The MTV Music Summit is A 3-day congregation in Jaipur where music lovers, musicians and the music industry come together to celebrate performances, workshops, talks, and exhibitions about the art, history, science and technology of music,
Immerse yourself in three days of soul-stirring performances, conversations and panel discussions around music and musicality, enlightening workshops, defining documentaries and a slew of voices and sounds that will take your breath away. The upcoming MTV India Music Summit is a congregation of music lovers and musicians under one marquee and the kind that straddles a rare variety of genres – from Hindustani and Carnatic classical to jazz, folk, devotional, electronica and more — and will entrance audiences for three days in the beautiful city of Jaipur. Come and discover a different side to thumri queen Girija Devi and watch her converse and croon with Pandit Jasraj, understand the world and viewpoint of Carnatic classical wonder TM Krishna, watch sitar maestro Shujaat Khan’s famed gayaki ang meld with the contagious sax riffs of American saxophone player George Brooks and Lesle Lewis’ master production ideas, be seduced by Kaushiki Chakraborty’s passionate thumris, get into the jazz bar with Vasundhara Vee and have folk throb your heart and soul.
The Starry Line Up
The Summit aims to create new sound and content, get artistes out of their comfortable templates, disrupt the existing myths surrounding genres and create platforms to showcase themselves the way the world hasn’t seen or heard before. The Summit is designed to dissolve the distance between the stage and the audience, where the energy of the music, musicians and music lovers becomes one. We will be celebrating music. We’d love for you to come and be a part of the magic. Find the most impressive line up here:-
Pandit Ajay Prasanna was born in Allahabad and grew up observing his father, Bholanath Prasanna teach his disciples, one of them being the revered Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia himself, the art of playing the Bansuri. Pandit Ajay Prasanna has performed with legendary musicians such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain and has even collaborated with the band ‘Sting’.
Bibi Ashupreet Kaur and Sisters
Bibi Ashupreet Kaur, along with her sisters, Anupreet Kaur and Poojapreet Kaur born into a family of musicians of the Punjab Gharana, are truly blessed with a soulful voice. She began learning classical Hindustani vocals under the guidance of Shri Om Prakash Thapar of Jallandar, and is receiving taleem in Khayal Gayaki under Vidushi Dr. Ashwini Deshpande.
Padma Bhushan Pandit Chhannulal Mishra, born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, began learning music from his father Pt. Badri Prasad Mishra. He went on to learn Hindustani Classical Music from Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan and was later taken as a disciple by Thakur Jaidev Singh.
Born in New York City, George Brooks is a highly talented and trained musician who has played across genres like Jazz and Hindustani classical music. He is a saxophonist and composer who began studying jazz with the legendary Frank Foster and continued further training at the New England Conservatory of Music. George Brooks continues to perform at international Jazz festivals and has been honored with many accolades for his prolific talent.
Benaras has been home to Girija Devi’s music and life since she was two years old. Padma Shri Girija Devi started learning Hindustani classical music at the age of 4 under her first Guru, Pt. Sarju Prasad Mishra. She learnt the Khayal and Tappa styles of singing in her early years and went on to study a variety of styles under Shri Chand Misra. Devi belongs to the Benaras Gharana and performs the purab ang thumri style, which has earned more respect for the form.
Jasbir Singh Bains, was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab and is a first generation musician whose voice echoes in the hearts of many Punjabi and Pop music lovers. He has trained as a Hindustani classical artist under the guidance of VS Jolly and Puran Shah Koti, and has been deeply influenced and inspired by Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan.
Kaushiki Chakraborty was born in Kolkata and was initiated into the world of Hindustani classical music by her mother, Chandana Chakraborty and father, Ajay Chakraborty. She trained at the academy of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Dr.M. Balmurali Krishna. She has conquered many hearts with her passionate and impressive singing of Thumri and Khayal styles. She has been acclaimed as the “Torchbearer of the Patiala tradition.
Lesle Lewis is one of the very first Indian composers to have introduced the Indian audiences to Rock and Pop music. He bagged the opportunity of recording with renowned music directors such as Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, R. D. Burman, Viju Shah, Vanraj Bhatia, Khayam, Anu Malik and Louis Banks. Lesle Lewis produced the first season of Coke Studio @ MTV India which got the music scene back into a groove like never before. Lesle formed the band Colonial Cousins with Hariharan that became a sensation across the country.
Nagaland Conservatory of Music Choir
The Nagaland Conservatory of Music Choir is known for their immensely talented and technically profound works and performances conducted by the one and only, Lipokmar Tzudir. The choir comprises of students and faculty of the Nagaland Conservatory of Music (NCM), Dimapur, an esteemed institution for specialized music education and professional training. The NCM is affiliated to the Martin Luther Christian University, Meghalaya. The Choir performs regularly in their region featuring local and international musicians.
