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New Stars Appear On The NE Musical Scene

Ranjani Saigal

Kiran Nath a singer and composer from India who has now made Burlington, MA her home gave a wonderful performance at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at the Sorenson center for the arts in Wellesley, MA on Friday 22nd of November. The Shaam-E-Ghazal, as it was called was an endearing evening to all Ghazal fans. The event was organized by Super Entertainment and sponsored by Gourmet India. Nitin Mitta accompanied Kiran Nath on the tabla and Wiktor Maczynski on the guitar and veena. The upcoming singer Mitu in a few ghazals also accompanied her.

“Mohabbat” or love was the theme for the evening and the Ghazals she rendered brought the intended ambience. She sang many of her own compositions and on request sang a few popular numbers. The presentations included her compositions “ab kya kahu mere meherbaan, yeh dil se dil ki baat hai”, “hum ko dushman ki nigahon se na dekha kijiye, pya hi phar hai hum”. She also sang “mohabat karne waale, kum n honge, teri mehfil me, magar hum na honge” and “chehre wahi, sheshe wahi, bas waqt badala hai, nazare wahi, aankhen wahi, aks badala hai”

She also presented a few Punjabi numbers that were greeted enthusiastically by the audience.

Kiran’s charming voice is soaked in melody. She has complete control over rhythm. She effectively uses her deep understanding of intricate nuances of classical Indian music to compose her Ghazals and Bhajans in simple lovely tunes that enthralls the audience.

Kiran Nath has been singing over a number of years and is proficient in classical singing. She has been performing in India and abroad for several years. Kiran had several albums to her credit. Some of her well-known albums are “Dastaan”- an album of ghazals composed and sung by her; “Hari Om”- an album of bhajans composed and sung by her; and “Hari Sumiran”- an album where she has composed bhajans for Anup Jalota, released by Universal Music. Her recent album of Punjabi marriage songs “Mehndi Shagnaan Di” released by Tips Music Industries has become a sensation all over the world. Another punjabi album “Aaja Mere Maahi”, Ghazal album “Meherbaan” and bhajan albums “Ram Namo” and “Divine Traditionals” will be released by leading music companies in the near future.

Kiran voice has been acclaimed as the voice that needs no accompaniment. But the accompanists for the evening were stars in their own right and did a superb job enhancing the concert with their accompaniments. Their great talent was visible especially during the long improvisational interludes.

Nitin Mitta, a rising Tabla player, is a talented young artiste who has recently moved to Rhode Island from India. He started his training in Tabla at the age of nine with late Pt. G. Satyanarayana and continued advanced training under Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai. Both his gurus are disciples of the late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, who belongs to the Farukhabad Gharana. Nitin has been the recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships, which includes the National Scholarship from Department of Culture, New Delhi, India. He has accompanied many eminent artistes, both in India and abroad and has been featured on CDs produced by India today.

Wiktor Maczynski,originally from Poland has taken a strong fascination for Indian music and philosophy. He has spent a lot of effort to learn Indian music and it is his dream to create a devotional album based on the theme – East meets West.

It was a real treat to see such an array of talented artists. We welcome these stars to New England. “People are constantly going towards filmy music and it is my hope that by excellent performances we can show them the beauty of classical music and hopefully draw them into it” says Kiran. As a strong supporter of Indian classical music and dance I commend her efforts and wish her the very best of luck.

Kiran Nath conducts classes in light Indian Classical music including ghazals, bhajans, and folk. For music lessons and concerts, Kiran Nath can be reached at 781 229 0820 or at kiran__music@rediffmail.com. Nitin Mitta conducts Tabla classes. He may be reached at 401.274.8971 or via email at nitinmitta@hotmail.com

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