Uday Bhawalkar Dhrupad singing – Pratap Awad pakhawaj – Romina Lischka viola da gamba, artistic direction, Dhrupad singing – Hathor Consort
A meeting of Elizabeth's I England and the dhrupad-tradition at the Moghul-court of Akbar the Great
Works by Tobias Hume
Works by Robert Parsons
Works by Jakob van Eyck
Works by John Dowland
Ragas * * *
The Hathor Consort brings English violin fantasias face to face with the Indian Dhrupad tradition. Dhrupad, literally ‘the immovable word’, is one of the oldest genres in Indian music. The flat tones – played on gambas on this occasion – create an imploring effect that is typical of this repertoire. Over this, Uday Bhawalkar sings highly refined and nuanced melodies. The free character of this music is strongly reminiscent of the English consort music that was heard in the court of Elizabeth I over four hundred years ago. For this programme, Romina Lischka, the founder of the consort, not only plays the gamba but also demonstrates her vocal talents.