Music of Benares in UK, 2015

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Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby chriscook50 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:38 pm

We are delighted to welcome, for the first time Music of Benares to the UK for the first time .Sitar maestro Pandit Shivnath Mishra is joined by his sitar playing son Deobrat Mishra and his great nephew tabla player Prashant Mishra. He is one of the few musicians in Contemporary India who 'sing inside' while playing the instrument. This Benares singing style is mainly Thumri and so highly ornamental, emotional and expressive.

Pt Shivnath's music has won numerous awards beginning with a gold medal at the All India Music Conference in 1966 at the age of 23. As well as playing India Classical Music, Panditji has also collaborated with jazz musicians John Handy, Paul Horn, David Freezen and Ben Conrad.

Pt Shivanth Mishra began studying vocal music at the age of 5, from his father Badri Prasad Mishra and his uncle-guru Pandit Mahadev Prashad Mishra. In a family of great classical Indian vocalists he was the first one to master the sitar. He is one of the few musicians in Contemporary India who 'sing inside' while playing the instrument. This Benares singing style is mainly Thumri and so highly ornamental, emotional and expressive.

With two sitarists on stage this is a 'jugalbandi' presentation of classical and folk that appeals to audiences everywhere. This is also collaboration between Guru and Shishya (disciple) and also father and son. Deobrat has learnt sitar from his father since the age of 6 and since 1995 has toured all over the world, promoting classical sitar and fusion.

Thankyou to the Arts Council England and to Sampad for their generous support for this small event, Sunday 1st Nov, Cafe Ort, Moseley, Birmigham , UK

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/edit?eid=18032601998

...and to the Arts Council england and the Brighton Dome for this slightly larger one, Sun 8th Nov, Brighton Dome, Brighton UK

http://brightondome.org/event/8017/music_of_benares/

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby trippymonkey » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:08 pm

Excellent news.
I know both of these gents through Varanasi's Dhrupad Mela in feb each year. Great entertainment.
Do you know if they're playing anywhere else as surely they're not here for just one performance ?!?!!??

Nick

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby chriscook50 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:48 pm

hi Nick

Well this time they are just here inbetween various other dates in Europe. We are lucky to get Arts Council Funding and this was the schedule that we designed...

Sun 1st Nov Carfe Ort, Birmigham
Tues 3rd Nov private session with a special needs group of musicians
Wed 4th Nov small public session "Strings Unbarred" workshop for vionists, cello and viola players
( https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strings- ... 8766403819 )

Thurs 5h Nov session and concert at University Sussex
Fri 6th Nov private session in East Sussex Schools
Sat 7th session with electronic musicians
8th Nov concert at Brighton Dome (with collaborations with electronic musicians)
9th Nov session and concert at University Sussex

We will aim to record, video and upload much of this.

Deobrat may now arrange a concert in London for Mon 10th or Tues 11th and we're open to suggestions there.

that will probably get announced here...

https://www.facebook.com/Music-Of-Benar ... /timeline/

It's all quite exciting!

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby trippymonkey » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:35 pm

So nowhere further OOP north than Birmingham????
Not even Manchester ?!?!!??

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby chriscook50 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:57 pm

Well the simpl eanswer is I'm sorry, not this time, no. There's only so much I can organise within a gap from my day job but hopefully this will open doors for the Mishras to return in the future and they will get to explore the north and Scotland etc.

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby chriscook50 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:48 pm

...and you're right they are great guys and great musicians

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby chriscook50 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:51 pm

Well, they came, they made a whole load of new friends and today they went. The good news is that it went so well that it's almost guaranteed that they will be back next year and will visit more than just Birmingham and Brighton. It was a true honour to host them and take part in many amazing musical exchanges and performances. As promised we will do our best to share video and audio recordings. Thank you Arts Council England.

We aim to soon upload some or all of
audio of raag gawati + songs in Birmingham 1/11/15
video of raag bhimpalasi + dhuns at University of Sussex 5/11/15
video of raag jog at Brighton Dome 8/11/15
video of raag maru bihag + songs at Chichester Uni 9/11/15

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby trippymonkey » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:29 am

Hasn't a 'Mishra' just died ?????

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Re: Music of Benares in UK, 2015

Postby chriscook50 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:35 am

Well I was working with sitar maestro Pt Shivnath Mishra, his sitar artist son Deobrat Mishra and great nephew tabla player Prashant Mishra.

I guess you refer to the passing away of Sitarist Pandit Amarnath Mishra of Varanasi.

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