Their main goal is to use their music to make as many people happy as they possibly can while they can. Music is a large part of the soul of any society and they want to touch that part of people's souls...that part of their soul that makes a difference in their lives and show's them how music and dancing can excite, motivate and heal. The lead Sarangi player Murad Ali Khan is a sixth generation sarangi player. Brilliant is a word truly ascribed to this outstanding musician in every sense of the word. Murad’s brand of music is extremely versatile and appealing to a wide audience. He has made a name for himself by taking the music he grew up with from his father and adding his own imagination and feeling. He has brought his brand of traditional Hindustani music into the 21st century with a fresh spark & swing while retaining the roots of this music. From a young age, Murad has been on task to promote quality music that can be accepted by all ages. His main goal has been to persuade the general public's stereotypical view of classical music to bring a new awareness to the masses. He believes that good music is simply good and he believes people know the difference. They may not always understand what the mechanics of it are, but they feel it. And that is where he's always placed his faith in people. They too feel that good music is simply good and it makes them feel good.
Soul-Samvaad has Performed in many major events of different cities in India like: Kanpur, Chandigarh, shim-la, India Habitat Center New Delhi, Kuki Club New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata Events, Baaja Gaaja Music Festival Pune, Upcoming Event A Tribute to Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan with Diffirents Fusion Bands in Chinmaya Mission Center 21st April 2011.Organised By: Studio Groove, HCL series for India Habitat Centre New Delhi.. Etc…..
The declining popularity of the sarangi over the past few decades has been a cause for concern among many musicians and connoisseurs. Concerted efforts from noted maestros have brought the instrument back into public gaze, but, when a talented young musician like Murad Ali takes to sarangi with single-minded devotion, one can rest assured that future generations will also take pleasure in absorbing subtleties that the instrument is capable of producing.
Born in a family of musicians originally from Moradabad, Murad Ali is a sixth generation sarangi player. The intensive training he had under his grandfather Ustad Siddique Ahmad Khan and father Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan has stood him in good stead, and he is presently regarded as one of the leading sarangi players of the younger generation.
His ancestors, Ustad Sagheer Ahmed Khan Sahab, Ustad Fakir Ahmed Khan Sahib, Ustad Rafique Ahmed Khan Sahab and his grandfather later Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khan Sahib were all renowned sarangi players, musicologists and gurus of the Moradabad Gharana.
Beginning his performing career at the early age of ten, Murad Ali won the first prize in the All India Radio national music competition held in 1992. An 'A' grade artiste of the All India Radio, he has also been a frequent performer at several music festivals in India and abroad. He has received accolades for his accompaniment to many noted vocalists and tabla players. Unfettered by orthodox musical beliefs, Murad Ali has on several occasions participated in cross-cultural and experimental musical endeavours. He had honor and privilege of playing sarangi for “ Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar ji”And got Pt. Ravi Shankar ji’s Blessings.
Murad Ali also has composed Music for his own Band Called SOUL- SAMVAAD and His Music Albums He had also Recorded his Sarangi Music for Bollywood & Hollywood Films like: Khamosh pani by: Sabiha Sumar. Music By: Shri Madan Gopal ji , Dance of the Wind By: Rajan Khosa. Music By: Smt Shubha Mudgal ji, Life Goes on. Music By: Soumik Dutta, West is West. Music By: Mr. Roblane & Shankar Ahsan Loy. , Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Music By: Shantanu Moitra, Laga Chunari Me Daag Music By: Shantanu Moitra, Khoya Khoya Chand Music By: Shantanu Moitra.
Murad Ali also gave his sarangi music for many Hit music Albums and for Fusion Bands as well like: Ab Ke Sawan, Nachu Sari Sari Raat, Euphoria Band, Bandish Band, Indian Ocean, Koshish Music Crossover....
Murad Ali got "SARANGI RATNA AWARD" from Ustad Ashique Ali Khan Memorial Society Delhi... 2010
Murad Ali Have Got “USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN” YUVA PURASKAR 2009/2010 from Sangeet Natak Academy last year
He also received “ SANSKRITI AWARD” 2011 from Sanskriti Pratishthan New Delhi , by Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad ji ( Former President of India)
Performances in Major Music Festivals of India : Sawai Gandharva Music Festival Pune, Dover Lane Music Conference in Kolkata, Saptak Music Festival, Shankar Lal Music festival, Pt. Vishnu Digambar Jayanti New Delhi, Gunidas Music Festival, Hari Vallabh Music Conference Jalandhar, ITC Music Festival, Shri Aurbindo Ashram Music Festival Pondicherry, Habba Festival Bangalore, Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Music Festival Maheshwar Madhya.Pradesh, Amba Devi Music Festival Amravati, Ustad Abdul Latif Khansahab Memorial Society By Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Baajaa Gaajaa Music Festival Pune etc..... Few Major Music festivals in Abroad: Darbar Music festival London, Asian Music Circuit London, World Music Festival in Austria, World Music Festival in Holland, France Music Festival..Murad Ali has been performing in England, Germany, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Japan, U.S.A. Tunisia, Indonesia , U.A.E , Morocco, South America, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh,Sri Lanka , Mauritius, Reunion Island etc.
