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Satyendra Pathak
Grammy award winner Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt and flute protege Shashank Subramanyam are all set to enthrall the audience with their jugalbandi in Doha on Friday.
Entitled ‘Unison of Strings and Wind’, the jugalbandi is being organised as part of the ongoing Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.
The launch event of Doha-based Beats and Tunes Events, the jugalbandi will see Vishwamohan Bhatt playing ‘Mohan Veena’ and Shashank playing the flute.
To be held at the Drama Theater of Cultural Village Foundation (Katara), the show will also see Amita Dalal on sitar, Himanshu on tabla and Patri Satish Kumar on mirdangam.
The foremost disciple of legendary Indian musician Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhatt belongs to an elite body of musicians that traces its origin to the Mughal emperor Akbar’s court musician Tansen and his guru the Hindu mystic Swami Haridas.
A Padma Bhushan and creator of the Mohan Veena, Bhatt will be performing after almost 18 years in Doha. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt will present his pristine, pure, delicate yet fiery music in front of a select multicultural Doha audience.
While Bhatt will be performing for the second time in Doha, it will be the fourth performance for his jugalbandi partner Shashank in Qatar.
A Grammy award nominee, Shashank is arguably the best bamboo flutist in the world.
A first-of-its-kind jugalbandi in Doha, this Indian classical music show is conceptualised to justify Beats and Tunes Events’ tag line of “Music binds us all”.
Established in January this year, Beats and Tunes Events is owned by Noora Mannai, a leading Qatari businesswoman, and Varshini Gopal, a multi-talented Indian woman residing in Doha.
“Since it’s the launch event of Beats and Tunes Events, we wanted this to be considered as part of India-Qatar Year of Culture 2019, and the Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran agreed to the idea and joined us for this,” Beats and Tunes Events Director Varshini Gopal told Qatar Tribune.
Asked why a jugalbandi was preferred as a launch event for Beats and Tunes Events, Varshini said, “When we host events in Katara with a multicultural audience, it’s better with instrumental music than vocal. When you bring in some musicians together to perform, then jugalbandi is the best.
“There cannot be a better timing for this bonding between a Qatari and an Indian national as 2019 is being celebrated by Qatar Government as the India- Qatar Year of Culture.”
Formed with an objective to host Indian classical music (vocal and instrumental) events in Doha by bringing top-notch musicians from India to Qatar, Beats and Tunes Events will be hosting events on Friday evenings at reputed venues in Doha.
Apart from Indian expatriates, Varshini said, a cross section of mixed nationalities are also expected to attend these musical events.
“Plans for our next two events for the year, Hindustani Music concert on September 27 by Sanjeev Abayankar and a Carnatic music concert on November 15 by Trichur Bros, are also finalised,” Varshini said.
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