5 - 7 December 2019 , Thu - Sat @ The International Centre Goa

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Patricia Rozario
Patricia Rozario floats effortlessly with a voice of liquid gold

Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music, winning the Gold Medal and the Maggie Teyte Prize. She went on to the National Opera Studio in London and won prizes at the Mozarteum, s’Hertogenbosch, B&H and IYCAC International Singing Competitions. Since then her career has developed in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting. Her unique voice and artistry has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her, notably ArvoPärt and Sir John Tavener, who alone has now written over thirty works for her, making their collaboration unique in the contemporary field.

She has sung under Pritchard, Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, Belohlavek, Gardiner, Pinnock, Ivan Fischer, Hickox and Andrew Davis, sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, Lille, Bremen, Antwerp, Wexford, ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North, and given concerts in North America, Canada, Russia, the Far East, Australia, throughout Europe, and at all the major UK venues, in recitals with Helmut Deutsch, Graham Johnson and Julius Drake among others.

Her wide concert and opera repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. She has given the premiere performances of many pieces written especially for her, by Pärt, Roxanna Panufnik, JohnCasken, Jonathan Dove, Holt, Woolrich, ErrolynWallen, Andrew Gant and many by Tavener. She has appeared frequently at the BBC Proms.

Her extensive discography includes Blake’s The Passion of Mary (RPO), Songs of the Auvergne (Pritchard), Haydn's Stabat Mater (Pinnock), Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Hickox), Casken's Golem (a Gramophone award-winner), Hyperion Schubert Series, several major works of Tavener (Mary of Egypt, Akhmatova Songs (Isserlis), Eternity’s Sunrise (nominated for the Classical Brit Awards 2000), Schuon Lieder), Knaifel’s O Heavenly King, Górecki’s Good Night, Spanish Songs (Craig Ogden – guitar), Pärt'sL'abbéAgathon, Strauss songs (Charles Owen – piano), Pärt’s Face to Face and Tavener’s Epistle of Love.

Recently she performed with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall with Jurowski, at Bath International Festival, Wigmore Hall and performances of ‘Faultline’ with the ShobanaJeyasingh Dance Company across the UK, Sweden and India. Future performances include recordings and recitals in Ireland (Wexford), Germany, India (Con Brio Festival), Cyprus, SnapeMaltings& Australia.

Patricia, together with her husband, Mark Troop, started a singing teaching programme in India three years ago. Giving Voice to India develops local talent, both individually and chorally, in the techniques of western singing. Its long term aim is to raise the standard of western music to an international level.

Patricia Rozario was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours, 2001 the Asian Women’s Award for achievement in the Arts, 2002and the Global Goan Award, 2007. She is Professor of Singing at the Royal College of Music, London.

Mark Troop
Mark Troop

Mark Troop runs five festival events: the CMC Rare Music Series, which explores neglected Classical repertory and has just presented Concert 3 – Jadassohn, The Latin American Roadshow, a multi-arts Festival dedicated to the culture of Latin America, the Second Glance Festival of New Music – entirely second performances – the festival ran again in 2007 and was followed by a tour in South Africa, a new interactive festival Inspired by China, (2009) featured in London’s China Now Festival, an interactive platform for British & Chinese musicians and composers, cabaret show I’m a Stranger Here Myself has been touring Germany since being on the Edinburgh Fringe.
Future events include tours of Chinese (Lure of the East) and Argentine music (Tango Pasión); China’s greatest love story – Yang Guifei; Shanghai Cabaret – Zhou Xuan, Deconstructing The Trout – a new look at classical repertoire.
CDs – Romantic Piano music in celebration of the Chopin and Liszt bicentenaries; Recital of music for Erhu (Chinese 2-string fiddle) & piano Mark Troop taught at the Guildhall School of Music for two decades, and still teaches at Dartington International Summer School and St Paul’s Boys’ School. As a writer he has been published in Musical Opinion, Piano and Musical Performance.

Bhand Pather
Play “Baadshah Paather” (Kashmiri folk form of Shakrepare’s King Lear), Directed by: M. K. Raina

The Play is based on Shakespeare's King Lear. Baadshah Paather narrates the story of two fathers Baadshah and Bedar, and their sons. The play talks about the father-son relationship and puts into perspective the duties and responsibilities associated with it, while simultanecouly touching upon a range of other human emotions. The performance created by the Bhands is a Paather adaption of the origional play, and brings together two very different styles of working. The Bhand Paather is essentially a verbal tradition and in this play the performers will, for the first time, be working on a pre-written text. The translation of the text, has therefore, been done keeping in mind the informality and ease of the Paather tradition.

