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From ghazals to Sufi music, the season 5 of Monsoon Nirvana will feature the best

It’s not just the rains, but the ragas too rendered by artistes from various genres of music that will bring down the heat this month. City-based event organisers Cisne for Arts is bringing young and talented musicians from different parts of India under one roof in Hyderabad as part of its fifth season of Monsoon Nirvana. An evening filled with ghazals, Hindustani classical, sufi music and much more awaits in the rainy days of July at Cybercity Conventions at Kothaguda. Making the evening a musical extravaganza would be Deepak Pandit, Aabhas & Shreyas Joshi, Antara Nandy, Janaki Iyer and Sneha Shankar.
Deepak, who began his musical journey at the age of six and is the youngest son of musician Shambhu Ji, learnt Hindustani classical vocal and violin from his father. Deepak is recognised as one of the serious and young exponents of Indian classical music. About Monsoon Nirvana, he says, “Hyderabad audience are informed about music. They know about various genres of music and I am looking forward to perform here.” Thanks to numerous years of training under the guidance of his father, Deepak has profound understanding of different gharana styles in music.
The stage would be set for a Carnatic performance by Chennai-based Janaki Iyer. The 34-year-old singer would be performing a few ghazals and classical pieces. “I would be singing a few ghazals by Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh along with a few classical compositions by Vyasaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar,” says Janaki. On her maiden visit to the city, she is looking forward for a memorable debut in the city of Nizams. “I would be creating an atmosphere blending the music of north India and south India together,” she says.
Thereafter it would be time for some Sufi music by Aabhas and Shreyas Joshi. The Mumbai-based brothers promise to give the crowd a soulful evening. “We would be singing pieces by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and some of our original compositions,” says Aabhas. The brothers would be performing for the fifth time in the city and would be singing Moko Kahan Dhoondhe Re Bande, Jogi De Naal and Nachdi Ravan for their Hyderabadi fans.
Taking the centrestage later on would be 17-year-old Kolkata-based Antara Nandy. The Class XII student would be making her debut performance in Hyderabad. “The youth today connects with western music, but we should not forget our traditional music either. To bring them under one roof, I would be presenting a few songs fused with both classical and western elements,” says Antara. In a generation where people worship Bollywood music, Antara believes that it has lot of western influence.
The event will also feature Neha Shankar, Asia’s Singing Superstar winner and youngest contestant of Zee SaReGaMaPa L’il Champs Season 5. The nine-year-old composes her own songs. She is proficient in classical music, ghazals and qawwalis.
The Season 5 of Monsoon Nirvana would be held at Cybercity Conventions at Madhapur on July 9 from 6.30 pm. Entry Free. Details: 64553577
— Nishad Neelambaran