The Alliance Francaise Of Hyderabad, in collaboration with the English And Foreign Languages University (EFLU) and the French Embassy in India, is presenting a fusion music concert by Marie-Philomène NGA and her group, on 14th November, at the Gokak Auditorium of The English And Foreign Languages University (formerly CIEFL). Marie will be accompanied by two Indian musicians - Ashim Sarkar on the violin and Bijay Das on percussion.
Winner of the Villa Medecis Hors les Murs – Culturesfrance in 2006, Marie-Philomène NGA is a native of Cameroon, well known in France for lending her voice as the mother in the hugely successful French animation film "Kirikou And The Sorceress".
It was in the cultural context of Africa in the '70s that she discovered French songs. When she started learning the traditional music of her country, she assimilated, at the same time, elements of popular French repertoire. She was also fascinated by the magic of Indian culture: Indian movies, dances, music, melodies.
A few years later, NGA settled in France, and rediscovered songs and poems which constitute its heritage. Her stays in South India have literally shattered her vision of the world. She got sensitive to Carnatic music, through an introduction to singing and mridangam in Kochi, and represented Africa in the "Amrita Varsham 50" at Ernakulam in Kochi.
Her achievements include the first prize at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Lyon in 1987. In 2005, she gave a vocal performance in New Delhi, at the Basement Theater Habitat World, India Habitat Centre.
During her residency at Artspace India in Kolkata, Marie-Philomene NGA, accompanied by musicians Dangea Manga (France), Ba Banga (Ivory Coast-Cameroon), and two talented Indian musicians Asim Sarkar (viola) and Vijay Das (tabla), revisits texts by francophone authors such as Gilles Vigneault and Paul Verlaine, texts by Indian authors, and compositions by her own thoughts. Her repertoire includes a gala of songs in English, Sanskrit, Hindi and Malayalam, and Beti, her mother tongue.
Ashim Sarkar has been learning the violin and viola since he was 10, at the Oxford Mission School, and completed all Western Classical courses. Since graduation and till now, he has been playing in the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra, and the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, associated with Delhi Symphony Orchestra. He is currently an active member of the Calcutta School of Music Orchestra.
Bijay Das has been a trained expert in tabla, drums, dhol and bongo among other percussions. Experienced as a professional musician in Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune and even Bangladesh, he has performed in various concerts, and on Gyan Bani FM Radio. Apart from his performances, he is currently working as a music teacher at Alipore Tiny Tots Nursery and at Devine Fellowship Blind School in Kolkata.
Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 for further details.