Śraddhā: Celebrating Iconic Women Artists from South Asia

Performing Arts
Music
Performances
Friday, 8th March 2024
From 7:00pm to 8:30pm (IST)
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THE EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE DUE TO UNANTICIPATED CIRCUMSTANCES.

On the occasion of International Women's Day, immerse yourself in a soulful experience of Indian classical and semi-classical music, paying tribute to the legendary women artists of the subcontinent. Explore the timeless compositions of luminaries like Begum Akhtar, Abida Parveen, and Shobha Gurtu amongst many others in a harmonious celebration of the unparalleled talent of these influential voices.

The stellar line-up will offer a distinctive perspective crafted with original compositions seamlessly intertwining with the legacy of some of South Asia’s most influential artists, orchestrating a new narrative for the contemporary era.

Join us for a devotional evening transcending tradition and connecting with the energy flowing through the music.



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Isheeta Chakrvarty

Isheeta Chakrvarty

Indian contemporary singer-songwriter, composer, educator, voice over artist, recording artist and TED Speaker

Isheeta Chakrvarty is an Indian contemporary singer-songwriter, composer, educator, voice over artist, recording artist and TED speaker based in Mumbai. With strong roots in Hindustani classical music, Isheeta is a musical explorer, pushing her edges as an expressionist traversing multiple genres especially Jazz, Pop and Electronic Music and other sonic spaces as evident in her original pieces of music. She is a recording artist for Bollywood (Sultan: Baby Ko Bass ) as well as OTT shows like Mirzapur on Amazon Prime, Class, Fame Game , Bombay Begums on Netflix, apart from others like JioCinemas (Kalkoot) and Alt Balaji (The Married Woman) and many more and continues to work with many composers and producers. She is a cross-genre collaborator and collaborated with reputed artists like Vishal-Shekhar, Louiz and Gino Banks, Viveick Rajagopalan, Sanjay Divecha, Donn Bhat, Anyasa, Anand Bhaskar, Keshav Dhar and more.   She has had the privilege to open for Ustad Zakir Hussain at the International Jazz Festival at the NCPA in 2018. She is a global concert artist performing at various stages across India and the world like the Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), La Merce (Spain), Star of Asia (Kazakhstan) and many independent concerts globally. Isheeta recently released her debut EP EK SUTRA in collaboration with producer and mridangam player Viveick Rajagopalan which was touted as one of the 10 best Indian EPs of 2022.   As an educator, Isheeta’s approach is deeply holistic and is tuned to helping students of music unlock their authentic voices and discover their own musicianship. She is one of a kind in her field who has an understanding of both—her traditional roots as well as an understanding of a global soundscape which aids in helping students develop a wider understanding of their place in the world as musicians. Isheeta heads multiple outfits.   • Isheeta Chakrvarty Collective is a space where she explores most of her influences ranging from Indian music to African to Jazz in a context that is not necessarily traditional but holds strong elements of world music as well.  • Isheeta Chakrvarty Jazz Quartet/Quintet where she performs traditional Jazz standards and some modern Jazz compositions.  • An intimate semi-classical set where she sings thumris, bhajans, ghazals, Sufi as well as original compositions which are more traditional in nature.  • A curated set of choicest Indian, Bollywood, Pop and Jazz songs, for a more commercial requirement. Isheeta is constantly pushing her boundaries as an artist and is a committed student of music and continuously looks forward to exploring newer musical vistas.

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Adil Kurwa

Adil Kurwa

Bass player

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Vaibhav Wavikar

Vaibhav Wavikar

Drummer and Percussionist

Vaibhav Wavikar I am 32 year old professional drummer and percussionist who is working as a freelancer musician and tutor in Mumbai . I have always enjoyed teaching drums and sharing the knowledge of what I have learnt traveling to different parts of the world.

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Nastya Saraswati

Nastya Saraswati

Violinist

Nastya Saraswati is a musician from St.Petersburg, Russia, who finds her forte in Indian Classical Music, a passion she has been nourishing since late 2012. Born in St Petersburg Russia, in the family of non musicians Nastya started her first music experience to learn violin upon suggestion of her uncle, who was a professional orchestra conductor. She made frequent trips to India in search for Gurus and learn Hindustani Classical and Karnatic music from them. She still continues to hone her skills under guidance of her Guru Shri Purbayan Chatterjee and find her place in her Indian dream. In 2017 Nastya was also a part of Indian reality TV show 'Dil Hai Hindustani’ on Star Plus. Lately Nastya has started sincerely educating russian students the basics of Indian Classical music to inspire them and open their world to the beauty of this ancient music in Russia.

