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India's ghazal music lands in opera houses

Update: August, 09/2007 - 00:00

India’s 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

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