Indian violin maestro to collaborate with CPO in Cape Town

Indian violin maestro to collaborate with CPO in Cape Town

Indian violin maestro to perform world premiere of new concert with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on February 6 at Artscape Opera at 20:30.

Lovers of Indian Classical Music, and particularly the lighter form of ghazal, will be in for a treat 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 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 Singh over the years.

Although the ghazal deals with the whole spectrum of human experience, its central concern is love. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. Singh is considered to be the most successful ghazal singer and composer of all time in terms of critical acclaim and commercial success. With a career spanning five decades and a repertoire comprising over 80 albums, the range and breadth of his work has been regarded as genre-defining.

‘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. 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,” says Pandit.

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 velvet voice of Jagjit Singh as he explored the many ragas which formed the basis of his compositions.
‘Symphony of Ghazal’ will bring together the styles of Indian and Western Classical music 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,” she says.
The concert will be conducted by Brandon Phillips.

Cape Town – Saturday, February 6 – Artscape Opera House, 8.30pm
Tickets priced at R200 – R300 are available from Computicket outlets nationwide, Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000, online at, Shoprite Checkers stores, or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.