Sham E Ghazal Review

Ghazal music

By the newest member of the Art Asia team, Heather Fitzpatrick

singer Pooja

For me tonight (1st February 2014) was a time of firsts and learning. I only recently heard of Ghazals and discovered they are poems accompanied by music, which explores the meaning of love, life and relationships.

I hadn’t experienced Ghazals before, but as I listened, it didn’t matter that I didn’t recognise the words, the meaning came through in every note played and sung by the performers.

I’ve meet Pooja (Pooja Angra) in the office a couple of times as she is one of our singing teachers but this was the first time I have heard her sing. She has a truly beautiful voice, she sings with such emotion yet it is smooth and gentle. Sudhanshu Patwardhan and Karan Rana range and tone, was dazzling and something I hadn’t experienced before – another first.

The other musicians were highly talented; I love the dual between Keval Joshi (Tabla) and Sunil Jadhav (Keyboard) – they almost goad each other to play faster and more complicated rhythms – entertaining and exciting to watch and listen.
I love guitars in music and the skills and energy of Siddharth Singh (Guitar) is some of the finest I have heard live. On the Dholak – Iqbal Pathan set the pass and beat with charm and drive.
As an evening of firsts, it was also my first time in the Hub Theatre, a great theatre space run by City College. Their box office staff (all students at the college) were really helpful and friendly.
Based on my first experience this won’t be my last and I would say to anyone that is a music fan if you haven’t experienced Ghazels do!

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