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     Evening Performances
     6:30 to 9:00 pm at Siri Fort Main Auditorium

 

saturday 21st february at 6:30 pm


Chanting in the Bahai Tradition (10 minutes)

 

Sengey Tsewa (The Revelry with the Lion)

Buddhist Chants from the High Himalaya

 

recited by the nuns of Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey

Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey Group is a spiritual community for female practitioners founded by His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa. A group of 15 nuns from the Abbey, who have never performed in public before, will demonstrate the rich spiritual music of Tibetan Buddhism. Pure, meditative, inspiring the nuns chanting evokes the ethereal beauty of the Himalayas, the remoteness of their austere nunneries and the omnipresence of the wisdom of Buddha. In Buddhism, chanting is the traditional means of preparing the mind for meditation, as well as part of formal practices. Mahayana Buddhism in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia has used music and chanting to stimulate people to practice Buddhism.

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saturday 21st february at 8:00 pm

Sufi Trance from Aleppo
Classical Arabic Music from Syria

Alkindi Ensemble – a group of 8 Sufi musicians and dervishes from Syria steeped in the various musical traditions of the near and middle East.

This is a Takht Sharqi (traditional oriental ensemble), composed of a qânun, an Ud (oriental lute), a Nay (reed flute) and a riqq (tambourine with little cymbals).

This ensemble interprets the classical Arab repertoire setting the instruments into sharp relief, thus re-establishing a balance which very often exclusively favored the sung melody. The combination of the whirling dervishes of the Turkish Mevlana tradition with the traditional richly textured Sufi melodies create a magical sacred atmosphere.

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sunday 22nd february at 6:30 pm

Introduction to Sacred Sounds by Dr Karan Singh (10 minutes)

 

 Song of the Eternal Universe

 The Bauls of West Bengal with Susmit Bose

 

Bauls of Bengal - believe in a religion based on ideas from Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. The ascetic Bauls are a common sight in the hinterland of rural Bengal. They carry a one-stringed instrument called an “ektara” or a “khamak”. A “dubdubi” which is a rudimentary and basic percussion, worn around the waist. They also wear ankle bells which tinkle as they dance. The Bauls follow a strict ritualistic and religious lifestyle and have a concept of iconography that transcends the merely visual and flows over into mystical and abstract ruminations. Thus Krishna and Radha are abstract embodiments of divine love and not idols to be worshipped in the home. This translates into a profound philosophy on life and a very distinct cult of tantric music.

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sunday 22nd february at 8:00 pm

A century of Gospel Music
 LaVon Hardison &  Darriel Menefee

LaVon Hardison - Gospel music is an expression of a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. A common theme whether performed for aesthetic pleasure, entertainment, religious or ceremonial purposes is praise, worship or thanks to God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit. Authenticity and soul are the foundations upon which LaVon articulates her lyrics, sings her songs and tells her stories. Her music with Joe Baque on the piano is warm, engaging and eclectic. Joe is a fine musician playing anything from Jazz to classical, folk, rock or ethnic. He has played piano with the likes of Stan Getz and Louis Armstrong.                                                               

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monday 23rd february at 6:30 pm

Readings from the Koran by Prof. Farhana Siddiqui (10 minutes)

Dancing to the Gods
Sankirtan & Raaslila by
Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy

The Raslila is a circular dance of the gopis with Krishna. As performed in the Manipuri tradition it is a spectacular mélange of stylized movements, rich costumes and graceful gestures giving lustre to the beauty of the art and culture of the region and acquiring a spiritual force in its performance. In the Krishna Bhakti traditions, the rasa-lila is considered to be one of the highest and most esoteric of Krishna's pastimes. In these traditions, romantic love between human beings in the material world is seen as merely a diminished, illusionary reflection of the soul’s original, ecstatic spiritual love for Krishna, God, in the spiritual world.


 Sankirtan is the practice of public congregational singing of the holy names of God, as an expression of Bhakti before the dancers begin the performance of the raaslila.

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monday 23rd february at 8:00 pm

Djandjoba – The Big Gathering
by the Dafra Drum a West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

DAFRA is a multicultural group that performs dance and drumming from the Mandingue tradition of West Africa. The members of the ensemble are from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and the United States.

 
The ensemble plays numerous West African traditional instruments including the Djembé drum, the Kenkeni, the Samgban, the Dundumba, the Tama (talking drum), the djitafiè, the maracas and the balafon. In addition to the live music, dancers perform energetic traditional steps and repertory from the village’s traditional ceremonies. In the West African tradition of call and response, the audience will participate in the performance . The cast will wear traditional West African costumes
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tuesday 24th february at 6:30 pm

Yogadance by Soraya Franco (10 minutes)

 

Sacred Music from the Steppe

by Chirgilchin Master Throat Singers from Tuva, Russia

 

Chirgilchin is a 4 member ensemble of throat singers from Russian Central Asia. ”To witness their music is to enter the deepest regions of the human voice and to dream of the reality of the mountains, the horses and the wild steppe” Atmospheric and mesmeric, ‘throat singing’ is a form of Overtone or harmonic singing.



 

The singer manipulates the harmonic resonances as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out the lips to produce a melody. This type of singing is specific to Central Asia and Siberia.

 

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tuesday 24th february at 8:00 pm

Madhup Mudgal - sings Nirgun and Sagun. Nirgun Bhakti is the devotion towards a formless, all-encompassing God, devoid of qualities, referring to the lack of physical attributes in a deity. Expressed in the vernacular hymns and verses of often illiterate saint poets this form appealed to the lower castes, offering salvation to all.

Sagun Bhakti sees God in a physical form. It is directed to a manifestation of Vishnu, specially Krishna and is associated with Jayadeva’s Gitagovinda and the Maithali poems of Vidyapati. It appealed to a Brahmanical elite and social conservatism.

Tulsidas, Surdas and Meera were the main proponents of sagun Bhakti. Nirgun songs are deeply influenced by Kabir.                       

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wednesday 25th february at 6:30 pm

Journey To The Sacred
A Bharata Natyam
performance by
Rama Vaidyanathan
 

Bharata Natyam is the subtle and sophisticated dance art of Tamil Nadu. It is the quintessential classical dance of India with balanced positions and stretches that give it a linear quality. The style projects an amazingly equal measure of beauty and strength, of the slow and the fast, of pure dance and mime.

Rama - one of the most graceful exponents of Bharata Natyam,  a student of Yamini Krishnamurty explores the many sacred aspects of this classical dance form combining music by G.S. Rajan in the carnatic music tradition and the spiritual depths of Hinduism.

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wednesday 25th february at 8:00 pm

Choir Acapella
a performance by Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria
 

Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria - the world only discovered the Bulgarian female choral singing tradition in the late 1980s. This 18 all woman choir follows the traditional polyphonic and diaphonic harmonies of this unique style, kept alive in the country's mountainous villages where people had moved when the Ottoman Turks invaded the country.

"...The women's soaring voices have a unique, ethereal quality and the calculated minor and major dissonances create an uncanny atmosphere that is impossible to resist. The rich, multi-layered sonorities captivate the senses and stimulate the imagination. This is music that is exotic yet familiar, the product of a vibrant culture that combines Slavic, Byzantine, Asiatic, and Turkish elements

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Vedic Chanting by Shruti