Meeting Rivers

Indian Classical | English, Hindi | 9hrs

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Meeting Rivers refers to a poem by the 12th century Kannada poet Basavanna in which he says:

“Listen O Lord of the Meeting Rivers,

Things standing shall fall

But the moving ever shall stay…”

Hindustani music has grown and evolved because musicians and Gurus have borrowed stylistic elements from each other within the fundamental confines of the gharanas. The Agra-Gwalior confluence is particularly exciting because these are among the most significant and historically rich gharanas with a long tradition of composers and performers. The Meeting Rivers concert will give musicians and rasikas a chance to observe how traditions are borrowed and constantly remade by Khayal artistes. 

Meeting Rivers is a day-long program of Hindustani vocal music by three artists (two are among the most exciting contemporary vocalists who are currently based abroad while the last is a senior musician and Guru who represent the meeting of the Agra and Gwalior gharanas. They are: 

Ravindra Parchure is a teacher and performer based in The Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore. As a student of Pandit Arun Kashalkar who was trained in the Agra Gwalior traditions through his Guru Pandit Gajananrao Joshi and Agra Maestro Pt Babanrao Haldankar, Ravindra represents the music of these Agra –Gwalior Maestros.

Samarth Nagarkar, the grand nephew of Agra Maestro Chidanand Nagarkar has been trained by Agra Maestro Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and later by Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. Currently based in New York, Samarth, a traditionalist musician, is actively involved in building musical communities and discerning audiences across the world as a performer and educator. 

Shubhada Paradkar is a direct disciple of Pt Gajanan buwa Joshi and Pt Babanrao Haldankar. She is also a Guru behen of Pt Ulhas Kashalkar. She represents the meeting of the overarching Gwalior gharana with the influence of the Agra gharana.


Session One: 

10.30am to 11.30am: A reading of the poem Meeting Rivers by Basavanna in Kannada and English followed by a brief lec-dem on the confluence of the Agra-Gwalior gharanas by Pandit Arun Kashalkar and how musicians borrow and develop stylistic elements from different gharanas to enrich their music. 

Session Two:

11.30am - 1 pm: Khayal concert by Ravindra Parchure. He will deliver a concert in the traditional Agra style with some Gwalior elements. Swapnil Bhise on tabla and Niranjan Lele on harmonium. 

1pm - 2:30pm: Lunch Break

Session Three:

2:30 pm - 4 pm: Khayal concert by Samarth Nagarkar. Swapnil Bhise on tabla and Supriya Joshi on harmonium.

4pm - 5pm: Tea Break

Session Four:

 5 pm - 7 pm: Shubhada Paradkar presents the final concert. She will speak about her Gurus before she presents traditional compositions from the Agra and Gwalior gharanas as well as those that combine both. Yati Bhagwat on tabla and Omkar Agnihotri on harmonium.

T&C

  • Age limit: 7+.
  • We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior at the venue.
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • Internet handling fee per ticket may be levied. Please check your total amount before payment.
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