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Swarupa Ananth-Sawkar

Swarupa Ananth-Sawkar

Indian Percussionist and Producer

Swarupa Ananth-Sawkar is a bold young Indian percussionist and producer, ranked in the Forbes India 30 under 30 list. She has been a prolific entertainer from a young age, under the mentorship of Ustad Allarakha & Ustad Zakir Hussain. Her debut album Raagtronic, released in 2014, reached #1 on the iTunes India charts. As a performer and producer, Swarupa has collaborated with many national and international artists, sharing the stage with some of India’s biggest musical luminaries including Talvin Singh and A.R. Rahman, and is a well established entrepreneur in the Indian music scene, having served as A&R Manager for EMI Music India. Swarupa recently launched an online music school, Tablanaari’s School Of Music, that promotes Indian Classical music with world class artists teaching rich traditional material in a holistic manner.Swarupa Ananth

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Amandeep Singh

Amandeep Singh

Guitarist

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Collaborations

PAYTM Insider
PAYTM Insider
Royal Opera House, Mumbai
Royal Opera House, Mumbai

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International Women’s Day

The first International Women's Day event was observed in 1911. It has evolved into a global phenomenon, uniting individuals and organizations worldwide to celebrate women's achievements and advocate for gender equality. The theme for 2024 is "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.” This theme emphasizes joint action towards investing in women as a crucial step in advancing human rights issues, ending poverty, implementing gender-responsive financing, shifting towards a green economy and care society, along with support for feminist change-makers. By focusing on investing in women, we can accelerate progress towards creating more prosperous economies and a healthier planet for all.

 

Women Artists in Indian Music

Women have long faced societal barriers and prejudices in various fields, including music. However, their resilience and talent have enabled them to break through these challenges and significantly contribute to the rich tapestry of Indian music. From classical forms like Hindustani, Carnatic, and Sufi music to popular genres such as film and folk music, women musicians have left an indelible mark with their exceptional artistry. Throughout history, awe-inspiring women musicians like Akkamahadevi, a saint poet from Karnataka in the 12th century; Gauhar Jaan, the first Indian woman to have her voice recorded on a gramophone disc; Bangalore Nagarathnamma, a Carnatic singer and activist; and Mohubai Kurdikar, a Hindustani vocalist from the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana, have made lasting impressions with their musical prowess and dedication to their craft. Their contributions have not only enriched Indian music but also paved the way for future generations of female artists to thrive in this traditionally male-dominated field.

 

Some Icons from South Asia

Begum Akhtar

Begum Akhtar, also known as Mallika-e-Ghazal, was a prominent figure in the world of Indian classical music. Born in Uttar Pradesh, she defied the norms of her time when women vocalists were largely restricted. Her voice resonated across the airwaves of All India Radio and Doordarshan, captivating audiences with her mesmerizing performances. Trained by the renowned sarangi player Imdad Khan in Patna, Begum Akhtar honed her skills and eventually moved to Calcutta in search of more opportunities to showcase her talent. She not only mastered the art of ghazal singing but also excelled in thumri and dadra genres.

Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen, known as the Queen of Sufi Music, was born in Sindh, Pakistan. She attributes her deep connection to Sufi music to a higher calling that drew her towards the mystical world of Sufism. From the young age of 3, she started singing and was enveloped in an environment rich with the sounds of Sufi music, thanks to her father, Ghulam Haider, who was not only her first music teacher but also nurtured her love for this genre. Her profound connection to poetry led her to be drawn towards the works of Punjabi poet Baba Bulleh Shah and other revered Sufi saints

Shobha Gurtu

Shobha Gurtu, a renowned Thumri singer, was born into a musical family in Belgaum. Her mother, Menaka Shirodkar, was a famous Thumri singer and Kathak dancer in Maharashtra. Shobha received training from Ustad Dhamman Khan and her mother. She used to present Thumris with a mixture of Lucknow and Punjab styles, showcasing her speciality in the subtle 'Ada'. Shobha composed Thumris and Bandishes, drawing influence from legends like Begum Akhtar's Ghazals. Her talent was recognized with the Sangeet Natak Akademy award.

 

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