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     Evening Performances
     6:30 to 9:00 pm at Crafts Museum Amphitheatre

friday 4th march at 6.30 pm

 

Shye Ben-Tzur “Shekhinah” The Feminine Attributes of God - A Collaborative musical performance with , Fernando Perez and Rajasthan rhythms.

 

Among the Hebrews one of the traditional names of god is Shekinah and she is seen as the mother or feminine aspect of God. After the destruction of the Temple of Solomon in 587 BCE she became the comforting, forgiving and loving presence the ‘God who dwells within’ offering hope to a people lost in bitter exile. The Talmud says “They were exiled to Babylon, the Shekinah within them”. She is referred to as ‘the glory’, ‘the radiance’, and she was the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night that led the Israelites through the Sinai wilderness. She is also closely related to the Sophia tradition in the Old Testament and the Sophia of the Hellenistic wisdom philosophy.
The concert is a collaboration between Shye Ben-Tzur, an Israeli composer, Fernando Perez a spanish Flamenco guitarist a group of Rajasthani musicians (Manganiyars). The performance will fuse Rajasthan rhythms and western harmonies. After the successful project Heeyam, where three ancient traditions(Hindu, Islamic & Judaic) met into one celebration. And after the acclaimed album "Shoshan" Shye showcases a new live concert.

Shekhinah is vibrating acoustic sacred music experience. With devotional Sufi poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Hebrew, the live Celebration crosses all cultures. The musicians are from various communities - Gypsy and Sufi musicians from Rajasthan, along with western artists.
Shye Ben-Tzur is an acclaimed Israeli composer, producer and performer based in North India for the past decade, playing Rajasthani rhythms with Western sounds. He is a Hebrew Qawwali singer.

After attending a concert in Israel by the Indian classical musicians Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain, he became interested in Indian music, which brought him into contact with Qawwali. He went to Ajmer in India, Rajasthan’s most important Sufi shrine, where he trained and collaborated with the qawwali musicians of Ajmer.

His debut album Heeyam (“Supreme Love”) was recorded in India, Israel, and USA. In this album Shye worked with traditional Sufi Qawwali singers, who have been learning his compositions and poetry, and sung them in Hebrew. From his personal life experiences Ben-Tzur has succeeded to bring his own ancient culture alive into a unique cross cultural work. Besides working with the Qawwali communities across India, he has also been collaborating with different folk musicians from the Rajasthan desert.
Fernando Perez has studied music in Zaragoza, Madrid and Barcelona in Spain as well as in the US, Jaipur and Egypt. In these centers he studied classical and contemporary styles as well as harmony, composition, arrangements, orchestration, ear training, rhythm, sound engineering and production.

But his interest took him to learn more directly from artists and their cultures from Hawai’i, Cuba, Jamaica, West Africa, Japan, South, Central and North America, Spain, France, Ireland to India, Egypt and Israel.

He has explored guitar's many forms, Spanish classical, acoustic, electric, resophonic as well as African, Hawaiian, steel, ‘slide’, flamenco and the hindustani music style.

 

 'Lai Haraoba' Merrymaking of Gods & Goddesses a Manipuri dance recital by Meitei Jagoi

   

Dating back to over 2000 years, the month long Lai Haraoba festival is celebrated even today with great enthusiasm. The unique feature of this pre-Vaishnavite festival is that all the rituals are performed through dance.

Maibis or the priestesses take the leading role of conducting the festival with ritualistic dances. A Maibi gets into a trance while dancing and becomes a messenger of the sylvan deity she worships. She invokes the spirit of the deity from the river and places it in the temple of worship.
As a messenger of the deity Maibi describes the creation of earth from the navel of the almighty God and subsequently she describes through dance, the creation of the different aspects of the earth – the four directions, five elements, creation of living and human beings and other essentials like harvesting, house building and fishing.

Seeing this ritual the sylvan deities, Lairembi-Ibudhou Thangjing, Panthoibi-Nongpokningthou and hundreds of other deities dance in ecstasy.


Meitei Jagoi, Devjani Chaliha’s troupe of Manipuri dancers is a part of her institution of the same name which was established with the blessings of her Guru Maisnam Amubi Singh in 1971.
Over the years Meitei Jagoi has performed in prestigious festivals like the Uday Shankar festival in Kolkata, Konark festival in Bhubaneswar, Jagannath festival in Puri and Barabati festival in Cuttak.
Recently a branch of Meitei Jagoi has been opened in Santiniketan and participants of both Kolkata and Santiniketan will be performing in the International Festival of Sacred Arts 2011.

Dancers:
Dr. Sumit Basu, Rakesh Singh , Manju Singh , Mallika Saha , Saikati Hajra, Rinki Mahato

Musicians:
Mangi Singh,
    
Kh. Premjit Singh – Pung cholom
Gour Pal – Flute

Sonia Devi - Vocal

 

Concept and Direction Devjani Chaliha
Assisted by
Y. Hemant Kumar, K. Sunita Devi & Dr. Sumit Basu.

This performance is made possible courtesy of The Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi




 

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