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Acclaimed Sufi singers, Madan Gopal Singh and Dhruv Sangari to perform at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Ludhiana

June 1st, 2011

Internationally acclaimed Sufi scholar and singer, Madan Gopal Singh will be performing along with young Sufi-Folk exponent Dhruv Sangari at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on June 3, 7.30 onwards. Please come and spread the word for those who are interested in listening to good music. There is no need for passes. Entry is free.

A well known name in the world of cinema, art and cultural history, Madan Gopal Singh is a treasure-house of Sufi and folk poetry. He has been performing at national and international platforms enthralling discerning audiences and common people alike with his full-throated renderings of the immortal Sufi compositions and love legends of the land of five rivers, preserved in folk tradition, in addition to his Punjabi translations of Rumi, Attar, Rilke, Neruda, Brecht, Tagore and even John Lennon. He has toured extensively and has had the distinction of singing with the well-known Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri; and has performed with Theo Bleckmann, percussionist David Cossin, double-bass player Gregg August and well known contemplative music artist David Hykes. Besides writing the Toona adaptation from Bulle Shah for Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra: a Tale of Love and singing for films like Kumar Shahani’s Kasba and Khayalgatha and Mani Kaul’s Idiot Madan Gopal Singh has composed music for Khamosh Pani – a French-German-Pakistan co-production. He has also performed at the ‘Smithsonian Folklife Festival’ in Washington, ‘Another Passage to India Festival’ held in Geneva and Zurich, ‘The Other Festival’ at Chennai and Kalakshetra, the ‘2nd Sufi Soul World Music Festival’ held in Lahore, Pakistan, the ‘First International Conference on Religions in the Indic Civilisation’ and at the closing ceremony of the ‘Festival of India’ at Brussels, Belgium.

Dhruv Sangari’s repertoire includes Persian and Arabic poetry, Panjabi and Hindvi Sufi poetry and Urdu Poetry. A postgraduate in music from University of Delhi, Dhruv began training in music at the age of 7 under Shahana Bannerjee of the Gwalior Gharana. At the age of 11, he developed a keen interest in the art of percussion and started learning the Tabla under Pandit B.S. Ramanna of the Lucknow Gharana. By the age of 13, Dhruv had become deeply interested in Sufism and Sufi music, especially Qawwali and started pursuing the form under Ustad Meraj Nizami Qawwal of the Delhi Gharana. From 1994-96, he was guided by the legendary maestro late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Dhruv has performed both classical and qawwali music all over India and has worked under many great artistes such as Ustad Iqbal Khan, Vidya Rao and Madan Gopal Singh. He has also worked with renowned Mexican Saxophone player and artiste Ariel Guzik, Egyptian Dancer Ahmed Faares, British Electronic musician Vishal Gopal, Russian Violinist Gennady Lavrentyev, Panaman percussionist Osvaldo Jorge, Swiss musicians David Scruffari and Lionel Dentan, Pakistani Sitarist Qasim Ahmed and Iranian tar-saz player Reza Zemani.


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