april 2011 programmes
friday 29 april
6.30 pm ‘An evening of Hindustani Classical and
Semi-Classical Music ‘by Ranjani Ramachandran
(literally idea) is the predominant form of the
Hindustani Classical Music tradition today. It is a
composition set to a Raga and Tala .While the
composition in itself occupies an important position
it is the scope for its elaboration, (Vistaar),
which makes the Khayal form distinct. The performer
has the freedom to explore different facets of the
raga based on certain principles.
This tradition is also rich in a wide array of forms
including Tarana, (a lyrical composition of
sound syllables.), Laya ( the pace or rhythm)
Ragamala, ( a garland of Ragas interwoven into a
composition.) Semi-classical Hindustani music has
highly stylized forms such as the Thumri, connected
with suggestive love poetry and said to have
originated from folk songs of Uttar Pradesh; and
Bhajan, devotional song-types composed by saint
poets like Meera, Kabir, Tulsidas.
Ranjani Ramachandran is a versatile and talented
Hindustani classical vocalist of the younger
generation. This evening she will be performing,
Khyal, Thumri and bhajan, bringing out the essential
diversity within this tradition.
with a rich vibrant voice.
She is a disciple of Pt Kashinath Bodas, Smt. Veena
Sahasrabuddhe and Pt Ulhas Kashalkar and
has also received guidance from Vidushi Girija Devi,
acquiring a rich repertoire of Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti
She is a recipient of Central
Government Scholarship for Hindustani Classical
Music, Resident scholarship of the ITC-Sangeet
Research Academy, Kolkata, Surmani award from Sur
Singar Samsad, Mumbai and is an empanelled
artiste with ICCR and
a graded artiste of All India Radio.
She is currently a UGC Senior Research fellow at the
Centre for Performing Arts, University of Pune,
while also teaching in the department. She has
performed at the Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Samaroha
(New Delhi) , Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan, ITC
Sangeet Sammelan, “Sangeet Pratibha” of Sangeet
Natak Academy, Nehru Centre(London), Learnquest
Academy(Boston), Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre,
(Mumbai) and Kalakshetra Annual Art Festival.
Shri Vinod Lele (Tabla); Shri Vinay Mishra
saturday 30th april
12.30 to 2 pm
“Spanish Omelette” a talk and demonstration by
talks about "childhood summer weekends" in Spain
with his family and how the tastes in the following
dishes brings us back again to our childhood; the
colours, the smells, our grandparents, the extended
family... are all reminiscent of a typical "weekend
summer lunch" that take place in our memories and in
The tortilla de patatas, (Spanish omelette) is a
typical Spanish dish consisting of an egg omelette
with onions and fried potatoes.
It is one of the most common dish throughout Spain
and a favourite at Spanish picnics, as it can be
enjoyed cold, or at room temperature.
amb Tomàquet (Catalan), Pan con Tomate (Spanish),
Bread with Tomato is a very common and popular dish
in Catalonia. It can be a tapa, or in many
restaurants which specialize in traditional food it
is served instead of plain bread. If one orders a
sandwich in Catalonia, by default it is made with pa
Gazpacho is a cold Spanish tomato-based raw
vegetable soup, originating in the southern region
of Andalusia. It is mostly consumed during the
summer months, due to its cold temperature and
- Spanish omelette
- Bread & Tomato
- Gazpacho - Cold tomato soup
Guillermo Hidalgo is the visiting Executive chef of
the Spanish NGO Naya Nagar in Gurgaon. He studied
Hotel Managament in Barcelona and went to New York
to work in the hospitality field for one year. After
that he worked in various Hotels, Restaurants and
Food Franchises in Barcelona, Madrid and in Buenos
He came to India for a 3 month trip and fell in love
with the country and its people. He went back to
Barcelona and “I was dreaming to come back again”.
He returned to collaborate with the NGO Naya Nagar
in Gurgaon for teaching western cooking to poor
women, so they could get jobs in expats houses.
Currently they are opening a Catering delivery
service in order to provide jobs for these women.
He also collaborates with the Olive Restaurant in
Delhi through the Spanish Government to present
Spanish food items in India.
All items demonstrated will be served for tasting.
Registration Required: Rs 150 per head Call 23746050
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