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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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