One of India’s most versatile singers, Shubha Mudgal is an exponent of Hindustani classical music who is equally at ease experimenting with diverse genres of music such as fusion and cross cultural collaborations, film music and devotional music. She is also a composer and a teacher, in addition to being involved with many projects related to music education, and the dissemination of Indian music. Her music is known for its cross-generational appeal.
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The performance by Shubha Mudgal explores the Hindustani Classical style of music. The dynamic nucleus of this musical form is the Raag - a melodic scheme with a mood and personality, and even an assigned time of the day or night; or in some cases, a particular season in which it is to be performed.
The musical style presented here is the Khayal, which has been the predominant concert vocal genre since the early nineteenth century. Cultivated in the princely courts from about the mid-eighteenth century, a khayalperformance follows a clearly delineated pattern. Beginning with alaap, a non-rhythmic preface that is a step-by-step introduction to the raag or melodic scheme, the artiste then introduces the chiz or bandish, which is the composition. The bandish encompasses text ( sahitya ) , tune ( raag ) and metre ( taal ). The entire skill, training and virtuosity of a khayal singer can be measured by the ability to extemporise within these clearly stated parameters.
The spontaneity, depth, mood and density of each performance are its keynotes. The essence of this entire tradition is the evocation of a mood, or a "colour of mind". This calls for an empathetic rapport between the musician and audience.
Shubha Mudgal has been trained by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India. Trained by eminent scholar-musician-composer Pandit Ramashreya Jha "Ramrang", she also received guidance from Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and Pandit Vasant Thakar. She later learnt stylistic techniques from well-known maestros Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Kumar Gandharva. She also received training in thumri from Smt. Naina Devi and is thus a versatile and popular performer.
Shubha Mudgal will be accompanied on the tabla by Aneesh Pradhan, a disciple of the tabla maestro Pt. Nikhil Ghosh. An accomplished soloist, and accompanist to vocal and instrumental music, as well as dance, Aneesh holds a doctoral degree in History, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Sudhir Nayak, who provides harmonium accompaniment, is a disciple of veteran harmonium player Pt. Tulsidas Borkar. He has also received guidance from Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. An accomplished composer in addition to being a popular performer, Sudhir Nayak is actively and tirelessly engaged in the propagation of Indian music.
All three artistes are dedicated teachers, eager students and well traveled performers who tour extensively for concerts and assignments in India and abroad.
Vocals: Shubha Mudgal Tabla: Dr. Aneesh Pradhan Harmonium: Sudhir Nayak Audio Engineer: Nitin Joshi