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Sangeet Mela is Australia’s premiere Indian classical music and dance festival featuring both Hindustani and Carnatic styles. Sangeet Mela 2016 will feature renowned sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar’s protégée, Shubhendra Rao and pioneer of the Indian cello Saskia Rao-de Haas in a sensational “East Marries West” performance.
“…String magic puts audience in a trance… immersed in a musical journey too exquisite to put down in words… the intoxication of the music kept the audience riveted to their seats…”
Times of India, Hyderabad
Along with sensational tabla solo, divine Bharat Natyam dance with live ensemble, exquisite Carnatic and Hindustani vocals, gorgeous Mohiniattam dance, and much more, Sangeet Mela is a glorious celebration of the world’s finest performance art forms, Indian classical music and dance.
Tickets: $150 Gold (front row), $100 Silver (second row), $150 Family (2 adults, 2 under 18), $50 General, $45 Concession
Please note that all tickets will be $10 extra if purchased at the door. All general admission seats are unreserved. Gold/Silver seats will be allocated in order of purchase.
Don’t miss out, book your tickets now!
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NEW! Sangeet Mela 2016 Workshops – Sun 4 Sep in Oxley
Sangeet Mela 2016 is supported by the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund and The Gabba Ward, and proudly sponsored by Platinum Sponsor SolarSpan, Australia’s favourite all-in-one patio roof, insulation & ceiling, giving superior comfort & style to your outdoor area. Also supported by Supporting Organisation Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Silver Sponsors Homeopathy for Health (Rukmani Paliwal), Sitar Restaurant, Target Travels & Tours, Yoga With Yolanda, IGA Forest Lake, and Exclusive Media Sponsors Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio. Sangeet Mela is organised by Sangeet Premi Club in conjunction with EthnoSuperLounge, and underwritten by a consortium of dedicated Indian classical music lovers including Australia-India Cultural Exchange Association, Tabla Wala Australia, and FinancialFirst.
NEW: See the Sangeet Mela 2016 programme booklet PDF
Afternoon Session: 2:30pm to 4:30pm
- SANGEET PREMI RISING STAR AWARD WINNERS
- CARNATIC VOCAL, VIOLIN & MIRUTHANGAM – Ku Oaviya Bavanendrakumar, Ku Mathuja Bavanendrakumar, Sri Hariharan Vaheesan
- HINDUSTANI VOCAL – Ku Ananya Muralidharan
- BHARATANATYAM DANCE – Ku Vellantina Ravirajah
- TABLA SOLO – Sri Zuheb Ahmed Khan (Delhi)
~ INTERVAL ~
Sunset Session: 4:45pm to 6:45pm
- MOHINIATTAM DANCE – Smt Bindu Rajendren
- VOCAL (Carnatic) – Smt Charulatha Mani (Chennai)
- VOCAL (Hindustani) – Sri Sayak Bhattacharya (Sydney)
~ INTERVAL – DINNER ~
Late Session: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
- BHARATANATYAM DANCE – Ku Janani Ganapathi (Switzerland) with live ensemble
- JUGALBANDI: SITAR AND CELLO – Pt Shubhendra Rao and Smt Saskia Rao-de Haas (Delhi)
TABLA – Sri Zuheb Ahmed Khan (Delhi), Sri Shen Flindell, Sri Sanjeyan Sivaananthan
MRIDANGAM – Sri Sridhar Chari (Melbourne), Sri Arthavan Selvanathan
VIOLIN – Sri Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda (Sydney)
VOCAL – Smt Susmitha Ravi
NATTHUVANGAM – Smt Usha Chivukula
BANSURI – Sri Murali Ramakrishnan
HARMONIUM – Sri Joseph Abhay Nand
Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award 2016 Winners
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (2016):
As part of Sangeet Mela’s mission to foster Indian classical culture in Brisbane, several young artists will be given the opportunity to perform at the festival and will receive a “Sangeet Premi 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.
Download the Rising Stars Application Form here. (Instructions on submitting your application are in the form.)
SANGEET PREMI RISING STAR AWARDS – CONDITIONS
Two genres – Hindustani, Carnatic
Four categories – Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion, Dance.
Applications close Friday 22nd July, 2016. Winners will be informed by Friday 5th August, 2016.
Winners must be available to present 20 minutes performance (15 minutes for percussion) at Sangeet Mela 2016 on Saturday 3rd September at QLD Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point.
Open to applicants born after 3rd September 1991 (under 25 years old on the date of Brisbane Sangeet Mela). Previous Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award winners are not eligible. It is expected that applicants will be capable of performing at a high standard approaching professional level. We do not recommend that young children apply unless they are unusually talented.
Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents for at least 5 years to be eligible.
Judging committee may not give an award in some categories if the quality of applications is deemed insufficient. The award may also be granted to any individual deemed worthy by the judging committee, although they may not have officially applied. In 2016 we hope to award 3-5 awards in the 8 overall categories.
Past/planned study trips to India viewed favourably.
Applicants should submit the completed application form along with support material.
Compulsory support material – artist photo, biodata, and video file of applicant’s example performance.
Optional support material – press reviews, references from guru and/or other respected parties.
Entrants from outside the Brisbane region are eligible but must cover their own expenses to participate in the festival.
Winners may choose their own accompaniment for the concert, or have accompanists arranged by the Brisbane Sangeet Mela Organising Committee. Please note there is no budget for paying these performers.
It is hoped that these annual awards will encourage young students of Indian classical arts to pursue their practice diligently year by year, practise regularly with other musicians, give classical performances at community events, visit India for the purposes of taleem and riaz, and aim to present themselves as artists with attractive photos, biodata and video. In so doing we hope to foster the development of Indian classical music broadly in the community – those who do not win may benefit more in the long term than those who do!
Requirements for 20 minutes performance (15 mins for percussion)
Vocal – minimum 1 Chhota Khyal or Dhrupad bandish; other pieces may be classical or semi-classical.
Instrumental – performance of one raga including alap and 1 or 2 gats.
Percussion (15 mins) – tabla or pakhawaj lehera accompanied by naghma.
Dance – Classical Kathak or Odissi performance including one item for laya component and one item for abhinaya component. May use live accompaniment or CD, but preparation of live accompaniment will be viewed favourably.
Vocal – 2-3 minute raga aalaap, rendition of a kriti, Niraval (2 rounds of slow tempo and 3 rounds of fast tempo and chauka kaalam, if capable) and Kalpana swaram. Optional Thillana to complete 20 minutes.
Instrumental – equivalent to Carnatic vocal repertoire above.
Percussion (15 mins) – Thani Avarthanam concluding with Farans, Mohora-Korvai and Theermanam
Dance – Classical Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi or Mohiniyattam performance including one item for laya component and one item for abhinaya component. May use live accompaniment or CD, but preparation of live accompaniment will be viewed favourably.
Video submitted in application should reflect these requirements.
Download the Rising Stars Application Form here.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org