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National Week Programme


You are cordially invited to the National Week Programme of listening session of the CD of Swadheenta Samar Geet, on Monday, 7th April, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at Mani Bhavan, 19 Laburnum Road , Gamdevi, Mumbai-7.

Smt. Subha Mudgal and Shri Aneesh Pradhan will speak about the album and play excerpts from it.

Swadheenta Samar Geet

The role of music and poetry in the India ’s struggle for independence from British colonial rule is evident from the scores of songs that were popular among the masses.  These songs, rich in political rhetoric and social messages, utilized folk tunes or specially composed melodies, but the texts found today are unfortunately not accompanied by musical notation.   Vocalist Shubha Mudgal and tabla player Aneesh Pradhan have individually and jointly composed some of these verses in a manner that they felt captured those moments in history.  In order to represent the period in a truer fashion, no attempt has been made to colour the instrumentation for the songs with modern electronic instruments.

The album entitled Swadheenta Samar Geet is an attempt to musically reconstruct a historical timeframe.  It is an effort to share with the listener the importance of music in the larger social and political fabric of our society, a factor that goes largely unnoticed in today’s world.

Sing-along tracks have been provided for two songs, to enable children to memorize and render these songs with musical accompaniment. 

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