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Indian Embassy to celebrate 70th Independence Anniversary with musical concert
August 6, 2017, 12:06 pm

The Indian embassy will mark the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day with a flag hoisting ceremony and musical concert at its premises in Diplomatic Enclave on Arabian Gulf Street on Tuesday, 15 August at 8:00 am.  

After the unfurling of the tri-color National Flag, the India Ambassador’s message and a cultural program will follow later in the evening. Light refreshments will be served to all. All Indian nationals in Kuwait are cordially invited to attend the celebrations. Please arrive by 07:30 am.

The musical concert will feature popular Indian singers who will enthrall the audience with patriotic songs and invoke beautiful memories of the motherland. Introducing the artists:

Dr. Mrudula Dadhe Joshi

Hindustani classical and light music vocalist Dr. Mrudula Dadhe Joshi is widely admired for her melodious voice and her exceptional ability to express, as well as explain, the nuances and intricacies of various genres of music.

She received her formal induction in Hindustani classical music, specializing in the distinctive musical style of Gwalior gharana, by training under such great musical maestros as Pandit Gajanan Joshi, Pandit Madhukar Joshi and Pandit S.K. Abhyankar. She also received training in proper Urdu pronunciation from Ustaad Iqbal Gill.

Dr. Mrudula, who has done thousands of stage shows in India and abroad since 1986, has also done playback singing for many Indian regional films. For instance, various classical alaaps heard in the background of the popular Hindi film Devadas, were rendered by Dr. Mrudula. Her ‘Smaranyatra’ for Jagahk Marathi Parishad, was among the biggest hits of 1991, with its video and CD cassettes becoming best-sellers in India and abroad. Also, her rendition of Meerabai's abhang or devotional songs in ‘Meera’ for Jeevan Sangeet, had music by such luminaries as the late Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Pandit Ravi Shanker.

Her stage shows invariably draw huge crowds of music aficionados. In late 2015, Dr. Mrudula presented a concert of Hindi film songs in Mumbai under the title 'Rahe Na Rahe Hum', which was a sell-out event. The highlight of the show was her rendering of 28 songs from popular old classical Hindi films, by such stalwarts as Khyyam, Jaidev, Madan Mohan and O.P. Nayyar, while also explaining the finer nuances and aesthetic values of each song. Her explanatory interactions with music audiences have added to the popularity of her stage shows and it is no surprise that her most recent performance in the United States won standing ovation from the audience and was critically acclaimed.

With amazing musical talent juxtaposed next to in-depth academic knowledge on music, Dr. Mrudala is among a select crowd of artists who can fully explain the tones and shades of the music they play.

After graduating in psychology, Dr. Mrudula did her masters in musicology, and then her PhD in music on the thesis, 'Contribution of composers in experimentation of Hindi film songs from 1950 to 1980'.  She was recently appointed as Professor of Music at the University of Mumbai and is also a well-known author in her own right.

It is said that academicians are seldom musicians; that probably explains why writings on music tend to remain very prosaic and academic. But, by being both, a singer and an academician, Dr. Mrudula has been able to render and expound the aesthetics of music with a unique sensitivity and clarity.

Nilesh Prakash Nirgudkar

Tabla musician and professional singer Nilesh Nirgudkar is among the handful of versatile artists much sought after by the music industry and very highly appreciated by his legions of music fans.

A professional singer on the Hindi and Marathi musical stage for the last 18 years, Nirgudkar gained his first light music lessons from renowned Marathi lyricist and music director Yashwant Deo and Manisha Pawar Joshi. He began experimenting with instrumental music after learning to play the tabla from well-known tabla maestros, Pandit Sadashivrao Pawar and Gulavani Sir.

After gaining his 'Sound Recording' diploma from the Government Polytechnic in Mumbai, Nirgudkar set out to make a name for himself on the musical stage.

Known in music industry circles as the 'Whistling Master', Nirgudkar is a versatile artist who can simultaneously play the tabla while singing. He is most recognized for his soul touching renditions of songs by the legendary Indian playback singer Mohammad Rafi.

Over the years, he has won numerous accolades and awards for his performances, including special appreciation from the late renowned lyricist Jagdeesh Khebudkarji. During an episode of the Marathi musical show, 'Maze Jeevan Gane' on Colors Marathi TV Channel, Khedbudkarji highlighted Nirgudkar's amazing vocals and named him as one of the lyricist's most favored singers.

In recognition of his musical talent, Nirgudkar has won many honors. He was the winner of the very first episode of 'Chalti ka naam Antakshari' on the TV channel Star Plus and the runner-up of musical reality show 'Gaurav Maharastracha' on Colors Marathi Channel in 2015.

In 2016, he was presented with the 'Special Best Singer Award' at the Yashwant Deo competition for music composers, which was held on Indradhanu and Insync, the world's first 24 x 7 Indian music TV  channel showcasing classical music and other traditional Indian music and dance genres. Fans of Nirgudkar in Kuwait and music lovers in general are eagerly awaiting his upcoming stage performance in Kuwait, which is scheduled to be held at the Indian Embassy auditorium on the evening of 15 August.


Rakesh Khurana

A Chartered Accountant by profession and a versatile singer by passion, Rakesh Khurana is no stranger to the music stage. Blessed with a melodious voice and an appealing stage persona, Khurana has been the mainstay for many popular stage performances in India. Having honed the nuances of classical music under G.S. Sardar — an exponent of Hindustani classical music and Sikh music, and the eldest brother of the Singh Bandhu musical duo — Khurana embarked on his own musical programs.

His rich repertoire and his ability to expressively render songs from all genres and by different singers, including the legendary artists such as Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar or Mukesh, has enabled Khurana to stage eclectic musical programs. Also, his dexterity in playing various musical instruments on stage, such as the keyboard, piano, Spanish guitar, as well as percussion instruments such as drums and the table, gives greater depth and dimension to his performances

His musical prowess has been acknowledged through numerous awards and accolades, including being presented with the coveted ‘Best Singer’ award three years in a row by the Delhi University Law Center during the 1980-83 period.

On a side-note, Khurana, who is public-spirited to the core, has established a non-profit organization to promote young musical talent by providing them access to an open digital platform. Music flows in his family and his niece Tarranum is a young female playback singer in Bollywood with credits of many famous songs.

On the occasion of India’s 70th anniversary of Independence, the Indian embassy in Kuwait will be hosting a musical evening on 15 August, at which Khurana promises to transcend audiences with his patriotic songs specially collated for the event.




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