Sangeet Mela 2015, Brisbane’s premiere Indian Classical event, will be held 2pm-10pm Saturday 19th September at QLD Multicultural Centre, 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point. Please book now to avoid disappointment. Earlybird tickets at the concession price are available only until 31st July, and Gold and Silver reserved tickets are selling fast too.
The evening programme alone is well worth the ticket price and will feature:
Smt Manda Sudharani, an “A-Top” grade Carnatic Vocalist from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Her “Ragam Thanam Pallavi” are known for both technical excellence & aesthetic appeal. She will be accompanied by Sri Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda (violin – Sydney) and Sri Sridhar Chari (mridangam – Melbourne).
Kumar Gaurav Kohli (Hindustani vocal) started receiving training at the age of seven from his grandfather Sangeet Acharya Sh. Jagdish Raj Kohli, who belonged to Gwalior Tradition of Khayal Gayaki. A highly regarded amateur artist in Punjab, his rich voice is reminiscent of Pandit Jasraj.
Pt Pooran Maharaj, born in 1952 in one of India’s most respected and well-known families of great musicians of the Benaras heritage, is the son of late Padma Vibhushan Pt Kishan Maharaj. As well as accompanying visiting vocalist Kumar Gaurav Kohli in the evening, he will present a tabla solo in the distinctive Benares Gharana style in the afternoon session.
Dr Helena Joshi (Kathak dance) received the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award at Sangeet Mela 2014 and her performance with live ensemble was one of the more popular items. She will be accompanied by fine Brisbane musicians led by tabla player Sri Shen Flindell.
Also performing: Sri Sridhar Chari (bansuri, mridingam – Melbourne), Sri Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda (violin – Sydney), Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney), Dr Mansey Kinarivala (Hindustani vocal), Dr Indranil Chatterjee (sitar), Ku Janani Ganapathi (Bharat Natyam dance), Sri Rahim Zullah (harmonium), Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium), Sri Murali Ramakrishnan (bansuri), and Sri Adarshbir Singh (dilruba). Young artists have the opportunity to perform by applying for the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards by July 31 (info at sangeetmela.org/awards).
Sangeet Mela 2015 is organised by Sangeet Premi Club in association with EthnoSuperLounge, with support from Platinum sponsor Dr Sanjay Joshi of Bayside Orthopaedics, Gold sponsors Target Travels & Tours and Sitar Restaurant, Silver sponsors Tamil Vazhai, Merv Smith Realty and Homeopathy for Health, supporting organisation SaReGaMa School of Music, exclusive media sponsors Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio, and venue BEMAC. Please contact Shen Flindell on 0415106428 or firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries including how to support Sangeet Mela 2015 as a business or organisation.