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#HASU PATEL, a disciple of Sitar legend Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb is one of the few distinguished female artists performing today classical music on Sitar, the most popular string instrument of India. As a performer, composer, and educator, she has dedicated her life to preserving and propagating in its pristine purity the fascinating, highly evolved classical music of Ancient India.
Born in the culturally rich city of Baroda, India, Hasu began her musical studies in early childhood. Her father was her mentor who instilled the love and discipline needed to become a musician. At the age of 10, she made her first public appearance. After many years of rigorous training under her illustrious Gurus Prof. N.B. Kikani and Ustad Anwar Khan Saheb, she became the first woman to receive a music degree with a Gold Medal in the 75 years history of the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, India. She has received many awards, scholarships, and fellowships including at the age of 21, the first prize winner in the state of Gujarat for the stringed instrument competition held by All India Radio.
In her early twenties, she emigrated to the United States and has pursued music ceaselessly since then. Hasu plays the Sitar in a special style known as Gayaki Ang (Singing Style), in which the sitar replicates fluidity and subtle nuances of the human voice. This innovative technique, which is credited to her Guru Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb of Imdad Khani Gharana, is the most significant contribution to her music inheritance.
She has performed the Classical Music of India known as Raga Sangeet (scientific, precise, subtle and aesthetic system of melodic notes accompanied with rhythm of tremendous vitality on Tabla, a pair of two drums) at various Performing Art Centers, Music Conferences, World/Jazz/Country music festivals such as Woodstock's 30th anniversary and Chicago Jazz festivals, Universities, radio/television stations, churches/temples/meditation centers etc. around the country, conducted duets with Western classical and Jazz musicians, composed and performed sitar concerto in Indian raga for symphony orchestra. She has given many residences/workshops/lecture demonstrations in schools and colleges, and has offered her unique talent to terminally ill patients in hospitals as a music therapy. She has also performed as a musician in Indian classical dance ensembles.
Hasu is affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council (Ohio Artists on Tour), Greater Columbus Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance and International Alliance of Women in Music. Hasu teaches Sitar, Tabla, and Vocal music to many students at her Sursangam School of Music as well as credit hours course at Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College of Ohio.
"My Music, My Dream - It gives me an eternal pleasure when I teach the students and play before music lovers around the world. The more one plays, the more humility captivates one," says Hasu with much determination and joy. To her, Indian classical music is a rare and divine art, which calls for absolute dedication called sadhana.
Hasu's debut album, Gayaki Sitar, is presented in bold Alap, improvisation which embodies the very essence of pure classicism. The music is spiritual and meditative, and rendered as such to bring forth the transcendental experience of the moods called rasas.
Ragas, in the Hindu tradition, are believed to have a natural existence. Artists don't invent them, they only discover them. Music appeals to human beings, according to Hinduism, because they are hidden harmonies of the ultimate creation. Some of its ancient texts such as the Sama Veda (~1000 BCE) are structured entirely to melodic themes, it is sections of Rigveda set to music. The ragas were envisioned by the Hindus as manifestation of the divine, a musical note treated as god or goddess with complex personality.
During the Bhakti movement of Hinduism, dated to about the middle of 1st millennium CE, raga became an integral part of a musical pursuit of spirituality. Bhajan and Kirtan were composed and performed by the early South India pioneers. A Bhajan has a free form devotional composition based on melodic ragas. A Kirtan is a more structured team performance, typically with a call and response musical structure, similar to an intimate conversation. It includes two or more musical instruments,[ and incorporates various ragas such as those associated with Hindu gods Shiva (Bhairava) or Krishna (Hindola).
"A Raga, meaning in Sanskrit "coloring, tingeling, dyeing", is a melody system from India. Many of Ragas in North India are played at a certain time of the day, according to a certain mood and often with a specific weather. Thus, many different ragas can be played along the day. Ragas follow different music scales, based on the Indian music system, and they focus on specific chakras.
#In this workshop, you will:
-learn about the Raga Bhairav, its structure and rhythms
- learn about its possible application to kirtan (yogic chanting)
- sing along to the kirtan
- enjoy the music during a relaxing yin yoga session, connected to the chakra system of the Raga Bhairav.
"After the workshop, you will have learnt how to compose your own kirtan based on Raga Bhairav."
You’ll be guided by Waka, who has been playing, teaching and performing tablas and esraj for many years, and Anne, a yoga teacher and a singer.
#Time: Sunday, June 3rd, 10:00-13:00
#Price: NT$1,200 NT, bring a friend enjoy early bird NT$1,000 (sign up before 5/28)
#SignUp: please transfer your deposit $500 to Bank Sinopac Code. 807, Account No. 121﹣004﹣0066785﹣2 and notify your account's last 5 digits.
#Note: the workshop will happen will there are minimum 8 person sign up. Should it not open this time, please be invited to attend to next session.
#Facilitator：Waka & Anne
#Waka has been studying North Indian music on the Tabla since 1987 from Keshav Nayak and Pt.Dilip Mukherjee. To give added depth to the understanding of Indian classical music, he has been additionally studying to play the melodious Esraj from master Pt.Buddhadev Das since 2008 and vocal from Pt.Devashish Dey.
#Anne is a hatha yoga practitioner, a singer and an eternal music learner. She enjoys meditating on singing bowls, and she is a passionate student of pranayama, the breath being the essential vehicle of the voice.
The Classical Music of Northern India is an ancient tradition that combines artistry and spirituality.
It’s Ragas (melodic formulas) reveal the richness of the human experience in its relation with the cycles of nature conveying different emotions and states of mind. Thus there are different melodies for the different seasons of the year and the different hours of the day. The concerts are performed by a soloist instrument (in this case the violin) and accompanied by the Tabla which provides sophisticated and complex rhythmical cycles and variations to which the performer weaves his interpretation and connection to the specific moods of the raga.
Come enjoy the rare opportunity to listen to afternoon ragas.
Pablo ji /小提琴
里約熱內盧大學音樂碩士，治療師，作曲家，能演奏多種樂器；自2013年起，Pablo J成為來自瓦拉納西的Pt. Sukhdev Mishra的弟子。2015年起，他匯集五大洲的音樂並巡迴世界演出。
Pablo ji / Indian Violin
Master of music from the University of Rio de Janeiro, composer, multi-instrumentalist and therapist Pablo Ji has been a disciple of Pt. Sukhdev Mishra from Varanasi since 2013. Since 2015 he tours the world with a concert that brings together music from the 5 continents.
Waka/ Indian Tabla
Waka has been studying North Indian music on the Tabla since 1987 from Keshav Nayak and Dilip Mukherjee.
To give added depth to the understanding of Indian classical music, he has been additionally studying to play the melodious Esraj from master Buddhadev Das since 2008 and vocal from Devashish Dey since 2013.
Waka has been actively bringing Indian classical music form to Taiwan, In 2011 he was awarded as the Finalist in the Best Performance Awards, in Taiwan.