Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rekha Surya: Spreading the zephyr of Ghazal and Sufi

Rekha Surya, a name in the field of music, which needs no mention. Belonging to the Lucknow Gharana of music, Rekha is a Hindustani Light Classical singer hailing from Lucknow Uttar Pradesh, currently living in New Delhi. She has been trained under two renowned musicians Begum Akhtar and Girija Devi. She recorded for the Archives of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1994. She is a recipient of Karamvir Puraskar 2012 for singing Sufi poetry in Thumri-Dadra style and keeping alive traditional Ghazal-Gayaki. Her booklet “Sung In A Certain Style” is published by both Sangeet Research Academy for their in-house use and commercially by Niyogi Books. In the Established Artist empanelment-category with ICCR, she is an A Grade Artist from All India Radio.

She has been invited to sing by the Smithsonian Institution Washington DC, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Cornell University, MIT with International Hindi Association Boston, Columbia University, Yale University, World Music Institute, Harvard University, University of Toronto, Nehru Centre London, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, National Centre for Performing Arts Mumbai, Ram Vilas Palace Baroda, Roosevelt House New Delhi, French Ambassador’s residence New Delhi, Canadian High Commissioner’s residence New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, Jammu University, University of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and fund-raising concerts. She represented India at the Asian Music Festival Sri Lanka in 1999 and at the International Falak Festival Tajikistan in 2006. She has been featured twice by BBC London. She also performs in Pakistan.

All India Radio features this eminent artist in its show named, Ga Mere Man Ga from 21st September onwards on its channel FM Gold (106.4 MHz)

Payal Choudhary

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