Neela Bhagwat is a Hindustani musician of the Gwalior Gharana as represented by Pandit Sharatchandra Arolkar who studied with Krishnarao Shankar Pandit. Neela Bhagwat's other teacher is Jal Balaporia. Known for composing and performing thumris from a feminist perspective, her contributions include compositions of Kabir and Meera bhajans.
Neela Bhagwat is a familiar name for lovers of Hindustani music the world over. As a front-ranking exponent of the Gwalior style of singing, she has upheld the aesthetic principles of traditional music. As an innovative performer, she has combined the purity of raga with the folk idiom of medieval saint poets like Kabir, Shajo and Meera. These as well as her other innovations relating the traditional form to the contemporary concerns have brought her critical acclaim in India as well as Europe.
🙉🙈 listening to recordings of myself play is sometimes so depressing 😐 recordings don’t lie though and prove I have lots of work to do!! I attempted to smooth out the running eighths by changing up the meter of the dotted rhythms I usually practice with just for funsies. Everything is still a work in progress ... ——————————————————————
Yesterday I was working at the Hollywood Bowl and Hugh Jackman was performing! Crazy crowd (literally sold out) and I was exhausted by the end of the night with seating issues and duplicate ticket issues 😓😓 nonetheless it was a heckin entertaining show :)
"John Wesley" (2019)
acrylic on canvas
I was commissioned to paint a portrait of John Wesley - cleric, theologian, evangelist, and father of Methodism.
As with all portraits, one needs to know the subject in order for an acceptable representation can be made. Well, this may have been my personal bane with past works - with a lack of an opportunity to actually know the previous subjects.
But what about Mr. Wesley? I couldn't possibly meet him?
All I can do was do some research. I looked for reference portraits, sculptures, and I even looked at his death mask.
But that is not enough. So I tried to know him better by studying the life and works of this man - from his beginnings to the eventual split from the Church of England. And any gaps that I found, I gladly filled with thoughts and imaginings of how this man has inspired generations of men and women to live in a certain manner, and how, by moving them, that, even centuries after his death, they still would honor him with a commissioned painting of his likeness.
Wesley is usually depicted way advanced in age. I chose to depict him to that time just between his prime and maturity - already equipped with wisdom, but still has the vigor of youth at his disposal.
Here he is, calm, but resolute. Contemplative, yet certain.
As a Catholic, I'm honored to paint such a great brother in Christ.
On to the next painting! Adelante!
Guest conductor David Danzmayr and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra will be joined by American violin virtuoso @stefanjackiwviolin for the first of two Mozart Mini-Festival concerts. Join us on Sunday, July 21, at 7:30 pm as we kick off this mini-festival!