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Start Date: 10/22/2019Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 10/22/2019

Event Description:

A dynamic ensemble exploring the synthesis of South Asian traditions with an array of instruments and poetry from around the world, Chaar Yaar features virtuoso musicians Madan Gopal Singh (vocals, harmonium), Deepak Castelino (guitar, banjo), Pritam Ghosal (sarod), and Amjad Khan (percussion).

Contact Information:
Name: Music Program
Phone: 718-960-8247
Chaar Yaar
Attachments For This Event:
    > World Music - South Asia: Chaar Yaar
Admission Information:
Free. Donations welcome.
Other Details:
The group Chaar Yaar came into existence fifteen years ago. As the name suggests, it comprises four musicians: the elderly composer, vocalist and poet Dr. Madan Gopal Singh; the ace guitarist and banjo player Mr. Deepak Castelino; the young and soulful sarod player Mr. Pritam Ghosal; and an equally young and energetic percussionist Mr. Amjad Khan.

Initially, the group traversed the path of Sufi texts dating back to the 12-13th century beginning with Baba Farid and Rumi and ending with Khwaja Ghulam Farid of the late 19th c. Very soon, however, the group started looking at the cultural bridges across continents. This involved experimenting with songs and poetry spread across various cultures globally and across different timelines. It led to the incorporation of music and poetry as diverse as that of Brecht, Lorca, Tagore, Puran Singh, Hikmet, Hamzatov, Faiz, Nagarjun on the one hand and the making of musical bridges, to give but one example, between Rumi, John Lennon, Kabir, and Bulle Shah in the same song. This also saw the group musically following original translations by Madan Gopal Singh. An indigenous Baramaah in Punjabi, for example, could now be sung with Simon and Garfunkel’s canticle “Scarborough Fair" or John Lennon’s "Imagine" as "Socho Zara" or the Beatles' "Because" with Iqbal’s "Ye Gumbad-e-Minai."

The project has continued to grow, and the group has travelled all over the world many times over performing with many internationally celebrated groups such as Bang on a Can, Theo Bleckmann, David Hykes’ Harmonic Choir, and many many more.
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