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Toronto: Autumn Festival of Hindustani Music and Dance (3rd Oct 2009)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 20, 2009

Raagmala Music Society of Toronto

proudly presents

Autumn Festival of Hindustani Music and Dance 2009


Korean Kathak Dancer Won Joung Jin
(Nishant Mehta – tabla, Loren Oppenheimer – harmonium)

Pandit Divyang Vakil’s Tabla Ecstasy
(Rushi Vakil, Nishant Mehta, Kaumil Shah, Sahil Patel – tabla, Loren Oppenheimer – harmonium)

Hindustani Vocalist Sangeeta Katti Kulkarni


Date: Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 at 5pm
Place: Medical Sciences Auditorium, University of Toronto, 1 Kings College Circle

Tickets: $15, $25*, $35 ($3 discount for members)
Call now to reserve your tickets: Tapas: 416-281-3725, Kumkum: 905-760-5505, Razia: 416-417-6739, Renuka: 905-763-7400

Artistes Background:

Won Joung Jin (Kathak)
Korean artist Won Joung Jin has been living in India for over a decade undertaking training in not one, but two of India’s classical art forms – Kathak and Tabla. Trained in the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak, under Shreemati Shubha Desai, a disciple of Padmabhushan Birju Maharaj, Jin is recognized for her speed in chakkars and precision in her dance. Having worked with leading Kathak choreographers, including Padmashree Kumudiniben Lakhia, Shreemati Saswati Sen, Maulik Shah and Ishira Parikh, she has a wealth of performing experience as a member of ensembles and soloist around the world. Her training in tabla, under Pandit Divyang Vakil add an additional dimension to her dance and she also the only professional Korean tabla player in the world and an author of a textbook on tabla.

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Pandit Divyang Vakil
Pandit Divyang Vakil is renowned for his teaching excellence and composing brilliance. As a Tabla Guru and Spiritual Guru, he has students all over the world and has imparted training to hundreds of disciples over his 30 year teaching career. In addition to his mastery of the Delhi, Ajrada and Punjab styles of tabla playing, he has given shape to a modern form of classical tabla with his thousands of compositions. His compositions appeal to modern sensibilities and flow with the sound of contemporary music, while retaining the classical essence and richness. One of his specialties is contemporary tabla ensembles, such as his latest ensemble – Tabla Ecstasy. Tabla Ecstasy is a technically complex and mature composition appeals to the maestros and the masses. It performed in perfect synchronization by four of Pandit Divyang Vakil’s senior disciples and artists – Rushi Vakil, Nishant Mehta, Kaumil Shah and Sahil Patel. Tabla Ecstasy is a performing group with Rhythm Riders Music Productions (

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Rushi Vakil, Nishant Mehta, Kaumil Shah, Sahil Patel
Professional disciples of Pandit Divyang Vakil, each of these artists has spent 15- 20 years training under Pandit Divyang Vakil and have years of performing experience as soloists, members of tabla ensembles and world music groups.

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Sangeeta Katti Kulkarni
Sangeeta is one of the leading Hindustani Classical Vocalist amongst the young brigade of artists of India. rained initially under Sri Sheshagiri Dandapur and Pt. Chanderashekhar Puranikmath, Sangeeta received the advance training in classical Vocal from Padmabhushan Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru of Kirana & Gwalior Gharana for about 12 years. She is presently under the tutelage of Padmavibushana Gana Sarswati Smt Kishori Amonkar of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. She is a regular feature in most of the important music festivals in India and Abroad. Sangeeta todate has over 2500 Concerts to her credit, her very first performance being at the age of 4 . Blessed with a unique sonorous voice, she has a wide range of singing versatility and modulation which is evident in her albums in classical,devotional,light music and play back singing. She also has a Teaching Experience as a faculty in Hindustani Vocal music at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore.

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Raag-Mala-Music-Society-of-Toronto-LogoRaag-Mala Music Society of Toronto

Raag-Mala is committed to promoting Indian classical music and dance in Toronto. Since its founding as a registered not-for-profit organization, Raag-Mala has established unto itself three main objectives:

1) To promote and preserve Indian Classical Music in Canada.
2) To encourage and provide a forum for talented and developing artists of Indian classical music in Canada.
3) To share Indian heritage with fellow Canadians and spread the appreciation throughout cultures.

Raag-Mala constantly explores new and innovative ways to share Indian classical music. To achieve the above goals, Raag-Mala organizes high quality programmes with the participation of internationally acclaimed artists. It also has held seminars, workshop, and demonstrations on Indian classical and other forms of music and culture by involving musicologists and musicians.

The Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto is a cultural organization that was founded in 1981 by a small group of dedicated individuals who loved Indian classical music. The basic idea emanated from Canada’s ideal of multi-cultural harmony.

The name Raag-Mala means “a garland of raags”. A raag is loosely translated into English as a “melodic form”, but in fact it encompasses an entire modal pattern and mood. In Indian culture, a garland is usually an offering made of flowers. In this case it is the sharing of the art and music by an artist with an appreciate audience, and in turn the joy and enthusiasm given back to the artist by that audience that makes Raag-Mala so special. This mutual offering is the inspiration of the Society, and continues to be its inspiration.

(Source: 09/2009 – Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto |

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