The Alpha Foundation, in association with Kannada Natya Ranga, is organising the ICFAI Karnataka Nite 2007, on 22nd July, at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium in King Koti. Renowned artistes from Bangalore like flautist Pravin Godkhindi and playback singer Archana Udupa will be performing.
The second concert for tonite is a film-based and light music singing concert by Archana Udupa and her troupe of orchestra. Archana Udupa hails from a family of musicians and music lovers. She started lerning music from the age of three. She trained initially in Carnatic music from Balakrishna and in light music from her father Srinivasa Udupa. Later she switched over to the Hindustani style of singing and started training under the able guidance of Dr. Shakuntala Narasimhan.
After completing her degree in journalism, Archana has taken to music as her profession. She has adapted herself to singing light music and film music, and has many musical albums to her credit. She has lent her voice to more than 1,000 cassetes and CDs in various languages, and also to many Kannada films in the recent past. Archana has also given live performances all over the country and abroad.
Archana won the first place in the National-level light music competition conducted by the AIR in the year 1997-1998, and is a graded artiste of the All-India Radio and Doordarshan. She is the first South-Indian to win the nationwide talent-hunt program TVS Sa Re Ga Ma (Zee TV), in 1999.
She has shared the stage alongside many luminaries of Indian music, like Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Jagjit Singh, Dr. M Balamurali Krishna, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Kishan Maharaj, Girija Devi, Parvin Sultana, Ustad Zakir Husain, Pt. Ramnarayan, Ustad Vilayath Khan, Vani Jairam, Usha Uthup, Mehadi Hasan, Gulam Ali, Madhu Rani, Roona Laila, Sonu Nigam, Manna Dey and late O P Nayyar.
Archana was awarded the Navras Award, instituted jointly by Indian Music Research Academy and Navaras Records, London, for the year 1999-2000; the Aryabhatta award for the year 1999-2000; the G V Atri Award for the year 2000-2001; the Pride In My Profession Award, instituted by Rotary Club, for the year 2000-2001; and the Sahyadri Award for 2001-2002, instituted by Sahyadri Sangha.
The Alpha Foundation, a registered charitable trust established by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), has been working for the upliftment of the under-privileged population, especially children, in urban slums and rural areas through a holistic approach combining quality English medium education, nutrition, healthcare services, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, vocational training and employment opportunities.
The foundation also provides an opportunity to performing artists to showcase their talents in classical/folk music and dance through the ICFAI Music And Dance Festivals. The Foundation has plans to provide such opportunities at district, block and village levels also to revive the dying arts of India.
Entry is free for all. Please contact Prakash K Rath at 99480-85054 or Praveen Kumar at 99121-11205 for further details.