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Soorya (Singapore) presents PRANAMAM: ODE TO THE LEGEND OF MOHAMMED RAFI Date: 20th May 2012 Venue: DBS Auditorium , 6 Shenton way, DBS Building Tower 1, Auditorium @ 3rd Floor, Singapore 068809 ( Nearest MRT Station Tanjong Pagar)
Mohammed Rafi the legend is remembered Mohammed Rafi is idolised as the greatest of India's playback singers and stands to date unparalleled with his legendary, emotion charged voice. His immortal 'Golden Voice' and melodies still rule the hearts of millions of Indian music lovers the world over. Mohammad Rafi (December 24, 1924 - July 31, 1980), was a popular Indian playback singer. He was awarded the National Film Award and 6 Filmfare Awards. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India Rafi sang 4,516 Hindi film songs, 112 non-Hindi film songs, and 328 private (non-film) songs from 1945 to 1980. His singing career spanned about 35 years, and he is noted for his ability to sing songs of different moods and varities: his songs ranged from classical numbers to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans. He is best known for romantic and duet songs, which he playback sings with the technique to mould the voice according to characters of the actor on the screen Rafi is primarily noted for his songs in Hindi-Urdu, over which he had a strong command. He also sang in other Indian languages including Konkani, Bhojpuri, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Maghi, Maithili and Assamese. He also recorded a few songs in foreign languages such as English, Persian, Spanish and Dutch. Read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Rafi http://www.mohdrafi.com/ Songs of Mohammed Rafi. Listen to your favourite melodies http://www.in.com/music/artist/mohd-rafi-7011-1.html PRANAMAM: ODE TO THE LEGEND OF MOHAMMED RAFI This uniquely choreographed event artfully combines dance, music and cinema using Mohammed Rafi's popular songs into a captivating visual-aural experience. It showcases a unique repertoire of a fusion of classical and contemporary dance forms by reputed dancers dancing to his evergreen popular film songs supported by singers and video projections. Concept and Choreography by Soorya Krishnamoorthy, featuring reputed dancers Pt. Rajendra Gangani (Kathak), Dakshina Vaidhyanathan(Bharathanatyam),Internationally renowned Samudra Dancers (Contemporary dance) and vocals by Zia Ul Haq and Sheelamani. THE ARTISTES IN THIS EVENT - THE DANCERS Pt Rajendra Gangani (Kathak Maestro) The disciple and son of of Pt. Kundanlal Gangani, Rajendra Gangani started training in the art of Kathak dance at the early age of four. The renowned Jaipur 'Gharana' saw the emergence of an outstanding performer and crusader of the art in the talented scion of a family of hereditary dancers serving the art of Kathak for centuries together. Pt. Rajendra has easily absorbed the most complicated and difficult 'Bols' of Kathak, today, mesmerising audiences under the spell of his art for hours together. He has enriched himself with the essence of this style of dance together with integrating the purity of tradition with the creativeness of a contemporary approach. Pt. Rajendra graduated from the Kathak Kendra, Delhi in the year 1983-84, and ever since has made significant contributions to this field. Although he sticks to the pure tradition of his gharana, he is an indefatigable experimenter, having choreographed several group compositions and dance dramas to standing ovations and rave reviews. Pt. Rajendra stands out for his style; making use of his excellent blend of manly grace and delicacy, he depicts the devotional aspects that characterises the Jaipur gharana. His dance forms depict the love of Radha Krishna, different Lilaas of Lord Vishnu. A large number of thematic items like Leele-Varnan, Raag Vistaar, Tribandhi, Sargam, Zhalak, Srijan, Kavitakriti, Maharaas, Parikrama has been produced by him. An accomplished musician, composer of tunes, he also has a rare mastery over the tabla, harmonium, pakhawaj, etc. With a confident grasp of the kinetics and aesthetics of dance, and his ability to select apt songs, his choreographic creations always bring an air of refreshing novelty. Guruji, as he is fondly called by all his students and associates has created items that are beautiful blends of artistic excellence, meaningful poetry, soulful music and expressive dancing...a careful amalgam of all the four elements of Abhinaya. Among the numerous awards and accolades he has won, are the 'Sangeet Raj', 'Shastriya Natya Shiromani', and the prestigious 'Sangeet Natya Akademy Award' which was bestowed upon him in 2003 by The President of India, Hon'ble Shri A P J Abdul Kalam. He is one among the few Indians who have performed solo in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the Festival of India in USSR, apart from performances in America, Italy, Germany, France, China, Japan and even Afghanistan. Even at home he has been a part of significant shows like the Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival, the