Evening of classical Indian music vocals

The classical Indian instruments of the tabla, harmonium and swarmandal (Indian harp) will weave together with the soft vocals of one of India’s most renowned classical singers at the Oshwal Centre tomorrow night.

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Published in Business Daily, June 13 2014


Asian music scene revives with Qawwali singer

Nairobi is to be regaled this weekend by the soulful sounds of Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

The event comes just one week after the city hosted Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, and hints at a revival of the Kenyan Asian entertainment scene.

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Published in Business Daily, February 21 2014

Shreya Ghoshal to perform Bollywood’s best in Nairobi

Twenty-nine year old Bollywood singing sensation Shreya Ghoshal will make her debut performance in Kenya Saturday night at the Aga Khan complex in Parklands.

Shreya is a playback singer, a phenomenon popularised by the Bollywood film industry where the vocals of a singer are pre-recorded and actors/actresses lip-sync the songs while the actual singer does not appear on screen.

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Published in Business Daily, February 14 2014

A Crescendo of Melody

Shahid Parvez Khan is a sitar soloist. He gracefully plucks at the strings of a sitar, an instrument which dates back to the 15th century, and with increasing grace and momentum builds to crescendo after crescendo of melody. At his performance at the Oshwal Auditorium on Saturday 25th February, Khan was accompanied by Pritam Virdee on the tabla who met sitar note with complementary drumbeat through to the final resounding note of the composition. The effect was one that Ravi Shankar, renowned sitar player, describes evocatively: “… the dazzling and rapid dialogue between sitar and tabla, has the power to enthrall even the most uninitiated listener with its thrilling interplay”.

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Published in AwaaZ, May 2012