In these lockdown times, it is easy to feel disconnected from the world. Our usual pastimes are no longer available and for those of us who yearn to return to the life affirming experience of live music, these are frustrating times.
Of course we understand why and we are happy to do our bit and stay indoors as much as possible, for our good and for the good of others.
One of the things that has made us feel good during the last few months has been the way that people in the arts have responded to this situation. Streamed gigs have done their best to plug the gap left by the absence of gigs and club nights and, personally, the likes of Hospital Records’ live broadcasts, the Hacienda’s streamed New Year’s Eve party and the Defected Records Virtual Festivals have been something of a lifesaver.
The determination of artists to continue with their art is nothing short of inspiring.
And to this list we can add Milap’s Music for the Mind & Soul concerts, which have been flourishing in their new digital format, with a further three concerts currently lined up on the last Saturday over the next three months, starting on January 20th.
Milap are the UK’s leading Indian Arts & Culture company and present a year round programme of Indian arts in London and Liverpool.
They have arranged a diverse mix of Indian music for their latest run of concerts featuring Dr Pandit Ranajit Sengupta, one of the stars of the Indian Classical music scene. In this concert he will present two Ragas and will be accompanied by Kousik Banerjee on the tabla and Chandrima Das on the tampura.
This will take place at 1.00pm on Saturday 30th January and will be broadcast via YouTube, which can be accessed here.
Saturday 27th February sees Nadaswaram maestro Enjikkudi Subramanian and Violin virtuoso HN Bhaskar come together for the first time for a Jugalbandhi in the Raga Shanmukhapriya, accompanied by the Mridangam genius Patri Satish Kumar and the internationally renowned Anirudh Athreya on the Kanjira.
Saturday 27th March has another brand new Jugalbandi performance; featuring Flute J.A.Jayant and acclaimed Sarod player Debasmita Bhattacharya. For this brand new collaboration, they will be accompanied by Sai Giridhar on the Mridangam and the rhythmic M.T. Aditya on the Tabla. This will be a live studio recording from ‘Offbeat Music Ventures’ in Chennai.
All the Music for the Mind & Soul concerts can be viewed on the Milap Youtube Channel.