Rain tree Jams # 3 | Thumris with Rumi
Thumris are defiant, inconsolable songs of love and longing. Thumris flourished in the nineteenth-century courts of Lucknow, before the British annexed the region in 1856 and dismantled the entire system of patronage. "The thumri, to an untrained ear, resembles wailing..." says Rajat Singh, a writer. The Thumri, returns to haunt us about the unsettling memories of love and violence, across history. At a time, when war is breaking out visibly, where enmities are forged and divisions are encouraged, the thumri arrives, as a political awakening to remember, to wait and to listen before reacting. Zarina Begum, one of the last royal court singers of Awadh and disciple of Begum Akhtar, is from Bahraich (UP), a place where communal tension is on the rise and people currently live in fear. She sings to remind her people of the sweet songs she sang to the king, on her land.
Rumi Harish, will present a few thumris to tell stories of music and musicians who sang of desire and love, despite the difficulties of riyaaz. Rumi will share an understanding of gender in and through various compositions in the classical tradition. We hope to be attentive to these voices of refuge, escape, love and resilience. We are excited to let his voice spread across the neighbourhood, don't miss this performance. spread the word. all are welcome.
Rain Tree Jams are monthly concerts that bring music, sound, poetry and voice, under the shade of our rain tree. It was started to support live music culture in the city, in and of itself. The concerts are free and open to all. A box for voluntarily contributions is passed to cover basic production costs.
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