The ensemble led by Hindustani classical vocalist and composer Ujwal Nagar would be exploring the idea of ‘Classical meets Contemporary’. The performance would include classical, semi-classical, folk and original compositions arranged with traditional and contemporary instruments such as flute, keyboards and Tabla/percussions with spontaneous improvisations and engaging musical exchanges.
As a Hindustani classical vocalist and a lead vocalist/composer in the band ‘Advaita’, Ujwal has a knack for collaboration and his melody and rhythm instincts have led to this unique performance set up which is backed by strong musicianship and musical prowess of some fantastic artistes from Delhi. Rohit Prasanna on flute, Anil Chawla on Keyboard and Mahavir Rajput on Tabla and Percussion- together they would create a truly collaborative and engaging musical experience.
Short bios –
Ujwal Nagar (Vocals)-
Ujwal Nagar is a Hindustani classical vocalist/composer based in Delhi. A PhD in Hindustani vocal music, Ujwal is an All India Radio Graded Artist, and a recipient of Central Government Scholarship by Ministry of Culture for his relentless pursuit for Hindustani classical music. He has been an active performer and has given numerous performances both as a classical soloist and in collaborations in India and abroad such as HCL Concert series, Jaipur Literature Festival, Indian Music Conference in Goa, Mahindra Kabir Festival, Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh/Delhi, Subah-e-Banaras and many more. He has done a lot of collaborative work and has been featured on popular platforms such as MTV Coke studio and MTV Unplugged. His work as the lead singer and composer in popular band ‘Advaita’ can be heard in their two albums, where the second album ‘Silent Sea’ went on to win the GIMA 2012 and Jack Daniels Annual Rock awards 2012. Although a classical vocalist by profession, Ujwal is also a trained Tabla player.
Anil Chawla (Keyboards)
Anil Chawla is a keyboard player, who has been conquering the Delhi Music Circuit quite well, while spreading his prowess on the national level simultaneously. His passion for music drew him to choose his weapon of choice at the age of nine and there has been no looking back since then. His love for the keyboard is seen in skill full reneditions of almost any genre, while he performs on the drums and guitars with equal ease.His recent collaborations have been with Pt.Rajendra Prasanna, Dhruv Sangari at the Mtv Coke Studio, Kailash Kher, Shubha Mudgal, Mohit Chauhan, Shilpa Rao, Papon, Zila Khan and Midival Pundits.
Rohit Prasanna (Flute) -
Hailing from a family of legendary flautists, Rohit has trained and groomed under the kind guidance of their grandfather late Pandit Raghunath Prasanna & father Shri Ravi Shankar Prasanna. The music heritage has imbibed in him a very keen sense of sur and taal (Musical notes & Rhythm), with the result; various exponents of Indian Classical Music have applauded his public performances in musical sittings.
He has also won scholarship from shahitya kala parishad.He has recevied A grade from ALL INDIA RADIO AKASHWANI. Since then he has repeatedly performed in All India Radio, Aakashwani, Doordarshan and spic macay. He has performed at India International Centre 2011.He has performed at Mehg Malhaar festival in udaipur 2011.He has perfromed at the asean festival Indonesia 2012. He has performed at world's biggest folk music festival Ethno sweden 2013.
Mahavir Rajput (Tabla) -
Mahavir started learning tabla at the age of five under the able guidance of Ptt Ravinder Soni ji from the famous Farrukhabad Gharana, he is also taking advanced training under the guidance of famous Padma Shree Pt Suresh Talwalkar ji from the famous Farrukhabad gharana, has also undergone training in other forms of percussion music from the famous percussion duo of Delhi Shri Ravi Rakesh. He has a master's degree in music from Indira Kala Vishwavidyalaya Khairagarh and Peruing Mphil from Delhi University. He has also received a scholarship from Sahitya kala parishad Delhi Government. He has performed for A.I.R, Doordarshan, Lok Sabha, and all over the country and also abroad in the USA, and various European and South East Asian countries. He has worked and performed in a musical theatre Monsoon Wedding directed by Mira Nair and music directed by Vishal Bharadwaj.