Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, and special guest Mahesh Kale
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Zakir Hussain
Music of Natya Sangeet

Zakir Hussain

w/ Kala Ramnath and special guest Mahesh Kale

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 16
Herbst Theatre

Unfortunately due to medical reasons, Anoushka Shankar will not be able to perform at Herbst Theatre on Sunday, June 16th.

The show will continue with 2017 SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, former Resident Artistic Director, and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain stepping in and putting on an exclusive performance with special guests Kala Ramnath and Mahesh Kale. They will be presenting an evening of solo tabla, raga, and rarely heard music of Natya Sangeet, which is a unique kind of musical theatre that combines Natya-drama and Sangeet-music.

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The western state of India, Maharashtra, is known as the land of scholars, poets and actors. Over the centuries, many great personalities from this state have contributed to the development and evolution of India’s cultural heritage. An entirely unique genre of musical drama rooted deeply in Hindustani classical music, Natya Sangeet, developed under the guidance of these master singers, poets and actors.

Natya Sangeet (translated to “drama music”) is a unique kind of musical theatre that depicts the story in musical form. An art form that combines both prose and poetry, it blends folklore, patriotic sentiments, and social issues along with the cultural milieu. This form is believed to have developed in the 19th century. In those times, classical music and theatre were solely in control of the rich or aristocratic and royal families. During this era, Natya Sangeet emerged as an alternative form of theatre that the public could enjoy and appreciate, and was a way for them to become aware of classical music, since Natya Sangeet is based on it.

Even today, Natya Sangeet has a noticeable presence in Maharashtra and a loyal audience base.

About Natya Sangeet

About the Show:
2017 SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, former Resident Artistic Director, and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is joined by violinist Kala Ramnath and special guest vocalist Mahesh Kale for an exclusive evening of solo tabla repertoire, raga, and the rarely heard Marathi musical theater music, Natya Sangeet.

Since arriving in the Bay Area in 1970 as a celebrated teenage prodigy trained by his legendary father Alla Rakha, Hussain has played an essential role bringing the unsurpassed rhythmic sophistication of North Indian classical music into a diverse array of settings. “A musician of giant-like qualities” (Jazzwise), Ramnath was a featured performer on producer Bob Belden’s GRAMMY-nominated Miles From India project and composed a piece for the Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project. Songlines magazine hailed Kala Ramnath as one of the 50 world’s best instrumentalists and selected her album Kala as one of its 50 best recordings.

A prodigy who gave his first solo performance at age three to an audience of thousands, Kale is the preeminent artist bringing the Natya Sangeet tradition to new audiences around the world. He has performed over 5000 concerts, and collaborated with a number of Indian master musicians in addition to jazz artists George Brooks and Kai Eckhardt. He won Best Playback Singer at the 63rd National Film Awards in India.

Hussain has been pushing the limits of his instrument... and his virtuosity is barely to be believed.

Washington Post

Hussain has been pushing the limits of his instrument... and his virtuosity is barely to be believed.

Washington Post

Personnel

Zakir Hussain tabla
Kala Ramnath violin
Mahesh Kale vocals

Kala Ramnath is a musician of giant-like qualities.

Jazzwise

Personnel

Zakir Hussain tabla
Kala Ramnath violin
Mahesh Kale vocals

Kala Ramnath is a musician of giant-like qualities.

Jazzwise

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