Gandharva Classical Choir
A Choir of Classical, Folk and regional songs from India. Creative, innovative, and experimental, the Gāndharva Choir has presented hundreds of striking performances of Indian choral music, in India and abroad. Founded in 1939 by the Late Pandit Vinay Chandra Maudgalya, the Gāndharva Choir is affiliated to the Gāndharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi’s prestigious college Indian music & arts.
Location: Casey Theater Regis College Fine Arts Center, Weston, MA
Time: 6:00 pm
Organized By: Meru Education Foundation & LearnQuest Academy of Music
Contact: Vanita Shastri 781-862- 9648 & Pallavi Nagesha 508-653- 7209
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The Gāndharva Choir has successfully experimented with classical and folk styles of music. It explores styles in difficult classical forms such as Dhrupad, Dhamar, Varnam, Kriti and Tarana, but also is equally adept at patriotic, devotional and folk forms. Its extensive repertoire includes hymns from the ancient Vedas, songs from the Karnataka or South Indian system of music, items from Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore’s songs) and modern experimental works involving the use of harmony.
In recent times the Gāndharva Choir has pioneered choral music in India and its efforts and achievements have been successful in setting a trend of choral music in the country. The choir is conducted by Pandit Madhup Mudgal, a soloist in his own right.
Madhup Mudgal has his initial training under his father, the Late Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya. Later he was trained under Shri Vasant Thakar and Pandit Jasraj. One of the abiding influences on his music has been that of the musical genius Pandit Kumar Gandharva, whose training and influence has left an indelible mark on Madhup’s music. It has imparted to him an awareness and understanding of the fine balance between tradition and innovation.
Madhup’s academic qualifications consist of M.Phil in music from Delhi University. He was gold medalist in his batch of M.A. and received, between 1976 and 1978, the Central Government’s National Scholarship. In 1982 he was a recipient of the Sanskriti Award and was awarded Padmashri in 2006. He is actively involved in composing music for several classical dancers involving solo as well as group presentations, with varied poetic texts. He has imaginatively composed several new pieces for the choir. Presently he is the Principal of Gāndharva Mahavidyalaya.
The links of the Gandharva Choir are attached below.
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1. Swastivaachan – Shloka from Rigveda
2. Agnimide – Shloka from Rigveda
3. Kalyan Dhrupad by Gandharva Choir
4. Dhamaar in Raag Khamaj
5. Bageshri Chatrang – Classical composition by Gandharva Choir
6. Pancham – Experimental Composition by Gandharva Choir
7. Aabhaas – Experimental Composition by Gandharva Choir
8. Charishnu by Gandharva Choir
9. Aayal Ho Rituraja by Gandharva Choir
10. Jai Jan Bharat – Patriotic Song by Gandharva Choir
11. Goanese Folk Song by Gandharva Choir