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Büdingen: Yoga des Klanges bei „musica et vinum“

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 10, 2012

10.02.2012 – BÜDINGEN

(red). Die Büdinger Musik- und Kunstschule (MuKs) stellt am morgigen Samstag, 11. Februar, in der Konzertreihe „musica et vinum“ im Sälchen des Kulturzentrums Oberhof eine hierzulande wenig bekannte Musikrichtung vor.

Das Ensemble „Ardas“ gastiert in der MuKs, Beginn des Konzerts ist um 19.30 Uhr. Bekannt als Gurmat Sangeet oder Naad-Yoga, das Yoga des Klanges, handelt es sich um wiederentdecktes uraltes Wissen und Techniken, die es ermöglichen, Musik gezielt zur Heilung einzusetzen. Der Zuhörer wird sensibilisiert, sich der eigenen „Stimmungen“ und ihrer Eigenschaften bewusst zu werden und Disharmonie in Harmonie zu verwandeln. Die bislang „verstimmten Saiten“ werden wie am Instrument neu in Einklang gebracht.

Das Konzert, vorgetragen mit einigen der ältesten Saiteninstrumenten der Erde, gibt einen Einblick in das System der indischen Raags. Diese repräsentieren jeweils eine gezielt erzeugte emotionale Stimmung, ein Klangmuster, komponiert aus konkret ausgewählten Noten, nach grundlegenden Regeln, die bereits vor Jahrtausenden angewandt wurden.

Präsentiert wird das Konzert von der internationalen Gruppe „Ardas“ mit Darpreet Kaur aus London (Dilruba), Kartar Kaur aus Büdingen (Sarangi), Fateh Kaur aus Hamburg (Sarangi), Sat Darshan Kaur aus Helsinki (Dilruba), Manjit Kaur aus Mannheim (Dilruba) und Jagtar Singh aus Indien, Tabla.

(Quelle: 10.02.2012 – Gellnhäuser Tageblatt)

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Chennai/Kochi: Cell Muzik to take on music piracy

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 10, 2012

Kochi | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:07am IST

Express News Service, The New Indian Express

KOCHI: In a bid to combat the rampant piracy that is threatening the music industry, the South Indian Music Companies Association (SIMCA) and South India Digital Music Management Private Ltd (SIDMM) have launched ‘Cell Muzik’ (Cell Muzik – Bank of Music), a company authorised to give licences to sell music and take action against those who make and sell pirated versions.

The company, based in Chennai, has now launched its branch in Kochi to help the Malayalam music industry check the fast-growing piracy in the music field.

Speaking at the event, musician M Jayachandran said that though the artistes in the Malayalam music industry charge the lowest when compared to their counterparts in the other languages, the industry here is going through a phase of unimaginable loss owing to piracy.

Any music that has been released is available in the black market within a day or two. The result is a shocking decline in the sales of original CDs and consequently a great loss to the industry,” he said.

SIMCA general secretary J Sreedhar said the company had already appealed to the Central government to block all unlicensed internet sites which allow music downloads.

“It has come to our notice that many mobile stores ‘sell’ pirated versions of music to their customers by transferring it to the memory cards of mobile phone’s for a fixed price. We have decided to act against this by spotting them and asking them to acquire licences before selling the songs. They will have to pay a nominal amount of `12,000-`15000 per annum though they earn over five times the amount every year by selling music illegally,” Sreedhar said.

“We are planning to set up our stations in all major cities and then talk to the mobile store owners regarding the rules. If they do not pay heed to the warnings even after three to four attempts, the anti-piracy team of Cell Muzik, comprising retired police officers, will take action against them,” Sreedhar added.

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(Source: 02/10/2012 – IBNLive | South)

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A musical melting pot: Baajaa Gaajaa music festival (Pune – 10th-12th Febr 2012)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 10, 2012

Nirmika Singh, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, February 10, 2012

The fourth edition of the Baajaa Gaajaa music festival starts today in Pune and promises to be a melting pot of different musical traditions in the country. Aiming to bring together regional folk, classical and even western artistes on a common platform, the three-day affair takes pride in its inclusive nature.

“We are not an elitist space. The idea is to give a panoramic view of the diversity in Indian music. In fact, sometimes I feel that three days are not enough to present the exceptional variety,” says Shubha Mudgal, who along with tabla exponent Aneesh Pradhan, curates the annual cultural extravaganza.

One of the highlights of the fest will be a performance by Australian percussion Ben Walsh, who will perform on his Wheel of Drums — a set-up that features eight drums arrange in a fashion similar to a ferris wheel. Ask him about how he conceptualised this unique percussion apparatus and he replies, “It started 11 years ago when I thought of playing drums that are arranged upside down. I wanted to use my body as a pendulum and dance among drums,” says the musician.

Endeavouring to serve as an interdisciplinary space, the festival will also host discussions among filmmakers and musician-composers such as Amol Palekar, Imtiaz Ali and Debojyoti Mishra, Shantanu Moitra. “Theatre and cinema have a strong link with music and it’s a pity that we work in isolation. We are trying to bridge that gap,” says Mudgal.

Besides performances by regional artistes, the festival will also host a tribute to the late icon, Amit Saigal, who was widely recognised for his contribution to independent music in India. The tribute concert, Songs For Papa Rock, will feature bands such as Adil & Vasundhara, Pinknoise and Soulmate. Dhamaal will feature 50 drummers from Manipuri in a unique performance at the festival.

Baajaa Gaajaa Music Festival will be held from Feb 10 to 12 at Pune. Entry free, passes available at

(Source: 02/10/2012 – Hindustani Times)



Baajaa Gaajaa is an annual music festival dedicated to the richness and diversity of Indian music, and to the indie music industry that is gradually gaining ground in India. Curated by Indian musicians Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan , the festival is now in its fourth year, and is scheduled to take place in Pune, India from Feb 10 to 12, 2012.

Baajaa Gaajaa is organized by Underscore Records Pvt Ltd, the online music label started by Aneesh and Shubha in 2003.

Baajaa Gaajaa has received the support and expertise of a dedicated team. To find out more about the people behind the Baajaa Gaajaa festival, please visit “The Team” section of the website.

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Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal

Trained by stalwarts such as Ram Ashreya Jha, Vinay Chandra Maudgalya, Vasant Thakar, Jitendra Abhisheki, Kumar Gandharva, and Naina Devi, Shubha Mudgal is today one of the most versatile and popular performers in India.

Equally at ease with khayal and thumri-dadra as with Indipop and contemporary cross-cultural experiments, Shubha is also recognized as a composer.

She is the recipient of several awards:

  • Best Music Direction in a non-feature film for her music in the documentary “Amrit Beej” by Meera Dewan, at the National Film Festival of India, 1996
  • Aadharshila Award 1996
  • Kalashri Award from Raja Ram Mohan Roy Education Foundation 1997
  • Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival 1998
  • Padma Shri from the Government of India 2000
(Source: 02/2012 – Official Baajaa Gaajaa Website)


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