Ravi Joshi (India)

Morning Ragas

9th February 2020 - 8 AM - 10 AM - Manji ka Ghat (Ambrai Ghat)

Born and educated in the beautiful lake town of Nainital, Ravi Joshi received his initial training in classical vocal from Dr. Rekha Sah.

Under Pt. Kumar Gandharva’s senior disciple Pt Nalin Dholakia ji’s discerning and meticulous guidance in the guru shishya parampara, Ravi received a thorough training in the nuances of Kumarji’s distinctive style of music. Ravi also received guidance from Pandit Mukul Shivputra and the learning continues under the illustrious tutelage of Padmashri Pandit MadhupMudgal ji. A Gold Medalist post-graduate from Delhi University, Ravi is a “B”highgrade artist from All India Radio New Delhi. At present he is Assistant Professor and heads the Department of Music,Kumaon University, Nainital.

Hailed by critics and rasikas alike The Hindu describes him as “a young and talented disciple of MadhupMudgal, who has admirably imbibed the challenging gayaki of his guru’s guru, Pandit Kumar Gandharva.” And Shubra Mazumdar, the well-known music critic, said, “Despite being a young performer the quality of his musical acumen remained steadfast and constant till the very end, reflecting on the regimen of tayyari that Ravi Joshi has been ingrained to adopt……and speaks of a musical training that is intelligently conceived, and musical to the ears.”

Apart from giving many performances in India, Ravi has accompanied his Guru Pandit MadhupMudgaljito Germany, Karachi, Morocco, and Russia for various programmes.

In addition toseveral private baithaks,Ravi Joshi’s recent classical performances include ‘Sadhyayan’, a concert seriesorganized by the Department of Music, Delhi University,and for ‘Smaran’ at the India Habitat Centre for the Swarit Foundation.More recently Shri Ravi Joshi sang morning ragas and bhajansat theCeremony of Remembrance for the 75th Birth anniversary of Shri Rajiv Gandhi at Vir Bhumi and nirgun/sagun bhajans at the India International Centre, Delhi.

TodayRavi Joshi will present “MiyankiTodi” a raga of the 15th century attributed toMiyanTansen. The composition of this morning raga is such that that an artist can mould the notes from prayerful and soulful devotion to a festive and playful mood.

This raga is sung and performed by each and every gharana transcending religious categories.Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, for example, sang the bandish ‘Hari Om Tat Sat’ in Todi while SushriKishoriAmonkarsang ‘Begun gun gayiye Allah kesaamne’ in the same raga. A striking hallmark of Hindustani classical music is the continued artistic liberty and creative exchange beyond the limitations of religious boundaries, thus promoting communal harmony. The intermingling of cultures has helped not just conserve and refine Hindustani classical music, but its ongoing evolution preserves it for future generations.