This event features the North Indian culture influenced by the Mughals. The first part of this event will showcase vibrant Kathak performances with a live ensemble of artists headed by the musical genius Praveen D Rao.
The second part of this event will showcase some very popular Ghazals, including filmi ghazals (Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Suresh Wadkar) and popular Sufi numbers (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Runa Laila, Wadali Brothers). With a thematic stage setup and an array of Bangalore’s most popular artists, this event promises to be a unique visual and musical treat.
Kathak is the hindustani name for one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means "story", and Kathakar which means "the one who tells a story", or "to do with stories. Kathak dancers tell various stories through their hand movements and footwork, but most importantly through their facial expressions.
Ghazal is a form of poem. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love inspite of that pain, due to its highly allusive nature, the ghazal has proved capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around its central themes of love and separation. Often performed as a solo genre accompanied by percussion and other musical instruments.
Sufi music is the devotional music of the sufis, inspired by the works of sufi poets often performed as ghazals.