Indian Music Concert: Sunanda Sharma and the Banaras Gharana

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
plus JUN, 16 2018

16 JUNE 2018, h 18.30 pm
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Indian Music Concert. Free entrance until full capacity.


This year on the Island of San Giorgio there will be another opportunity to hear Indian classical music and in particular khyal singing. The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies has organised a concert of classical music from North India, continuing its interest in Indian culture and arts that has been ongoing for almost fifty years. The guest artist is the renowned singer Sunanda Sharma, an upholder of the musical tradition of the Benares and of the legendary Vidushi Girija Devi (1929-2017), the grand old lady of Indian classical singing, who died a few months ago. Sunanda’s training with Girija Devi continued until the last days of her great teacher and spiritual guide.
All the years at the side of the demanding Girija Devi have ingrained a style inspired by the classical tradition of the Shastra and the semi-classical tradition characterised by bhav (sentiment). At the same time this have not prevented her from evolving musically and, although she is best known for performances of classical and semi-classical genres, such as khyal, tappa, thumri, dadra and chaiti, her repertoire also includes folk songs from Punjab, Sufi songs and other religious genres.
Sunanda is generally considered to be a leading interpreter in the new generation of classical folk singers. She has performed at the most important Indian and international festivals, and lectures and holds workshops all over the world. Accompanied by her husband Jai Shankar on tabla, and her student Marged Trumped on tanpura and harmonium, Sunanda Sharma will perform at the Fondazione Cini at 7 pm on 16 June; free admission while seats last.




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