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Shilpa Shanker Narain and Roman Das present an evening of music based on rare writings of the legendary musician and composer, Tansen.
The presentation not only talks of the compositions of Tansen but combines it with the scriptural understanding and knowledge of Rāga Sangeet and is presented in the Dhrupad Genre.
- Excerpts from Tansen’s Raag Saar highlighting the details of Naad in raga music presented in Raag Bhopali; Extract from the rare Musical treatise Sangeet Benode written in 1913.
- Tansen composition in sool taal in Raag Sohini; Written by Tansen when his interest moved away from the court of Akbar.
- Tansen’s composition in Chautaal Dhrupad in Raag Malkauns performed in traditional Dhrupad format – Alaap jod jhaala & bandish.
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Shilpa Shanker Narain
Hailing from an illustrious Mathur family from old Delhi, Shilpa was exposed to the nuances of classical and traditional music since her very early years through her father, acclaimed music producer and sarodist Promod Shanker, and other older members of the family.
After initially training in Khayal, Shilpa immersed herself in the pursuit of the ancient art form of Dhrupad, under the vision and tutelage of Gurus Padmashri Gundecha Brothers and the able guidance of Shri Sanjeev Jha.
She has been actively teaching & performing Dhrupad and experimenting with formats, collaborating with artists in various countries and taking this ancient art form to an international audience. Her strength has been to bring forth uniquely thematic and curated material to her audiences which is at the same time grounded in tradition, enhanced by her extensive dhrupad training and skills. Her music beautifully balances musicianship, tradition and her unique aesthetic.
Roman Das is a young and progressive musician, percussionist, composer & performer from New Delhi, India. He is primarily a pakhawaj player, learning and performing pakhawaj for the last 12 years and more, mastering the art under the Guru-Shishya Parampara. Even while he is counted amongst the top talented and accomplished young pakhawaj exponents of India today, Roman is an ever-evolving artist and constantly strives to expand his skill set. This has led him to extend his learning to other percussion instruments like Tabla, Kanjira, Ghatam, and Sri Khol under the tutelage of renowned maestros. Undeterred by restrictions of genre and style, Roman is constantly working at expanding the genre by blending a variety of schools of thought like the Hindustani, Carnatic, and indegenous taal system.
Born and brought up in a family of musicians and singers, Roman began his early years singing and playing khol in the folk music traditions of Bengal. He received training in Classical music and tabla and that reflects in the deep connection and understanding that he establishes with the artists that he accompanies on pakhawaj. In his own words, “the sound, resonance and depth of the pakhawaj drew him into it” and since then he hasn’t looked back.