Folk and semi classical vocal performance by Sarita Saaz

Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo is celebrating World Music Day with a folk and semi classical vocal performance of thumri, kajri, dadra, ghazal and Hindi songs by Sarita Saaz from India at 6.00 pm on June 21 at the ICC auditorium located at Gregory’s Road.
Sarita Saaz, a well-known classical Vocalist, holds a Sangeet Prabhakar degree from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She is trained by Maya Mishra. She learned folk songs from 100-year-old Bhikhari Thakur Repertory, mastered genres such as poorvi, kajari, nirgun and is currently working to promote the Bhikhari Thakur legacy as a permanent member of Bhikhari Thakur Repertory.

She has performed nationally as well as internationally, Faiz Ahmad Faiz poetry, Kabir songs, Adam Gondvi songs and Bhikhari Thakur songs in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan; folk songs for different programmes of Sangeet Natak Academy, Delhi; Nataya Smagam in Tripura; folk songs and Gazals in Sanjhi Virasat, Allahabad; Thumri, Dadra and folk songs in different musical and theatre festivals in Jawaharlal Nehru University; Rang Mahotsav, Delhi University; Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, and many more.

Violin recital by
Dr. Swarna Khuntia from India

Hindustani violin recital by Dr. Swarna Khuntia will be held at 6.00 pm on June 23 at the ICC auditorium. Dr. Swarna Khuntia received her initial training in Violin from Guru Sri Prafulla Kumar Ray and advanced training under the world renowned Violinist Padmabhushan Dr. N Rajam.

Dr Khuntia served as a Lecturer in violin at Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh for five years and is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Instrumental Music at Banaras Hindu University.

She has performed in several international programmes at Atul Smirti Gurukul and Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal. She has conducted a solo Violin concert and violin workshop at Sangeetshri School of Music, Phoenix, Arizona, USA and World Music Festival ‘Tème Festival Violons Chants Du Monde’ at Calais, France.

She has been awarded several titles such as Sur-Mani from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai; ‘Kalashree’ from Jharial Mahotsav; ‘National Sangeeta Shiromani’ award from Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh and ‘Laya Jyoti’ title from Shakti Naad, New Delhi. All are cordially invited.

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