Now Showing Dhrupad & Thumri
It was in 1982 that Delhi-based Mani Kaul created the critically acclaimed documentary,Dhrupad. The 69-minute film that put the spotlight on dhrupad one of the oldest music forms that originated from vedic chants is still considered as one of the finest films on the dying art form. Dhrupad and three other films based on music will be screened at India Habitat Centre for four days starting today. Music aficionados in the Capital can also look forward to Kauls another film,Siddeshwari a biography tracing Siddeshwari Devis journey from being a blindspot in Indian music to an acclaimed thumri singer. The film festival will also have Delhi-based ghazal singer Shanti Hiranand give an audio-visual presentation on her guru,Begam Akhtar. The screenings will be held at 7 pm onwards on each day. Entry is free.
Talavyas US Tour
Known to produce a concoction of traditional and contemporary sounds,percussion quartet Talavya is set to tour North America in July. Comprising Rushi Vakil,Kaumil Shah,Rahul Shrimali and Sahil
Patel,the group will be performing at various fests across the region,including Vancouver Island Music Fest,Hillside Folk Festival and
Mission Folk Festival. Talavya,
formerly known as Tabla Ecstacy,has been founded by well-known tabla player Pandit Divyang Vakil of the Delhi gharana. In all,there will be 12 gigs and the Ahmedabad-based quartet is also expected to collaborate with Grammy-winner American percussionist Mickey Hart during the tour.