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THE INDIA MUSIC SUMMIT
THE BEST MUSICAL MINDS UNDER ONE ROOF
27th-29th October 2017, JAIPUR
Immerse yourself in three days of soul-stirring performances, conversations and panel discussions around music and musicality, enlightening workshops, defining documentaries and a slew of voices and sounds that will take your breath away. The upcoming MTV India Music Summit is a congregation of music lovers and musicians under one marquee and the kind that straddles a rare variety of genres – from Hindustani and Carnatic classical to jazz, folk, devotional, electronica and more -- and will entrance audiences for three days in the beautiful city of Jaipur. Come and discover a different side to thumri queen Girija Devi and watch her converse and croon with Pandit Jasraj, understand the world and viewpoint of Carnatic classical wonder TM Krishna, watch sitar maestro Shujaat Khan’s famed gayaki ang meld with the contagious sax riffs of American saxophone player George Brooks and Lesle Lewis’ master production ideas, be seduced by Kaushiki Chakraborty’s passionate thumris, get into the jazz bar with Vasundhara Vee and have folk throb your heart and soul. There are many more such artistes finding themselves at the Summit.
The Summit aims to create new sound and content, get artistes out of their comfortable templates, disrupt the existing myths surrounding genres and create platforms to showcase themselves the way the world hasn’t seen or heard before. The Summit is designed to dissolve the distance between the stage and the audience, where the energy of the music, musicians and music lovers becomes one. We will be celebrating music. We’d love for you to come and be a part of the magic.
Pandit Ajay Prasanna was born in Allahabad and grew up observing his father, Bholanath Prasanna teach his disciples, one of them being the revered Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia himself, the art of playing the Bansuri. Ajay Prasanna began playing the flute at an early age and is known for his magical integration of the modern with traditional. He performs both, Gayaki and Tantrakari styles of playing with immense strength and fluency.
Pandit Ajay Prasanna has performed with legendary musicians such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain and has even collaborated with the band ‘Sting’.
He released his album ‘Music with Mood’ in the beginning of this year and has 8 other albums full of soothing and refreshing ragas and compositions brought alive with his flawless skills as a flautist.
Bibi Ashupreet Kaur, born into a family of musicians of the Punjab Gharana, is truly blessed with a soulful voice. She began learning classical Hindustani vocals under the guidance of Shri Om Prakash Thapar of Jallandar, and is receiving taleem in Khayal Gayaki under Vidushi Dr. Ashwini Deshpande. Ashupreet has recorded a number of Gurbani albums along with her sisters, Anupreet Kaur and Poojapreet Kaur. They have performed in many local and international concerts and create a peaceful and divine experience for their listeners.
Padma Bhushan Pandit Chhannulal Mishra, born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, began learning music from his father Pt. Badri Prasad Mishra. He went on to learn Hindustani Classical Music from Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan and was later taken as a disciple by Thakur Jaidev Singh.
He is a noted exponent of the Kirana gharana as well as the Patiala gharana and has transcended the confines of each style of singing Hindustani Classical. His classical pieces are a magnificent harmony of the Punjab, Purab and Gaya styles. He has recorded albums that have his famous recitations of Tulidas’s Ramayan, Kabir, and ragas like Chaiti, Thumri, Kajri that are a pure delight for the soul. Pandit Chhannulal Mishra performs regularly in India and abroad and also teaches enthusiastic followers of Hindustani classical in Varanasi.
Born in New York City, George Brooks is a highly talented and trained musician who has played across genres like Jazz and Hindustani classical music. He is a saxophonist and composer who began studying jazz with the legendary Frank Foster and continued further training at the New England Conservatory of Music. At the conservatory, he was introduced to Indian classical music and was really intrigued by its melodies and rhythmic complexities. After completing graduation, Brooks travelled to India where he stayed with his guru, Pandit Pran Nath, and cooked and cared for him in exchange for knowledge.He has co-founded stunning Indian fusion groups like Summit, Bombay Jazz and the Raga Bop Trio with musicians like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, Larry Coryell, Ronu Majumdar, Kala Ramnath, and others.
