Mala - An evening of Indian Classical Raga
MALA is a Classical Indian Music experience featuring visiting artist Sangeet Mishra, 8th Generation Sarangi player from Mumbai. Supporting Sangeet are Shen Flindell on Tabla and Darshil Shah on Bansuri.
Tickets are general admission - there will be space at the direct front of the stage for those who like to sit on the floor to receive the musical experience. Please bring a cushion for your comfort.
💜 THE HALL HAS REVERSE-CYCLE AIR CON - BUT PLEASE DRESS WARM OR BRING A SHAWL TO ENSURE YOUR COMFORT 💜
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT
Being immersed in a rich musical journey of intricate rhythm and melody, from a meditative prelude to an expansive and engaging improvised musical conversation, transporting the listener into the essence of the Raga and maybe to another realm...
Sangeet Mishra was born into the legendary Mishra family who are of the renowned Benaras Gharana (school of music) North India, and is a professional 8th generation sarangi player. His first Guru was his paternal grandfather, the late maestro, Pt. Narayan Das Mishra. Under his guidance Sangeet required a remarkable proficiency in vocals. Initially, he started to learn sarangi from his maternal grandfather, the world renowned sarangi player Pt. Bhagwan Das Mishra and his father Pt. Santosh Mishra. Sangeet plays with a great depth of cultural understanding and knowledge that rises above gymnastics, he plays with soul straight from the heart. His capabilities and nuances of expression are extensive, demonstrated by the way he plays a raag without missing the true sruti of the raag. He has laboured to keep alive the music and techniques of the great elders past and present. Rooted firmly in the ancient traditions and techniques of 'shastriya sangeet' (classical music) Sangeet has created a distinctive individuality to his playing. Through his innovations as a musician he has succeeded in blending contemporary musical thought in playing the sarangi without compromising on its traditional purity and essence. A versatile performer, he is known for his solo recital, accompaniment playing and successfully collaborating with musicians from different genres across countries together, creating a unique musical language.
Presently based in Mumbai, Sangeet maintains a busy schedule, traveling interstate in India and globally. He is a sought after musician for solo recitals, accompaniment for traditional vocal and dance, contemporary Indian music, as well as within the global world of fusion music. He has recorded on many Bollywood film soundtracks. You can find out more about Sangeet Mishra.
Shen Flindell - Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by Pt Ashutosh Bhattacharya in 1994, Shen has grown to become one of Australia's leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and also performs in fusion groups such as Tibet2Timbuk2. He is best known for his beautiful sound, subtle and supportive accompaniment. In 2019 Shen instigated the founding of Queensland Sangeet Mela Association (QSMA), to foster the development of Indian classical music in Queensland. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it's playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world. You can find out more about Shen Flindell.
Darshil Shah - Darshil is one of the most prominent Bansuri (Bamboo Flute) players in Australia. He has been playing Bansuri since the year 2000. Born & raised in Mumbai, he has had the privilege of learning music from some of the best Bansuri Players of Maihar Gharana (Lineage). His current guru is Shri Partha Sarkar who is a senior disciple of the renowned Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Darshil’s core musical roots are from Indian Classical Raga Music, however he is always keen to collaborate with artists from all genres and explore the musical boundaries. He has had experience in performing solo and with artists from various musical backgrounds like Raga, Fusion, Folk, Jazz, Yoga, Sound healing, Ghazal, Bhajan, Live Theatre, Bollywood, Kathak, Sufi, Qawwali, Western Classical and World Music collaborations.
Darshil is very passionate about teaching this art to the next generation of musicians, interested in exploring the beauty and sound of this natural instrument and has built a successful Bansuri brand (BambooMagic8). You can find out more about Darshil Shah.
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