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Women of Rhythm’s Third Edition Kicks Off This Week

This year’s percussionists include ghatam artist Sukkanya Ramgopal, tabla artist and singer Mukta Raste and more

Rolling Stone India Nov 29, 2018

Bengaluru-based ghatam exponent Sukkanya Ramgopal live at Ziro Festival of Music 2018 in Arunachal Pradesh in September. Photo: Shiv Ahuja

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If you’re looking to find the new as well as the pathbreaking names in Indian music, Women of Rhythm’s third edition on November 30th in Mumbai might just be your best bet. With its previous outing held in June, the event showcases women who are taking up percussive instruments in Western and Indian classical music ”“ whether they started a few years ago or a few decades ago.

The lineup includes a closing performance by Bengaluru-based ghatam artist Sukkanya Ramgopal along with her student Sumana Chandrashekar, preceded by percussionist Neesha Mokal (who plays tabla, dholki, congas and bongo) with tabla artist Mukta Raste. Following a curve of experience, the show opens with a trio of young drummer-percussionists, including Pune-bred Siddhi Shah, 16-year-old drummer Ananya Patil and Indore-bred Srishty Patidar (who holds the world record for the longest drum marathon at over 31 hours). Covering a wider geographic spectrum, Kerala-based mridangam artist Charu Hariharan teams up with the Krishnadas sisters Sobhitha and Rahitha for the energetic chenda rhythms.

Tickets for the event start at Rs 99 for students and Rs 299 and Rs 499 depending on seating at Mumbai’s St. Andrew’s Auditorium. Get tickets here. More event details here.

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