Badshah - Ghulam Mohammad Bhagat
Shamim - Javed Ahmad Bhagat
Karim - Ashiq Ahmad Bhagat
Rafiq - Khurshid Ahmad Bhagat
Bedar - Manzoor Ahmad Bhagat
Sikander - Bashir Ahmad Shah
Kehram - Manzoor-ul-Islam Bhagat
Maskhara - Bashir Ahmad Bhagat
Wafadar - Gul Mohd Bhagat
Asif - Mohammad Iqbal Bhagat
Hakeem - Sajad Ahmad Bhagat
Bhadra - Purush Lateef Ahmad Shah
Sardar - Irshad Ahmad Bhagat, Aijaz Ahmad Bhagat, Mukhtar Ahmad Shah & Gulam Nabi Bhagat

About Bhand Paather

The plays of the Bhands are called pather, a word that seems to have derived from patra, dramatic character. Bhand comes from the bhaana, a satirical and realistic drama, generally a monologue that is mentioned in Bharata's Natya Shastra. The Bhand Pather though is not a monologue but a social drama incorporating mythological legends and contemporary social satire. Born Hindus, the Bhands converted to Islam and remain very secular in their outlook. An extremely simple, witty and practical people. The Bhand Pather unfortunately does not sustain them economically and they have been driven to other professions primarily weaving the basket work of the kangris, wolloen blankets and carpets.

Bhand Pather is a bhand of the Kashmir region in which stories commemorating the lives of reshis (Islamic sages, or rishis) or more contemporary real or fictional figures are enacted. The storylines (or pathers) are often humorous and satirical, and farce is an essential component of the plays. more>>

Bhagrallem Goem
Bhangrallem Goem

Bhangrallem Goem ‘GOLDEN GOA’ is a socio-cultural organization that has been active in propagating cultural identity since past 7-8 years. Bhangrallem Goem a performance in Gaon folk, classical and semi-classical Sangeet, accompanied by a group of around 45 artist including technicians, designed and conceptualized by Prof.Purnanand Chari, has won rave review from every nook and corner of Goa as well as from Maharashtra, Karnataka etc. Bhangrallem Goem has got an overwhelming response from all corners, a heart throbbing performance at the International Film Festival IFFI, State Film Festival, World Goan’s Convention Meet, Guinness Book of World Records, Silver Jubilee Celebration of Mumbai High Court, GoaCentenary celebration of Canara Bank at Manglore and at several prestigious venues within and around the State of Goa, we wish to create waves by bringing this programme before audience.

Himanshu Suri

Himanshu Suri, also known as Heems, is an American rap song singer. In addition to releasing solo music, he is 1/3rd of the influential alternative-rap group Das Racist. In 2008 Himanshu founded Greedhead Music, an independent record label distributed by Sony. He has also written about music and the South Asian diaspora for Village Voice, Stereogum, Vice, Death and Taxes, Alternet and more. Suri is from Queens, New York and serves on the board of directors for SEVA NY, a local immigrant rights non-profit. He is an alumnus of Wesleyan University and New York City's Stuyvesant High School.

Krishna Leela - The Divine Pastimes of Our Radiant Lord

Krishna Leela is not just a production or the ‘brain child’ of Srimati Verushka Pather. It is her offering to Shri Krishna in form of Art. The amalgamation of dance, drama and poetry brought forth the epic pastimes of the omniscient avatar, Shri Krishna.

Krishna Leela is a theatrical performance that explores the past times of our beloved Lord Krishna. This performance takes you through the pages of history and illuminates the several relationships that exist with Lord Krishna. Emotions of love, playfulness, anger and complete surrender at the Lord's divine lotus feet and a celebration of the love and devotion to Krishna himself are attained in this magnificent rendition of Bharatnatyam, poetry and drama. Krishna Leela takes you into the beautiful gardens of Vrindaven, to share in the pure joy and love of being in the company of the Lord. It brings to life the stories of the Srimad Bhagvatam & verses from the Bhagvat Gita, in an intricate and intense dramatization of dance. It takes you into the footsteps of the devoted Gopis and allows one to explore their own personal relationship with the Lord. The visual representation of the epic stories of Lord Krishna allows one to be embodied in an ultimate spiritual experience. Classical Bharata Natyam is an intricate and poetic dance form of precise head, hand, eye and feet movements originating several thousand years ago in South India. This production has moved beyond ordinary boundaries to explore the dramatic aspects of this Classical Art and to also allow it to be more accessible and understandable to audiences. The very new technique of reciting poetry between the dance movements has been greatly received from audiences and critics.

Krishna Leela is the discovery and understanding of the true essence of Sri Krishna through the spiritual journey of His pure devotee, Poornamasi. The production takes the audience into a state of spiritual bliss and exploration into the ventures of Shri Krishna and His devoted Gopis. Krishna Leela brings to communities an experience that has ingrained itself in centuries of history, the pages of the Bhagavat Gita comes alive in the utmost devotion of the Gopis. The perfect co-ordination of Bharatnatyam and synchrony with drama creates one of the greatest moments of history into an array of pure bliss. Krishna Leela creates a platform, not only to appreciate the arts but a platform to question ourselves and our own purpose in life. She added that, “Lord Krishna’s leelas unfold through the love and devotion of His Gopis. They showcase the true purpose of the appearance of Krishna, the different types of relationships devotees have with the Lord and the ultimate message of complete surrender.”

