Book your earlybird tickets for Sangeet Mela 2015 now!

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:

Manda SudharaniSmt 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).

IMG_2655Kumar 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 MaharajPt 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.

Helena Joshi (Kathak dance)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 flyer

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 shen@sangeetmela.org for all enquiries including how to support Sangeet Mela 2015 as a business or organisation.

Sangeet Mela 2015 Lineup Announced

Sangeet Premi Club are very proud to announce our headline acts for Sangeet Mela 2015, to be held on Saturday 19th September at QLD Multicultural Centre, 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point.

Smt Manda Sudharani (Visakhapatnam) is an “A-Top” grade Carnatic Vocalist renowned for popularizing the format of ‘Pallavi Singing’ since the early 1980s. Pt Pooran Maharaj (Varanasi) is the son of the renowned Tabla Samrat of Benares Gharana, Late Pt Kishan Maharaj, and a senior representative of his lineage. He will be presenting a tabla solo and also accompanying Hindustani vocalist Kumar Gaurav Kohli (Punjab), an accomplished younger artist whose voice is reminiscent of Pandit Jasraj. The evening session will open with Kathak dance by Dr Helena Joshi (Brisbane), accompanied on tabla by Sri Shen Flindell and other local artists.

Also performing: Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney), Dr Indranil Chatterjee (Sitar), Dr Mansey Kinarivala (Hindustani vocal), Ku Janani Ganapathi (Bharat Natyam dance), and more yet to be confirmed. Young artists have the opportunity to perform by applying for the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards (info at sangeetmela.org/awards).

Sangeet Mela 2015 flyer

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 shen@sangeetmela.org for information on how to support Sangeet Mela 2015 as a business or organisation.

Support Sangeet Mela 2015

Sangeet Premi Club in conjunction with EthnoSuperLounge are presenting Sangeet Mela 2015, Indian Classical Music and Dance Festival on Saturday 19th September at QLD Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point, and seeking sponsors and supporting organisations to enable us to promote Indian classical culture in Brisbane through this magnificent event. Please keep Sep 19 free in your diaries and read on to learn about how you can help to support and cultivate Indian classical culture in Brisbane.

Last year’s Inaugural Sangeet Mela was truly wonderful, highlighting local Indian classical talent in collaboration with top artists from interstate and India. Please take 2 minutes to view our “Sangeet Mela 2014 Magic Moments” video which will quickly give you an all-round idea of the Sangeet Mela concept. If you have 9 minutes, we also have a Highlights video with short clips of each performance, and videos of the whole festival are also online.

AIMS OF SANGEET MELA:

  • Cultivate the development of Indian classical music and dance (ICM) in Brisbane on all levels – youth, local amateurs and professionals, in collaboration with interstate and overseas artists.
  • Recognition of young talent (under 25) through the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards
  • Create a high-profile marquee event putting Indian classical music in the spotlight in Brisbane, and putting Brisbane on the map within the Australian ICM community.


VALUES PROMOTED FOR SUPPORTING BUSINESSES/ORGANISATIONS:

  • respect and support for Indian traditional culture and values
  • pride in Indian classical culture
  • respectable, discerning, classy, refined


KEY POINTS FOR SANGEET MELA 2015:

  • Similar format to Sangeet Mela 2014, but also including South Indian classical music and dance
  • Total budget $10000 – We hope to raise $4500 through sponsorship and $5500 through general ticket sales
  • Gold seats (Front row) $150, Silver seats (2nd row) $100, General seats $45/$40 concession.
  • Full-colour souvenir programme booklet and on-stage banners featuring sponsors’ logos. (See 2014 programme booklet here.)
  • Poster print deadline June 15
  • Rising Star Awards entry deadline July 31; winners announced August 15
  • Already booked from India: Pt Pooran Maharaj (son of Pt Kishan Maharaj of Benares Gharana of tabla); Sri Gaurav Kohli (excellent rising classical vocalist).  Currently in negotiations with similar top level South Indian artist.
  • Booked locally: Ku Helena Joshi (Kathak dance with live accompaniment)


SPONSORSHIP PLANS:

  • Major sponsors: min $500 incl 3 gold seats – logo on poster, website, programme, banner on stage, name cited in press releases, visibility when awarding Rising Star Awards. Additional donations (above gold ticket price) will be most helpful.
  • Additional sponsors: min $300 incl 2 gold seats or 3 silver seats – smaller logo on website, programme, banner. Logo on poster if space permits.
  • Supporting organisations:
     : Pledge to keep Sep 19 free in your organisation’s calendar
    : Publicise Rising Star Awards and Sangeet Mela to membership
    : Logo/name on website and programme
    : “Major supporters” – Purchase of min $200 worth of gold/silver tickets or min $400 for 10 general tickets (concession price for your organisation’s members) – logo on poster and on-stage banner. Pre-purchased tickets could be in name of organisation but paid for privately by members.
  • Private sponsors: Min $300 eg 2 gold or 3 silver – name in programme and website (optional)
    : Gold/silver tickets also available individually for anonymous sponsors – book early if you would like to enjoy the concert in front row comfort, as these seats were sold out last year.

