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Shaam-e-Qawwali - Farid Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Ensemble – Live in Concert
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, TX


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30 at the door; Buy Online Now for $25 (Early bird ends Aug 20)
Student: $20
Farid Ayaz   Qawwal
Abu Muhammad   Qawwal
Others   Vocals / Percussion
  
  
  

Qawwali is an ancient musical tradition that integrates spiritual, philosophical, religious, musical, and poetic elements to create an atmosphere that facilitates a spiritual connection between participants in a mehfil-e-samaa – a gathering of listeners of qawwali – and the ones they truly love. Qawwali has existed in a number of forms – samaa, zikr, Vedic chants and many others – for at least thirty-two centuries. The form of qawwali practiced today was invented by Hazrat Amir Khusrao in the thirteenth century. A poet, scholar, philosopher, politician, and musician, Khusrao defined, documented and established the tradition of Khusravi qawwali. He trained twelve young men – the Qawwal Bachay – in the art of qawwali to help propagate qawwali. Miyan Saamat Bin Ibrahim was the leader of this first group of qawwali performers. The tradition thus established has been preserved for more than eight centuries by the descendants of the Qawwal Bachay. It is followed by performers of qawwali in Pakistan, India and the rest of the world today. Farid Ayaz Qawwal & Abu Muhammad Qawwal are direct descendants of Miyan Saamat Bin Ibrahim and represent the twenty-seventh generation of the original qawwali performers trained by Amir Khusrao. Masters of music, poetry and rhythm, heirs to the original tradition of Khusrao's qawwali, expert musicians, and the torchbearer's of the tradition of Khusravi qawwali, the brothers are considered to be the foremost qawwals in the world today. They are known for their tremendous loyalty to Khusravi qawwali, their immense knowledge of Hindustani Sangeet, and for the remarkable fidelity and purity of their song; the qawwali that they perform is the same one that was practiced more than eight hundred years ago. Nothing has been allowed to change.


Hindustani Flute Recital – Magical Bamboo Flute

Sunday, October 02, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
Rakesh Chaurasia   Flute
Aditya Kalyanpur   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself , as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style , he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too. The most accomplished of disciples of his uncle, however, shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights. Rakesh has already globe trotted many times over, enthralling audiences at classical and non-classical concerts .He is also an accomplished studio musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry. Rakesh has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the Indian Music Academy Award, presented by the Honourable President Of India, Dr..A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2007, the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar in 2008, the Guru Shishya Award in 2011, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award in 2013 and the Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar 2013. Recently Rakesh toured as a duo for classical concerts as well as for The Masters of Percussion with legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain at some prestigious venues globally. Rakesh has also had the priviledge of performing with some international names such as Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Redman. Rakesh's most recent venture is his fusion band Rakesh and Friends(RAF) which creates music that appeals to the young without sacrificing the essence of classical music. He is destined to carve a niche for himself in the realm of Indian Classical Music with the simple yet extremely challenging instrument, the Bansuri.

Aditya Kalyanpur is a talented tabla player and percussionist beyond his years, who has made a distinguished career working with some of the most prestigious names in Indian classical, jazz, and fusion genres such as Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, AR Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Pandit Jasrajji, Larry Coryell, George Brooks, Kenwood Denard, Boston based jazz band Natraj, Mickey Hart, John Mclaughflin. Kalyanpur was first seen with his Guru Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. Having the honor of being recognized as an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his guru. Since then he has lent the enchanting music of his tabla to numerous commercials. Honored with the title of Taal - Mani, Aditya Kalyanpur is the recipient of ITC's prestigious Vidyasagar Award as well as the Sangeet Visharad. A commerce graduate, Aditya Kalyanpur has also achieved the distinct title as a Music Diplomat from Mumbai University. He has received scholarship from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training in New Delhi. In addition to many awards given in India and the United States, Kalyanpur is one of the first tabla players ever to be invited to Estonia for the prestigious Orient Arts Festival. As a soloist and accompanist, he has performed at other prestigious music festivals in India and abroad including the Edinburgh festival in Scotland, the Earagal Arts Festival in Ireland, and the Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India.On a more local scene, Kalyanpur has also appeared at the Great Lakes Folk Festival held every year in Lansing, Michigan, and many other festivals and competitions held across the United States. As a mark of his true versatility as a musician, Kalyanpur has performed solo for many bands and instrumental groups, including the world famous The Rolling Stones and also recorded for their saxophonist, Tim Ries. Aditya Kalyanpur is currently the leader of his fusion band Fuzikk, and a member of the world renowned group Bombay Jazz comprised of jazz legends Larry Coryell, George Brooks and Indian Flute Maestro Pandit Ronu Mazumdar.


Nritya Arpan – A Kathak Repertoire Presentation of Nritta, Nritya and Natya by Kathak Rhythm ensemble accompanied by live music

Sunday, October 16, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland, Texas 75040


Admission:
ICMC Members: Limited Free Till Oct 2
General: $25; After Sep 30: $30
Student: $15; After Sep 30: $20
Kathak Rhythm Ensemble   Kathak Dancers
Pt. Shantilal Shah   Tabla
Vatsal Dave   Sitar
Devki Pande-Bam   Vocals
Amit Kelkar   Vocals / Harmonium
  

ICMC of DFW and Kathak Rhythms have together embarked on a mission to spotlight, promote and institutionalize the Kathak form of Indian Classical dance. Kathak has evolved into its present rich and beautiful form absorbing style, music and culture over the ages from Hindu, Mughal and regional Indian Folk styles, making it into a true representation of our culture. Your support is sought for the unique presentation, to help preserve our culture, art and heritage, by encouraging our talented local artists trained in this beautiful dance. The offering of pure Kathak Nritya, Nritta and Natya set to live music will enthrall you.

Events Tickets, Donor and Sponsor Information: (1) Kathak Rhythms, (469) 443 – 8225; www.kathakrhythms.com or (2) ICMC, (214) 336 - 3459


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