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East meets west: Amjad Ali Khan concert goes French

Amjad Ali Khan and sons Amaan, Ayaan will collaborate with a 200 year old French orchestra at a city event this week

music Updated: Mar 04, 2013 17:02 IST
Amrutha Penumudi
Amrutha Penumudi
Hindustan Times

Think Amjad Ali Khan, and you can almost hear the sweet melodies of the sarod playing in your head. However, this Tuesday, at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium, the Ustad’s harmonies will be accompanied by tunes from the 200-year-old Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra from France.

Especially conceived for the Bonjour India Festival, Ananta Opus 195 brings together two distinct musical cultures. The concerto has been written by Pierre Thilloy, and will be directed by Samuel Jean. As always, Khan is excited about this unique association.

“Every collaboration has a vision and a concept. It’s not about just playing alongside each other. More importantly, the music should seem like a bouquet of flowers. The universal concept of togetherness and unity send out a beautiful message throughout the world,” says the legendary artiste.

A prolific composer, Thilloy’s official catalogue comprises more than 180 compositions including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, symphonic poems and even scores for silent films.

“He is a brilliant young composer. He visualised a concerto for three sarods, something which wasn’t done earlier” says Khan.

Pierre on his part claims that the journey of producing the concerto was “extremely interesting”.

“If Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan and Ayaan are from the oral tradition that is Indian music, I come from a written tradition equally rigorous. So I designed my concerto as an open work that can modulate the whim of the interpreter. They can follow the path I indicate or show me another,” says Thilloy.

What: All India Annual Art Exhibit
Where : Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
When : March 4
Catch the last day of the All India Annual Art Exhibit which showcases paintings in oil, acrylic colours, water colours, mix medium, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink on paper and canvas. Sculptures in bronze, marble, wood, metal, mix medium etc are being displayed by about 225 participants.

What: Naav – Marathi play
Where : Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
When : March 5, 9 pm
This play revolves around the importance of education. What happens when children are denied his basic right to education? Do they grow up at all?

What: Harud – A film based on Kashmir
Where: NCPA, Nariman Point
When: March 6, 6. 30 pm
As part of the ongoing Fresh Pix series that aims at creating an idea for regional and indie cinema, Harud, a 99-minute film based on Kashmir will be screened at the NCPA. The film begins with Rafiq and his family struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, a tourist photographer, who is one of the thousands of young men who have disappeared, since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir.

What: Exceeding Relations, Asit Patnaik's Solo Exhibition
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
When: March 7
The distinguished Delhi-based artist Asit Kumar Patnaik is back in Mumbai to display his artwork at a solo exhibition. Through his masterpieces, the artist explores the complex and beautiful relationship between a man and woman. Patnaik creates magic on canvas, as he draws inspiration from real incidents and society at large.

What: Rigoletto-Verdi (Opera screening)
Where: NCPA, Nariman Point
When: March 8, 6. 30 pm
The tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto`s beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera`s original title, La Maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto’s encouragement.

Outdoor photography workshop
Where: The Art Loft, Bandra West
When: 10 am to 12 pm
This workshop will cover the use of natural light, positioning subjects for best results in specific lighting conditions, exploring different sources and how to manipulate them to achieve desired effects. You will also learn to identify various types of reflections produced by different kinds of light.

Of quartets and clarinets
The Arties Festival is back with its 11th edition at the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA), where artistic director Gauthier Herrmann will bring a number of young musicians to India to perform over next week. (March 9, 10 and 12) Quatuor Ebene are considered one of the finest young string quartets in the world. Already having completed their 10th anniversary and with so many awards to their credit, this quartet will be stopping by in Mumbai on their return to France from Hong Kong. Well known pianist Romain Descharmes who is making waves in the musical world ever since he won the first prize in the Dublin International Piano competition has been part of a few Arties Festival editions. He will join the Ebenes in a performance of the Brahms piano quintet.

Another familiar face will be that of Olivier Patey, who is one of the great clarinetists of our time. Currently, he is the solo clarinet player of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a position which is most coveted. Olivier has played with some of the finest musicians around the world and knows from memory most of the solo clarinet repertoire.

Paintings of gold
If you thought wearing gold was an expensive affair, then Suvigya Sharma’s exquisite collection of vintage art will make you think otherwise. The 29-year-old artist based in Mumbai, has worked with a fusion of acrylic on canvas with 24 carat gold embossed works with precious and semi-precious stone studdings. The theme, called The Golden Era, signifies the aesthetics of art in the early 18th century with a touch of modern day miniature workmanship to it. The price range for these artworks start at only R40,000 and go up to R7,00,000 depending on the intricacy and the amount of gold used into it.

A tale to tell
It is often agreed that writing for children is a task that demands great levels of creativity and the knack of simple yet coherent story telling. If you have always aspired to write story books for the little ones, then this workshop is for you.

Programmed as a four-session course, well acclaimed children’s writer Shamin Padamsee will walk participants through the various nuances of ideation, developing a story’s structure, plot, character portrayals and other elements.

The author will also advice participants on how they can publish and market their books.

The workshop will be held at Union Park in Bandra from March 23, for four consecutive Saturdays. Should you wish to participate, you could write to by March 10 for more details.

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