The Music Festival organized by Crraft of Art, an organization devoted to promoting arts crafts and culture in collaboration with Sarkhej Roza Committee, two day festival on the occasion of the World Heritage Week starting November 19, 2010. The event and the permanent exhibition on the history and architecture of the monument, put together by voluntary efforts of many individuals and agencies, will be inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendrabhai Modi. As many as 21 renowned artists who will perform at the two day festival would be enjoying the hospitality of Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad.
The Heritage week is to connect people to their monuments and reconnect them with their history and heritage. It is a journey of discovery and knowing. The music festival is to impart a new dimension to this process.
The Music concert of the first day, 19th November, called Mega Drums will be presented by the renowned Tabla Maestro, Ustad Fazal Qureshi accompanied by twelve other artists from different parts of India. This presentation is based on the concept of ‘unity in diversity’. It can be referred as Concept India. Drummers from all across India would come together to create a new sound and rhythm which could be termed as ‘Rhythm of India’ The Music Concert on the second day, 20th November, will be presented by sitarist Niladri Kumar and his ensemble of musicians. This will be a classical fusion presentation.
In organizing the music festival at Sarkhej Roza, Crraft and Art has chosen to present the monument in a new form as a new exciting venue for art exploration, thereby giving it a modern life, a new relationship with the city community and imparting a new impetus to its restoration. The exhibition, a permanent resource at the monument will unfold its history to the visitors.
The Festival :
As many as 21 renowned artists will be performing at the two day festival at Sarkhej Roza. The practice sessions would take place at Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad.
Here are brief sketches of the some of the artists
Day 1 - 19th nov
Ustad Fazal Qureshi
About Ustad Fazal Qureshi hailing from a background that reverberates with the taal of the tabla, music has been Fazal Qureshi's natural inheritance. Under the guidance of his Guru and father the late great tabla maestro, Ustad Alla Rakha, and with the inspiration drawn from his brother, Ustad Zakir Hussain,
Fazal has developed a unique style that is distinguished for its fine sense of rhythm, versatility and eloquence. He performs both as a soloist and as an accompanist. His deep rooted knowledge and dedication to Indian classical music helps him accompany North as well as South Indian instrumentalists.
Fazal is emerging as a name whose reputation is not just sustained by his strong family lineage, but on personal achievements as well.
Mattanur Sankarankutty Marar
About Mattanur Sankarankutty Marar started practicing Thayambaka along with his Father who was also his first Guru. He then started the Kathakali Chenda under Kalamandalam Chandra Mannadiar and Sadanam Vasudevan at Perur Gandhi Seva Sadanam. A teacher, writer, innovator, singer and actor
About Pandit Bhavani shankar learnt pakhawaj from his father and guru Pandit Babulalji, the great maestro of kathak dance, pakhawaj – jaipur gharana. He was duly awardwd “Taal Shri” in 1986 and “Taal Vilas” in 1996.
Padmasree by the Hon.President of India ( 2009 )
About Udupa Giridhar is one of the leading ghatam musicians in the world of rhythm. Thumping into the musical world at an age as tender as 4, Udupa has been mesmerizing the audience with his immaculate style and innate creativity.
Udupa performs on the Ghatam, the Indian claypot. He also performs on varied South Indian percussion instruments including Mridangam, Kanjira and Morsing.
About Khete Khan is a manganiyar who belongs to a family of musicians from jaisalmer. Both an outstanding soloist and accompanist, Kheta Khan has taken the art of playing khartal beyond the folk idiom.
About vijay chauhan is a dholki player, who accompanies folk as well as classical artist.
About Bondo was born with the inspiration of his mother who used to play the Gumot. At an early age he started recording at All India Radio, where he got fascinated with the tablas and soon after joined the Swami Vivekananda society.
Ravi Iyer N.joy Singh and Manipuri troupe
-they are pung cholam artist from imphal manipur
About Dilshad Khan represents the Sikar gharana and hails from a well-known lineage of musicians. Son of the late, great sitar maestro Ustad Nasir Khan Sahab and nephew of the great sarangi maestro Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab. Dilshad is a renowned musician in his own right. He started his training in sarangi at the age of 6 years under his father and currently trains under Uncle Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab.
DAY 2- 20th Nov
Abour Niladri Kumar the son and disciple of Sitar Maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar, is a maverick musician. Hailed as one of the more serious young exponents of Indian Classical Music, Niladri's flashes of unparalleled brilliance is a result of years of learning and a lineage of five generation of sitar players.
About Rupak Kulkarni with music blown into his breath by father Late Pt. Malhar Kulkarni, Rupak has blossomed under the finest tutelage of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to become an outstanding exponent of "Maihar Gharana". Rupak with arduous training and hard work, has mastered "Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari ang" (style) equally well. In fact, his recital is always a rare treat combining Dhrupad and Khayal gayaki, melodious alap and scintillating "Tatkar" (tounging technique used for Jhala) innovative improvisation with mesmerising "Layakari",
About Gino Banks is the son of Louiz Banks, India 's legendary jazz pianist and composer. He toured Australia and China with his fathers' indo-jazz fusion band SANGAM playing percussion when he was just 9 years old. Gino is a versatile player, this trait leads him to performing and recording with artists and bands of all types of genres.
Abour Sheldon D’Silva is a Bass Player who has performed with a lot of Indian classical musicians as well as international legends. He has been a part of bands such as SILK and his band Nexus.
About Satyajit Talwarkar son of renowned tabla maestro pandit suresh talwarka, satyajit thas performed with many leading musicians of the country.
About crraft of art Crraft of Art is An Idea A Concept A Vision A Dream
Crraft of Art is devoted to Reaching arts and crafts to the people-both the discerning and the uninitiated Interfacing between the established artists and emerging talent Engaging in talent search, especially from the distant and the interior places Putting on stage the artists of rare creativity and special talent Creative fusion between the arts and the crafts
Crraft of Art is about Integration Fusion Partnership & Alliance making to Promote Arts and Crafts Encourage and support Artists and Artisans Reaching and sensitizing people.
Crraft of Art Values Tradition Respects History Is in tune with modern trends and contemporary ethos, and sees tradition and modern as a continuum.
Crraft of Art is Being together in search of meaning Discovering Arts, Crafts, Aesthetics and their value and relation to what we are and the way we live Journey and destination Pursuit of joy and enrichment of life Crraft of Art.
The Music Festival and Exhibition at Sarkhej Roza at Ahmedabad during the Heritage week in November 2010 epitomizes Crraft of Art’s Purpose, Vision, Ambition and Modus Operandi.