Three women musicians take centrestage

Jun 09, 2015, 10:58 IST | Aditi Chordia and Suprita Mitter

From rendering compositions by the legend Mirza Ghalib, to popular Bollywood music, and a unique demonstration of how various arrangements of seven notes on the violin can create different musical genres, these women are all set to liven up the city's music scene this week

Sunita Bhuyan
Breaking the myths surrounding the music styles, violinist Sunita Bhuyan will deliver a performance-cum- talk on different kinds of musical genres and therapy ,this Friday. An HR professional for 20 years, Bhuyan, was able to gauge the need to combine the best of both worlds, especially related to enhancing skills like leadership, communication and collaboration for better results. She believes that music could help bring the necessary change. The session will be conducted in three parts.

Sunita Bhuyan
Sunita Bhuyan

The first part will include the significance of the seven universal notes and how every genre of music is derived from these notes. It will also focus on myths related to Classical as well as popular music and how they could be debunked. The second part will uncover music as a scientific therapy and its effect on mind and body. It will be supplemented with research, including Bhuyan's, on how it could be used for healing. The last part will include how music could be used as a platform for leadership and social change.

Stressing on why music matters in daily life, Bhuyan says, "In a life full of stress and deadlines, music is the saviour. While we are constantly chasing our dreams, trying to feel accepted, music releases us from complexities and puts us to ease." Bhuyan adds that music has multiple direct physiological effects: steady rhythms help regulated breathing, and makes us feel energetic. She asserts how Classical music, in particular, helps improve heart-rate variability and a decreased level of cholesterol. Moreover, families with a music background tend to be more harmonious and produce better social citizens, added Bhuyan.

On June 12, 5 pm
At Godrej India Culture Lab, first Floor, Godrej & Boyce, Vikhroli (E).

Kavita Seth
A popular Bollywood voice today, Kavita Seth is best known for her Sufi renditions. After having performed across 500 venues in the world, the artiste will now be performing along with exceptional musicians from across the country at Anandotsav — A celebration of Life.

Kavita Seth
Kavita Seth

"We have been organising Anandotsav annually, for the last four years. It is my way of paying tribute to my late husband, who is the most important reason for my being here," says Seth. "I have been singing since I was a child, but I earned recognition, and my career in music got a boost only after my marriage as, for as long as he was alive, my husband backed me fully and looked after my career.

Countless people sing well, but you need to network, project your work and make commercially viable decisions to be able to take this up as a professions, and my husband did that for me. The day he passed away, I decided that I won't cry on his death anniversary; I will celebrate his life with the music that he loved," recalls Seth.

This time the singer will perform her renditions of legendary poet Mirza Ghalib, including a mix of his popular as well as lesser known works, at the concert. "Every year, I perform Sufi music at the concert, this year I thought let's select one poet and perform his compositions. Mirza Ghalib's 200-year-old poetry is still fresh and remains
relevant in today's times," gushes Seth.

When asked about her favourites among these compositions, she laughs, "That's a tough one. It's like asking a mother which child she loves more. Dil-e-nadaan tujhe hua kya hai and Hazaaron khwaaishein aise ki har kwaaish pe dam nikele are very close to my heart."

On June 10, 8pm onwards.
At Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli.
Call 24964676

Rekha Bhardwaj
A Gorgeous voice, with an unusual rustic twang to it coupled with an unconventional choice of songs, have been some of the main reasons that have made Rekha Bhardwaj one of the most sought after artistes in the Hindi film industry today.

Rekha Bhardwaj
Rekha Bhardwaj

Starting her Bollywood career in 2004, Bhardwaj has lent her charismatic voice to over 50 Bollywood songs and has numerous awards and accolades to her name The singer will be performing her famous Bollywood tracks such as Namak Ishq Ka, Kabira, Darling, Genda Phool, Ranjha Ranjha and the very recent Judaai from Badlapur, among others.

"The songs I choose to sing are unusual yet loved by the audiences; they can connect to it, instantly. This show will also have a mix of my old songs and the new popular Bollywood numbers. My favourites, however, undoubtedly remain my first song, Raat Ki Jogan from the album, Ishqa Ishqa, Genda Phool, Kabira, Ghagra and Phir Le Aya Dil. Luckily they are favourites of the audience too. They love singing along at live shows, and request for these often," the singer admits.

On June 14, 7 pm onwards
At Dublin Square, Level 1, Phoenix Marketcity, LBS Marg, Kurla (W).
Call 61801100

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