ghazal music lands in opera houses
|Out of this world:
Penaz Masani performs with her troupe in Delhi. — VNS File Photo
One of India’s most
famous ghazal singers, Penaz Masani, and her dance group Planets are to take the
stage this weekend for their first ever show in Viet Nam.
The performance, to mark
35 years of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and India, is an exotic medley
of style and genre, incorporating traditional and modern Indian music into
rearrangements of songs from Indian movies in the 1960s.
Ghaza is a type of poetic
verse popular in India for centuries. According to the form, each line shares
the same metre and rhymes alternately. Ghazal music is always fraught with the
heart rending themes of the pain and beauty of lost love.
Penaz Masani has been a
forefront ghazal performer since 1981. In the past 25 years she’s cut over 20
discs, sung in over 10 languages and taken the stage in over 500 solo
performances in India alone.
Over her long and resonant
career, Penaz has accumulated a considerable collection of awards, including a
Platinum disc and three Gold discs.
In 1996 the songmeister’s
talents even won her the unique title of Shehzadi Tarunnam conferred by the
state government of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.
A graduate of Mumbai
University, Penaz has also firmly established herself as a playback singer for
the Indian cinema industry. She has sung for over 50 Hindi films and has been
privileged to perform with renowned south Indian music virtuoso Dr Balamurali
Krishnan in a Tamil film.
Curtains rise at 8pm in Ha
Noi tomorrow and HCM City next Monday. Tickets are issued according to invite
only. — VNS