Indian classical dancer and choreographer Alarmel Valli is an exponent of her personal style and the Pandanallur Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam. She has performed in almost all the major festivals in India and has also displayed her talent in cultural festivals around the world.
Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Irshad Khan is internationally recognised as an exceptional sitar player and a prominent surbahar exponent of his generation.
Having emerged as a child prodigy, he was the youngest solo artist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night Concert at the Proms.
Shujaat Husain Khan is a renowned Indian vocalist and sitar player of the Imdadkhani gharana. Khan was featured in the concerts celebrating India’s 60th anniversary of independence in New York, Seattle, Dallas, Geneva, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, amongst many others. His album Rain, with Ghazal Ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.
Ustad Rashid Khan is trained in the arts of Hindustani music tradition. He is also a master of the tarana but prefers to sing them in his own manner, favouring the khayal style rather than the instrumental stroke-based style. Khan was awarded the Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri. Chaurasia is considered to be one of India’s most-respected classical musicians; earning him several prestigious awards and honours – which included the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Padma Vibhushan, amongst many others.
Other performers of tonight are: Animesh Bijoy Chowdhury and troupe, Bhawani Shankar, Sameehan Kashalkar and Murad Ali.