George Brooks continues to perform at international Jazz festivals and has been honored with many accolades for his prolific talent.
Benaras has been home to Girija Devi’s music and life since she was two years old. Padma Shri Girija Devi started learning Hindustani classical music at the age of 4 under her first Guru, Pt. Sarju Prasad Mishra. She learnt the Khayal and Tappa styles of singing in her early years and went on to study a variety of styles under Shri Chand Misra. Devi belongs to the Benaras Gharana and performs the purab ang thumri style, which has earned more respect for the form. Her first public debut was on All India Radio in 1949 even though she faced opposition to her performing publicly as an upper class woman. She went on to perform across the world and has been awarded many accolades for her profound and powerful vocals. The legend has been immersing her soul in musical notes for over 80 years and has been imparting training in Hindustani Classical to spread the magic of music across generations.
Jasbir Singh Bains, was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab and is a first generation musician whose voice echoes in the hearts of many Punjabi and Pop music lovers. He has trained as a Hindustani classical artist under the guidance of VS Jolly and Puran Shah Koti, and has been deeply influenced and inspired by Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan. Jasbir Jassi began his musical career with the song ‘Channa Ve Teri Channani’ in 1993 and went on to record many more like ‘Dil Lae Gayi Kudi Gujarat Di’, which is one of his most popular songs. He is a versatile musician who lives and embodies the philosophy of music and its power to create and share love. With immense knowledge of Punjabi folk music ,Jasbir Jassi has also recorded Waris Shah’s ‘Heer’ in his moving and entrancing voice. Jasbir Jassi has released 14 albums so far, and continues his passionate journey with music to explore Punjabi folk and Sufi music and is working on some more tunes for his listeners.
Kaushiki Chakraborty was born in Kolkata and was initiated into the world of Hindustani classical music by her mother, Chandana Chakraborty and father, Ajay Chakraborty. She trained at the academy of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Dr.M. Balmurali Krishna. She has conquered many hearts with her passionate and impressive singing of Thumri and Khayal styles. She has been acclaimed as the “Torchbearer of the Patiala tradition.
Kaushiki has lent her remarkable voice to many film soundtracks and also hosts a weekly talk show with musicians for the entertainment channel Ruposhi Bangla. She formed an exclusive women’s group called ‘Sakhi’ to celebrate womanhood and performed with her group at the Carnegie Hall in 2015. In 2012, Kaushiki founded Soul, Voice, Aspiration (SVA) – a non-profit with the aim to promote all forms of Indian music and encourage young and upcoming talent.
Lesle Lewis is one of the very first Indian composers to have introduced the Indian audiences to Rock and Pop music. As a child, Lesle was greatly influenced by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and with further working on his musical capabilities bagged the opportunity of recording with renowned music directors such as Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, R. D. Burman, Viju Shah, Vanraj Bhatia, Khayam, Anu Malik and Louis Banks. With an aim to give the audiences a taste of varied music flavors, Lesle has been successful in keeping his originality intact with advertisement jingles, film music and other forms of modern music. Lesle Lewis produced the first season of Coke Studio @ MTV India which got the music scene back into a groove like never before. Lesle formed the band Colonial Cousins with Hariharan that became a sensation across the country. He also played live concerts in Mumbai with several bands like Blue Diamond Orchestra, Billy and Zamira, Slip Disc, The Savage Encounter, Louis Banks and The Hoods, etc. over the years. He is extremely passionate about music and has also been promoting folk musicians to create new empowered sounds while nurturing the musical heritage of various regions.
The Nagaland Conservatory of Music Choir is known for their immensely talented and technically profound works and performances conducted by the one and only, Lipokmar Tzudir. The choir comprises of students and faculty of the Nagaland Conservatory of Music (NCM), Dimapur, an esteemed institution for specialized music education and professional training. The NCM is affiliated to the Martin Luther Christian University, Meghalaya.