Konark Festival, the Ghungroo festival at Bhopal, Kathak Mahotsava, Sharadchandrika at Delhi, Haridas Sangeet Sammellan at Vrindavan, and Nritya Ojhas in Pune. An accomplished musician, composer of tunes, he also has a rare mastery over the tabla, harmonium, pakhawaj, etc. With a confident grasp of the kinetics and aesthetics of dance, and his ability to select apt songs, his choreographic creations always bring an air of refreshing novelty. Apart from routine performances, Rajendra Gangani has also been active in attempting a blend of various dance forms. Not only has he been involved in directing dance compositions on social themes like environmental pollution (titled Prakriti), he has also attempted fusion of kathak and Mohini Attam, as also a merger of kathak and Bharatanatyam. Said the guru today, "The blend is limited to rhythm and footwork. The basic character of each dance form has to be preserved at all costs. Even in a fusion presentation, kathak should stand out for its vigour and vibrancy and Bhatara natyam should reflect the essential poise and grace. In the preservation of distinct elements of any dance form, lies the real success of a dancer". Rajendra Gangani the very talented choreographer who is able with the means of Kathak technique (nritta) to create a marvellous dramatic performanceis an accomplished singer and tabla-player as well. Read more http://www.rajendragangani.com/about.html Video of interview http://video.webindia123.com/interviews/dancers/rajendragangani/index.htm Dance Videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIXnReFqmUE http://www.thetubemedia.com/rajendra+gangani/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uR2J-uNg2o Samudra dancers (Contemporary) Madhu Gopinath & Vakkkom Sajeev has undergone training in Indian Classical Dance forms. In 1994, Madhu and Sajeev joined the Aarti Dance Company as dancers and started performing with the company in India as well as abroad. They started learning Kalaripayattu (martial art form of Kerala) from CVN Kalari Sangham in Trivandrum under Govindankutty Gurukkal and from Guru. Smt. V Mydhili of Midhilalaya Dance Academy they continued their Bharathanatyam lessons. Madhu and Sajeev have won acclaims as good Kalaripayattu, Bharathanatyam and Yoga performers. Under Guru Deshpande, they are also trained in Rope Mallakhambh and Pole Mallakhambh. In 1998 they co-founded Samudra Centre for Indian Contemporary Performing Arts and have given performances in many International as well as Indian dance festivals with their own choreographic productions named - 'The Sound of Silence', 'Jalam', 'Rhythm' and the latest production 'The Cosmic Dance of Siva'. They have choreographed three major productions named 'The Sound of Silence', 'Jalam' and 'Rhythm', which are well acclaimed both in India and internationally. They worked on a new concept - 'The Cosmic Dance of Siva' which premiered in January 2009 in Trivandrum. Performances abroad: They have performed in renowned festivals like The International Summer Theatre Festival held in Hamburg, Germany, The Hong Kong Asian Festival (1998), Iddac Dance and Music Festival, Royal Opera House in London in September 2001, Spoleto Festival - Italy 2001, 2002 & 2007, Indian Events in Spain, Portugal & France, Toured UK for Sampad, Bonn Biennale Festival (2005), Edinburgh Festival - Scotland (2006), Frankfurt Book Festival (2006), Srilankan Indian Community Festival (2007), Soorya Youth Festival in 12 countries, and many others Performances In India: Apart from these they have also performed in many Indian festivals like the Soorya Festival, Attakalari Festival, Uday Sankar Satabdi Samaroh Festival organised by the Sangeeth Natak Akademi in Calcutta, Sangeeth Natak Akademi Festival in Manipur, etc. In 2001, with IFA (Chaali Project), they toured 23 villages of South India, performed, conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations in 60 venues. They have also choreographed and danced in an Indo - French collaborative opera work named 'The Fakir of Benares' which was staged in Delhi and Mumbai. They choreographed for National Inaugural function for the Celebration commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the First War of Independence 1857, 100 years of Satyagraha and 60 Years of Freedom for India which was a proposal by the Asian Heritage Foundation. Madhu and Sajeev have been awarded the Best Choreographers Award by the Government of Kerala and the Film Critics Association for the film - 'Raathrimazha' and for the same film; they won the National Award also. They choreographed for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Common Wealth Games held in New Delhi in 2010 View videos of some of their previous performances http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmotVi7yakI&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2vxvTAkTeY&feature=related Dakshina Vaidhyanathan (Bharata Natyam) Dakshina Vaidyanathan belongs to a family of eminent Bharatanatyam dancers. She has undergone rigorous training