Women in Music – A concert of classical Indian Dhrupad Vocal Music
Women in Music – A concert of classical Indian Dhrupad Vocal Music

Women in Music – A concert of classical Indian Dhrupad Vocal Music

Presenting an all female Dhrupad Trio

Sun 18 June 7.30pm


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUN 18 JUNE DUE TO VISA DELAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS 

A rare treat to hear the oldest form of Indian vocal music performed by exceptional women singers from India and Pakistan. Anita Sinha & Aliya Rasheed, accompanied by Anuja Borude on the Pakhawaj (drum) present the sublime music of the Dhrupad style of singing.

Dhrupad is one of the oldest forms of compositions in classical Indian music. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit dhruva (immovable, permanent) and pad (verse), a combination that means "pillar". The term denotes both the verse form of the poetry and the style in which it is sung.

A Dhrupad has at least four stanzas, called Sthayi , Antara, Sancari and Abhoga. The first stanza is a melody that uses the middle octave's first tetrachord and the lower octave notes. The second uses the middle octave's second tetrachord and the higher octave notes. The third stanza is the development phase, which holistically builds using parts of the first & second, and it uses melodic material built with all the three octave notes. The final part is the concluding section, that brings the listener back to the starting point, with rhythmic variations, using diminished notes like a gentle goodbye.

Artists Aliya Rasheed and Amita Sinha learnt Dhrupad in Bhopal. On occasion singing together, during one such session their gurus noted how wonderfully the textures of their voices blended and suggested they should explore singing together. Thus began their unique journey – a rare Indo-Pak collaboration that crosses national borders.

 

70/70 @ TARA THEATRE
At midnight on 14/15 August 1947, India and Pakistan became independent from the British Empire. A relationship that formally began with Sir Thomas Roe’s embassy to the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1615, ended over three centuries later with the independent nations of India and Pakistan.
The Indian sub-continent shaped Britain’s destiny, as much as Britain shaped modern India and Pakistan’s. Tara Theatre marks this extraordinarily intimate relationship through a series of 70 events over the course of the year - plays, music, dance and spoken word that illuminate the connections between the worlds of India, Pakistan and Britain.
“A moment comes which comes but rarely in history,
when we step out from the old to the new…”
Jawaharlal Nehru on 15 August 1947

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