DesiYUP attended a couple of events in the past few weeks. One of these was a seminar organized by the Metropool Regio Amsterdam, India Connected and Amsterdam Trade in Pakhuis De Zwijger. The main question of this gathering was ‘how should we look at India’. Experts with different work backgrounds shared their personal stories about working in India and understanding the complex way of life in India. It was an evening of discussing ideas such as working, living and doing business in India. From 13 till 18 of November Amsterdam will organize a India Business Journey to Bombay and Pune.
This Musical Journey to the Top was all about believing, giving and learning. Believing that an idea can manifest with the help and guidance of trusted well-wishers. Giving local musicians a respected stage to bring out the best of them is a great way to increase awareness in general. Teaching students that you can learn from experience and not just through theory.
The rehearsals and preparations of the upcoming concert: A Musical Journey to the Top, are well on their way. It’s been a long road for the four rising talents, Priyanka, Geeta, Kishen and Akhlesh and they are eager to entertain you and have you as part of their journey.
That Rekesh Chauhan would grow up to be a musician was no surprise to anyone – being under the tutelage of his father and musician Rajesh Chauhan from a very young age. It is impressive that he is able to show versatility as a performer and composer even before he has reached his 20s. Even having trained in Western classical guitar and piano as well as the harmonium, his Indian roots are a great influence on his musicality. ‘Beyond Roots’, his critically acclaimed debut album released under Milapfest in 2015, is an expression of his journey.
Making headway in the international music industry, Vidita Kanniks (USA) is making a solid name for herself. In an intimate In-House concert you can meet hear her sing her mash-up classics such as: Naane Varugiren| Jiya Jale (A.R. Rahman)
Meet flautist Shriram Sampath and percussionist Swarupa Ananth, the master minds behind the ethnotronic band – Filter Coffee. Their USP lies in merging electronic beats with Indian classical music. Both of them are trained classical musicians and wanted to change the palette of how Indian classical music is consumed. In their own words, “Put together some guitar riffs, the sound of a bamboo flute, a tabla, throw in a funky electronic groove, brew it with some earthly vocals and you get ‘FILTER COFFEE’.” We caught up with the duo over a cup of coffee (of course!) and here are some excerpts from the conversation.
An interview of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia with presentator Kries Bandhoe, Amor FM. Was broadcast on Dutch radio on Friday the 20th of May.
PanditJi talked about his love for the bansuri, his life path and how he struggled to start his journey into Indian Classical music.
The Dutch Concert information Radio Concertzender has featured the upcoming concert of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia: In Search of Love, Peace and Harmony on their radio program.
We are deeply honored to host the concert of the living legend from India, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. This concert will be held on the 27th of May in de Nieuwe Kerk in Den Haag. This wil be a collaboration with Zuiderstrandtheater.
The name of this concert is: In Search for Love, Peace and Harmony. Pandit-ji’s music has a powerful devotional and meditative sound. Together with the legendary sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar (92), He is worlds best known ambassador of North-Indian classical music. They helped to popularize Indian classical music in the West. Pandit-ji has had a special bond with The Netherlands for the past 40 years and has even been knighted as ‘Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau’.
We have decided to organize a concert only with musicians living in the Netherlands and who are interested in contributing to Indian World Music. For now we only have this flyer to share with you with some information for musicians who are interested to participate. And to make this announcement a bit more special.DesiYUP gives young students a platform where they can explore their talent in organizing events. This concert is being organized by a young student (international eventmanagement) Simran Rangai. She is responsible for of each and every detail of this particular event, so please give her all your love and support. and save the date Saturday 3rd of September. Host of the concert is Sudhier Nannan and even I’m curious what we will hear from our local musicians!
DesiYUP founder Mahesvari Autar was interviewed by media platform Newsgram.
The magazine INDYANA featured DesiYUP in Music Unbound