Creating an enabling environment for its students, the institution has supported the NCM Choir’s recent tour to Denmark where the choir collaborated and performed with musicians from various countries. They present stunning original compositions, naga folk and western compositions, and marvelous renditions of evergreen hits. The Choir performs regularly in their region featuring local and international musicians.
Padma Vibhushan awardee, Pandit Jasraj was born in Pili Mandori, Haryana and was initiated into vocal music by his father, Shri Motiram, who was a Hindustani classical singer. He received training from his elder brother Maniram, and later from Maharaja Jaywant Singh Waghela and Ustad Ghulam Kadar Khan of the Mewat Gharana. Pandit Jasraj developed a new form of Jugalbandhi called Jasrangi, based on the ancient system of Moorchhana, between a male and a female vocalist singing different ragas at the same time. He has also composed over 300 unique bandishes (compositions) and attained deep knowledge of the Haveli Sangeet tradition. He has produced marvelous work in his recordings as well in more than 50 albums. Pandit Jasraj is a founder patron of the Indian Music Academy. He also founded the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music for Research, Artistry and Appreciation – the Mewati Gurukul, New York, in 2000 along with PanditaTripti Mukherjee to nuture the growing urge to learn Hindustani classical vocals amongst keen listeners. With over 80 years of commitment to music, Pandit Jasraj is truly a living legend.
Born and brought up in Jammu, Radhika started learning music at a very young age from Pt. J.R.Sharma and started performing on stage and for All India Radio Jammu. After graduating from Govt College for women Jammu, she joined the Faculty of music and fine arts, Delhi University for post graduation in Hindustani classical music and also did her M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the faculty itself. She learnt Thumri, Dadra and Ghazal from the eminent guru, Smt. Shanti Hiranand, renowned disciple of Begum Akhtar.In an era where fusion and new age music dominate the current Indian music scenario, Dr. Radhika Chopra, an extremely talented and a versatile artist, predominantly features as a rare performer who continues to excel and please the connoisseur with her traditional puritan raga based gayaki. She continues to promote classical Indian music and commemorate legendary figures such as, Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Ghalib, Kundan Lal Saigal, et al. Her audiences have been charmed and enthralled by her melodious & soul stirring renditions, and fabulous personality. Her crisp & clear voice coupled with her impeccable diction of both the Hindi and Urdu languages have won her accolades of the discerning listener right across the globe.
Born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, Rashid Khan went through rigorous training in Hindustani classical from his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. His uncle, Ghulam Mustafa Khan trained him further in Mumbai.
Ustad Rashid Khan’s disciplined training reflects in his mastery of taan and layakaari. He has also experimented with integrating Hindustani classical with sufi music, jazz,etc. Ustad Rashid Khan is known for beautifully expressing emotions and being in conversation with the ‘self’ through his soulful voice. He has released 25 albums and concert recordings. He recently performed with his three children, two daughters and a son at a concert, earning much praise. Ustad Rashid Khan has been awarded the Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award as well.
Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari brought their musical talents together to unlock the potential of a few notes of music which resulted in the formation of ‘Shadow and Light’. Anindo is a keyboardist and has been a member of the band Advaita, which has won various awards for its invigorating and exceptional compositions. Pavithra is a trained Hindustani Classical Vocalist under Shri Satya Narayan Maharana for over 10 years and continues to improve her skills in the art under the guidance of Smt. Shubha Mudgal. She has been a recipient of the Shri Netar Kapur Scholarship and has also sung for a Himachali film, ‘Saanjh’. The duo combines Hindustani Classical, Jazz and Electronica in a unique and effortless manner. They present their music as an adventure, an experience, a story that unravels with time leaving listeners spell bound and deeply touched by their sound. Their debut album ‘Shadow and Light’ includes 10 enthralling and skillful tracks in both Hindi and English. Shadow and Light have collaborated with artists like Karsh Kale, have played at various festivals including Taalbelia, Chandigarh Jazz Festival and recently completed a string of performances in Sri Lanka.