Fateh Ali Khan
Fateh Ali Belongs to the sixth generation of a family of Sarangi Players of Moradabad Gharana.
Fateh was initiated into Vocal music from an early age of seven by his grand father Late "Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khan Sahab, who was the undisputed Sarangi maestro of the Moradabad Gharana.
for a short spell of the tender age he found his joy "SITAR" which he was initiated into by the Great Sitar maestro Shri "Satish Kumar ji" who belongs to Dharwar... He then took Sitar training under the Late "Ustad Shamshuddin Faridi Desai" who was The Great maestro and eminent Performer of "SITAR & BEEN".
Fateh Ali is advancing his art form and skill in "SITAR" under the personal guidance and training of his father "Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan" again a well known name in India for Sarangi..
Fateh has an uncanny knack of striking an instant rapport with audience. He has sincerely attempted to infuse interest and respect for all music and Indian classical music in the younger generation.. charismatic performer that he is, he can easily mesmerize the audience with his innovative skills and dexterity..
His first Sitar Solo album "TASIR SITAR" has been released by "UNDERSCORE RECORDS" www.underscorerecords.com
Fateh has been doing various Contemporary and Indian Classical music albums with international musicians, as Jazz Album with “The Indian Core” from Norway, By: Mystica Music.
World Music album “CONVERGENCE” By: Mystica Music and recently his new Indian Classical Music Album “Classical Rendezvous” already in store by: Mystica Music
Fateh has performed in Major Music Festivals in INDIA & ABROAD,Like : - GERMANY, AUSTRIA, ITALLY, SWITZERLAND, ROMANIA, U.K.(LONDON-BIRMINGHAM) NORWAY, RUSSIA, POLAND, CHINA, INDONESIA, SYRIA, KRIGIJISTAN, KAZZAKISTAN, JORDAN, MUSCAT, DOHA-QATAR, U.A.E., SLOVAKIYA, HOLLAND, SWEDEN, KOREA, BAHRAIN etc…
He has also performed with The World Famous Pop Icon "LADY GAGA" in Formula.1 After Party 2011 and with The Great Legendary (Beatles) Mr. "John Lennon's wife and a Great Singer and Artist "YOKO ONO" in 2012.
Proud member of "SOUL SAMVAAD and ROCK VEDA, two most unique Fusion/ Rock Bands in India. Carving niche for themselves in Independent music Stream with an endeavor to let their music do the talking.
A budding new name in the world of Indian classical music, and world music "Fateh ALI" is a very promising young Indian artist. He sure to make a difference to the world of Indian classical music and others..
Mahua classical kathak danseuse and a performing artist for over a decade is an extraordinary young dancer, adding subtile innovation of the kathak repertoire while preserving the tenets of the classical style. Mahua with her enchanting stage presence has earned acclamation for her intense, sensitive & graceful kathak presentations. She is an artist of Delhi Doordarshan.
A disciple of the Legendary figure of Indian Classical dance, Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. Mahua was enticed by the beauty of kathak at a very early age of 5. her first gurus were her parents. Father Late Shri Pradeep Shankar and her mother Smt . Rekha Shankar, they imbibed an undying love in her for the exquisite dance form
Mahua Shankar has done major ICCR tour to 7 countries performing in 25 major concerts & 4 dance workshops as soloist ( Guyana, Houston, St. Marteen, Curacao, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago and Columbia) Toured USA & Trinidad. Europe & UK with Pt. Birju Maharaj giving various performances & workshops from the year 1999-2010
Anirbaan (Baan) Ghosh - BASS GUITAR
Anirbaan (Baan) Ghosh is a musician based out of Delhi, India. As one of the founding members of ArtTree Academy of Music & Performing Arts, his contribution in steering the company’s direction has been invaluable. An incredibly versatile musician, his array of riffs and knack of coming up with distinctly original compositions is uncanny. He finds inspiration from masters like Karl Peters, Eddie Van Halen, Scott Henderson, Robert Cray, John Patitucci, Gary Willis, Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Richard Bona, Paco Sery and Dave Weckl. He is currently learning under the aegis of legendary bass players - Gary Willis (Barcelona, Spain) and Karl Peters (Mumbai, India)
Baan has worked in varied industries such as Media, IT & Music which has helped him develop a sound understanding of the corporate culture. Having done an Executive Programme in sales and marketing from IIM Lucknow, his foray as an entrepreneur began with Art Tree Academy of Music & Performing Arts, India, which earned him a nomination for British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Award 2010. Recently, he also received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘Vihara Innovation Lab’ fellowship in Leadership & Innovation.
