Asian Music Circuit presents Music of Three Worlds’

This summer, “Music of Three Worlds” presented by the Asian Music Circuit (AMC), aims to explore how people in India have expressed their yearning for the divine through various styles of music, temple architecture, poetry, meditation and chanting, through a series of events.

AMC has become synonymous with not only Indian classical music, but also helping the public understand the provenance of music and its long-term impact on society through a mixture of exhibitions, debates and concerts.

This year’s program, which runs from June 28 to July 6, will help the audience develop an understanding of the spiritual, human and natural worlds and how they fit into daily life.

CONCERT: TAJJALAN
June 29, 2018 @ Salle Cadogan: 7:30 p.m.

TAJJALAN is the premiere of a new choral work commissioned by the AMC, inspired by Allegri’s Miserere but using beautiful melodies of Indian ragas. TAJJALAN is a mystical cosmological approach developed by ancient seers of the Vedic and Upanishadic periods attempting to describe REALITY or BRAHMAN.

Although Vedic thinkers believed that creation is without a beginning or an end, Brahman was the essence of all that exists and does not exist. He also suggested Brahman as existence, consciousness and infinity – the ideas behind the AMC project – Music of the Three Worlds.

TAJJALAN is performed by RUBYTHROAT a student choir ensemble from Trinity Laban under the artistic direction of Linda Hirst.

That evening there will also be:

MANORAMA PRASAD who sings the poetry and compositions of some of the great mystics of Carnatic music – Adi Shankara, Dikshitar, Tyagaraja and Purandaradas.
She is one of the most beloved performers of Carnatic music, having received numerous awards and recognitions in India as well as abroad.

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SUNANDA SHARMA sings the bhajans of Mirabai, Kabir and Varanasi thumri, based on Lord Krishna, with Babar Latif accompanying on the table. Sunanda is one of the oldest pupils of the late Girija Devi – the great representative of the Varanasi Purab Gayaki vocal tradition -. Sunanda is no stranger to the UK, having played here for the AMC for many years and having a huge following in India as well as abroad.

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CONCERT: PANDITS RAJAN AND SAJAN MISRA
July 1, 2018 @ Cockpit Theater: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 1, 2018 @ Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The greatest Indian classical music singers Pandits Rajan and Sajan Misra, who hardly need to be introduced, accompanied at the tabla by Sanju Sahai, will give two ragas concerts in the afternoon and in the evening related to the deities and to nature. Their visit to the UK is part of a world tour called BHAIRAV SE BHAIRAVI TAK and AMC is delighted to be working with them again.

EXHIBITION: THE MUSIC OF THREE WORLDS
July 3 to July 8, 2018 @ at Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 7LP

This is a carefully curated and written exhibit with contributions from Professor Richard Widdess (SOAS), Professor Katherine Schofield (Kings College), Dr Richard Williams (SOAS) and Dr Jasmine Hornabrook (Goldsmiths).

Using illustrations as well as texts as well as short films, this six-day exhibition explores early Hindu and Buddhist traditions, including architecture and associated arts, such as the chants of the mystics; the dances of the devdasis the instruments used as channels of communication with the divine; the development of the arts in the Mughal era and of the Sufi devotional genres in the shrines of their saints.

As part of the exhibition, an academic symposium will also be organized on July 3 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CONCERT: SUFIANA
July 4th, 2018 @ The Bhavan: 7:30 p.m.

With a double bill of wonderful Imran Khan ghazals with Babar Latif at the tabla. These two excellent musicians come from a long family line of Delhi gharana musicians.

Saleem Hasan Chishti and his band perform qawwali on their first visit to the UK. They come from a long line of qawali singers associated with the shrine of Sheikh Salem Chishti at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, the tomb built by Akbar when he moved his capital from Delhi to Fatehpur Sikri.

CONCERT: THE MYSTIC BAULS OF BENGAL @ THE MONKS OF TASHI LHUMPO
July 5, 2018 @ Watermans Arts Center: 7:30 p.m.

This is an amazing double ticket featuring the Mystic Bauls of Bengal and Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

The BAULS are among the most esoteric musicians in India, having renounced worldly existence, to live a gypsy life surviving on alms. For BAULs, the “moner manush” – the man within – is the “absolute” – free from attributes or limitations. The “absolute” is neither masculine nor feminine but both. Their songs can be abstract and very beautiful.

If you are looking for an inner journey, nothing could be more rewarding than the wonderful prayers and chants of the Buddhist monks at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

The costumed songs, mantras, music and whirlwinds, the masked dance of the monks and the sound of the dungchen (long horn) open a magical window on a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism.

Viram Jasani, President and Founder of the Asian Music Circuit, said of this year’s program: “Each year we aim to bring new sounds and experiences to UK audiences. For us, the program must go beyond music, we want to create an immersive experience with layers of depth that lead to a better understanding of the origin of music and its cultural and emotional significance.

“This year’s program delves much more deeply into the spirituality and context of these musical forms.”

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