DIAF Heritage Series Festival

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Segment: DIAF Heritage Series festival

Dates: 14th October

Venue: Purana Qila

Time: 7 30 p.m.

Name of the artist: Hariharan

 

The son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, Shrimati Alamelu and the late H.A.S. Mani (full name:Anantha Subramani Iyer), Hariharan inherited his parents’ musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan’s first guru (mentor). From here he picked up Carnatic music skills. He was also exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He used to put in nine hours of singing practice everyday. The committed Hariharan also put heart and soul into learning Urdu when he decided to become a ghazal singer. He has perfected his Urdu diction to such standards that even his audiences in Lucknow, the heartland of the language, have been wowed over.

 

In 1977, Hariharan bagged the top prize in the All-India Sur Singaar competition and was promptly signed on by the late music director Jaidev to sing for the Hindi film Gaman. His debut song “Ajeeb Saaneha Mujh Par Guzar Gaya Yaaron” in that movie became such a hit that it won Hariharan an Uttar Pradesh state award, as well as a Best Singer National Award nomination, and Hariharan’s playback singing career took off.

 

At the start of his career, Hariharan did the concert circuit and also performed on TV. He sang for a number of TV serials (e.g., Junoon). In addition, he cut several successful ghazal albums, writing most of the scores himself. One of Hariharan’s first ghazal albums was “Abshaar-e-Ghazal” with Asha Bhonsle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was “Gulfam”, which not only hit double platinum in sales but also fetched Hariharan the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1994.

 

Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A.R. Rahman with the patriotic song “Thamizha Thamizha” in Maniratnam’s film Roja. He was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards for his soulful rendition of the song “Uyire Uyire” also by music director A.R Rahman in Maniratnam’s Bombay (Hariharan sang the song with K.S. Chitra). Hariharan has been one of the most trusted singer of A R Rahman and has sung many songs for him in long list of movies that includes Roja, Muthu, Minsara Kanavu, Jeans, Indian, Mudhalvan, Taal, Bombay, Rangeela, Indira, Iruvar, Anbe Aaruyire, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, Sivaji, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil Muthamittal, Guru etc. In 1998, Hariharan won the national award for the best playback singer for the soulful rendition of the song “mere dushman mere bhai” from the Hindi movie Border, composed by Anu Malik.

He has sung more than 500 Tamil songs which is his highest in his career.

 

 

The Wadali Brothers (Puranchand Wadali & Pyarelal Wadali) are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, India. Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi singers. While Puranchand Wadali, the elder brother, was a regular in an akhara (wresting house) for 25 years, Pyarelal contributed to the meager family income by playing the role of Krishna in the village rasleela.

 

The Wadali Brothers sing in the gurbani, kaafi, ghazal and bhajan genres of music. They live in their ancestral house in Guru ki Wadali, and teach music to those who promise to preserve it. They do not charge their disciples, and lead a very simple life devoted to the divine one.

 

They believe in the Sufi tradition deeply. They consider themselves as a medium through which the preaching of great saints is passed on to others. They have never indulged commercially, and they have only a handful of recordings to their name (mostly from live concerts). They believe in singing freely as homage to the divine one. They do not feel very comfortable in using electronic gadgets in their music, and stress on Alap and Taans. They believe that spiritual heights can only be attained if you sing unreservedly, in a free atmosphere.

 

Recently they stepped into the world of Bollywood music, rendering music director and writer Gulzar’s soulful lyrics in their unique style in the film Pinjar. Also on the cards is a documentary which the Discovery Channel is planning to make on them.

 

Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1991.

Tulsi Award, 1998.

Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2003.

Puranchand Wadali was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Govt of India, 2005.

 

Segment: DIAF Heritage Series festival

Dates: 10th October

Venue: 15th August Park, Red Fort

Time: 7 30 p.m.

Name of the artist: Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam is a highly acclaimed Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Hindi, Telugu and Kannada movies. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films. He has changed the spelling of his last name from ‘Nigam’ to ‘Niigaam’ in accordance with numerology.

 

Sonu has become a major force in the Indian music industry. He has provided playback singing for a large number of Hindi movies and won many awards. His rendition of the title song of the film Kal Ho Na Ho has been highly popular and is considered a modern legend of sorts. He is recognised for his versatile voice as well as excellent emotion range. Sonu has sung with clear pronunciations, in many languages besides Hindi, including Bengali, Oriya, Kannada, Punjabi,Tamil, Telugu, English, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali and Marathi. He remains particularly popular in Southern India for his Kannada songs and has won a few awards in this particular industry.His Kannada album called Neene Bari Neene released all over in 2009.

 

His 2008 playback songs include songs from Yuvvraaj and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In the latter, he pays tribute to Bollywood actors of the past like Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand and Rishi Kapoor. The song is in a Shahrukh Khan film and the music direction is by Salim-Sulaiman.

 

 

Segment: DIAF Heritage Series festival

Dates: 11th October

Venue: Town Hall, Chandni Chowk

Time: 7 30 p.m.

Name of the artist: Talat Aziz

Early years

Sanjeev Kohli, son of Madan Mohan, discovered Talat Aziz. The ghazal legend Jagjit Singh also has composed his first album; which was phenomenal success when Talat Aziz came to the ghazal scene. Music India then decided to experiment Talat on his own – to see whether he was good enough on his own or whether Jagjit’s name had contributed to the success of the album. But even his second album and subsequent releases did extremely well. The rest is history

Inspiration

Talat Aziz’s true inspiration in ghazal singing is Mehdi Hassan saheb. According to Talat he brought a revolution to ghazal singing with his unique style of blending classical ragas with ghazals.

 

Talat Aziz is a thorough professional who expresses his poetic verses with great precision collaborating feelings of love, romance and calamity moulded authentically in a ghazal format. Talat Aziz is truly the most versatile legends in the world of ghazal singing.

 

He believes that the most important thing about a ghazal is the mood it weaves with the help of sensitive lyrics, deliberately underplayed music and rich, soothing tones of the singer. A ghazal is meant to be heard at sunset; the time to recuperate from the day’s strains or the time to resurrect and as is usual relish forgotton pains.

 

 

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