March 11/12: Manish Pingle (slide guitar – Mumbai)

Manish Pingle (slide guitar – Mumbai)
SAT 11 MAR @ Sunnybank Church of Christ Hall

Qld Sangeet Mela Assoc presents an evening of Hindustani classical music featuring slide guitar maestro Manish Pingle, direct from Mumbai.

7pm: Hindustani vocal – Mansey Kinarivala Gandhi (harmonium by Joseph Nand, tabla by Pankaj Navlekar)
730pm: Interval – samosas and chai will be served courtesy of Brisbane Indian Times
8pm: Slide Guitar – Manish Pingle (tabla by Shen Flindell)

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Manish Pingle will also perform in a home concert in Buderim on Sunday March 12:


Manish Pingle is a virtuoso Mohan Veena (Indian slide guitar) player from Mumbai and began his tutelage under the late Shri Vishnu Waliwadekar. Manish is now one of the senior disciples of Ustad Shahid Parvez, the famous sitar maestro of Etawah Gharana. Manish has introduced a slight variant to his right hand picking technique to his contemporaries Pt Vishwamohan Bhatt and Debashish Bhattacharya by using index finger and thumb on the main melody strings allowing for a tremendous advantage for speed. He also experimented by adding an extra bass string, which helps him attain an additional half lower octave. Manish has toured regularly throughout the world and recently returned from sold out shows in Denmark, Sweden, and France.

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.

Dr. Mansey Kinarivala Gandhi 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.

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.

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.

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