Rajat DholakiaRajat Dholakia a.k.a Juku is an Indian composer known for his work on Firaaq (2008), Mirch Masala (1987) and Holi (1985). He has won the 1991 National Film Award for best music director for the film Dharavi directed and written by Sudhir Mishra and in 1992 won award for the film Sunday directed by Pankaj Adwani. His musical roots are nourished from diverse influences ranging from Indian classical to Western classical to Gujarati and Hindi film music genres. He started his career with producing music in Gujarati and Hindi Theatricals. He has given music in around 300 plays so far. Juku has contributed sound design and music in around 8000 National and International commercial adfilms and public services films. Currently he is busy composing western classical and fusion symphonies. Rajat Dholakia will be providing his insights and mentorship to the selected applicants of Abhivyakti Edition 3.
Akash BhattMusic is an ethereal and artistic medium, when it merges with other forms of arts it results into an amazing and an inseparable aesthetic form - this is a reality. On the other hand, fact also remains that gradually over years music has been extensively commercialised, and it continues to happen. Today, we need to think and understand music beyond the predefined notion which is not-limited by set notions of market. Let's understand and imagine music not In terms of scale, raga, taal, aarohi-avrohi, makm, improvisation but as an event and occasion. Let us reimagine music as an event or an occasion in which diverse cultures, languages, eras, dialects, free thoughts - all come together to become an expression - an imagination - a reality - a story and a new paradigm. Lets accept music as an extension of self. And with this understanding let us endeavour to create, to learn and to enjoy.
Tathaagat Vaidya, Karan Shah and Meet Gadhia came up with realising an experimental rock music instrumental trio with an idea to play new compositions every time they get on stage, and never repeat a perforance a playlist. The name “THE UP PHILOSOPHERS” was chosen because they would talk to their audiences during their performance, as there was never a vocalist. So the “Philosophers” part refers to the art of Talking, Conversing or Arguing. The “Up” part refers to gaining or acquiring more knowledge through the conversations and rising a step above each time. Gradually when the band had completely stopped…Read more
Sonia & Rajan
Sonia Mishra Sonia is a spoken word poet, and she is a studying International Relations. Her explorations with her work revolve around the persistent sufferings and state of mind in different situations. Rajan Panchal is a B.E Mechanical Engineer, a singer and a guitarist having deep influence of the mystic poet and a saint :KABIR’. He has been researching about life of Kabir since couple of years and summing up the thoughts of Kabir by compose songs. He performs verses of Kabir in a modern way along with storytelling using his voice and a guitar so that ordinary people and…Read more
Born in Charaniya region of Kapadvanj district of Gandhinagar Ghanshyambhai Ravabhai Gadhvi has received poetry as inheritance as is the tradition of ‘gadhvi’ community. Musical programs, reading and spreading propaganda of literature has been his passion. He has conducted many programs nationally and internationally. To worship words is the only religion, he made poetry as his profession. He is instrumental in writing script writing, fictional plays, writing jingles and kvikiz. As a lyricist, he has created many audio video songs. Aamraghata, Amiras, Jwalamukhi, aavak ekavani, dahoj, pomade divdo were the 5 poetry anthology which were published. (The one who has…Read more
Aalap Kikani is a qualified computer engineer who learned Hindustani Classical music and also studied Sound engineering in Mumbai – he has been working as a music Programmer, arranger and composer as well. He started his own Production house and has been performing LIVE music as well.Read more
Raghav Dave is a Tabla player and a composer. Qualified as B grade rhythmist of Prasar Bharti – Govt. Of India, he considers himself as a non professional musician with professional approach. He has special inclination towards semi-classical vocal and Gazals. So far he has organised and performed in many events of Gazal. Promotion of this form of poetry and Singing has made him research many aspects of Urdu Gazal. He has also composed many gazals for various events.Read more
Meera Desai, Shankar Iyer, Harmish Joshi
Meera, Shankar, and Harmish are musicians currently residing in Ahmedabad who have had unique personal journeys and professional backgrounds. Between the three of them, they have had exposure to jazz, Hindustani classical, and western classical music, so making music together always results in a distinct sound palette.Read more
Siddharth & Avanti
Siddharth Bhayani, a Drummer and DJ based in Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) has been DJing since 2008 and started his career as an electronic dance music Producer since 2014. His works-Down to earth(2019)-A Minimal Techno Album.This album music contains elements of Indian classical / Arabic orient music in various forms and formats fusing with really simple sort of European baselines highlighting the tradition and diverse culture of INDIA. The ideas behind the album were to create a movement and sensation that grooves the listener on earth and up above. Avanti Tohare Avanti Tohare, a budding poet from Nagpur,Maharashtra,is a literature enthusiast…Read more
Matang Parikh & Radhika Parikh
Shri Matang Parikh is a Ghazal singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Ahmedabad, who has been trained in Hindustani classical music by his father Pt. Krishnakant Parikh. His sensational and emotional performances are well known and well loved by audiences and critics alike. He is a student of the legendary Padma Shri Pt. Hariharan ji. Radhika Parikh is a classical vocalist in Ahmedabad who began training with her grandfather, Pt. Krishnakant Parikh. She now learns from Pt. Vikas Parikh, a disciple of Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji. She has participated in innumerable concerts and national competitions, showing promising talent for her…Read more
Aarif Mir is well known for performing Gujarati folk songs, bollywood songs, bhakti songs, Gujarati sugam songs and sufi music. He has received magical music art in heredity from two generations. His grandfather was popular and versatile stage artist who was famous in 1950-60 in cities of mumbai vadodara and ahmedabad. Aarif mir’s father shri rahim bhai was disciple of padm vibhushan sir ustaad gulaam mustafa. Aarif sir met legendary singer padmashri purushottam upadhyay, who showed personal and detailed interest in aarif. He trained aarif in gujarati sugam/(lightvocal) music. World famous indian classical legend padma vibhushan ustaad gulaam mustafa khan…Read more