Music

New Albums

June 2016

Vaibhav Kaul.

Poshpoozaa and other ancient prayers from a Kashmiri household

Vocals: Vaibhav Kaul,
Sarangi: Ustad Kamal Ahmed

Sarasvatee Stotram (Verse 1)
Rishi Agastya

Ushaa Dhyaana (Morning prayers from a Kaul household)
Multiple sources, including the Ishopanishad

Devee Mahaatmyam (Chapter 1, Brahmaa addresses Saavitree, Verses 72-87)
Maarkandeya Puraana

Bhavaanyashtakam (Selected verses)
Aadi Shankaraachaarya

Poshpoozaa / Pushpapoojanam (Selected verses)
Traditional Kashmiri Brahmin matrimonial blessings (with Hindi translations)

Language: Sanskrit
Duration: 40 minutes

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Coming soon

A Colourful Life: Folk songs from Hindóstān and beyond

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Hórī, Chaitī, Kajarī, Bhajana, Nātyasangīta, Qawwālī, Ghazal, and Naghmeh

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Public Performances

30-31 March 2007, 7pm: Qawwali-style singing and dramatised recitation of a self-written mystical Urdu ballad, titled Mūsā aur Galahbān (‘Moses and the Shepherd’, based on a story from Mevlānā Rūmī’s Masnavī), as part of Religion of Love, a mystical dervish-syle ballet performed at the 7th Jahan-e-Khusrau World Sufi Music Festival | Quli Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi, India

2009: First prize for Ghazal Sarāī (musical rendition of ghazal poetry) at the all-India Bazm-­e-Adab annual Urdu festival | Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, India

2 December 2011, 6pm: A musical lecture on folk eco-spiritualities in ancient and medieval South Asia | Eleanor Plumer House, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK

21 January 2012, 4pm: The Eternal Rāga: Ancient Vedic, medieval Khayal, and modern Ghazal poetry sung in traditional mood-based melodies from South Asia (Solo vocal) | Town Hall, Oxford, UK

February 2012: Presented a live programme on the folk and classical musical traditions of the Indo-­Gangetic Plain, along with a performance, on Oxide Radio (facilitated by Wen Zhou) | Oxford, UK

16 September 2012, 11am: Mystical Hindustani classical vocal solo (in Vedic Sanskrit, Avestan and Persian) at Music for Interfaith Harmony | St Ethelwold’s House, Oxfordshire, UK

29 November 2014, 5pm: Musical renditions of medieval and early modern sonnets from South Asia at the Jammu Kashmir Flood Relief Fundraiser (organised by LSR Alumnae for British Red Cross) | St Martin-­in-­the-­Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, UK


Liebeslied
Wie soll ich meine Seele halten, daß
sie nicht an deine rührt? Wie soll ich sie
hinheben über dich zu andern Dingen?
Ach gerne möcht ich sie bei irgendwas
Verlorenem im Dunkel unterbringen
an einer fremden stillen Stelle, die
nicht weiterschwingt, wenn deine Tiefen schwingen.
Doch alles, was uns anrührt, dich und mich,
nimmt uns zusammen wie ein Bogenstrich,
der aus zwei Saiten eine Stimme zieht.
Auf welches Instrument sind wir gespannt?
Und welcher Spieler hat uns in der Hand?
O süßes Lied!
– Rainer Maria Rilke

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