Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal enthralled the audience at a special Sur Aur Saaz event
It was an evening of ethereal musical notes at the Taj Hari Mahal in Jodhpur, as Prabha Khaitan Foundation hosted renowned singer Shubha Mudgal at a Sur Aur Saaz session. As an exponent of Indian classical music, Mudgal commands immense respect nationally and globally for her stunning vocals.
The Foundation’s Honorary Convener of Rajasthan and Central India Affairs, Apra Kuchhal, welcomed the guests and spoke to the audience about the Sur Aur Saaz initiative. One of the Foundation’s most prized ventures, Sur Aur Saaz was begun with the intention of showcasing and preserving the diverse arts and cultures of India. Kuchhal also introduced Mudgal, telling the audience about her performances, achievements and contributions to Indian music. The classical vocalist has won many prestigious national and international awards; in the year 2000, she was awarded the Padma Shri.
Apart from her musical performances, the singer is also associated with several projects related to music education in collaboration with Aneesh Pradhan, the director of Underscore Records, an online distribution platform for artists who specialise in various forms of Indian music. Pradhan, who is also Mudgal’s husband, began an online encyclopaedia of Indian classical music called Sangeet Kosh. The purpose of this archive is to preserve the rich heritage of Indian classical music.
Mudgal is also associated with several projects related to music education.
Mudgal’s magical concert, which had the audience enthralled and included two performances in the Raag Maru Bihag, began after Kuchhal’s speech. Mudgal was accompanied by Sudhir Nayak on the harmonium, Aneesh Pradhan on the tabla, and Pooja Vazirani on the tanpura. After the spellbinding performance, Maharaj Gaj Singh of Jodhpur and the Maharani felicitated the artists with shawls and mementos. Shachit Kulkarni delivered the final vote of thanks on behalf of the Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur.
Sur Aur Saaz Jodhpur was supported by Shree Cement Limited as their CSR initiative in association with Taj Hari Mahal Jodhpur and with the support of Ehsaas Women of Jodhpur.