Nagpur: “Brahmanaad,” the monthly early morning musical programme organised by South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), will be held at 6.30 am on Sunday, May 14. The event will be held at the sprawling premises of SCZCC in Civil Lines.
Acclaimed Hindustani Classical Music Vocalist Dr Rita Dev from Agra has been invited to perform in ‘Brahmanaad’ for the first time.
Dr Rita Dev, a distinguished name in the field of Hindustani Classical Vocal music, is a vocalist from the Banaras Gharana. As a vocalist, her skill spans both the Banaras and Gwalior Gharana of Hindustani classical music traditions. Dr. Dev’s repertoire includes both classical and semi-classical genres — Khyal, Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Holi, Jhoola, Chaiti, Tappa and Bhajan. Trained under the Legendary Vocalist, Queen of Thumri, Padma Vibhushan Vidhushi Dr. Girija Devi, Dr. Rita Dev has successfully carved her niche amongst music lovers.
Born in Assam, Dr. Dev was initiated into Indian Classical music at an early age under Guru Sri Nirmal Acharjee. Passion and quest in music inspired her to study post graduation in Banaras Hindu University and had the opportunity of learning under Guru Prof. Dr. Chittaranjan Jyotishi of Gwalior Gharana, under whose tutelage she completed her doctorate. She has also enjoyed the fortune of learning light classical music under late Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Banaras Gharana.
In her illustrious career, Dr Rita Dev has graced stages across the nation and received wide appreciation for her soulful performance. Her imaginative presentation, mastery over the subtleties of melody, stirring portrayals and perfect renditions of intricate appealing phrases in alap, bol banav, sargam and taan makes her music a classy and a divine experience to the distinguished listeners.
Dr. Dev is the worthy recipient of many accolades and awards including the Pt. Omkarnath Thakur Award, Sangeet Ratna and Swara Ratna as the most prestigious ones.