Gandharva Choir

mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston B12 9QH

Creative, innovative and experimental, the Gandharva Choir has presented hundreds of striking performances of Indian choral music in India and abroad over the last four decades.

Founded in 1972 under the leadership of Pt Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, the Gandharva Choir is currently conducted by Pt Madhup Mudgal.

The Choir experiments with classical and folk styles of music and specialises in intricate classical forms such as Dhrupad, Dhamar, Varnam, Kriti and Tarana, as well as covering patriotic, devotional and folk forms.

Its extensive repertoire includes hymns from the ancient Vedas, compositions in the Hindustani as well as Carnatic styles of music, Rabindra Sangeet and modern experimental works involving the use of harmony.

In 1972, the Gandharva Choir represented India at the Third International Choral Festival held in the United States at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City. As part of the festival, the Choir gave performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and at several American Universities. The Choir also participated in the International Choral Festivals held in Philippines in 1981, and Hungary & Poland in 1984.

The Gandharva Choir performs regularly at prestigious Government functions, as well as for the Doordarshan (the National TV channel of India), and the All India Radio.

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