Are you a big lover of Indian classical music featuring traditional Indian instruments such as the veena, sitar, tabla, and mridangam? Well, guess what?
Soon, a beautiful rendition will be performed not only with the above-mentioned musical instruments, but also with Malaysian Indian classical musicians. It will include both original Malaysian compositions and original arrangements of well-known poetic pieces handed down over hundreds of years.
Presenting “Nityataa – An Evening Of Traditional Music”, is a 180-minute show, which will feature a multi camera production while being segmented into separate 15 minute showcases each showcasing one North and nine South Indian music traditions.
Date: 18th December 2021
Venue: Shantanand Auditorium, KL
“Nityataa”, which means “Continuance” in Sanskrit, is supported by Yayasan Hasanah for its ArtsFAS 2021 edition and CENDANA as part of its Performing Arts Presentation Funding.
This show theme was chosen to highlight 27 Malaysian musicians trained in Indian Classical music, including South Indian Carnatic and North Indian Hindustani.
These musicians have received proper formal training and have graduated (arangetrams) and gone on to represent the Malaysian performing arts scene through various initiatives.
This project will feature a fully Malaysian lineup of musicians who have risen to the top of their respective fields over the years, as well as a live music presentation and a later online premiere.
Indian classical music in recorded form has been around for over 5000 years. This art form was passed down generation after generation through a strict teacher-student system (guru- shishya Parampara) and was kept within that framework. As a result, the renditions and presentation were kept consistent and delivered with personal touches.
Because of the close musical connections between India and other Indian diasporas around the world, Malaysia has often stood strong to keep these art forms alive.
This project aims to highlight Malaysian Indian musicians as individuals in their own right, who have managed to maintain traditional requirements while blending with Malaysia’s multi-cultural tapestry, making it uniquely Malaysian.
Veena, violin, flute, sitar, tabla, mridangam, ghatam, ganjira, morsing, konnakol, and vocals will be among the instruments featured.
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