Having worked with companies like Zee, Music Today, HCL Technologies, he has had his share of corporate experience. An avid adventure lover at heart and a musician by choice, Baan found the corporate hulla-bulla too far removed from his passion and hence decided to follow his heart, which was in music. His love for adventure took him to remote places like Ladakh, Lahaul & Spiti, Jaisalmer, Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan, etc., which he covered on his 1981′ Royal Enfield, which still lies in his garage, waiting to be refueled for the next ride!
As a musician, Baan has played with bands like Oritus, Them Clones, Maskitoes, Samarpan, MaP, Avi & the Uprising, Outro and Shwaas, through which he has gathered the much needed live-playing experience. He is also a member of “Soul Samvaad” sixtet, and heavy metal band “Prestorika” whose claim to fame was opening for The Rasmus, Megadeth, Machine Head, Wes Borland that earned them a tour of the USA and Canada. Recently, he performed at the MTV COKE STUDIO, TOURED AFRICA , Served as jury for various schools/colleges/global organizations judging their festivals, music/drama competition .
Anil Chawla - KEYBOARDS
Anil Chawla chose music over everything else at the age of 9 and has not regretted his decision since then. His love for the keyboard is seen in skill full renditions of almost any genre, while he performs on the drums and guitars with equal ease. Having played for bands like Parikrama,World Fusion Band feat Sitar maestro Shri.Prateek Choudhary,Tochi Raina,Five’8,Work In Progress,Shwaas,Sky he yet again proves his mettle in the futuristic sounds of Vedanta..
He hails from the small town of Jamshedpur, where he grew up in an family without any sort of musical background. He started on the keyboard in the fourth grade and joined MUSOC, the music society of Kirori Mal College. He soon got involved in musical experiments ranging from choir, fusion, rock, Indian classical and many more. His influences include A.R. Rehman,Hans Zimmer,John Williams,Trilok Gurtu and a number of International composers as well. Having performances at Delhi International Arts Festival,IIT Delhi,KIITS Bhubhneshwar,BITS Pilani, IIT Powai, IIT Kanpur, AIIMS Delhi,XLRI and at numerous DU fests.
The new year looks bright as he continues to rock his listeners with fresh sounds and compositions and a number of shows already lined up. What he personally likes to say is “stick around…I wont disappoint you.”
“If music be the food of love, play on...” And therefore, he plays.
Ayush Gupta - DRUMMER
The backbone of Delhi’s renowned Multi Genre Hindi band ‘Astitva’ , drummer Ayush Gupta started off as a tabla player during his school years. His passion for rhythm and dedication towards music has fetched him an array of achievements and accolades over the period of last 14 years. In 2005, he was awarded the Best Tabla Player of Bal Bharti Public School. In the following year, he appeared for annual examinations of table training and cleared his second year from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh with flying colours.
During his graduation years at Ramjas College, Delhi, Ayush shifted his focus to Drums. Post taking professional lessons in Drums, along with Salman Khan, Zaman Khan, Amit James and Kamal Kharera he pooled in his energies towards the newly formed band, Astitva, which was formed on September 2, 2007. In the same year, he was also elected as the President of the Extra-Curricular Activities Society of Ramjas
In 2009, Ayush cleared Grade 5 drumming examination from Rock School London and began to expand his horizons in the music circuit. Amongst the many feathers in his cap are stage performances with India’s finest Sarangi player, Murad Ali Khan, Ustad Imran Khan, Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Kamal Sabri and the Presidential awardee, Ustad Shakeel Ahmed Khan.
In 2013, Ayush further cleared Grade 8 drum examinations from Rock School London with a distinction. Furthermore, the young lad was honoured by National Daily Punjab Kesari as the Youth Icon of India.
Ayush has played all over India in more than 500 shows and continues to enthrall the audience with his music and skills. His band, Astitva has come to acquire a major spot in the Delhi music fraternity with merits such as the Delhi Anthem ‘Jeeney Do’ to their credit. The band also launched their debut album ‘Patang Dor’ in July 2014 which received rave reviews.