Sitar maestro Shujaat Husain Khan was born in Calcutta and is the son of legendary sitar player, Ustad Vilayat Khan. He began learning the sitar at the age of 3 and he practiced on a specially made small sitar. His lively, intuitive and expressive rhythms and compositions have gained admiration among audiences in India and abroad. His style of playing the sitar, known as ‘Gayaki Ang’, is like an imitation of human voices. Shujaat Khan has recorded over 50 albums, Lajo Lajo being one of the most popular ones. He has also collaborated with The Silk Route Ensemble, Karsh Kale, and most recently with Asha Bhonsle for the new album, Naina Lagai Ke. He has performed at prestigious venues like the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Shujaat Khan has organised concerts in the memory of Ustad Vilayat Khan, the most recent being a thrilling Jugalbandhi between Ustad Zakir Husain spinning his magic on the Tabla and Ustad Shujaat Khan’s playful and spirited rhythms on the Sitar.
Born in Himachal Pradesh, Sunanda Sharma began learning under the guidance of her father Pandit Sudarshan Sharma when she was hardly 5 years old and went on to pursue studying Indian Classical Music from Punjab University. Her musical journey reached another milestone when Smt. Girija Devi took her as her disciple and she continues to guide her even today.
Though her forte lies in Khayal, Tappa, Thumri, Dadra and Chaiti, Sunanda Sharma has been including Punjabi folk, Sufi and other devotional styles to her repertoire. Her style of singing brings instantly connects her audiences with the depth and beauty of music. She has been a visiting faculty at SOAS University and Royal Academy of Music in London. She has exhibited her brilliance in collaborations with renowned artists like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. She has performed at many international concerts and been honored with many accolades.
Thodur Madabusi Krishna, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has become a leading voice in Carnatic music today. Krishna started learning Carnatic music at the age of 6 from B. Seetharam Sharma who was also Krishna’s mother’s guru. He underwent further training under Chingleput Ranganathan and Semangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Krishna has also been vocal about challenges being faced by our society. ‘Chennai Paramboke Paadal’, released in 2017, is a powerful collaborative initiative by TM Krishna and environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman. The song is a raag malika and has gained appreciation for the seamless weaving together of Tamil slang dialect and Carnatic music. His has recorded 12 thematic albums and released 10 albums featuring his live performances.
He has authored the book, ‘A Southern Music – The Karnatik story and co-authored ‘Voices Within’ apart from writing many scholarly articles. In 2016, T.M. Krishna was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Vasundhara Vee is a top Vocal Brand in India for Western Styles of singing. An active propeller of the independent music movement in the country, hers is also a bankable name in bringing together the finest ensembles for Jazz, Soul, RnB, Blues and Funk. She is known to have created new statements in what she calls “The Art of Voice”. She has been taking training in vocals from Mark Baxter, who has been vocal therapist to Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang, Amiee Mann and she also acknowledges learning “through collaboration and mentorship” with artists around the world. From her early days with former band ‘Adil & Vasundhara’, her sound and story have been showcased on the award winning documentary series The Dewarists on Star World, on Sound Trek on Fox Traveler and many others. Vasundhara also started a project called FUNKOPHONIE with Mr. Jean Philippe Bottin (Director Alliance Francaise de Delhi) . Also prominent in her musical life now is the new project MERKABA with the legendary guitar player Sanjay Divecha. The band has a blazing line up which includes Gino Banks, Sheldon D’Silva and Karan Joseph. Her confident and free spirited vocals have been touching hearts in India and abroad. In Nov 2015, Vasundhara had the immense honor of opening for the legendary John Mclaughlin.
Now solo, Vasundhara is known best for bringing together ensembles with the crème of the music fraternity to form customized ambiences for musical events. At the India Music Summit, Vasundhara Vee will be seen in a special collaboration with legendary saxophonist George Brooks.