Begum Parveen Sultana
Begum Parveen Sultana live at Saptak Festival
Vocals — Parveen Sultana
Tabla — Mukundraj Deo
Harmonium – Shrinivas Acharaya
The recording is put online with the kind permission of Saptak Trust.
The Saptak Sangeet Samaroh (Music Festival) is an annual 13-day classical music event, held in Ahmedabad, India, from the 1st to 13 January every year, and attended by thousands of people. The festival started in 1980 by Nandan and Manju Mehta, Rupande Shah, Bharti Parikh and D.D. Trivedi, with the blessings of Pandit Ravi Shankar and the late Pandit Kishan Maharaj.
The festival features both emerging talents and established performers. Besides pure classical music, it also includes performances of folk music, classical dance forms, and semi-classical forms such as thumri.
The ‘Queen of Indian classical music’, the “Poetess of Music’ and the ‘Ultimate Saprano’, Parveen Sultana is one of the most influential female khayal vocalists of the modern era. She has a distinctively sweet voice, which displays an incredible virtuosity, clarity and purity, and covers a range of nearly four octaves. A child prodigy at the age of 12, she has one numerous awards, and mesmerized audiences throughout the world.
In this evening’s performance to bring this year’s festival to a fitting close, she is accompanied by Yogesh Samsi on Tabla, Ajay Joglekar on Harmonium, Sandeep Mishra on Sarangi and Nina Virdee — talented vocalist in her own right on Tanpura.
“Her matchless voice ….. held the audience spellbound” (The Times of India)
“Not since Ravi Shankar’s music took America by storm has the audience been treated to such a musical feast as Parveen’s music… the audience stood up applauding thunderously” (News and Cine India Review, New York, USA)
“We forget ourselves in the extraordinary and spiritual and blessed voice of Parveen Sultana. We do not need to think twice about her unrivalled position as one of the greats in terms of purity of voice”. (Kerala Kaumudi, India)
“Her voice flowed like a light, soothing breeze and the crowd was swayed by it” (Mathru Bhoomi, India)
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