Bhai Mardana Music festival showcase north Indian classical music and gurmat sangeet performances, The festival brings the musical experience from the period of Mughal dynasty and ragas formed to be sung in courts and temples for devotional singing. The festival celebrates the musical traditions of Bhai Mardana, a great musician and composer of his time and founder of Sikh musical traditions. The festival focuses to carry on the cross-cultural explorations of Bhai Mardana To do that, two of the Auckland most promising jazz musicians are joining forces with BMMF music team to give a unique musical experiences to the audience.
The festival of 2020 will feature-
Daljeet Kaur- vocals, Mandeep Singh- Vocals, Anand Thakore- Mandolin, Manjit Singh- Tabla, Gurpreet Singh- Tabla. The festival is also presenting a group of students of various ethnicities from Rhythm School of Indian Music presenting a multicultural group performance.
Rhythm School of Indian music:
In the realm of South Asian music, when it comes to percussionists, vocalists and instrumentalist emanating from the New Zealand the name Rhythm School of Indian Music is inseparable from Indian Classical Music in NZ. School was formed by Manjit Singh and his wife Daljeet Kaur in 2009 with a vision to train the New Zealanders with high quality art. Manjit Singh started to learn Tabla under one of the most well established and renowned Tabla players in Punjab, KulwinderSingh, traditional disciple of legendary Ustad Allah Rakha Khan; Manjit Singh upholds the essence of traditional Punjab Gharana style of Tabla playing and Singing. He has performed in many famous classical music concerts in India, England, Singapore, America and New Zealand. He has performed with many internationally famous musicians like Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Ustad Dilshad Khan, Ustad Taufiq Qureshi, Ustad Tari Khan, Pt Purbayan Chatterjee, Shri Dhanashree Pandit and many more. In his recent achievements, he has composed and recorded the opening ceremony music for ICC world cup2015. The other Gem of the school Daljeet Kaur, a Masters in Hindustani vocal music with a distinction in practical, and a vocal expertise that ranges from Classical and Thumri to Gurmat Sangeet (Sikh traditional music), Kaur is a vocal par excellence. She has won many competitions and awards over the years and is respected by her peers for her sublime tonal quality and vocal skills. She has done many music albums and participated in many reality singing shows in India.
She is teaching in Auckland from 6 years. Manjit Singh, Daljeet Kaur and the talented students of Rhythm school will be participating in the program.