RASA - Music from North India
The interaction of the two instruments provokes the outpouring of bewitching sounds and rhythms, the spectators will taste, during a concert, a unique and improvised moment. Rasa”, which literally means “sap”, is a fundamental concept in the classical arts of India that governs the whole aesthetic theory of the expression of feelings in the performance arts.
Art of the moment and in accordance with the tradition, the two musicians will choose on the spot a repertoire of melodies – Raga- corresponding to the hour of performance, repertoire whose origins find their source in the sacred texts of the Indian civilization called Veda-s
Nihar MEHTA comes from one of the most prominent families of philosophers and musicians in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) for several generations. The family has always been very active in the teaching and promotion of classical music in India, notably with the creation of the “Saptak” school, in which Nihar did his apprenticeship, and that of the largest music festival in India, the “Saptak Festival” which has been held from January 1st to 13th for the past 40 years. Since then he has performed in prestigious concerts in Europe: Theatre de la Ville de Paris, Philarmonie de Rome, Auditorium of the Musée Guimet in Paris, Grand Auditorium of the Musée des Confluences, Auditoium of the Rietberg Museum in Zurich, Theatre Lino Ventura in Nice, Theatre Elisabeth in Bucharest, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Musik Republic in Brussels, Trafo in Budapest, “Le Lieu Unique” Scene Nationale in Nantes, etc. Nihar regularly accompanies artists such as Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Amarnath Mishra, Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Partho Sarothy, Nicolas Delaigue, Sugata Roychowdhury, Ustad Sabir Khan and many others. Since 2012 he has produced Ustad Zakir Hussain’s concerts and Masterclass in Europe, notably at the Opera de Nice. He was invited in 2017 by Jordi Savall during the concert “Ibn Battuta” at the Emirates Palace to perform the percussion.