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MARCH 2014

5th Mar 2014:   ” Save the Rhino” Signature tune launch by Yes Bank
18th Mar 2014:  ” Stringed melodies , Leela , Gurgaon
23rd Mar 2014: ” Dual strings” , Celebrate womanhood, Ishanya , Pune
27th Mar 2014: Celebrating differences, for Spastic society, Nehru centre, Mumbai
30th Mar 2014:  Raagas to Bollywood, Numaligarh , Assam

FEBRUARY 2014

3rd Feb 2014: Joy of giving, Don Bosco Street children
15th Feb 2014: Bombay Management Association , Creativity in organisations with Flow

JANUARY 2014

11th Jan 2014: Music and Shakti, Energy Event, Delhi
12th Jan 2014: Powai Festival, Mumbai

14th Jan 2014: Women’s Leadership Meet, Oberoi, Gurgaon
17th Jan 2014: Shanmuganand Mumbai

19th Jan 2014:  Sarusajai Stadium  Guwahati

22nd Jan 2014 : Leadership Through Music, ADBU, Assam

25th  Jan 2014 : Day of Grace, Angel Express, Bandra fort, Mumbai

DECEMBER

1st Dec 2013: Music for Social Change, ITA, Assam
7th Dec 2013 : Leadership Through Music, LnOD Roundtable Asia
10th Dec 2013: Melody and Harmony, Sofitel, Mumbai

NOVEMBER

10th Nov 2013: Eclectic Model Hunt, Guwahati
15th Nov 2013: Talk show on Women’s Empowerment, DY 365

OCTOBER

11th Oct 2013: Launch of Album ” Invocation of Ma” at Spandan, Mumbai
25th Oct 2013: With Stree Shakti, Anuradha Pal , Bhavans Cultural Centre, Mumbai
26th Oct 2013: Mad Fest, Thane
28th Oct 2013: Colombo, South Asia Women’s Fund
30th Oct 2013: Parampara Festival, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai

SEPTEMBER

1st Sept 2013: Music for Team Work , Rotary International
9th Sept 2013: Delhi India International Center, Tribute to Dr.Bhupen Hazarika
15th Sept 2013: Bangalore, with New band Intrigue
27th Sept 2013: corporate show, Trident BKC, Mumbai

AUGUST

14th August 2013: Patriotic strings, Leela Hotel, Mumbai
15th August 2013: Joy of Giving for Children Aarey Colony , Mumbai

JULY

2nd July 2013 : Music  for Change at LnOD Roundtable Asia
27th July 2013: Music for Collaboration, Grand Hyatt

JUNE

21st June 2013 : World Music Day
30th June 2013  : Music Therapy, Angel Express foundation 

MAY

16th May 2013 : Raagas to Bollyowod , MCA , Mumbai

17th May 2013 : Raagas to Bollywood,  West Inn Hotel, Mumbai

 

APRIL

12th Apri 2013l : Surabhi foundation fundraiser with Anup Jalota, Taj Mahal Palace hotel , Mumbai

13th April 2013 : Bandstand revival festival ,Hanging gardens, Malabar Hill,Mumbai

14th April 2013 : Folk fusion at Mumbai Book Fair

27th April to 12th May : Folk festival Bihu shows in North East

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Indo rock fusion wth Ravi Iyer.CPAA event

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Minoti Khaund and Sunita Bhuyan at the launch of Festival at the Farm as a tribute to Ravi Mathur

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Bihu Strings launch in Mumbai

Sunita Khaund Bhuiyan plays the violin and breaks from tradition finding her own meaning and expression as she improvises a Bihu folk melody with an interesting Celtic slant

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Republic day show: Vande Mataram- Assam DY 365

My tribute to india’s independence. A rendition of A.R. Rahman’s Vande Mataram followed by ” o mur apunar desh” the song for the state of assam – Indian violinist Sunita Bhuyan

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Raagas to Folk and Raagas in Bollywood

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Sunita Bhuyan violin, Invocation on international womens day

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Songs of Spring

Violinist Sunita Khaund Bhuyan will perform songs from her upcoming  album, Bihu Strings, at a concert that pays tribute to the Assamese New Year, Rongali Bihu, a festival that heralds the coming of spring

Violinist Sunita Khaund Bhuyan recalls the festive fervour associated with the Assamese New Year, Rongali Bihu, while growing up in Assam.


Violinist Sunita Khaund Bhuyan

“The celebrations kick off one month in advance, and are characterised by shopping, heading to pandals where there is singing and dancing, and family get-togethers,” she says.

There are three different festivals that come under Bihu. These include Kongali/ Kathi Bihu during October and the harvest festival, Bhogali Bihu, in January. However, it is Rongali Bihu, which falls on April 14, this year, celebrated during spring that is most looked forward to.

When a record company approached Bhuyan a year ago to create an album of original Bihu songs, she readily agreed. “The north-eastern states have a rich folk music heritage that is yet untapped. The songs speak of the culture of these states through rhythm, melody and meaning.”

Dabbling in Assamese folk music was a novel venture for the 41-year-old musician, who is trained in the Hindustani classical style. “This is the first Assamese project I am working on,” says Bhuyan, who was encouraged to work on the album by her mother, veteran violinist Minoti Khaund. “My mother encourages people to learn the classical arts as she believes it enables you to innovate, later on, and dabble in various genres.”


Album cover of Bihu Strings

At her upcoming performance, Bhuyan will perform songs from her new album, Bihu Strings, which includes five compositions that fuse Jazz and Irish folk music with Bihu compositions.
Each song tells a story about certain facets of Assamese life. Buli Naage Champa, for instance, is a song that speaks of the sensuous tresses of the lover adorned with the naage champa flowers, while Luitor Baalite is about the fun had by two youngsters on the banks of the Brahmaputra and fuses Bihu with Irish folk and rock percussions.

Though, not all the songs are about love and laughter. Ranga Nadi describes the travails of life during floods, which cannot dampen the festive spirit.

The final composition, Xosakoi Bor Dhunia, is an expression of teenage love in the Bihu toli or gatherings.

“We’ve used the buffalo horn flute, tabla, dhol and keyboard, but we haven’t tampered with the essence of the components — be it the classical ragas or the Bihu compositions,” adds Bhuyan, whose voice also features on the album.

According to the violinist, the biggest challenge was not to perform the folk songs on the violin, given her background in classical music, which helped her recreate the sounds, easily. “Adding a folksy feel and recreating the earthy vibe of the songs, which are usually performed in fields across the state was the real test,” she says.

The event at Nehru Centre will kick off with a Bhupen Hazarika tribute, which will be followed by a classical composition, a Bihu dance and songs from the album.

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Tehelka THiNK fest featuring performers and thinkers from across the world on ideas and innovation

She may be a trained human resource professional with 17 years in the corporate world behind her but it is as a violinist, with a master’s degree in Hindustani Music and as a disciple of the late violin maestro Pandit V G Jog that Sunita dazzles.

A recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Music, she is that rare performer who blends skill and a nuanced understanding of music with spunk on stage.

She started out training with her mother, the eminent violinist Minoti Khaund, then went on to do jugalbandis with her mother. Her musical range is breathtakingly wide, from pure classical music to a wide range of light melodies that fuse jazz, folk and a host of other influences to create a distinctive sound. She excels in blending influences – Bharat Darshan is her musical exploration of Indian folk while Raagas to Bollywood traces the underlying classical roots of many of filmdom’s most enduring compositions. Her recent album, Bihu Strings, explores the classical and world music influences in North-Eastern folk music.

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