Blend of East and West

Blend of East and West

In concert

Blend of East  and West

As part of the three-day Indo-Swiss festival,  concerts by Sukanya Ramgopal’s Sthree Thaal Tharang and Swiss maestros will be presented on July 13, 7.30 pm at Alliance Francaise.

Sukanya Ramgopal is one of the frontline musicians and the first woman ghatam artist of the country over 35 years. She has mastered the art of playing the ghatam in Carnatic music, traditionally a male domain. She has also created a revolution by bringing this ‘accompanying’ instrument to the centrestage.

The Ghata Tharang is a unique idea conceptualised by Sukanya and is truly a revolution in the field of Carnatic music. Sukanya and the Troupe just returned from a very successful 10-day education tour, exposing the Western classical audience of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland to the unique traditions of Carnatic music.

The reputed musicians in the Sthree Thaal Tharang are Sukanya Ramgopal (ghatam, ghata tharang and konnakkol), Yoga Vandana (veena), Soumya Ramachandran (violin), Ranjani Venkatesh (mridangam) and Bhagyalakshmi Krishna (morching).The second half of the concert features the visiting Swiss artistes from the University of Music, Canton of Vaud.

The ‘Piano Quintet’ in A major by Dvorak, Sonata for cello and piano by Debussy will be on the programme.

Other special pieces by Rachmaninov and Rodrigo will be included too.
    The ensemble comprises Emilie Couterier, Remy Walter, Madeleine Murray – Robertson, Christelle Heritier, Paul Colomb and Laetitia Schmid.

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