Internationally acclaimed Indian Sufi/Classical singer for two shows in Guyana

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Indira Naik and Troupe

THE Indian High Commission (Georgetown) in collaboration with the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) will host internationally acclaimed Indian singer Indira Naik and her troupe.

The singer is set to stage her first performances in the Caribbean during the month of October.

The great sufi/classical singer together with her troupe is expected to visit Guyana during October 27—October 30, 2014 as part of the tour, which takes her to Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Barbados, St. Vincent & Guyana.

Naik’s visit is being organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, India and the Indian High Commission in Guyana (IHC) is coordinating the Guyana leg of the tour with the Anna Catherina Islamic Complex (ACIC) and the Guyana United Sadr Islamic Anjuman (GUSIA).

Two shows are slated for her visit—one in Georgetown on October 28 and another on the lawns of the famed ACIC, West Coast Demerara, on October 29. His Excellency, Mr. Venkatachalam Mahalingam, High Commissioner of the Republic of India for Guyana is spearheading the organising of the visit himself, together with the Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, A.K. Chaterjee. The local Muslim community is being represented by a committee led by ACIC’s President General, Hakeem Khan.

In a genre dominated by soul-stirring greats such as Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, late Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas, she is a true female counterpart – one whose ‘dard’ and ‘ehsaas’ are comparable to the greats. Meet Indira Naik, the singer whose voice is an instrument of beauty and power, of earthy sweetness and stark sensuality, evoking images of modern grace and old-world mysticism. Classically trained in the Patiala Gayaki, Indira’s music is a tribute to age-old traditions set against the backdrop of our times. She comes from a family of artistes with a Bharat Natyam exponent mother and a sitar-playing father. Growing up in such a rich environment certainly helped Indira discover her talent, although her ability to apply it to an unexpected genre was very much her own doing. Having toured widely across the globe, she comes from a family of artistes with a Bharat Natyam exponent mother and a sitar-playing father. Having toured widely across the globe, Indira has built a reputation for herself, enthralling audiences with live renditions the world over, including the US, the UK, Portugal and Brunei as well as across the length and breadth of India with performances at Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chittorgarh, Rajkot, and Jodphur.
Each year, Indira tours the UK and the US extensively, taking her music to foreign shores. Indira has been classically trained in the Patiala Gayaki, and her music has always been a tribute to age-old traditions set against the backdrop of modern times. Over the last three decades, she has been educating herself on the intricacies of Indian music, learning from Guru Satyanarayan Singh, Pandit Dayal Thakur and Pandit Vithal Rao. She continues her riyaaz under her present guru, Shri Mohinderjeet Singh. Indira has not only  built a sterling reputation for herself in India but has also achieved success abroad, enthralling audiences with live renditions of Sufi, Ghazals, Bhajans, Thumris and film songs the world over including the U.S, the UK, Portugal, Canada, South Korea & Brunei. Indira will be accompanied by violinist Ustad Rashid Khan; Mr. Amar Sangam Das on guitar; Janaab Samar Khan on tabla and a group of musicians.