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Entertaining the nobility of India, her life was different from the other women around her. She had sexual agency, financial independence and most importantly, she was highly skilled at her art; her music!
Tawaif’s and women performers were given a reputation; one that made their life difficult and tainted them as prostitutes and sex workers. Unfortunately, history doesn’t credit them enough for their valuable contribution to Indian culture. Their contribution of music.
We will be tracing the evolution of this beautiful genre, that gained popularity through performances by tawaif’s and many other women performers over the years. This will be done through beautiful renditions of thumri, dadra, hori, jhoola, chaiti, ghazal and so on.
We hope you remember the Gaanewalis by this rich cultural art and heritage.
Conceptualized and Written by Avanti Patel
Directed by Mallika Singh and Meghana AT
Managed by Kushal Khot (Wide Wings Media)
Language – Hindi and English (live concert)
Vocals – Avanti Patel & Rutuja Lad
Tabla – Akshay Jadhav
Sarangi – Vanraj Shastri
Harmonium – Dnyaneshwar Sonawane
Artists & Performers
Avanti Patel is a hindustani classical, semiclassical vocalist, composer and playback singer. She holds an MA in Hindustani Classical Vocals from SNDT University and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Currently receiving taaleem from Vidushi Ashwini Bhide – Deshpande of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. She was most recently seen on Indian Idol 10 in the top 9. Her aim has been to speak about relevant sociological issues, especially those related to Gender, in her performances.
Rutuja Lad studied under Gaanyogini Pandita Dhondutai Kulkarni from the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana for 12 years. She is currently receiving taaleem from Vidushi Dr Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande and learning harmonium from Shri. Sudhir Nayak.
Rutuja is a Psychology major from Ruparel College, and holds an MA in Hindustani Classical Vocals from SNDT University, where she teaches as a visiting faculty member.
Akshay Jadhav started his training in music at the tender age of 6, from his father, Shri Ashok B. Jadhav, following which he learnt from Pt. Ramswaroop Ratoniya and Mrs. Sangeeta Agnihotri.
Further went on to learn from Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. He has played alongside several artists like Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Vidushi Kalpana Zokarkar, Pt. Hemant Pendse, Pt. Ram Deshpande to name a few.
He has also played for several Bollywood films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Kalank and worked with music directors like Pritam, Salim-Sulaiman, Vishal-Shekhar, Amaal Malik to name a few.
Vanraj Shastri is a disciple of Pandit Nayan Ghosh. He is also a vocalist and a disciple of the late Pt. Dhruba Ghosh. Vanraj has performed worldwide and played in several prestigious music festivals such as Saptak music festival Ahmedabad, Sawai Bhimsen Sangeet Sammelan, Swami Haridas Sangeet Samaroh and he played an opening concert for “Bryan Adams” The ultimate tour in Ahmedabad in October 2018 to name a few.
Dnyaneshwar Sonawane has performed as an accompanying artist with several noteworthy musicians.
He is currently developing his skills under the guidance of Sudhir Nayak, in the art of playing Harmonium as an accompanying instrument as well as exploring techniques for solo Harmonium presentations, apart from being groomed in the nuances of Hindustani Raag Sangeet and allied forms of Indian music.
Mallika Singh has worked with several prominent theater practitioners such as Trishla Patel, Purva Naresh, Rajat Kapoor, Atul Kumar, Gagan Dev Riar, Raghav Dutt and Sujay Saple to name a few.
She recently appeared on screen in Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy. She’s also seen in Made In Heaven on Amazon Prime, as well as Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy.
Meghana AT has a Masters in Authorial Acting and Pedagogy from the Academy of Performing Arts (Prague). She has directed and performed on original shows – Plan B/C/D/E (satire on the climate apocalypse) and The Art of Crying. Meghana has also performed in several theatre productions at Prithvi, NCPA, Jeff Goldberg Studios, KGAF and more. She also appears in web series such as Thinkistan, Tinder’s ‘Swipe Ride’ and The Cancer Bitch (upcoming show on Sony LIV).