HCL Concert’s ‘Transcendence:Music for the mind’ Starts Tomorrow

The concert series, Transcendence: Music for the mind, will feature musicians/groups like Ustad Shujaat Khan, Dr L Subramaniam, Kavita Seth, Rakesh Chaurasia, Shillong Chamber Choir and the Ustad Anwar Khan Manganiyars

As part of the HCL concert series, a digital concert titled Transcendence: Music for the mind will be hosted from August 12-14, from 6 pm onwards each day. Like all HCL Concerts of the Soundscapes series, the concert will showcase traditional as well as independent music from across India, including genres like Sufi, folk and Indie pop. Among the illustrious line-up of performers this time are flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, well-known for his Jugalbandis with veteran Carnatic and Hindustani instrumentalists, who be performing on Day One. Following him in the folk genre will be Ustad Anwar Khan from the Manganiyar community, who are professional musicians known for their folk music. Their songs, which also describe the history of the desert, have been passed on to generations through the oral tradition. 

Day Two will see renowned Indian classical musician and sitar player of the Imdadkhani Gharana Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, whose style of sitar playing is known as Gayaki Ang, as well as a performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir. Founded in 2001 by Padmashree awardee Neil Nongkynrih, shot to fame for their Christmas albums, and also performed for US President Barak Obama and Michelle Obama during their visit to India. The versatile choir, who have performed with the likes of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Fitz William Quartet, and also musicians like Shankar Ehsaan Loy, is sure to bring in something exciting to the concert.  

None other than violinist, composer, and conductor Dr L Subramaniam will perform on Day Three. Trained in Carnatic as well as western classical, Dr Subramaniam is best known for his compositions in orchestral fusion. Concluding the concert will be Mora Piya fame Kavita Seth, who is a performer of Ghazals and Sufi music as well, besides being a popular playback singer. While some of her chart-toppers include Maula, Mujhe Matt Roko, Bangur Jaisi Duniya and Iktara, she also leads a Sufi musical group named Karwaan.

HCL has been organising the very popular HCL Concerts for 23 years, which are aimed at promoting talents in the Indian classical performing arts. Concerts are regularly organised in Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Nagpur, Madurai, Chennai and Bengaluru as well as New York and San Francisco in the US throughout the year. 

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