Monday, September 02, 2013

Various concerts April-August 2013

Hey folks, it's been almost 6 months since my last blog. Having a baby has taken up just about every spare moment! So I'm going to summarise most of the last 6 months in this post, plus make another couple of posts for some special events in that period - the Encounters: India Festival and tour in May with Dhrupad exponent Pt Ritwik Sanyal and my 6th annual tabla school concert in July.

April 27: Tibet Education Fundraiser in New Farm with Tibet2Timbuk2

May 5: Warwick Peace Festival with Tenzin Choegyal and guitarist Rohin Power

May 11: Home concert with vocalist Pt Sugata Marjit

May 15-19: Encounters: India Festival and tour with Dhrupad vocalist Pt Ritwik Sanyal

June 7-9: Sitar Restaurant 20th anniversary with sitarist Sudha Manian


June 9 - Bhajan concert at Sri Saileshwara Mandir with Susmitha Ravi

June 29: Yogafest with Tibet2Timbuk2

June 30: Bhajan concert in Gold Coast Bhakti Centre with Tahir Qawwal

July 13: Accompanied Tenzin Choegyal as part of interview/concert in Brisbane Powerhouse

July 14: Swara Mohini Strings of India 2013 with sitarists Dr Indranil Chatterjee and Saikat Bhattacharya

July 27: 6th Annual Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Concert

August 4: Brisbane Music Circle concert celebrating 200th anniversary of Pt Swati Thirunal
 - About 16 amateur vocalists performed compositions by renowned South Indian composer Pt Swati Thirunal.

August 10: Indian Independence Day Cultural Dinner featuring Roshini Sriram and Tabla Tarrango
  - I accompanied Roshini and then 3 of my students gave a tabla demonstration before dinner was served.

August 17: Indian Independence Day concert featuring Yuki and Shen
 - At this concert there were many vocal performances of patriotic Indian songs in a variety of languages, followed by many dance performances and also a "fancy dress" show with kids dressing as famous Indian freedom fighters and giving small speeches in various languages.

August 24: Central Highlands Multicultural Festival in Emerald with Tenzin Choegyal
 - The day before the festival we gave a workshop in Emerald State School and the kids performed a song with us at the festival. We started with "Dha gi na gi na ka dhin na" and then went into the Tibetan prayer "Heart Sutra".

Right now I'm in Japan with my family for a few weeks and I have 8 concerts while we're here - hopefully it won't take another 6 months to post photos of the fun we're having here!

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