Lovers of Indian Classical Music, and particularly the lighter form of ghazal, will be in for a treat in 2016 when noted Indian violinist and composer Deepak Pandit premieres his new work, ‘Symphony of Ghazal’, in concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in February. ‘Symphony of Ghazal’ is a celebration of the music of the late ghazal legend Jagjit Singh. Pandit accompanied Jagjit Singh as his violinist for 23 years, performing in more than one thousand concerts across the globe, including South Africa. Pandit has also scored and arranged music for Jagjit Singh over the years.
‘Symphony of Ghazal’ was conceived and is produced by Inner Circle Entertainment, who also produced the last South African tour of Jagjit Singh. The production has been in planning for at least two years. “The work is unique in that some of the most popular items of Jagjit Singh have been re-scored for orchestra. This is a dream project and I am delighted to team up with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to debut this work,” says Pandit. “The concert introduces a cross-section of Jagjit’s repertoire including some of his ghazals which featured in movies, his compositions of great poets, and some semi-classical items which always received thunderous applause in our concerts across the world,” adds the maestro.
Pandit will be joined on stage with a team of musicians from India performing with the Orchestra. The strong Indian percussion section will ensure that the rhythmic nuances of Indian music are restored when accompanying the orchestra, whilst the bansuri (bamboo flute) will add the texture of the voice of Jagjit Singh as he explored the many ragas which formed the basis of his prized compositions.
‘Symphony of Ghazal’ will bring together the styles of Indian and Western Classical music in a unique way and will expose the audience to a tapestry woven from Indian Classical, semi-classical, and ghazal as it interweaves the beautiful harmonisation of a 40-piece orchestra.
Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, is delighted about the partnership. “Our mandate as an orchestra for all seasons is given deeper meaning by this collaboration, which breaks new boundaries. A full classical accompaniment crossing into the music of ghazal will bring a new audience to the concert hall, one that appreciates how a symphony orchestra can bring so much pleasure to all the citizens of the city of Cape Town,” says Heyneman.
The concert will be conducted by Brandon Phillips.
* CONCERT INFORMATION (One show only)
Cape Town – Saturday, February 6 – Artscape Opera House, 8.30pm
Tickets to ‘Symphony of Ghazal’ is priced at R200 and R300 and are available from www.computicket.com, the Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000, or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.