Mid-day Mantra: Qawwali music plus Sanyogita Kumari

Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

A free monthly series presenting music from India to uplift the spirit on Saturday lunchtimes

Escape the hurly-burly, as once a month sampad and Town Hall, Symphony Hall present outstanding Asian artists from the UK and the Indian subcontinent in relaxed, informal sessions. Chill out, take your shoes off, close your eyes and experience the richness and variety of India’s musical heritage, all for free.

This month features Qawwali music from the Azad Kashmir Folk Group.

They are recognised as one of the leading exponents of ‘Sher Khawani’ (folk poetry). This traditional folk music traces its roots back over seven hundred years to the spiritual folk songs of the rugged hill tracks of Pohotowar in Pakistan and regions of Jammu & Kashmir. As a musical style it is closely linked to the spiritual and artistic life of the Sufi saints; Sufism is a mystical school of thought, which strives to attain truth and divine love by direct personal experience.

Plus vocalist Sanyogita Kumari.

Over the years Sanyogita has taught at mac and Dartington College of Arts. She regularly conducts lecture demonstrations and workshops in schools and in the community in Derbyshire and the West Midlands. Sanyogita has performed throughout UK as a solo artist as well as accompanying established world renowned classical dancers.

She has toured France, New York, Boston, Holland and Norway. She was also featured on South Bank Show with Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui. She has performed at Glastonbury and at the Big Chill festival with Suns of Arqa music group.

In association with Town Hall Symphony Hall. Supported by Arts Council and Coutts Charitable Trust.

Escape the hurly-burly, as once a month sampad and Town Hall, Symphony Hall present outstanding Asian artists from the UK and the Indian subcontinent in relaxed, informal sessions. Chill out, take your shoes off, close your eyes and experience the richness and variety of India’s musical heritage, all for free.

This month features Qawalli music from the Azad Kashmir Folk Group.

They are recognised as one of the leading exponents of ‘Sher Khawani’ (folk poetry). This traditional folk music traces its roots back over seven hundred years to the spiritual folk songs of the rugged hill tracks of Pohotowar in Pakistan and regions of Jammu & Kashmir. As a musical style it is closely linked to the spiritual and artistic life of the Sufi saints; Sufism is a mystical school of thought, which strives to attain truth and divine love by direct personal experience.

Plus vocalist Sanyogita Kumari.

Over the years Sanyogita has taught at mac and Dartington College of Arts. She regularly conducts lecture demonstrations and workshops in schools and in the community in Derbyshire and the West Midlands. Sanyogita has performed throughout UK as a solo artist as well as accompanying established world renowned classical dancers.

She has toured France, New York, Boston, Holland and Norway. She was also featured on South Bank Show with Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui. She has performed at Glastonbury and at the Big Chill festival with Suns of Arqa music group.

In association with Town Hall Symphony Hall. Supported by Arts Council and Coutts Charitable Trust.

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