indian october: 12th – 26th October 2018
After the success of Indian October 2016, we are back with a second instalment, this time bigger and better than before!
We have 2 weeks of concerts, performances and workshops to immerse you in Indian culture, song, dance, music and movement with some very special guest performers who are joining us from Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, France and the UK.
Come and learn from the masters of these beautiful and expressive forms of dance, voice work and music and get lost in the performances after enjoying some delicious, authentic Indian cuisine.
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artists and performers…
Founder and Artistic Director of Jiya Dance, is an experienced dance instructor, choreographer and performer in Bollywood Dance. She studied Chinese Dance at her early age and began her training in Bollywood Dance in 2007. She has received intensive training in Bollywood and Kathak Dance (Classical Indian Dance) from popular Indian dance teachers. She has undertaken further studies in India.
Ho has years of experience in large-scale dance drama and performance for Government, private and public organizations including “Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB)” and “Now TV”. Her Bollywood performance were also featured by Hong Kong top tiers including Newspaper “Apple Daily”, Radio Broadcasting Corporation “Metro Broadcast Corporation Ltd” and “RTHK DAB 31”.
Ho holds a Bollywood Dance Certificate of Coach issued by R.O.C. Dance Sport Development Association. In 2017, Ho obtained “The Best Teacher Award” in “2017 HKIEACA Music Festival – Dance Competition”.
Classical and Semi-Classical Indian Singer, Kathak Dancer and Bundeli Folk Singer, Awantika was born in Khajuraho, the world-famous city of temples, where music is carved into the stone. She gave her first performance aged just four.
From the age of six she was fortunate to train under the exceptional guidance of Shri Gyanesh Adiya. At nine she joined the Sanskar Rang Toli theatrics group led by the late Sushri Vibha Mishra where she sang for five years in their dramas. She was a playback singer in various film productions for Ms. Vibha Mishra and performed many plays in the National School of Drama New Delhi, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal & various other parts of India. With her keen interest in Kathak dance she studied with guru Shishya Parampara and the Maestro Pt. Ram Mohan Maharaj.
Recognising the demise in Bundeli or more correctly Bundekhand, the traditional art form and folk culture of Madhya Pradesh which is so rapidly dying out, Awantika has endeavored to preserve some of the melodies and lyrics, collecting over 2000 traditional songs by travelling to outlying villages, speaking to grandmothers and going to ceremonies such as weddings and noting the songs used at different times and occasions.
Awantika completed her degrees in Music, Sanskrit and English at Hari Singh Gaur University under Smt. Asha Khare and is currently undertaking her masters. Shewon the University Youth Festival of Indian Classical Vocal competition and is now a regular performer on All India Radio, many local, national and international concert and festivals. She is one of those rare artists equally adept in singing and dancing. Inspired by nature and the natural world she has always known singing and dancing were her destiny and where she could best express herself. When she performs she feels the divine becomes alive in her and says “I don’t so much think about entertaining the audience as bringing the music to life in their souls.”
She has worked as Music Director and Composer in many dramas at the India festival in Taiwan and set up the Awantika Arts Centre for Music and Dance in Khajuraho with her brother Akash where she trains local and international students.
As a child Gilles had an irrepressible urge to express through singing and by the age of fourteen had built his own guitar and started to compose his own songs. By sixteen he was singing in bars around Paris. As his musical development unfolded, Gilles studied other instruments including cello, violin, sitar, tablas as well as wind instruments such as trumpet and flutes, attaining a fluency in all of them. Eventually Gilles heard in Afghanistan a voice whose resonance was so rich that it carried even outside without the aid of a microphone. This triggered Gilles’ search to uncover that voice in himself and later in the students who have been attending his workshops over the years.
Born in the world-famous city of temples, Khajuraho where music is represented through stone sculptures, Akash started to play tabla from the early age of six. His initial training in tabla was with Shri Bhogi Ram Ratonia and with a musical environment at home he spent many hours practising and believing in maintaining the originality of each traditional Bol. In fact most of his childhood was spent learning various aspects of Tabla playing.
This strong dedication enabled him to give his first performance at early age of 8 years and his first International performance at age of 13 years. He performed at the prestigious 51st Asia pacific film festival & India Festival IMC Taipei (Taiwan) and became a part of Japan India Friendship year 2007 Tokyo (Japan).
After this his Musical journey took him to play at various prestigious stages in India and abroad. Ever developing his tabla skills he is now a disciple of renowned Shri Akhilesh Bhatt who has groomed him to understand the traditional aspects of Tabla.
Akash started with accompanying Classical Vocal, Kathak Dance and traditional Bundeli Folk Music where he has a strong understanding. He is always interested in all kind of percussions instruments and while traveling abroad likes to understand the Music culture of the country. Akash is a proven solo artist and accompanist player on tabla and also a good dholak player. He is doing his masters in Tabla.
Hari Om Dance Society (HODS)
Formed in 2008 by Master Hari Om and his students who are primarily Hong Kong Chinese with the aim of promoting the beauty of Indian dance in Hong Kong and South East Asia.
Master Hari Om is an established Kuchipudi dance master who has been teaching in Hong Kong since 2003. They were the only non Indian team to get the honour of performing at the International Kuchipudi Convention in Hyderabad, India in 2014.
HODS has also contributed to society by raising funds in support of organisations such as ORBIS HK and Children’s Cancer Foundation HK.
Jackie Law, Cynthia Lau, Ingrid Yeung and Tammy Lai have been students of Master Hari Om for 10 years, performing extensively in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, China and annual performances in India. Along with learning in classes they all spend time training personally to improve techniques and knowledge. They have all successfully finished many workshops and annual teacher training courses conducted by Master Hari Om.
Morgan specialises in music composition, ethnomusicological research and performance on bowed and plucked stringed instruments from around the world. After working for ten years as a professional guitarist, Morgan graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2005 with a first in performance on sāraṅgī, the traditional bowed stringed lute of North India. Subsequently, he was awarded full postgraduate funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake a Master’s programme in sāraṅgī performance; and he graduated with distinction as a Master of Music in December 2008.
Having completed work on his PhD thesis at SOAS in September 2016, Morgan was awarded his Doctorate in 2017. The primary focus of Morgan’s dissertation concerns the musical knowledge and performance systems of the Langā and Māngaṇiyār musicians of Western Rajasthan. Alongside his research, teaching and compositional outputs, Morgan continues to work as a professional recording and performing musician. He has been fortunate to learn and to play with many great Indian musicians, including the renowned dhrupad singer Ashoka Dhar, tablā maestros Sanju Sahai and Hanif Khan, the late Sindhi sāraṅgī virtuoso Muse Khan Laṅgā, kamāichā legend Sakar Khan Māṅgaṇiyār, and Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer Kishon Khan.
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