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Musical Confluence of Distinct Styles
Gundecha brothers and Malladi brothers

The Gundecha brothers have a rich repertoire of Drupad music and the Malladi brothers have a rich Carnatic music repertoire. This is a vocal duet between two sets of artiste-brothers from two geographical regions, who are practioners of distinct art forms. As the two great classical Indian music art forms merge they will weave a sublime effect on the audience.

The brothers will be accompanied by Vidwan H.N. Bhaskar (violin), Vidwan Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam) and Vidwan Akhilesh Gundecha (Pakwaj)

Sunday, September 04, 2011 4:00 PM

Venue: Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, 211 Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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$75, $50, $35 (General Admission Non-members)
$65, $40, $30 (Members), $25 (Students/Seniors)

Buy Tickets:
(267) 797-7006
Tickets for Malladi Brothers and Gundecha Brothers vocal duo program may also be purchased through the Philly Fringe Festival

About Gundecha Brothers:
Gundecha Vidwans Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are among India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active performers of Dhrupad in Indian and international circuits. Their singing is effortless on every note, whether it is on a high or low note. They control the variations in their voices with exquisite appeal. The understanding between the two brothers while they are singing is uncanny and their tunes are impeccable in rhythm. In their singing they reveal immense musical imagination and refinement.
This ancient style of classical Hindustani vocal music is a form of devotional music that traces its origin to the ancient text of Sam Veda and seeks to induce feelings of inner contemplation in the listener.
The significance of the Gundecha Brothers to Hindustani classical music is not that they belong among the few, though rising number, of those who have made the art of Dhrupad their vocation but that they exhibit a certain excellence in the style of their performance. Their vocals are strong, resonant and exquisitely shaped for time and tension, and their combined presence on the stage is not of two singers but of one Raga and one song. This is a subtle evolution of the art in the Jugalbandi format, which the brothers have developed.
The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry written by venerable Indian poets like Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style. They have recorded about 25 albums. They are probably the most recorded dhrupad singers. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India's prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hongkong.
They have set up a Dhrupad Institute outside Bhopal, India where they teach students from all over the world. The main objective behind starting this school is to train students who are talented, devoted and committed to the field of music but not able to afford the cost.
They have received several awards, most notably the M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, National Fellowship from 1987 to 89, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001. Rajat Kamal - National Film Award for the Best Music Direction (2006).

This program is supported by Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project

Artist Website

Gundecha Brothers In Chicago

About Malladi Brothers:
Malladi Vidwans Sreeramaprasad and Ravikumar were born with a legacy and rich tradition accrued through their grand father Sri Malladi Srirama Murthy and through their father Sri Suri Babu, a disciple of Voleti Sri Venkateswarulu. They have received additional training from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Pada Pinakapani and his well-known disciple, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishnamurthy who, realizing the potential of Malladi Brothers, took them under his guidance to represent his rich style of music. A large repertoire of Carnatic compositions and possession of vibrant and powerful voices have made Sreeram Prasad and Ravikumar the most sought after young maestros. Their musical intellect, melody & aesthetics provide for a most scintillating concert. They have sustained a classic and symbolic expression of Carnatic music, bagging awards from premier organizations including the prestigious premier National Youth Music Title of Sangeetha Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi; Isai Peroli by Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai; title of Aasthana Vidwan of the Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, being the youngest to receive the honor thus far; title of Naadha Bhushanam from Shanmuganandha Fine Arts, New Delhi; title of Naadha Mani from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam They have traveled extensively all over India and abroad (including several tours of Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia) promoting and preserving the rich traditional music they represent.

This program is supported by Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project

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