Please contact Shen Flindell on 0415106428 or email shen@sangeetmela.org with any enquiries.

Call for Young Indian Classical Artists for Sangeet Mela 2015

Sangeet Premi Club is calling for young Indian Classical artists under the age of 25 to apply for the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards, which will be presented at Sangeet Mela 2015 to be held on Saturday 19th September at Queensland Multicultural Centre (BEMAC) in Kangaroo Point.  Entries close on 31st July 2015 and winners will be announced on 15th August.

The awards will be granted in four categories of Sangeet: Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion and Dance, in each of the two broad genres of Carnatic and Hindustani Sangeet. The winners will be invited to perform at Sangeet Mela 2015, alongside high profile artists from Brisbane in collaboration with interstate and international artists.

The inaugural Sangeet Mela in 2014 was a highly successful event, promoting Indian classical music and dance in Brisbane and around Australia. Highlights videos as well as full-length performances are available on the Sangeet Mela website, www.sangeetmela.org.

Sangeet Mela 2015 will include both North and South Indian classical music and dance and the programme is already looking very exciting. Senior tabla master in the prestigious Benares Gharana, Pt Pooran Maharaj (son of late Pt Kishan Maharaj), and brilliant vocalist Sri Kumar Gaurav Kohli are already confirmed, as well as last year’s Rising Star Dance Award winner, Helena Joshi, performing Kathak dance with live accompaniment. The Carnatic music programme is yet to be finalised but is expected to be a highlight of the festival.

“We aim for Brisbane Sangeet Mela to be a prestigious annual Indian classical music and dance event recognised throughout the country for high quality of performances, fostering the development of Indian classical culture in Brisbane for years to come,” says Sangeet Premi Club acting president Yousuf Alikhan. “The Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards will give young artists in our community recognition for their talent and hard work, and the opportunity to perform before senior artists and music aficionados.”

Further information on the awards can be found at www.sangeetmela.org/awards

Sangeet Mela 2015 is seeking business sponsors and cultural organisations to support the event. For more information please contact shen@sangeetmela.org.

Sangeet Mela 2014 report

This article was originally printed (with just 2 photos) in the October 2014 (Diwali) edition of Brisbane Indian Times. For more photos please visit our Facebook album.

Sangeet Mela 2014 Report
Actually that was the first time I’ve been to a classical concert, and I really enjoyed it. I’m much more interested in my tabla practice and seeing more concerts now.” (18 year old tabla student”
I think the Indian community were sceptical about what kind of event it would be and didn’t turn up, but now that we know just how good a classical Sangeet Mela can be I promise I will bring lots of friends next year.”
Thanks and congratulations for organizing such a beautiful event!!”

These are some quotes from attendees of the inaugural Brisbane North Indian Classical Music and Dance Festival, Sangeet Mela 2014. It was artistically a magnificent event but unfortunately the audience did not reflect the quality of the performances.
Ku Lillian Warrum (Odissi dance – Melbourne)
 
Ku Anjuha Ketheeswaran (sitar – Rising Star Award winner) accompanied by Sri Shen Flindell (tabla)

Sangeet Mela 2014 opened in the early afternoon with a beautiful Odissi dance performance by Lillian Warrum from Melbourne. The opening session also included performances by young artists receiving the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards. Anjuha Ketheeswaran presented Raga Madhuvanti on sitar; Rising Star runner-up in the vocal category Eman Rawi presented a beautiful khayal in Raga Bhimpalassi and showed that he certainly has a bright future; percussion category winner Arka Tito Basu played tabla solo in Jhaptaal and Teentaal. The first session concluded with special guest vocalist from Sydney Dr Vivek Apte, who presented a wide range of compositions in Ragas Miya Malhar and Hameer.
Sri Eman Rawi (vocal – Rising Star Award runner-up) accompanied by Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney)

Sri Arka Tito Basu (tabla solo – Rising Star Award winner) accompanied by Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium) and his guru Sri Shen Flindell (tali)
Dr Vivek Apte (vocal – Sydney) accompanied by Pt Govinda Chakraborty (tabla – Delhi), Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium), and Sri Sangeet Mishra (sarangi – Mumbai)
 
