Coordinator: Prof. Rekha Vartak
Coordinator: Dr. N. D. Deshmukh
Coordinator: Prof. Jyotsna Vijapurkar
Prof. Subhendu Ghosh, University of Delhi
This is a presentation to remind ourselves as we pass through a difficult period of communal tensions and violence, about India’s secular commitment. The people of India have lived in peace and harmony over the ages. Despite differences in religions, they have all contributed to building a very rich and composite culture, and this is beautifully reflected in our literature and music.
This programme is a musical journey through India’s traditions of secular poetry, in a historical order beginning from the 13th century to the present day. Most of the music is composed and sung by Dr. Subhendu Ghosh and is based on Hindustani ragas or other musical forms including traditional folk songs. The narrative includes a number of historical personalities like Hazrat Amir Khusro, Kabir, Mian Taan Sen, Bulle Shah, Lalan Faqir, Nazeer Akbarabadi, Ramprasad Bismil, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Rabindranath Tagore.
This is a small effort to highlight the poetic genius of our poets and pay our tribute to those who dedicated their lives for a Secular India.
Prof. Subhendu Ghosh is a biophysicist and a vocalist. He has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was earlier a Professor in the University of Hyderabad and is currently Professor & Head of the Department of Biophysics, University of Delhi, South Campus. He is actively engaged in research on how we learn patterns (Cognitive Science) - for example, musical/ auditory patterns, ragas and rhythms. The work involves integration of multiple disciplines like neuro-physiology, physics, computer science, psychology and musicology.
He is a disciple of Lt. Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan (Padmashree) of Rampur Sahaswan Gharana and Lt. Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni of Bombay (Bhendi Bazaar Gharana). He has several albums to his credit, such as Colors of Passion (Hindustani Classical), Khwab-e-Sahar and Sab Rango Ka Samavesh (ghazals), Jaaga Sara Sansar (popular folk songs). He is a founder of the popular cultural organizations Pratidhwani and Sangwari based in Delhi and fusion music group Dhun based in Dresden, Germany. He has performed before live as well as television audiences in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, UK and the USA, and all over India. He has also directed music for several short and documentary films and plays and has been active in Theatre/ Drama as an amateur director.