Asian Music Circuit has announced The Genders of Indian Music, an exhibition and concert exploring the different qualities and energies that men and women have brought to the evolution of Indian music. The exhibition runs from 2nd – 8th March 2017 and takes at Asia House, New Cavendish Street, London W1.
The inspiration for The Genders of Indian Music exhibition is to be found in the fact that since ancient Vedic times, the people of South Asia have seen and worshipped SHAKTI as the feminine force and the other half of Shiva – masculine energy later represented in the concept of ARDHANARISHVAR – the image of Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) as one body – half man half woman (see main image) – symbolising the equality of male and female as one – the unity and inseparability of masculine and female energies driving the universe. The union of Shiva and Shakti is symbolised in their cosmic dance.
There will be workshops featuring Uday Bhawalkar, Chirangana Agle-Reshwal, Manjiri Asanare Kelkar and Sanjay Deshpande who are also performing in concert on March 5th at the Royal Albert Hall, details below.
Concert: Sunday, March 5, 2017 – Elgar Room – Royal Albert Hall
The Genders of Indian Music concert will feature Uday Bhawalkar, who will sing in the Dhrupad style, which is traditionally the domain of male singers. He will be accompanied by Chirangana Agle-Reshwal, who has made a name for herself as the first well-known female performer of an instrument that until now was traditionally only played by men – the pakhawaj (a barrel-shaped drum).
Also performing is Manjiri Asanare Kelkar, who sings in the Khyal style, another style traditionally associated with men. She will be accompanied by the male tabla player Sanjay Deshpande.
Venue – Elgar Room – Royal Albert Hall , Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP 6pm till 9pm www.royalalberthall.com