In aid of Give Life, Goodwill Communications is presenting an enchanting evening of music - a jugalbandi between Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal and Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayasri, on 13th April, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. Shubha will be accompanied by Anees Pradhan on the tabla and Sudhir Nayak on the harmonium, while Bombay Jayasri will be supported by Embar Kannan on the violin and Poongulum Subrahmaniam on the mridangam.
Shubha Mudgal is a well-known Indian singer of both Hindustani classical music (Khayal, Thumri and Dadra) and the popular Indian pop music. As a young girl, she started learning Kathak in Allahabad, though she later switched to Hindustani classical music, where her first guru was Pandit Ram Ashreya Jha in Allahabad, followed by Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and Pandit Vasant Thakar in Delhi, and Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Naina Devi and Pt. Kumar Gandharva.
Shubha has been awarded the 1996 National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction for Amrit Beej, the 1998 Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement In Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival for her music in the film Dance Of The Wind (1997), and the Padmasri in 2000.
Jayasri Ramnath, popularly known as Bombay Jayasri, belongs to the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family, and has learnt from none other than Sri Lalgudi G Jayaraman and Smt T R Balamani. She has won a number of awards ranging from the Sangeetha Choodamani to the Nadabhooshanam. She was the first Carnatic classical performer in the Opera House in Durban and the Russian Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. She also won the Filmfare award for composing music for Vaseegara.
Give Life is a Chennai-based social service organisation that provides deserving poor children tuition fees, notebooks, nutrition support and motivational training, and classes in self-esteem and personality development, health and hygiene, practical English, basic computer skills and art. It also offers regular counselling, and constant interactions. It generates the funds required for its projects through all India events and concerts.
Entry is by donor passes of Rs. 1,000 / Rs. 500 / Rs. 250 / Rs. 100, available at Kalamandir, Walden and Himalaya Book World outlets. Please contact 2329-7777 for further details.