Vidya Rao

Hindustani Classical Concert
17.1.2012, 18:30hrs
Taramati Baradari
Open to all
The second evening of the Hyderabad Literary Festival 2012 will offer two Indian classical cultural performances. Vidya Rao is a performer par excellence of the delicate style of thumri-dadra singing. For many years the disciple of the legendary singer, the late Smt Naina Devi, she has continued her study of this form under the renowned Smt Girija Devi and Smt Shanti Hiranand. Her training has therefore helped her imbibe the traditional gayaki of both Banaras and Lucknow styles. Her initial training in khayal was under the late Prof. B.N. Datta and thereafter under Pandit Mani Prasad of the Kirana gharana. Vidya also sings ghazal in the traditional thumri-ang style, as well as the devotional poetry of the medieval bhakti and sufi mystic poet-saints. Her repertoire includes Sanskrit verses from the Hindu and Buddhist texts, as well as the Islamic elegiac forms of soz and marsiya and praise-forms like naat.
Vidya Rao has performed at national and international forums, has composed and sung for the theatre, for film and for dance.

The performance will be preceded by the launch of her book “Heart to Heart: Remembering NainaJi”.

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