in her own home Ganesa Natyalaya under the able tutelage of her grandmother Padmasri Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan and her mother Rama Vaidyanathan. She was awarded the CCRT scholarship by the Department of Culture Govt.Of India. She is a Diploma holder in Bharatanatyam from Indira kala Sangit Vidyalaya. Right from age 10 Dakshina has been accompanying her Grand Mother and her Mother for various performance tours in India and abroad. She has also traveled individually on her own merit for various youth Festivals. Tours with Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan - West Africa ICCR Tour, Tours with Rama Vaidyanathan - USA , France, Spain , UK, Japan. Apart from performing she conducted Nattuvangam for her mother and also assisted in several workshops, Tours undertaken on own merit - Youth Festival in China, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkmenisthan, Kyrgysthan, Turkey. Dakshina has been actively teaching Bharatanatyam at Ganesa Natyalaya and has also been involved in choreographing several Dance productions. She has conceived and directed two productions titled "From Zero To Infinity" and "Nakshatra".Dakshina is considered as the brightest star in the younger generation of Bharatanatyam dancers. Dakshina has lived with dance, intensely enjoying every moment of it since childhood. A brilliant student of Delhi Public School R.K.Puram, she has represented her school for several dance festivals, not only in Delhi but also to Kyrgysthan and Russia. The dancer right from the age of four she has travelled the country participating in her grandmother, Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan's dance productions. As an eight year old she danced with her mother, Rama Vaidyanathan at the Snow Festival in Japan. Dakshina her interests is also a debator and an avid speaker. In 2000 she represented her school during the Millenium Children's Festival in New Zealand. There at the World's Children's Parliament, she spoke about children's rights in India. Dakshina loves music and swimming. She has participated in and won competitions in both for her school. She writes poetry in her free time. Dakshina the choreographer is one of the most promising Bharata Natyam dancers today and an innovative choreographer. Her productions include: 1. MAYURANG- a peacock dance choreography in a neo-classical. 2. FROM ZERO TO INFINITY- it is a choreography describing the evolution of the advancement of technology in India, and how this is related to the social, cultural and spiritual aspects of people's lives. 3. NAKSHARA- its a choreography on astrology. It describes the 12 zodiac signs and explains thier broad categories and characteristics. It debates on weather astrology is science or faith, and weather it is controllable or it is fate. 4. CLEOPATRA- an episode from the life of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, done in neo-classical style. It describes her marriage to Mark Antony, her defeat in the Battle of Actium and thereafter, her death. A review: -"Dakshina Vaidyanathan", daughter of Rama Vaidyanathan, held the audience spellbound with her performance 'Shambhu-Natnam', the cosmic dance commonly known as 'Tandava' presented at the University of Jammu (Tribune News Service) Interview with Dakshina Vaidhyanathan http://theviewspaper.net/an-interview-with-dakshina-vaidyanathan/ THE SINGERS Zia Ul Haq (male singer) Ziya is a young singer of great promise who has won great appreciation and acco-lades for his performances at major cable TV music competitions like Apple mega star and Idea Star singer (both from India). Ziya is the 1st runner up in the Apple mega star event, watched by over 20 million viewers. Selected for Zee TV's celebrated, "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" competition. He is also an accomplished Hindustani classical as well as Su Qawali singer. Ziya has play back singing experience. At school, he was the state level champion in several musical events. Sheelamani (female singer) Sheela is a gifted and versatile singer. Also a playbacksinger. She started singing career with a superhit debut album "Taka Dhimi Tha" which was awarded the Drisya Award for the best music album. Achieved signicant recognition and fame for her debut superhit song "Kannamma" for the super hit movie "Tanmathra". She is a playback singer with a portfolio of more than 25 songs for leading music directors in Malayalam and Tamil Sheela has received 3 awards as the Best Female Singer (Televison) for the immensely popular weekly music programme "Queens Illayanila" on Jeevan TV. The programme has been running for over six years. She is popular performer in various stage shows in India and abroad - singing songs in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil. Listen to Sheelamani's singing rasik balma... Movie Chori Chori.. tere bina jiya jayaana.... Movie Ghar piya bole ...piyu bole.... Movie Parineetha Kanamma... Movie Tanmatra Yen idhayam.... Movie Singam
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