Saturday, April 22, 2017

Surtarang pays humble tribute to the legendary Hindustani classical vocalist late Padma Vibhushan Gaansaraswati Vidushi Kishori Amonkar


Kishori Amonkar (10th April 1932 - 3rd April 2017)



A woman of great strength, with the courage to stand alone and defend herself in a musical world that was predominantly steered by men, she carved a niche for herself and was unshakeable force in the classical music world!  Kishori Amonkar was often herself coerced and cajoled into to compromising the tradition to sing lighter forms for the pleasure of her audience although she stood firm, refusing to change the essential basic tenets of her gharana and Indian Classical Music. This is the quality that made her achieve her excellence.

A careful vistaar of the shuddh swars of the Raaganga in a reverberating scintillating voice, maneuvering the nuances of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana, Kishori Amonkar had created an atmosphere of pure magic whenever she performed.

She displayed her expertise of the gayaki, a legacy that was handed to her by her guru, her mother Mogubai Kurdikar of the Alladiya Khan Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. Her musical training included honing a trained voice that traversed 3 octaves and the ability to discern Shrutis (Microtones).
She chose to perform less, to teach in the guru-shishya parampara and carry the tradition forward and also write a book instead. There are many students she has taught and she was exemplary among many young artists all over the country who will look up to her for years to come as a role model, a brilliant musician and a personality beyond par. She may be passed away but her music remains resonate forever in the hearts of millions of pure music lovers across the globe.


 Recognition and legacy


Amonkar received several of India's national awards and civilian honours, including the Padma Bhushan, in 1987, and Padma Vibhushan in 2002. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1985 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2009.  She was awarded the prestigious Dr. T. M. A. Pai Outstanding Konkani Award in 1991. In 2016, she was one of seven recipients of the M.S. Subbulakshmi Award for classical music. 









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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tribute to late Dr. Ali Akbar Khan - Surtarang Playlist 9th Apr '17

Ali Akbar Khan (14 April 1922–18 June 2009) was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Trained as a classical musician and instrumentalist by his father, Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan. Ali Akbar Khan Shaheb also composed several classical ragas and film scores. Khan Shaheb established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967; which moved with him to the USA and is now based in San Rafael, California, with a branch in Basel, Switzerland.

Khan Shaheb was instrumental in popularising Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer and as a teacher. He first came to America in 1955 on the invitation of violinist Yehudi Menuhin and later settled in California.  He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Khan Shaheb was accorded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1989. 
Nominated five times for the Grammy Award, Khan Shaheb was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship.
Surtarang is ready to pay rich tribute to this legend of Indian music.
Tribute to late Dr Ali Akbar Khan
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The legend Swara Samrat Sarod Maestro
Padma Vibhushan Dr Ali Akbar Khan


Pt Prasun Banerjee, Geetashree Vidushi Meera Banerjee,
Pt Balaram Pathak, Pt Rajeev Taranath,
Pt Mahapurush Misra, Pt Swapan Chaudhuri,
Pt Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay,
 Supratik Sengupta, Josh Feinberg,
Abhiman Kaushal, Pran Gopal Bandopadhyay, Monir Hossain,
Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vidwan Sanjay Subrahmanyan,
Vidwan Vellore Ramabhadran,
 Dr M Narmadha, Amrutha Venkatesh &
 Shiraz Ali Khan.

Surtarang will introduce Shiraz Ali Khan,
the great grandson of late Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan,
grandson of late Dr Ali Akbar Khan &
the son of late Prof. Dhyanesh Khan.




                                       
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How To Build A Billion Dollar App - Book Review


I've given below my Steemit post link, in which, I reviewed a Non-fiction book titled 'How To Build A Billion Dollar App'



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