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Indian classical music concert featuring Ashlesha Shintre and Anuradha Roma Pal Choudhury
10 June 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmFree for members
A real treat and something out of the norm to kick off our Summer programme… we are lucky to host Ashlesha Shintre who will be discussing singing in the style of Dhrupad, the oldest of all the Indian music streams. This will be followed by a short talk and demonstration of Tagore’s adaptation of this type of ancient music by Anuradha Roma Pal Choudhury.
Ashlesha, from a musical family, first learned the fundamentals of Hindustani music from her mother and subsequently for few years later from Shri Prem Shankar Nayak and Shri Hareshbhai Bhavsar of Valsad. As a young woman she felt drawn to singing again and started learning under the wonderful guidance of Smt Ranjana Bhide for 6 years.
In 2004 after finishing her engineering degree she heard Pandit Uday Bhawalkar and was mesmerised by his meditative thought-provoking aalap, and started training in Dhrupad before going to the US to further her studies. In 2011 after having worked for a telecommunications company she moved back to India to resume her Dhrupad training.
In 2017 she was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture to study Dagarbani Dhrupad. She also composed music and sang for Vaikhari, a Doordarshan documentary, showcasing the work, on utterances, of the Kathak and Odissi dancer Smt Parwati Dutta. She is an IAYT certified Yoga therapist. Apart from teaching yoga on a regular basis, she has also conducted yoga and music workshops for children and adults alike.
Anuradha Roma Pal Choudhury worked as a Librarian at Cardiff Central Library for 16 years, after which she moved to London and became an active member of The Tagore Centre UK and The Tagoreans. She has an MA in Sanskrit and a Gita-bharati (Rabindrasangeet Degree) from Gitabitan in Kolkata.
Anuradha writes on Rabindra-sangeet and Hinduism, and in 1987 wrote the acclaimed Bilatigan-bhanga-Rabindrasangeet which is now in its 4th edition.
She has contributed to the series Themes in Religious Studies, Themes and Issues in Hinduism and The Essential Teachings of Hinduism.
We can’t wait for you to join us on 10 June, but please remember not to park in the car park adjacent to the library: there should be parking space in the surrounding roads.