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Kumar, Thanks for reviving a very good thread again.

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Shubha Mudgal makes a night to remember
By MIO Team
Apr 11, 2007, 18:59


Shubha Mudgal's beautiful voice could make the grief happy. She involves herself to her songs completely and pierces through the hearts of the listeners. And she enthralled the music lovers at the Hindu Friday Review Fest held at the Kamaraj Auditorium on November 23.

She started the evening show with a lively Shree Rag that set the mood of the audience. She then sung a Vilambit Khayal in Rupak Tal and took up the Khaya with Ek Tal. The emotion involved while singing the khayal captured the hearts of the audience. She then went on to sing a fabulous Ragmalika composition of her guru Ramashreya Jha. The ragmalika began with "Yaman Kalyan". She also sung other ragas beautifully like Darbari Kanara, Hamir, Basant, Poorvi, Sohni and Shankara.

She got into a Bandish in Tumri "Tuhi Laaj Na Ayee Re" in Desh Rag and sung it with elegance. She then turned to a Dadra, a devotional song. She gave in to the audience's request for different kind of music and rendered "Deere Julau Sukumari" in Kafi Rag. The concert came to an end with "Kadamb Tar Thadee", making the audience hungry for more.

Shubha Mudgal played a tanpura while singing and Karthika played the other. Aneesh Pradhan handled Tabla, Sudhir Nayak played harmonium and Murad Ali played Sarangi. The music team played an important part in making the concert a success. But it was Shubha Mudgal's wonderful performance that made all the difference. Many might have heard her enchanting voice long after the concert was over.


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Shubha Mudgal is doing her bit to promote classical music by conducting workshops for small groups of schoolchildren and adults. At these workshops, she and her husband Aneesh Pradhan (who plays the tabla) introduce the glories of Indian music to the kids.

I think this is a commendable initiative. So many musicians talk about the lack of interest in classical music amongst the new generation, but few do anything to demystify it.
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Originally posted by punjini

Shubha Mudgal is doing her bit to promote classical music by conducting workshops for small groups of schoolchildren and adults. At these workshops, she and her husband Aneesh Pradhan (who plays the tabla) introduce the glories of Indian music to the kids.

I think this is a commendable initiative. So many musicians talk about the lack of interest in classical music amongst the new generation, but few do anything to demystify it.

 

Thanks punjini ji for pointing it out and that is so true very well said.

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excellent article...and wht she has pointed out is very true.No channel on Indian Television airs any programme on classical music.Sometime s I feel good old Doordarshan is better.They still have a slot for classical music and dance Smile
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Shubha Mudgal, a rare artiste

LAST year at the exhibition of prints of Padshanama at the National Museum, I heard Shubha Mudgal live for the first time. It was a song in praise of Emperor Jehangir composed by one of his courtiers and set to music by Mudgal. I was transported to ethereal heights and imagined that rulers of the Mughal dynasty were listening to her in rapt attention. I know very little of Pukka raags and can't tell Asavari from Deepak. I presumed since the song was in praise of an emperor, it must be Raag Darbari. It turned out to be Bheem Palassee.

However, there and then, I decided to cultivate this beautiful woman. Though a little buxom, she has silken soft skin, large gazelle eyes and a heavenly voice. She was taken aback by the compliments I showered on her but did not respond. She had to suffer my enthusiastic effusions once again when I interviewed her for Star TV series Not a Nice Man to Know.

A day before the interview, as Sadia Dehlavi was driving me home, she asked: "Would you like to hear Shubha Mudgal's latest hit?" The word 'hit' sounded discordant. Soon the car was resounding with a chorus of voices— half qawaali, half pop — singing Ali Morey Angna. Shubha's voice was barely audible: she has a very powerful voice full of resonance. The song was catchy enough but I did not expect a purist like Shubha making such a compromise. Did she do it to make more money?

When I put the question to her, she gave me cryptic reply: "My name Shubha is from Saraswati, the goddess of learning. She is on notoriously bad terms with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Money and I don't go together."

Strange! Shubha was born into a Bania family of Allahabad. Both parents were professors of English literature but classical Hindustani music and Kathak were their passions. Shubha was put through both and of her own opted for singing. From Allahabad she came to Delhi where she was trained under a number of distinguished ustaads. She married into a very musical family. The marriage did not hold. She divorced her husband (He is now a Judge of the Delhi High Court) and devotes her time entirely to music, her son and her Dalmatians.

Shubha Mudgal has taken to experimenting and creating music to cater for different situations. She composed the music for Mira Nair's film Kama Sutra and for Sonal Mansingh's ballet. She demonstrated how music can be used to convey anger and joy as command and submission — in fact for every human situation. Her one regret is that pioneers and inventors never get what is due to them in terms of money or recognition because as soon as others smell success, they cash in with immitations.

The law of copyright is full of holes and pirates can get away with murder. The late Gulshan Kumar was able to hire new singers at a low rate and make cassettes of old film favourites and bhajans, market them at prices much lower than those of originals and make a last buck. She also has bones to pick with producers who arrange concerts for her over the phone and at the last minute cancel them without consideration of the time and money she has spent preparing for them. Despite all the skullduggery in the world of music and her disappointment with the patronage of the state through AIR, Doordarshan, the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the ICCR, Shubha continues undaunted with her punishing schedule of riaaz many hours a day. Her most faithful audience comprises two Dalmatians who are her constant companions.

Their ears pick up as she touches the strings of her Tanpura. "When I sing a particular note, one of my dogs begins to sing with me", she told me with a laugh, "One of them can even change its tone with mine". So, besides the many students she teaches, she also has a singing Dalmatian.

If you have not heard Shubha Mudgal sing, you have missed a very rare experience



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Thanks, Qwest but who wrote the above article?
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Originally posted by punjini

Thanks, Qwest but who wrote the above article?

punjini ji,  Sorry I do not know the name who wrote that article but sure will try to find the name of the writer for you.



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Absolutely illuminating articles.Please keep it up while we also discuss little champs.
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