Paddy Fields is back for a third season with another cracking concept that explores the traditions of Indian music and addresses an age old question….did Indian classical music have its origins in folk music? Today folk and classical music are two distinct genres of course but was this always the case? The simple distinction between the two is that folk is a free flowing form with no rules while classical music follows certain patterns of melody and rhythm. Another distinction is that folk is a popular kind of music, created to entertain, replete with stories from folklore. Classical music on the other hand, is believed to be for a certain ‘class’ of people that developed under the patronage of kings.
Yet, for classical music to have developed, it must have developed from another form of music. So we did a little asking, delved a little and educated ourselves about Samagana, Jatigana, Deshi and Margi music, Persian influences on Indian music and how Dhruvapad led to the Dhrupad form of singing. We heard fascinating stories about instruments like the iktara and dotara being the precursor to the sitar and how the tabla developed from the dholak!!
It all made for an obviously fascinating and exciting concept for Paddy Fields 2018. Jugalbandi: The Classicism Of Folk Fusion. This is where the structured meets the free form, where stories are told in raga and where musical boundaries are pushed and walls broken down. An experience of a lifetime for both the audience and some of the performers as well! All packaged to ensure two evenings of sheer entertainment, with perhaps a bit of education of our great musical traditions thrown in!
The Artist line up for this year is The Manganiyar Classroom,Amit Trivedi, Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie,Deepa Nair Rasiya, Shantanu Moitra, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by Merlin D’Souza. A brief on the line up of Artists are:-
The Manganiyar Classroom
Directed by Roysten Abel. the Manganiyar Classroom features kids between the ages of 8 and
12 years, each a repository of song, dance and rhythm. This set has never been performed in
Mumbai so come and get blown away by these multi talented kids in a high energy jugalbandi
with their class teacher!
Bollywood’s hottest music director has a surprise in store as he explores folk music from
around the country, shows how he weaves it into film songs and jams with folk musicians in an
incredibly high voltage set. Be prepared for an amalgam of folk from across the country fusion
Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi
Grammy nominated sitar maestro and vocalist Shujaat Khan and much loved folk singer Malini
Awasthi come together for the first time, with an especially put together band for Paddy
Fields, presenting the beautiful music and poetry from the region of Awadh. A set that
perfectly illustrates the theme of this year’s Paddy Fields.
Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie
Pandit Shuvkumar Sharma was responsible for making the santoor a popular lead instrument
in classical music and his son, Rahul has now taken it into the mainstream with his several
fusion projects. For Paddy Fields he combines with noted Kashmiri folk singer Gulzar Ganie to
introduce a side to music from the valley hitherto never performed on a commercial stage in
Deepa Nair Rasiya
For her first ever performance in India, award winning Sufi vocalist, London based Deepa Nair
Rasiya presents the wisdom of mystic poetry down the ages in her own unique style. In
different genres of music, from light classical to simple folk tunes, making her performance a
jugakbandi in itself!
He may be better known for his music in Bollywood films but Shanatanu Moitra is an intrepid
trekker and spends a lot of time in the mountains. So it’s natural that he woiuld pick up
sounds and songs from the hill regions and create some amazing songs that represent the
mountains of India. It’s a unique set, performed by the extremely talented vocalist Kaushiki
Chakraborty, Tibetan monk Ani Choying and classical sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee. If you
haven’t caught it yet, this is your chance.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan
Grammy winning classical guitar player Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has created a project
called Desert Slide with Rajasthani folk singer Anwar Khan. Their performances wowed the
organisers at Womex a couple of years ago and since then they have mesmerised audiences
across Europe. Strangely, they have never performed at a commercial event in India! Another
first coming to you from Paddy Fields.
Viva La Goa
Another coming together of musicians to create something special for Paddy Fields! Sunday
night ends on a vibrant, colourful note as some of Mumbai’s finest musicians bring out the
musical spirit of Goa. Audiences will hear some evergreen Konkani and Portuguese classics along
with contemporary and original Goan songs. Performed by a band led by keyboard wiz Merlin
D’Souza, sax prodigy Rhys Sebastian, powerhouse vocalist Suzanne D’Mello, award winning actress
and singer Palomi Ghosh and many more. Oh did we mentioned that Tobby and his dancers are
joining in too? Miss this at your peril.
@The Manganiyar Classroom,@Amit Trivedi, @Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,@Rahul Sharma &Gulzar Ganie,@Deepa Nair Rasiya, @Shantanu Moitra, @Vishwa Mohan Bhatt @Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by @Merlin D’Souza atul Churamani @prashant Lade @soma Roy @Paddy Fields @anand Prasad
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