More exotic than its name is the fact that this group has no instruments except its voices, and will still function like a band on stage.
The Krishnakriti Foundation, as part of its annual art and cultural festival, in association with the Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad and the French Embassy In India, is presenting an a cappella concert by the group Penn Masala, on 11th January, at the Lumbini Park amphitheatre.
Penn Masala is the world’s first and premier Hindi a cappella group. "A cappella" is Italian for "from the chapel/choir". it is a centuries-old musical art form that uses the voice, and only the voice, to simulate a wide range of musical instruments and unique sounds to create a rich blend. A cappella music originally was, and still often is, used in religious music, especially church music. The original music in Judaism and then in early Christianity was a cappella and has continuously existed in both of these related religious communities as well as in Islam (the music in Islam is called "nasheed").
In modern usage, a cappella often refers to an all-vocal performance of any style, including barbershop, doo wop, and modern pop/rock. Today, a cappella also includes sample/loop "vocal only" productions.
Since its inception in 1996 by students at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn Masala went on to perform in several cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, and Philadelphia. Over the last decade, Penn Masala has spread the popularity of Hindi a cappella music abroad by performing in Toronto, London, and at the 2002 Star Screen Awards in Mumbai, where performed alongside Sunidhi Chauhan.
Penn Masala completed its first tour of India in January 2006 by performing for thousands in Mumbai and Kolkata. During this trip, the group was featured on the hit Zee TV Show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005, as well as on multiple TV and radio talk shows. In September 2007, the group performed with legendary musician and Academy-Award winner A R Rahman, and in October 2009, it performed at the White House in Washington, D.C. for President Barack Obama’s celebration of Diwali. In attendance were President Obama, members of Congress, and several distinguished community members.
The Krishnakriti Art And Culture Festival is organised every year by the Lahoti Foundation, which was established by Prashant Lahoti in memory of his father Krishnachandra B Lahoti. On this occasion, art camps are organised by eminent artists and the works are auctioned off at the end of the festival. The proceeds from the sales go to the Krishnachandra B Lahoti Scholarship, which sponsors holistic education for deserving and needy students. Last year's proceeds have supported 70 children.
Entry is free for everyone.Entry is by passes, available Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad (West Marredpally); Kalakriti Art Gallery (Road No. 10, Banjara Hills), Goethe Zentrum (Nampally); Landmark (Somajiguda & Road No. 12, Banjara Hills), Access 2 Future (Tarnaka, Kukatpally, Banjara Hills, Road No.36 Jubilee Hills, Himayatnagar, Malakpet, Narayanguda) & GVK One.
Please contact Kalakriti Art Gallery at 6656-4466 for further details.