Ecstatic celebrates the Commonwealth's diverse spiritual traditions.
This major concert event is led by world-music legend Susheela Raman uniting artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Music, film and performance all feature in a night devoted to creating connections.
The evening features performances from Kalpana Patowary, Saman Lenin, Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali, Ember Kannan and Pirashanna Thevarajah.
Prior to the Ecstatic concert, you can experience the Australian exclusive film screening of Sacred; a special performance from rapper Lady Sanity hailing from Birmingham; and your last chance to see festival favourites Mallakhambindia.
Vital, intense and serenely beautiful, Ecstatic is an odyssey beyond the ordinary.
"Wildly original, passionate and dangerous." The Guardian, UK.
6pm: Sacred film screening
7pm: Lady Sanity
10pm: Sacred film screening
About the artists:
Shot by more than 40 filmmaking teams around the world, the film immerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. The film’s director commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries -- and a wide range of religious traditions -- each team contributing a single scene. The film, sweeping in its global reach, yet intensely intimate, is a tour de force that unifies these scenes into a single work, told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.
Kalpana Patowary (Assamese) is an Indian playback and folk singer from Assam. She is a disciple of Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan and has been influenced by the bard of Brahmaputra Bhupen Hazarika. She participated in the reality show Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka (2008) on NDTV Imagine. Although she has many folk and popular songs to her credit, Bhojpuri music has been her most dedicated foray.
Saman Lenin (Sinhala) is a Sri Lankan vocalist, musician, and ethno-musicologist. He is popular in Sri Lanka as an exponent of Sri Lankan folk music, and incorporates traditional folk tunes into his music. Despite a relatively short career in the music industry thus far, he has sung over 100 songs, and is considered by many to be one of the most talented folk artists in Sri Lanka.
Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali|
When the unforgettable qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in Pakistan in 1997, he left a musical vacuum into which stepped his two teenage nephews. Despite their extreme youth, they were determined that their group Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali should continue their uncle’s pioneering efforts to transcend cultural, language and religious barrier; and to bring to the world the devotional but vibrant Qawwali vocal music of the Sufi mystics of the Islam religion. The two brothers who lead and lend their name to the group, Rizwan Mujahid Ali Khan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan, corre from a directline of qawwali singers that can trace its family pedigree back over five centuries.
Embar S. Kannan is an award-winning and pioneering violinist in the fields of Carnatic Music and Tamil Film Music. Trained in Carnatic as well as Western Classical methods, he is a Grade 'A top' artist of the All India Radio and is universally acclaimed as a soloist and an accompanist.
Acknowledged by Presto Classical as being a “percussion wizard”, Pirashanna Thevarajah is recognized by the world music and Indian classical community as being an extremely versatile percussionist, with great command over instruments such as Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam and Morsing, as well as being equally versed with the art of Konnakol (Indian spoken rhythm).
Passionately embedded in the Indian classical tradition, his career has been built upon strong foundations due to extensive study of his art with his guru Sri M. Balachandar, at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK. He had his Arangetram (‘official’ debut performance of a musician after undertaking years of training in the Carnatic system) in September 1999 in Chennai. Guests included the late Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna
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