Sun Jan 27 Brisbane: United Nations of Indian Classical Music

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United Nations of Indian Classical Music

The premiere event in BEMAC’s ‘Crossings’ series

Presenting on January 27th, United Nations of Indian Classical Music brings together 7 accomplished Indian classical artists from around the world in a celebration of Indian classical culture on the shared occasion of Indian Republic Day and Australia Day.  This world class concert will be the first in BEMAC’s new Crossings series.  Join us this year at the Queensland Multicultural Arts Centre as we criss-cross the globe on a musical odyssey featuring artists from India to Sudan,  Iran to Japan, Vanuatu to the Northern Territory and who knows where else!
Experience the calm of ancient Dhrupad vocals by Yuki Taniguchi Flindell (Japan), the beauty of Bharat Natyam dance by Mathuja Bavan (Sri Lanka) and the exhilaration of high energy khayals and geets by Tahir Qawwal (Canada). The programme will culminate in a dynamic East-Meets-Further-East jugalbandi (duet) between Saikat Bhattacharya (India) on sitar and Taro Terahara (Japan) on bansuri (bamboo flute). Accompaniment will be provided by special guest tabla maestro from Sydney, Maharshi Raval (India) and Brisbane’s own Shen Flindell (Australia).
The Queensland Multicultural Arts Centre
The Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC) is a brand new purpose-built facility that will allow for all Queenslanders to share their diversity through the arts. With an acknowledgement that diversity and understanding can be strengthened by sharing our cultural background it is intended that the Centre become a preferred venue for community-based arts and cultural organisations. Built through a partnership between the State Government and Australand, the Centre features a 224 seat capacity theatre and auditorium and state of the art boardroom & conference / meeting facilities, and is poised to be the jewel in the BEMAC crown as they, in partnership with the State Government, drive the vision collective vision for the Centre, through management of its venues and facilities.

United Nations of Indian Classical Music

Featured Artists

Saikat Bhattacharya - Sitar (India)
Having regularly performed in the Queensland Multicultural Music Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival and several other public and private programs around Brisbane, Saikat Bhattacharya has been playing the Sitar for over twenty years citing it as his passion and devotion.

Tahir Qawwal - Vocal  (Canada)
A passionate and highly skilled performer, Tahir Qawwal has trained with the highest masters of Indian Classical music and Sufi Qawwali music; performing and teaching vocal styles such as Geet, Ghazal, Bhajan, Thumri, classical and folk himself around the world for 12 years.

Taro Terahara - Bansuri (Japan)
One of the leading musicians in the Indian classical music scene in Japan Taro quit graduate school 20 years ago to devote himself entirely to the practice of Indian classical music. Studying under Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and later Mr. Amit Roy (who is generally seen as the father of Indian classical music in Japan), Taro music both engages the mind and touches the heart.

Mathuja Bavan - Bharat Natyam (Sri Lanka)
From an early age Mathuja was interested in music and various art forms – she is a keen student of piano and carnatic violin - but Bharatha Natyam occupies a very special place in her heart and has seen her perform solo, and in groups across New Zealand, Townsville, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Yuki Taniguchi Flindell - Dhrupad vocal (Japan)
Through Mantra, Kirtan and Indian Classical Music, Yuki became interested in the power of sound. After several years studying yoga, kirtan and mantra in USA and Japan, Yuki now spends half the year in India studying Dhrupad vocal under Pt. Ritwik Sanyal, Sanskrit, and Mantra Yoga, giving concerts and teaching in Japan and Australia.

Maharshi Raval - Tabla (India/Sydney)
Having performed on television programs including X-Factor and Good News Week, Maharshi has been a student of Tabla -  winning first prize for National Youth Festival Tabla Competition in 1994 – for over 25 years. He has travelled extensively to various parts of the world as an accompanist to Indian Classical Vocalists, Instrumentalists and Kathak Dancers and runs a music institute: Shree Gajanan Cultural Mission - The Institute of Indian Classical Music and Dance.

Shen Flindell - Tabla (Australia)
Now an established performer in the Indian classical music circles of Australia and Japan, Shen Flindell has also had successful concerts in India. Not only is he capable in the 4 fields of vocal accompaniment, instrumental accompaniment, Kathak dance accompaniment and tabla solo, but has also given successful accompaniment in Carnatic vocal, Odissi and Bharat Natyam dance performances.
Sunday 27 January  
Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Online/Concession/Bemac Members $20
Full price $25
BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre) is Queensland’s lead agency dedicated to identifying, developing, presenting and promoting artists from migrant and refugee backgrounds and world music practitioners. BEMAC present an annual program of world music and multicultural arts in venues and galleries across the state by local, national and international artists.
In celebration of their 25th year BEMAC has rolled out a whole host of new programs and events as well as making some exciting additions and changes to their existing ones.  Visit www.bemac.org.au for more information.
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