Ustad Usman Khan is a world renowned Sitar Maestro from Pune, India. Besides numerous concerts in India, Usmanji has performed and still performs in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, France, Italy and USA to name a few.
Usmanji draws freely from the Gayaki Ang and Tantu Ang, which are the two traditional approaches in Indian instrumental music. The result is a celestial harmonious outpouring of musical notes.
Usmanji has been conferred the title of Honorary International Dean of Temple of Fine Arts International, and is an acknowledged composer. His compositions for several dance ballets, produced by the Temple of Fine Arts International, have been acclaimed by critics and audiences not only in India but also abroad.
Pavan Kumar Hari
Pavan Kumar Hari is a composer, performer, dancer and director who creates vibrant, dynamic, expressive and dramatic music for theatre, film, dance and the concert hall.
Pavan has been performing since the age of three in dance and music productions, and has always loved the performing arts. He initially studied dance and music at the Indian School of Performing Arts, Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya. He then progressed to study Composition and Percussion at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he plays percussion and piano, and is studying in his 3rd year of his Bachelor of Music.
Pavan’s compositions have featured in main stage dance and theatre productions at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and he has been commissioned to create music for upcoming professional productions with Barking Gecko Company and Black Swan Theatre Company. Many of his works have been premiered by the award-winning Defying Gravity percussion ensemble. Pavan has been a member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra, Western Australian Charity Orchestra, Western Australian Wind Symphony, Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble and recently took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. He has also recently performed with the Perth Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist on the Indian drums, Tabla.
Genre is an illusion, at least in the case of contemporary music. While some artists will often place one foot in a tangible context, their other foot is moving restlessly towards several directions.
After spending the last 4 months in a relatively sterile suburban landscape outside of Perth, Aarti has grown to appreciate her immediate surroundings and come up with, yet again, another way to tell her stories.
She acquired a sampler no earlier than mid 2017, and thereafter spent some time in semi seclusion, and now is ready to debut her first recorded production. This performance pays respect to her many influences and practices, from Indian music and chanting to ambient and songwriting.
Her notable works include 'Quiet Earth' a collaborative album with Matt Coldrick (2016), collaborations with electronic artists such as Kaya Project, Pan Electric, Shunya, High Tea., to name a few, and Tincture, a series of experimental intimate art performances, designed to create mindful listening.
We don't see the Mystic Kabir as a "saint". To us, he is just a human being who had the guts to speak his mind.
Neeraj Arya's 6 years of relentless research in picking up, understanding and performing the verses of Kabir is the backbone behind Kabir Cafe. Largely influenced by renowned Kabir Folk Singer Padmashri Prahladji Tippaniya, Neeraj has pioneered the genre known as Kabir Rock.
We at Neeraj Arya's Kabir Cafe are on a quest to ensure Kabir's verses are accessible and comprehensible through contemporary music to the rest of the world, who are alienated from traditional Kabir folk music.