The late afternoon session opened with Rising Star dance award winner, Ku. Helena Joshi, with live accompaniment by Shen Flindell (tabla) and several other notable local musicians. It was indeed a very impressive performance and the highlight of the Rising Star Award performances on the day. The final Rising Star Award performance was presented by young vocalist Senjuti Maitra who sang a Khayal on Raga Desh followed by a bhajan. One of day’s highlights followed, with a tabla solo by Pt Govinda Chakraborty of Delhi, followed by duet in Rupak Taal with Shen Flindell. Rahim Zullah sang Raga Behag in sitarkhani teentaal, finishing with tarana in drut teentaal.
Ku. Helena Joshi (Kathak dance – Rising Star Award winner) accompanied by Sri Shen Flindell (tabla), Smt Menaka Visvanathan Thomas (vocal), Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium), Sri Murali Ramakrishnan (bansuri)
Ku. Senjuti Maitra (vocal – Rising Star Award winner) accompanied by Sri Arka Tito Basu (tabla) and Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium)
 
Tabla duet by Pt Govinda Chakraborty (Delhi) with Sri Shen Flindell (accompaniment by Sri Sangeet Mishra, sarangi – Mumbai)
 
Sri Rahim Zullah (vocal) accompanied by Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney), Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium) and Sri Sangeet Mishra (sarangi – Mumbai)
 
The evening session was worth the ticket price alone, opening with Kathak dance by Darshana Hingu, starting from Raga Shankara in Rudra Taal, followed by Teentaal and finally a Thumri. The Kathak dance performances with live accompaniment were very popular with the audience. Nothing quite matches the excitement of dancer’s movements in synchrony with live tabla and vocal.
Smt Darshana Hingu accompanied by Sri Shen Flindell (tabla), Dr Mansey Kinarivala (vocal), Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium), and Sri Murali Ramakrishnan (bansuri)
 
Saikat Bhattacharya performed a heavenly Raga Bageshree with tabla accompaniment by Maharshi Raval (Sydney), and finally came the genuine grande finale, sarangi solo by 8thgeneration master Sangeet Mishra accompanied by Pt Govinda Chakraborty on tabla, who both entranced and dazzled the music lovers in attendance with Raga Charukeshi and Mirzapur Kajri.

Sri Saikat Bhattacharya (sitar) accompanied by Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla – Sydney)

Pt Govinda Chakraborty (tabla – Delhi)
Sri Sangeet Mishra (sarangi – Mumbai)
 

Though the audience was smaller than expected, the passion shown by all in attendance demonstrated that there is a place for Indian classical culture in Brisbane, and the organisers have high hopes that Sangeet Mela will become a successful annual event not just attracting audiences from our local region by from all around the country.

End of night cast photo
 
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Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award 2014 Winners

Sangeet Premi Club are proud to announce the 2014 winners of the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Awards. Please check the Sangeet Mela 2014 Programme page for their performance times.

Helena Joshi (Kathak dance)Ku. Helena Joshi (Kathak dance)  Helena Joshi has learnt many styles of dance in the past including Indian, Bollywood and various western styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, latin and contemporary dance. However she always had this intuitive feeling and resonance towards Classical Indian Dance. Two years ago whilst studying Medicine, destiny answered her intention and introduced her to her Guru Prerana Deshpande whilst []
Senjuti Maitra (vocal)Ku. Senjuti Maitra (vocal)  Senjuti Maitra started taking formal lessons in classical music in Kolkata, Agarpara from Amit Chakraborty, Bhavna Sangeet Academy. Since moving to Brisbane in 2008 she is continuing lessons through Skype from Amit Chakraborty. Ragas learnt so far: Bhairab, Emon, Bilabal, Kaafi, Bhupali, Bageshree, Brindabani saarang, Khambag, Bhimpalashri, Ashabori, Desh and Durga. She has performed commercial and semi-classical music several times on []
Anjuha Ketheeswaran (sitar)Ku. Anjuha Ketheeswaran (sitar)  Anjuha Ketheeswaran commenced learning Sitar in March 2011 from Smt Shrabani Choudhury of Vishnupur Gharana. Notable performances have included ‘Nrityanjali’ – Indian Classical Dance Festival at BEMAC and several festivals at Sri Selva Vinayak Kovil. Anju has been accompanied by several tabla players including Shen Flindell (Founder of Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School) and Dheeraj Shrestha (Conductor at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University). []
TitoSri Arka Tito Basu (tabla)  Arka Tito Basu has been learning tabla for 11 years now, since 2003, and recently received a distinction in the Grade 8 Tabla Exam from Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidyalaya (PRSSV), London. He has also received three first places in the Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School concerts and has had the opportunity to perform with his guru-ji Shen Flindell []