Gharana Festival 2013

This year’s focus is on “Women Performers”

Venue : The Museum Theatre, Egmore.


28th June 2013 :  ‘Women on Record’ - concert and exhibition by Vidya Shah        

29th June 2013 :  Pandita Anuradha Pal in Tabla Jugalbandi with herself

30th June 2013 :  Ms. Amita Sinha and Ms. Asha Tripathi

Vidya Shah

VIDYA SHAH is a composer, musician, and writer from New Delhi, India. She was initially trained in Carnatic music, and later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal (from Shubha Mudgal and Mujahid Hussain Khan), Thumri Dadra, and Ghazal (from Shanti Hiranand). She has performed at national and international forums, including the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, The Asia Society in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin

A popular performer and a prolific composer, she is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Government of India for her project "Women on Record", a performance highlighting the contributions of the forgotten women performers in the Gramophone era.

“Women on Record” offers a wealth of both listening pleasure and information. It responds to a very wide range of music interest thanks to its accessible, user-friendly format, with biographies, interviews, photographs, audio-recordings, videos, film clips...It is an exhibition and performance recreating the ambience of the gramophone era in India. 

Ms. Amita Sinha and Ms. Asha Tripathi

AMITA SINHA comes from a music loving family of Bishnupur, west Bengal. She was initiated in to music by her parents and encouraged by them to become a dhrupad singer. She did her masters in music (Hindustani Classical Vocal) from Visva Bharati university, Shanti Niketan, West Bengal and stood first class first . She got her initial training in dhrupad from Shrimati Kaberi kar. Later on she joined the Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal where she learned the art of Dhrupad in the Gurushishya Parampara from Umakant Ramakant Gundecha. She received Merit scholarship from Visvabharati university , Shanti Niketan from 1997 to 2000 . She also received the Sachi Shankaran Fellowship and Sir Dorabji Tata Scholorship for higher studies in Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal.

She has performed in many music festivals in India including ‘Arambh’ – Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, Dhrupad Mela- Varanasi, Dhrupad Festival – Gwalior, Yuva Mahotsav of Sangeet Natak Academy, Kal ke kalakar Festival, Mumbai , Dhrupad Sandhya – Pune, Bangalore. She has given vocal support to her Guru – Gundecha many concerts . 

ASTHA TRIPATHI was born in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh in 1982. She was initiated in music by her parents. She started learning music in Ambikapur from Shri Chandrashekhar Khanwalkar. She is post graduate in Music from Indore University with first position in merit list.

From last 4 years she is being trained under the able guidance of Shri Gundecha Bandhu in Gurukul, Dhrupad Sansthan Bhopal under Guru Shishya Parampara. She is recipient of Sir Dorabji tata Scholorship . She has performed at many places including Sangeet Samaroh,Tikamgad, Sanskrit Gaurav,Vidisha , Dhrupad Vrind,Bhopal, Music Festival, Maheshvar , Kal ke kalakar ,Mumbai , Yuva Mahotsav, Mumbai, Dhupad Sandhya, Pune , Dhrupada Sandhya, Banglore , Dhrupad Sandhya, Chennai. 

Pandita Anuradha Pal

PANDITA ANURADHA PAL is a world-renowned, multifaceted Tabla virtuoso, multi-percussionist and Music composer who has been hailed as the first professional female tabla player in the world by Encyclopedia Britannica and the Limca Book of Records. She has performed for dignitaries like the Honourable President and Prime Minister of India and Queen Elizabeth of Britain, at major diplomatic events like the SAARC Summit and the CHOGM Summit. She represented India in the 'Asian Performers Summit' in Japan (1999) and at the Commonwealth Games Festival, UK (2000).

Superbly trained by tabla legends Late Ustad Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, Anuradha Pal is the youngest and only female Indian Musician to have performed at the prestigious Woodstock Festival (Poland, 2008), where she performed with her World Music band, Recharge for an audience of 4 lakh people. She is also the youngest Indian Musician to have performed at the renowned WOMAD Festival (Reading, 1999), where she performed with her all-female percussion-based Music ensemble, Stree Shakti, for an audience of 1.5 lakh people.

She has performed sensational Tabla Solos and astutely accompanied some of the best musicians of India like Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Smt. Girija Devi, Ustad Sultan Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, as well as acclaimed Jazz, Latin & African musicians in major Indian & International festivals.

She will be presenting a unique creation of her's titled, Anuradha Pal in Tabla Jugalbandi with herself, which involves a three way rhythmic dialogue between the two Anuradhas (the traditional and the contemporary) and the audience.