director), Sairam Kannaian (platinum sponsor Yoga King), Umesh Chandra (media sponsor Brisbane Indian Times)
Darshil Shah (bansuri) performed Raga Charukeshi in matta taal (9 beats) and teentaal, followed by a beautiful ghazal in rupak.
Darshil Shah (bansuri) with Kush Sami (tabla) and Molly (tanpura)
Saikat Bhattacharya (sitar) in his final Brisbane performance before moving to Melbourne, presented Raga Pilu in rupak, ektaal and teentaal.
Shen Flindell (tabla) accompanying Saikat Bhattacharya
Saikat and Shen deep in music
Sriranjani Chandramouli (Bharatanatyam)
Sriranjani Chandramouli (Bharatanatyam)
Sangeet Mishra (sarangi) performed with accompaniment by Shen Flindell (tabla)
Sangeet Mishra demonstrating the vocal aspect of his music
Sangeet and Shen enjoying successful performance
Tahir Faridi Sufi Qawwali Ensemble
Tahir Qawwal
Farhan Shah of Tahir Faridi Sufi Qawwali Ensemble
Tahir Qawwal and Bhairavi Devi
Chetan Ramlu (Qawwali tabla)
Farhan Shah (Qawwali)
Charulatha Mani (Carnatic vocal) took us on a deep journey of sruthi with Raga Thodi, with accompaniment by Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda (violin) and Sridhar Chari (mridangam)
Charulatha Mani (Carnatic vocal) with Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda (violin) and Sridhar Chari (mridangam)
Sridhar Chari (mridangam) accompanying Charulatha Mani (Carnatic vocal)
MC Bindu Rajendren
MC Kush Sami
Cast and crew of Sangeet Mela 2019 (those who could stay until the end)

Festival director Shen Flindell said “Events such as Sangeet Mela are invaluable in cultivating Indian classical music, both as the ideal vehicle for artists to perform for a quality audience at a quality venue, and as an attractive package to attract new audiences to this wonderful culture. Unfortunately I am unable to continue to drive this event and will be withdrawing from organising large events to focus on my own practice and students. I will be very happy to support and provide continuity for any individual or organisation who would take over the management of Sangeet Mela.”

Menu for Sangeet Mela 2019

The amazing chefs of Brisbanecaters are back at Sangeet Mela 2019 to treat us with the delicious meals and snacks along with very efficient service we enjoyed so much at the last Sangeet Mela.

Vegetarian dinners will be available by pre-order only via our ticket website. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase on the day.

MENU (V = Vegan, GF = Gluten Free – all vegetarian)

High Tea: 2 pm to 6 pm

Snacks pack: $5
Medu vada and Gopi Manchurian with Coconut chutney (V)
Masala tea or Tea/Coffee

Beverages
Water $1
Masala Tea $2
Coke/Diet Coke $2
Self service Tea/Coffee $1

Dinner Buffet 6.30 pm $10 – PRE-ORDERED ONLY

  • Paneer Tikka Masala: Paneer cooked in rich tomato sauce and tossed with cubes of onions, assorted bell peppers and finished with Chef’s special masala. (V)
  • Mixed Veg Curry: Mix vegetable cooked in traditional Indian sauce made with onions, tomatoes, and flavored with an array of finely ground herbs and spices. (V/GF)
  • Veg Pulao: Basmati rice stir fried together with mix veg and mild oriental spices (V/GF)
  • Dessert: Gulab Jamun

Announcing Sangeet Mela 2019

The team behind Australia’s premiere Indian classical festival are excited to announce that planning for Sangeet Mela 2019 is well under way. The event will be held on Saturday 30th March and will feature Carnatic vocal by Smt Charulatha Mani, Qawwali ensemble led by Tahir Qawwal, sarangi solo by Sri Sangeet Mishra, Bharatanatyam dance by Smt Sriranjani Chandramouli with live ensemble, and sitar solo by Sri Saikat Bhattacharya.

We are calling on community leaders to support this important cultural event, and for aspiring young Indian classical artists to apply for our Sangeet Mela Rising Star Awards.

RISING STAR AWARDS
As part of Sangeet Mela’s mission to foster Indian classical culture in Brisbane, several young artists under the age of 26 will be given the opportunity to perform at the festival and will receive a “Sangeet Mela Rising Star Award”. Each year one or two awards may be given in each of four categories (Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion and Dance), each in the two broad genres of Hindustani and Carnatic Sangeet. Many past award recipients identify these awards as a pivotal moment in their development as classical artists. Past winners include Dr Helena Joshi (Kathak dance), Sri Arthavan Selvanathan (mridangam), Ku Roshni Sriram (Carnatic vocal), and Ku Mathuja Bavan (both Bharatanatyam and violin).

We invite and request all dance and music gurus, members of the community and connoisseurs of music to circulate this information among your students or any young enthusiastic performers to apply for these awards.

Full details of the conditions of application are available on available on the Sangeet Mela Website at: www.sangeetmela.org/awards/
Applications close Friday 1st February, 2019. Winners will be informed by Friday 15th February, 2019.

FURTHER SUPPORT FOR SANGEET MELA 2019
I’m sure all community leaders understand the importance of cultivating “Indian Classical Music” (which includes the music of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). We request the support of community groups and businesses in any or all of the following ways:

  • Please keep Saturday 30th March free in your calendar, and don’t organise any competing event.
  • Forward information about Sangeet Mela 2019 to your association or school membership and other networks.
  • Purchase tickets in bulk at a discount rate for your members.
  • Become a sponsor of Sangeet Mela 2019.

Please get in touch with me via email on shen@sangeetmela.org or phone 0415106428 to discuss any of these ways to support the development of Indian classical music in Brisbane.

Kind Regards

Shen Flindell
Festival Director
Sangeet Mela 2019

Sangeet Mela 2017 official videos

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