Rare duet between flautist and folk musicians at classical Indian arts festival in Singapore
(Picture taken during the sound check at The Esplanade, Singapore)
By Eileen Tay
Indian music fans can catch a rare duet featuring renowned classical flautist Shashank Subramanyam from South India and the Manganiyar folk musicians from the Rajasthan deserts in the North next Saturday.
This collaboration is one of the headline acts in the 11th edition of the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society's Festival Of Indian Classical Music And Dance.
Dr Vimala Selvadurai, 70, member of the festival organising committee says: "Normally we try to have a duet between Northern and Southern classical music. This particular combination of folk musicians and flute has never been heard before in Singapore."
The item, Sammilan - Spirit of Krishna, is inspired by the Hindu deity Krishna, who is traditionally depicted with a flute. This will be one of the four main concerts in this year's festival, held at the Esplanade.
Maestro Shashank performs at The Music Academy
Maestro Shashank began the new year (Jan 01, 2013) with a performance at the prestigious instituition The Music Academy, Chennai. The concert was performed to a packed house and was extremely well received. Here is a short video clip of Rag Vagadeeshawari, one of the pieces presented during the performance.
Maestro Shashank performs at The Harivallabh
Maestro Shashank was invited by The Harivallabh Sangeet Samaroh, the oldest concert series held in Jalandhar, Punjab, India on the 29th and 30th of Dec, 2012. The first day saw a jugalbandhi performance of Shashank and Pandit Tejendra Majumdhar on Sarod accompanied by Yogesh Samsi on Tabla and Neyveli Venkatesh. The second day saw a solo performance of Shashank. Found below are links to some of the reports / reviews that appeared in the media in Punjab.
(Tejendra Majumdar and Shashank - live in performance at Jalandhar)
The River like flow of his flute - Tribune Jan 01, 2013
The Carnatic Flautist's story
Maestro Shashank was invited by The Harivallabh Sangeet Samaroh, the oldest concert series held in Jalandhar, Punjab, India on the 29th and 30th of Dec, 2012. Found below is an article in Jalandhar Tribune on Shashank.
Maestro Shashank performs in Macedonia
Maestro Shashank performed at the Skopje Jazz Festival, Macedonia - perhaps the first for any Indian Classical Musician. Shashank was a guest artist on the band New Jungle Orchestra. The concert was performed to a packed house and was extremely well received. Here is a short video clip from the performance.
Ripples of Rhythm as Saarang OpensWhen they first played an outline of the composition, many in the audience went down the memory lane to the days when strains of Vande Mataram were the first thing one heard on the radio. A spontaneous Shashank Subramanyam on the flute presented an instrumental composition of Nanda Nandana, accompanied by an energetic Anwar Khan, a vocalist from the Manganiyar community who effortlessly raised the tempo of the symphony merging it with a Krishna Bhajan, evoking the tempestuous rhythms of desert dunes.
A report in The Hindu News Paper on Jan 18, 2012 - For more, Click Here
Flute or Magic Wand?
Veena maestro S. Balachander once commented during a TV interview that he was always jealous of flute vidwans, who just need to pack the instrument in their knapsack for their foreign tours whereas he had to book an extra ticket for his instrument!Contrary to what he said, nowadays flautists carry lengthy boxes with flutes of various sizes, which they change for required octaves.
Recently, Shashank made maximum use of his flutes to keep the audience spellbound. A brief alapana of Durbar set the mood for the evening that was followed by the varnam. The evening's fare was dominated by Tyagaraja kritis; what more can one ask for?
A review in The Hindu News Paper in Dec 2011 - For more, Click Here
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