The Gopi’s pure love and devotion to Shri Krishna lets one into the realms of a time that existed before our own, a time that precedes all of our world’s greatest moments in history, a time where all that existed was the peace of the love of nature and God, a time where filling the soul with Shri Krishna’s omnipotent name was enough to satisfy a human soul. The simplicity of Shri Krishna’s messages depicted in Krishna Leela leaves one with a sense of contentment and appreciation of a simple human life. Krishna Leela thus far, has been performed in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, taking to communities the heroic tales of Shri Krishna. The acclaim that the performances have attracted also demonstrates the extent to which Bharat Natyam thrives in the Indian Diaspora in Southern Africa. Supporting the performances in India will also allow the young dancers an opportunity to imbibe first-hand the artistic and spiritual influences of the Indian sub-continent. The performance will potentially give Indian audiences a new appreciation of the aura associated with Krishna through the innovative scripting and choreography.

Krishna Leela is a youthful exuberant display of classical art. Despite differences in culture, religion or race, it teaches all about the simple lesson of love, devotion and faith. Without these facets in life, we are but empty vessels.

Performed by:
Verushka Pather
Hariganesh Muralidaran
Padmini Naidoo
Sma Magudulela
Indu Seshadhri
Kalpana Sivaramakrishnan
Visweswara Krupaa Lakshmi
Uthra Shankaran
Jananai Vignarajan
Seetha Venkatadri
Ayyappan – Sound, Light & Prop Technician
Seelan Naidoo – Project Co ordinator.

Lou Majaw

‘When life becomes too real, take a little time to dream’- so says Lou Majaw, the veteran musician from Shillong, whose contribution to the music scene in the country have inspired musicians, and whose pioneering efforts in organizing the annual Bob Dylan Jayanthi have resulted in the huge success that it is today, since its inception on 24th May, 1972. Majaw plays to packed audience in various cities across the country and he is one of the most respected performing artistes in India today. Music columnist D’Com examines the veteran musician’s life and work.
Conviction, feeling and straight from the soul, that’s Lou Majaw for you. Modest about his talents but a most willing showman, Shillong’s endearing rock pioneer developed a style of guitar playing which, probably thanks to its firm foothold in the blues and rock and roll, can be both incendiary and gentle in equal measure. He is unquestionably the most accomplished musician of his time. With his band The Great Society, he attained a level of virtuosity few have accomplished even among the current generation of musicians; his phenomenal performances backed by a gritty, powerful voice, accompanied by formidable stage presence that radiates from his well-kept frame.
Born to late Raphael Thangkhiew and late Philisita Majaw on April 14, 1947 in Mawlai, Shillong, Lou attended the Sacred Heart Boys’ High School and Don Bosco Technical School Shillong, where Majaw first took up the guitar and played in the school band. As it turned out, Lou never got around to completing his academic education; instead, he was soon traveling and playing music wherever the music takes him and earning his keep along the way.
When the ‘Flower Power’ was at its peak, Lou, sporting long hair with colourful and unconventional outfits, was the first and probably the only one to represent the hippie movement in the region by ‘living the life’ through music. His long hair draws a lot of attention and comment - not always complimentary.
He started his professional career as a performing artiste in music by earning five rupees a week during his association with Oracle Bones performing at ‘Moulin Rouge’ (Calcutta) in 1965 and moved on with the Fentones, Blood and Thunder (the most happening rock and roll band of that time), Supersound Factory and many others.
The ‘next big thing’ was The Great Society which started off with Lou Majaw (by now a major figure and the essence of a ‘live performer’), and late dynamic drummer Bert Cooper Syiemiong and versatile guitar player Arjun Sen. The band kept growing with time, to form a formidable lineup that reads: Lou Majaw, Arjun Sen, Sam Shullai, Rudy Wallang, Ferdy Dkhar and others.
This band becomes a vehicle to showcase Lou’s song-writing acumen, which also became a learning ground for everyone. The band soon has a cult following and is responsible for bringing in the blues, rock and roll and reggae to the forefront in the country. It is one of the few bands, which encourages and inspires the importance of performing original compositions.
Still moving on, Lou brought together reputed musicians Nondon Bagchi, Lew Hilt and Arjun Sen to form Ace of Spades. This band gets together mainly for the ‘Bob Dylan’s Birthday Celebration’ in Shillong - a major annual music event.
And the show goes on with Lou either on his own, with other fellow musicians or hitting the road with his Rock'n Roll band

Link to Lou Majaw Videos