Tere Ishq Nachaaiyaan | Your Love Has Made Me Dance
Songs of Sufi Poets Shah Hussein and Bulleh Shah
There were two poets in 16th and 17th century Punjab, Shah Hussein and Bulleh Shah. Shah Hussein, a weaver, and Bulleh Shah, a scholar!
One embraced a young Hindu Brahmin Madholal as his beloved and disciple and is now remembered as Madholal Hussein. The other, born in the Syed
lineage, sought a farmer, an Araee’n, as his Murshid, his master.
Both spoke of renouncing meaningless rituals to realize the divine. They spoke for the humble, the lowly, the disenfranchised. They dissolved the binaries of gender, religion, class, caste. Both embraced faqeeri (the one who forsakes possessions) and immersed themselves in ishq for the beloved, the divine. Both sang and danced to woo their beloved divine. Tere Ishaq Nachaa’Eeaan | Your Love Has Made Me Dance!
The musical renditions of this poetry are interwoven with a contextual narrative around each song, with an intent to highlight the richness of the Punjabi language in which the poetry is written, and to bring in new listeners who are not familiar with the language.
Radhika Sood Nayak
Radhika Sood Nayak discovered her love for Sufi music in the poetry of Baba Bulleh Shah, Shah Hussein and Sultan Baahu. Her journey with the songs of these mystics started at the Mumbai Kabir Festival and she has travelled with Kabir Yatras in Rajasthan, Malwa, Telangana and Delhi. She has sung at festivals like the Kala Ghoda – Make in India Festival, World Sacred Spirit Festival at Nagaur in Rajasthan, Sama’a Festival of Sufi Music at NCPA Mumbai and Old World Theatre Festival at India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
Her collaborative journey with Lahore based artistes Huma Safdar and Abuzar Madhu has shaped two music videos around the poetry of 16th century Sufi faqeer Shah Hussein. This poet has also inspired a music-dance-theatre collaboration ‘Faqeer Nimaana’ with Kathak exponent Sanjukta Wagh and musicians Vinayak Netke and Hitesh Dhutia.
After an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, Radhika worked in the corporate space before immersing herself in music. You can find more details about her, here.
Neil Mukherjee is a guitarist, award-winning music composer and producer from Kolkata. After being part of a popular Kolkata rock band ‘Krosswindz’ in his early years and mastering the Flamenco style, Neil set out to incorporate Indian music in his existing guitar vocabulary which led him to making his first custom 8 string guitar in 2005. He currently lives and works in Mumbai as a music composer/producer and works as a guitar player for the advertising and film industry. He has had the privilege to work with greats like AR Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and score music for leading brands as well. You can read more about him, here.
Vinayak Netke’s tryst with music began at the age of five when he started learning the tabla and singing under Acharya Jialal Vasant and his disciples Avinash Aher and noted playback singer Padmashree Suresh Wadkar. His maiden Hindi feature film as Music Director and background score creator was Michael, starring Naseeruddin Shah, which was screened at International Film Festivals in Toronto, London and Shanghai, followed by background scores for two more Hindi features. Vinayak has done the rhythm arrangement for the instrumental version of the Indian National Anthem Featuring stalwarts like Ustad, Zakir Hussain, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and many more. Dramatically different from these is his dance ballet creation for the Min-On Concert Association, Japan.
Vinayak has collaborated on the tabla with celebrated jazz pianists from Germany and Austria. He composes, arranges, and plays the tabla for his Balkan Indian fusion band, Zamee, and another Indo- Slovenian band, Aritmija, which has played at several reputed festivals in Europe. He is a member of RRC (Rajeev Raja Combine ), a global fusion band with elements of Jazz, Indian classical, Latin and World music. Vinayak has accompanied acclaimed artistes like violinist Dr. N. Rajam, violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam, Lata Mangeshkar and Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali in stage performances across the world. He has played for noted composers like Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wadali Brothers, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal Bhardwaj and Pritam.