The final part of Derby Season of Light festival will be an evening of soulful Indian classical music concert that is all about remembrance of the courage, caring and loss during Covid times, recent climatic disasters and hope for future.
Surtal Arts has commissioned British Asian musician Kaviraj Singh to compose and perform a special piece of classical music entitled Smaran, which means remembrance. The piece is in honour of the NHS and all key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and dedicated to all those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 and the fires and floods that have engulfed parts of the world brought on by climate change.
This mesmerising music, which combines haunting melodies with upbeat rhythms, is perfect to remember the trauma of the past months and our collective hope for the future.
It is very appropriate that this concert will be performed against the backdrop of Joseph Wright’s work whose spectacular paintings signify the Age of Enlightenment, at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on The Strand.
As well as bringing together local communities, a key part of Derby Season of Light has been to ‘shine a light’ on talented diverse artists. Therefore it is our immense pleasure to showcase two of UK's celebrated South Asain musicians for the final part of the festival.
Kaviraj Singh is one of Europe’s leading young Hindustani musicians, who combines santoor and vocal elements in a unique blend of ragas in this intimate concert.
He will be accompanied by an award-winning tabla (percussion) musician Shahbaz Hussain, the son of a celebrated Indian classical music vocalist Ustad Mumtaz Hussain who has learnt his craft from table gurus across India.
Concert will be live streamed and so people who are unable to attend in person, can also watch it online. However, live streaming will be free for NHS workers and care homes in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. If you are in these sectors and are interested watching this concert via live stream, please contact Surtal Arts.
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