Padma Vibhushan awardee, Pandit Jasraj was born in Pili Mandori, Haryana and was initiated into vocal music by his father, Shri Motiram, who was a Hindustani classical singer. He has also composed over 300 unique bandishes (compositions) and attained deep knowledge of the Haveli Sangeet tradition. He has produced marvelous work in his recordings as well in more than 50 albums. Pandit Jasraj is a founder patron of the Indian Music Academy. He also founded the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music for Research, Artistry and Appreciation – the Mewati Gurukul, New York, in 2000 along with PanditaTripti Mukherjee to nuture the growing urge to learn Hindustani classical vocals amongst keen listeners. With over 80 years of commitment to music, Pandit Jasraj is truly a living legend.
Born and brought up in Jammu, Radhika started learning music at a very young age from Pt. J.R.Sharma and started performing on stage and for All India Radio Jammu. In an era where fusion and new age music dominate the current Indian music scenario, Dr. Radhika Chopra, an extremely talented and a versatile artist, predominantly features as a rare performer who continues to excel and please the connoisseur with her traditional puritan raga based gayaki. She continues to promote classical Indian music and commemorate legendary figures such as, Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Ghalib, Kundan Lal Saigal, et al.
Ustad Rashid Khan’s disciplined training reflects in his mastery of taan and layakaari. He has also experimented with integrating Hindustani classical with sufi music, jazz,etc. Ustad Rashid Khan is known for beautifully expressing emotions and being in conversation with the ‘self’ through his soulful voice. He has released 25 albums and concert recordings. He recently performed with his three children, two daughters and a son at a concert, earning much praise. Ustad Rashid Khan has been awarded the Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award as well.
Shadow and Light
Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari brought their musical talents together to unlock the potential of a few notes of music which resulted in the formation of ‘Shadow and Light’. Anindo is a keyboardist and has been a member of the band Advaita, which has won various awards for its invigorating and exceptional compositions. Pavithra is a trained Hindustani Classical Vocalist under Shri Satya Narayan Maharana for over 10 years and continues to improve her skills in the art under the guidance of Smt. Shubha Mudgal. and skillful tracks in both Hindi and English. Shadow and Light have collaborated with artists like Karsh Kale, have played at various festivals including Taalbelia, Chandigarh Jazz Festival and recently completed a string of performances in Sri Lanka.
Sitar maestro Shujaat Husain Khan was born in Calcutta and is the son of legendary sitar player, Ustad Vilayat Khan. He began learning the sitar at the age of 3 and he practiced on a specially made small sitar. His lively, intuitive and expressive rhythms and compositions have gained admiration among audiences in India and abroad. His style of playing the sitar, known as ‘Gayaki Ang’, is like an imitation of human voices. Shujaat Khan has recorded over 50 albums, Lajo Lajo being one of the most popular ones. He has also collaborated with The Silk Route Ensemble, Karsh Kale, and most recently with Asha Bhonsle for the new album, Naina Lagai Ke.
Born in Himachal Pradesh, Her musical journey reached another milestone when Smt. Girija Devi took her as her disciple and she continues to guide her even today. Though her forte lies in Khayal, Tappa, Thumri, Dadra and Chaiti, Sunanda Sharma has been including Punjabi folk, Sufi and other devotional styles to her repertoire. Her style of singing brings instantly connects her audiences with the depth and beauty of music.
Thodur Madabusi Krishna, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has become a leading voice in Carnatic music today. ‘Chennai Paramboke Paadal’, released in 2017, is a powerful collaborative initiative by TM Krishna and environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman. The song is a raag malika and has gained appreciation for the seamless weaving together of Tamil slang dialect and Carnatic music. His has recorded 12 thematic albums and released 10 albums featuring his live performances.
He has authored the book, ‘A Southern Music – The Karnatik story and co-authored ‘Voices Within’ apart from writing many scholarly articles. In 2016, T.M. Krishna was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Vasundhara Vee is a top Vocal Brand in India for Western Styles of singing. An active propeller of the independent music movement in the country, hers is also a bankable name in bringing together the finest ensembles for Jazz, Soul, RnB, Blues and Funk. She is known to have created new statements in what she calls “The Art of Voice”. Vasundhara also started a project called FUNKOPHONIE with Mr. Jean Philippe Bottin (Director Alliance Francaise de Delhi) . Also prominent in her musical life now is the new project MERKABA with the legendary guitar player Sanjay Divecha.
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