We are looking forward to Rhythm Utsav 2019, Bristol’s Indian classical music and dance celebration. Let’s take a closer look at this years exciting headline performance Rhythm Yatra and the artiste line up!
The word Yatra means journey. The vision Rhythm Yatra holds is to present a unique sound harnessing the power of percussion. An exciting journey indeed!
Rhythm Yatra has collaborated with music from different backgrounds and traditions. Artistes have included Tharun Bhatacharya (santoor player), Behanam Samani (Iranian multi-percussion player) and Shri, who is popularly known as Badmash & Shri (asian underground music).
Watch Rhythm Yatra in action!
The ensemble of Rhythm Yatra this year will include Prathap Ramachandra, Kousic Sen and Mervin Mahendran. Read on to know more about the artistes.
Rhythm Yatra is led by internationally acclaimed South Indian percussionist, Prathap Ramachandra. Prathap was born and raised in Bangalore, India. However, the artiste has resided in London for the past 12 years.
Deeply rooted in Carnatic music, Prathap has performed around the world at the biggest festivals and stages. He specialises in Mridangam, Ghatam, Khanjira and Konnakol.
Kousic Sen is one of the foremost tabla players of his generation. He was born into a musical family and represents the Banaras gharana tradition.
Kousic has accompanied many notable musicians and dancers around the world. He has toured extensively participating in major festivals globally. Kousic’s collaborations include musicians from Spain, Cuba, Indonesia and Persia.
Mervin Mahendran is a disciple of Shri Kandiah Anandanadesan. He was Initiated into playing the mridangam at age 9. However, Mervin also plays a range of Eastern and Western instruments including the morsing, an instrument similar to a jaw harp.
Mervin has played mridangam and morsing with renowned artists such as Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Shri Sandeep Narayan.
Rhythm Utsav will also feature short performances from local community music and dance groups who support and teach Indian classical arts in Bristol.
Bristol’s Senior Artists and Art Schools will include:
Vasumathi Prasad: an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and Guru at ‘PraNartana School of Indian Classical Dance’.
Sowmya Vipin: a professional Kuchipudi dancer and Guru at` ‘Arda Kalaa Kendra’.
Gayatri Lele: a professional Hindustani musician and teacher.
Sitara Koushik: a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and Guru at ‘Laasya Dance’.
Organised by community organisation Rhythm India and supported by Asian Arts Agency, Rhythm Utsav is open to all.
Date & Venue: 9 November – Redmaids’ High School, Bristol.