Nautanki Theatre presents
MELODIES FOR ART
Poetry Embraces Music
Join us for this unforgettable evening of recitation, mesmerising poetry and verse interwoven with classic and contemporary melodious tunes from Sufi music, Ghazal, Hindi film music and more.
We are thrilled to announce that this years concert features the immensely talented and popular musician and singer Avijit Sarkar performs along with singer Srijani Dan. Sharing the stage with Avijit Sarkar will be renowned legendary thespian, writer, poet and orator Uzma Gillani and the golden voice of SBS Hindi, actor and presenter Kumud Merani, accompanied by Abhijit Dan (Tabla), Emanuel Lieberfreund (English Flute), Sadiq Rehmani (Guitar), Sanjeev Raja (Effects).
This one of its kind, unique concert is not to be missed by the lovers of poetry and music aficionados! It doesn’t get any better than this! Here is your chance for watching the best of the best of the Sydney South-Asian performance world on stage for the very first time.
Dates & Times:
Saturday 19 May 2018 at 6:45pm
Uzma is a veteran TV actress who started her career in the 1970’s. Uzma is considered one of the greatest Pakistani actresses of all times. She is known for portraying strong women protagonists in her TV dramas throughout her career.
If there is an actress who defines the word legendary in the realm of the Pakistani television, it is undoubtedly Uzma Gillani who truly deserves this honour. One of the most talented and inspiring actresses produced by Pakistan, her career spans over 45 years with hundreds of unforgettable TV serials and telefilms to her credit. Her roles have been as varied as her enactment & portrayal of them.
Among her most unforgettable performances was ‘Panah’ in the 1980’s, made in the backdrop of the Afghan war, this telefilm got the nod of approval at the Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded the first ever government civilian award, ‘The Pride of Performance’ in the field of Performing Arts in recognition of her work.
On the literary front, she has penned dozens of screenplays & scripts for TV and stage. She is the author of ‘Ain Aurat Meem Mard’, a collection of short stories.
In 2014, she published her award winning biography, ‘Jo Hum Pe Guzri’ which received critical acclaim in the literary circles.
Uzma is greatly sought after in the Sydney literary scene for her poetry & prose recitation, her voice & style of oration mesmerise & enthral the audience.
Kumud is a multiple Award winning Journalist and broadcaster. She started her career as one of India’s first Hindi TV News Presenter and TV anchor with Bombay Doordarshan. Her name is synonymous with Indian media and also as a distinguished public speaker, a dramatist, stage actor, a journalist and executive radio producer has been involved with SBS Radio and Television for more than 30 years. Kumud is a proud Australia Day Ambassador for past few years. She has been awarded by three different Premiers of NSW for her radio reporting and Documentaries. Kumud also had the honour of bagging several international awards, besides being awarded by IABCA in 2014 for her contribution to arts and culture. She was also declared Journalist of the Year 2014 by NSW Parliament.
Today, Avijit Sarkar’s name is synonymous with music in Australia and his footprint on every form of music is only a testimony to his tireless work in the entertainment industry for over thirty-five years.
With concerts numbering in thousands, Avijit’s repertoire includes a whole gamut of styles – from popular Bollywood and folk music to the very serious styles of ‘gayaki‘ like devotional music and ghazals. Avijit’s knowledge and mastery of numerous Indian and Western melodic and rhythmic musical instruments is the culmination of years of training under well-known teachers in India– both in the Indian classical traditions and Western music. Time and again, Avijit has been called upon to provide accompaniment to legendary singers like Ghulam Ali, Abida Parveen, Anup Jhalota, Manhar Udhas and Munni Beghum.
Avijit has also trained under one of the world’s foremost puppeteers Meher Contractor and has participated in international drama and puppetry festivals. Avijit, who was associated with All India Radio and Doordarshan in India, has completed over 1700 live concerts around the world in a career spanning over 35 years in the music industry. He has composed music for Australian documentary films, radio and theater in Sydney. He has also been recognized and endorsed by APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association) as a music writer and composer.
Avijit’s presence on stage has been an inspiration to many young musicians and his mentoring has helped many aspiring new singers to achieve their goals.
Srijani is a born music lover who started learning music at the age of four. She started her first music lessons from her mother. She then learnt Hindustani Classical Vocal from Pt Dhruvatara Joshi and from Guru Imam Ghulam of Allahabad (Prayag Gharana). She took extensive lessons in Bhajan and Thumri in Calcutta from Esha Bondopadhyay of Luckhnow gharana. She also took training in light vocals from Debasis Bannerjee in Calcutta. Currently she is pursuing vocal training under renowned music director, composer, singer Shri Gautam Ghoshal. She has recorded quite a few albums for various organisation in India and also appeared on Indian Television on many occasions. Recently she was seen in National Television in Kolkata last year while holidaying in India. She has also given interviews to various Radio stations both in India and Australia. Currently she teaches classical vocals at Natraj Academy in Sydney and appears on numerous live concerts in Sydney.
With her unique style of delivering enchanting music Srijani has become one of the chosen Sydney favourites.
Abhijit is a young talented tabla player who started his journey at an early age of 5 years. Tabla, the instrument craved his attention and plunged him into the music world. Abhijit started his first tabla lessons from Shri Harihar Das of Lukhnow Gharana under Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. Since 1994 Abhijit began his Tabla training from Tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Choudhury of Lukhnow Gharana. Abhijit is a regular Radio and Television artist in India. Besides a tabla player he has also been a good composer and arranger and has launched several albums in India and also performed with good numbers of great musicians from all over the world. Presently he lives in Sydney and is known as one of the best tabla players in Australia.
Sadiq is a self-taught musician and singer and started singing and playing guitar during his school days in community and religious functions. Today he is one of the most sought-after guitarists in Sydney. Sadiq’s entire education in music is by the virtue of playing with other musicians and singers, backed up with his perseverance. Professionally, he did his medicine in Pakistan and currently works as an allied health professional in Sydney.
Emanuel Is a well-known Sydney flautist, saxophonist and percussionist who over the past 20 years has played with numerous artists from diverse styles including world music, jazz and devotional music. He studied classical and jazz flute and music theory at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Emanuel’s jazz trio “Flight” was sponsored by Qantas to play at the 2008 World Air Cargo Awards in Shanghai, and was hired by the management of Manly Wharf to play during every Manly Jazz Festival from 2004 to 2009.
He played Indian/jazz fusion at NSW Parliament House for the Indian festival Holi in 2014, and played that fusion style with IndiaJiva at the 2013 Thredbo Jazz Festival.
Emanuel has been involved with music for dance performances and theatre, such as when he composed and played for a production of Hamlet at the Seymour Centre.
Over the last 5 years he has been deeply involved with kirtan (yogic devotional music) and has played with many of Australia’s foremost kirtanists such as Sri Prahlad, Carmella Baynie, Edo and Jo, and Lulu and Mischka. He toured China with Carmella Baynie in 2014, and played with American kirtan artist Daphne Tse at the 2014 Bali Spirit Festival.