Brisbane came into its creative own today when it hosted the first series of the Encounters: India festival, Musical Introductions.
This free lunchtime session featured the crème de la crème of Indian musicians and performers with the likes of Aneesh Pradhan (tabla), Shubha Mudgal (voice), Sudhir Nayak (harmonium), Rajesh Mehta (trumpet), Rohan de Saram (cello), Patricia Rozario (soprano), Greta Bradman (soprano) and the legendary Ramli Ibrahim (dance).
From the moment Shubha began singing, accompanied by Aneesh and Sudhir, we were transported to a higher plane – that of one where only the soul resides. An entrancing opener!
Hot on the heels of the three accomplished performers came Greta Bradman who swept us away with her vocal prowess – more than impressive for someone who opted for singing just 2 years ago!
Next up was Patricia who sent goosebumps up my spine with her voice of liquid gold – not only an amazing soprano but a marvellous entertainer who connects with the audience through her interpretative body movements.
And then we were introduced to the intriguing cello, plucked and played to near perfection by Rohan.
Next up trumpet virtuoso, Rajesh, a gifted performer who skilfully combined the humble trumpet with a plastic tube, two plastic discs and a part taken from a coffee maker resulting in an extraordinary sound. And if is that wasn’t enough to go ‘WOW!’, Rajesh pulled out his very own version of his unusual design – a hybrid trumpet-cum-saxophone that simply blew us away with its smooth indi/jazz notes.
The best was yet to come… the musicians joined up in an impromptu fusion of innovative sounds and then Ramli appeared… he heated up the floor with his Indian Classical dance moves – unrehearsed but yet as mesmerising as I remember! This taster of Encounters:India has set the bar for even more fantastic events through the week – you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you missed out on this masterful event.
Click here to visit the Encounters: India website for full program information and bookings.
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