Shruti Dasgupta & Farida Khan - Thumri & Khyal

Friday, September 27, 2013
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Shruti Dasgupta                                                                    Farida Khan

The Asian Music Circuit is delighted to welcome acclaimed vocalists Shruti Dasgupta and Farida Khan for an evening that wil explore the beauty of Khyal and Thumri. Born in London, Shruti is one of the most talented of our home grown Asian artists who is admirably balancing a successful career with her passion for classical Indian music.  Farida Khan is a truly talented vocalist based in Mumbai and currently mid way through a succesful UK tour.

Shruti Dasgupta lovingly named by her grandfather after the minute musical intervals that so characterise Indian ragas.  Rising to this etymological challenge, she made her stage debut at the age of three and performed a solo concert in London aged seven.  By the age of nine she was expertly singing complex Sanskrit slokas at the first UK production of the famed Durga Puja show  - the Mahalaya.  Since then Shruti has performed at major venues in the UK and India including special concerts for rising artists, attended by dignitaries such as the UK Minister of Education & Schools and the Chief Minister of West Bengal.  She has been a lead voice in popular musical shows such as Guldastaa, Shakha Proshakha, Kahata Kabir and Kavita K2K staged at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London.  In addition to core Hindustani classical kheyal, Shruti is also adept in applied musical genres that embrace Bhajans, Ragpradhans, Rabindrasangeet, Najrulgeeti.  Her broad –based training allows her to combine rigorous discipline with soulful aesthetics derived from varied sources such as the Patiala and Bishnupur styles and many individual composers.  Shruti draws her inspiration and tutelage from her musical family.  She has been taught by her aunts & uncle – Pratyusha Chaudhuri, Pragga Banerjee, Arup Banerjee – as well as her parents Dalia and Bhaskar Dasgupta.  Shruti read Law from University of Sheffield and currently works in a London law firm. She is also proficient (grade eight distinction) in piano.

Farida Khan was born in Jaipur India the daughter of famous tabla player Ustad Hidayat Khan and vocalist Shrimati Afroze Banu.  Farida has been singing since the age of seven learning from her parents and Ustad Fayaz Ahmed Khan.  She has travelled and performed extensively around the world.  She has sung several songs as a playback singer in Bollywood movies including Sone ki Zanjeer, Tera jadoo chalgaya,  Chori Chori. Indian serial- Barat ek khoj and Akbar the Great Marwari movies- Mati ka lal, Rajasthan and Dungle.  Farida has that rare quality of voice reminiscent of some of the great ghazal and thumri singers of a bygone age.  She is a highly talented singer with a hugely promising future.

We recommend you book online to avoid disappointment and we hope you'll join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening.  

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