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Saudha's Classical Music event SOUND OF SOUL has been cancelled

Due to this pandemic of Corona Virus, Saudha has sadly cancelled its upcoming event of Indian classical music called SOUND OF SOUL in Leeds scheduled to happen at Moortown Methodist Church. 

The event was supposed to feature a trancendental session of Sorod recital by the great grandson of the legendary classical musician of Indian subcontinent Baba Alauddin Khan and the youngest member of Maihar Senya Gharana Shiraz Ali Khan with Tabla accompaniment by a notable Tabla virtuoso Yousuf Ali Khan. 

In addition, the photography exhibition in partnership with the Gronthee called Fading Footsteps of Colonial Calcutta has been postponed, too, which was meant to take place in Kobi Nazrul Centre, Brick Lane on 28 and 29 March. 

The director of Saudha, Ahmed Kaysher says "We are extremely sad to let all of our audience know that this Corona pandemic has left us in this unforseeable situation. Sadly music industry is now having the most adverse impact for this Corona and artists are at the starkest risk in relation to continue with their profession." 

"We are reviewing Saudha's upcoming events in April, too that include Re-Interpretation of Frida Kahlo Through Indian Classical  Music. We will follow national guideline to ensure the highest safety measures in place for our audience and artists. The announcement will be posted soon if we are in a position to postpone this". 

Venue: From Mar 15, 2020 to Apr 15, 2020 in Leeds

In coversation with Sorodia Dr Rajeeb Chakraborty



A highly acclaimed Sorod player of India and a senior music composer Dr  Rajeeb Chakraborty says in a very personal conversation with Saudha that he finds enormous pleasure when he plays for non-technical people. He says "My aim is to build up a heart-to-heart connection and that's perhaps the main philosophical objective of music. No musician intends to sit for test any more in front of some so called Pundits who are just focused into what you have deviated from the rule instead of the ambience of spirituality that a musician always perseveres to create".

In a very personal interview at Bolton on 6 March 2020, he says, "For the sake of the expansion of the network of Indian classical music, it has to come out of the circle of Pundits and connect the audience who perhaps doesn't have particular sense of technicalities but can measure the impact of certain sound and music in their hearts.

He continues, "There is nothing to create as new now-a-days in that sense. But still all musicians need to develop their own signature, otherwise they will go to oblivion. So I think we need to contemplate on our personal journey and personal experiences that we gain through many other things in our lives. And if this gets reflected in our music or whatever art form we produce , it has to be different, it will mark a signature-line in everything we create, 

In praising immensely of his contemporary artist Ustad Rashid Khan, he says "I am ready to swap every academic skill, knowledge etc. or whatever I have achieved so far just with Rashid's (a god-gifted singer, according to him) meditative movement through notes and swaras. I would feel extremely lucky if I had been given that gift from God". 

Talking about commercial mindset of artists, Dr Rajeeb Chakraborty says  "All musicians are involved with number of charity activities as they are the most sensitive human-beings, Some of those activities may be short-visioned and but many musicians do things with  long term vision but a professional musician has his/her family to look after, too. And as I am growing older, as quite a senior musician now, I also have to  think about the young artists who are intending to take music as profession. If I, as a musician with this lenght of experience can be afforded without a moderate fee, the immediate impact will fall on the emerging young musicians, they will struggle to survive and may choose other profession instead of music, in the end.

An award-winniing photographer Pablo Khaled and Nishat Afza took part in this comversation along with the director of Saudha Ahmed Kaysher.  

Venue: From Mar 6, 2020 to Mar 30, 2020 in Bolton

Re-interpretation of Frida Kahlo Through Indian Classical Music

From Apr 18, 2020 to Apr 18, 2020 in Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London,E1 6LA.

Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London,E1 6LA

 Date and Time: Saturday 18 April 2020 at 7pm

A new interpretation of the melancholic world of Frida Kahlo through heart-hunting presentation of Indian classical music.


As part of Saudha's 8th anniversary and the celebration of its great journey in the promotion Indian classical music and other global art forms in the West, this 'first of its kind' event features a spectacular selection of extremely moving and melancholic painting of great Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo through projection and then offers a new way of interpretation of those poignant pieces of art through visceral presentation of Indian classical music.

Curated by the director of Saudha poet Ahmed Kaysher, the event renders a supreme presentation of Indian classical music by the best of the genre (TBC) that decodes, complements, re-interprets and offer new meaning of the pieces of the ground-breaking painting.

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