Shuheb Hasan - VOCALS
Shuheb Hasan belongs to a musical family of Moradabad Gharana. He Started his Vocal Training from Great Legend of Sarangi And Vocal Late Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khansahab ...and at present Shuheb learning from Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khansahab again well known and Great Sarangi Maestro of Our Country..
Shuheb Hasan's Grand Father Late. Ustad Ali Hasan Khansahab Was well known Cello Player in All. India. Radio Delhi, and his Maternal Great Grandfather Late. Ustad Amaan Ali Khansahab, Late. Ustad Chhajju Khansahab, Late. Ustad Nazeer Khansahab are Well known classical Vocalist and Musicologist of India. His Maternal grandfather Late. Ustad Shabban Khansahab was also very famous Tabla Maestro.
Shuheb Hasan have been performing since childhood. and now adays he is very busy at his Classical music concerts and other projects..
Shuheb Hasan Performed in many prestigious Music Festival in India. like: Johan-e-Khusro International Sufi Music Festival By Jana Musharraf Ali, Tallia By Jana Musharraf Ali , Basalt Bazaar Festival at Fortiori by Doorhandles New Delhi, Saurang Festival at kamani Auditorium by- Saurang-Parampara Music Organisation, Nehru Center in Mumbai, Rang Manch In Mumbai, Khajuraao Festival in Madhya Pradesh,pune festival,minjar festival in hp, maharana kumbha in udaypur, Kalidas Samaroh, nisha gandhi, sankat mochan, I also performed in soul samwad band. Etc…
Shuheb Hasan also had privilege to give music classes for Pt. Shambhu Maharaj Kathak Acadamy, Nritya Kailash Kathak Insitute ( Bhatkhande).
Zakir Hussain Warsi belongs to the 7th generation of traditional musical family of Mordabad Gharana. Zakir hussain is a son of Muneer Ahmed Khan who is a also Sarangi Player of Moradabad.
Zakir Hussain - TABLA
Zakir was initiated into Tabla from early age when he was 7 year old by Ustad Manju Khan Sahab who is a great Tabla maestro and son of great legend late Ustad Habibbuddin Khan who was belongs to Ajrara Gharana, after a year he started his Tabla training from Ustad Zameer Ahmed Khan Sahab who is also a great Tabla Maestro of Moradabad Gharana, and also he learnt from Pandit Govind Chakraborty again a well known name in India for Tabla, he belongs to Banaras Gharana.
Zakir has also cleared one of prestigious examination and Tabla Honours from Kathak Kender by Pandit Govind Chakraborty
He has received over the years from cognoscenti and general public and by way awards like the scholarship for advanced training in Tabla instituted by C.C.R.T.
He has embarked on a career that promises to illustrious and innovative.
Years of tanning have exposed him to and enriched his music with the artistic aspects
And nuances of diverse gharana styles.
Zakir has performed in many music festivals like : Tabla Solo in Kathak Mahotsav 2011, Saurang Parampara Music Festival in Delhi, Tea Groove Music Festival in organized by ICCR in Delhi with “Soul Samwaad” Fusion Band, Kites Festival in Delhi, British Council India Delhi etc..
ASSOICIATIONS & CONCERTS
Soul samvaad has been associated with a lot of big festivals and brand like HCL, festivals like tribute to Bade GHULAM ALI KHAN, SAM Festival India.
Band has recently done a 5 country Africa tour Covering Countries like MALAWI, ZAMBIA, TANZANIA, UGANADA & SOUTH ARICA
The key band members MURAD ALI KHAN , FATEH ALI KHAN & MAHUA SHANKER has been a part of the most prestigious music festival around the globe.
Murad ali khan is one of the most Renowned Indian Musician who is been playing with the renowned musicians around the globe naming Ustad ZAKHIR HUSSIAN, USTAD RASHID KHAN, Smt SHUBHA MUDGAL, TITI ROBIN & many more and been touring the entire globe showering his talent of music at the places like Deewane festival Algeria, Paris, Germany at Philharmonic Theater, Morocco world music Festival in Amsterdam, Stans Festival Switzerland, Cite de la Music in Paris, Darbar Festival London, UK, Kala Utsavam in Singapore by Teamwork and many more….
Fateh ali khan has collaborated with many musicians around the globe and the biggest name is the collaboration with “LADY GAGA”. Besides that he has performed at Salam Music Village, London
Oslo world music festival,Norway, Lahore World Music Festival, Asia Pacific Festival Fukuoka JAPAN, Performed with YOKO ONO Jazz album released with the Indian Core Norway, SORI art and Music Festival Korea.