Monsoon Raga’s 2013


The monsoon is here and so are a shower of festivals.The heat that sends classical circuits in India . The rains will finally ‘covered’ India and  various monsoon festivals.

Over the next few  months, audiences will be treated to the awesome, cloud-busting notes of Miyan ki Malhar, Surdasi Malhar, Ramdasi Malhar, the sombre Megh and several variants of these ragas.

The first wave of monsoon , after the first showers of the season. There is nothing more off-putting than musical visions of clouds and words outside is sizzling.

Indian classical arts,  and music are highly sensitive to the state of nature, wired to shift shape with the time of the day and season. “If you just open your mind to its incredible beauty you can sense how it does this, ”

The malhar theme is a great hook to draw audiences to classical concerts. They may or may not get the finer nuances of the combination of notes and scales, but it’s impossible not to be moved by the grandeur of the music.

It’s about rains and ragas

The first wave of monsoon concerts showers in ajmer it has so far seen sobre international sufi festival organized by the divine abode.The two day long monsoon festival held at Gallery Al Ikhlaas at historic Foysagar in Ajmer was awesome with cloud-busting notes of Miyan ki Malhaar and the somber Megh .This weekend saw a pure classical performance by sitar maestro Dr.Sudeep Rai along with Ustad Amjad Khan on tabla, showcased a perfect jugalbandi between the duo,captivating the audience for nearly two hours .

Indian classical music and dance are highly sensitive to the state of nature,raga reflects the essence of the season “just close your eyes and sense the swaras and you see how does it work”says sitarist Dr.Sudeep Rai who himself hails from seniya gharana of Indian classical music the discendends of Miyan Tansen.The monsoon season have been beautifully depicted in traditional compositions using both literature as well as swaras of raga.

The two day long festival showcased paintings by Michael Templine from Germany, Dr.Sudeep Rai from New Delhi, Begum Gulsha  from Bangalore and Archana Tela From Ajmer. A large painting on monsoon colours was created as a back drop for perfect stage setup by Begum Gulshaa ,chairperson divine abode and the organizer of the festival.

The malhaar theme itself draws audience to classical concerts .They may or may not get the finer nuances of the combinations of swaras and scale but it is impossible not to be moved by the grandeur of india classical music.


First Edition Monsoon 2012 in Ajmer

Monsoon 2012 unfolded in series of several layers on the 6th and 7th july at the Al Ikhlas Gallery, Ajmer. The festival organised by Ms Gulshaa Begum chairperson of Divine Abode. The  two day event unfolds the several layers of creativity in different sessions . The  first session Monsoon colours a series of group exhibition in various media by established artists from India and abroad followed by the classical music performance in the second session. paintings by renowned artist michael templin, dr sudeep rai, gulshaa begum, archana tela and jitendra patniwal were showcased.

The event was inaugrated by Dr Brijesh Mathur, chief – jawaharlal nehru hospital.The second series began with the sitar concert by Sitar Maestro Dr Sudeep Rai and Amjad Khan on Tabla.  Jha Saheb founder of  Kala Ankur Academy inaugurated the evening by lighting the lamp. Jha Saheb Congratulated Ms Begum for bringing a change in the Art and Culture presentation to the City. He was highly appreciative of the efforts of Ms Begum and her involvement in art and culture. The audience utterly spellbound with the soulful sitar recital at the  Malhaar Festival “Monsoon Ragas” held at Al Ikhlaas Gallery in Ajmer. Dr.Sudeep Rai noted disciple of the Sitar maestro Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, rendered a soul stirring Raga Megh on his sitar.The accompaniment of the tabla by ustad Amjad Khan of Delhi Gharana added rich colour to his deeply captivating performance.

Chief Patron Divine Abodes Mr Shahid Siddiqui, National General Secretary Samajwadi Party and Ex Mp Rajya Sabha said  Rain and the magical season of Monsoon have always been the throbbing heart of Indian life and culture. Whether we are talking about music – classical, folk or devotional – dance, painting or sculpture.
I must appreciate the initiative Divine Abode has taken in promoting art and culture in Ajmer” said Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Studios who himself is an art lover.

Ms Begum further thanked the artist, the audience,  Media Partner Marwah  studios and On line partner  for their support and co operation in the event