KhayalFEST: Imagination

Swati Natekar – Khyal Vocal

Time:06:30 pm

When and Where

Date:Friday 15 September 2017
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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In the field of Indian Music, one rarely comes across a balanced combination of a rich tuned voice, nurtured in the discipline of Classical music, and backed up by an upbringing in a renowned musical family. Swati Natekar is the daughter of Renowned Hindustani Classical Academic and Scholar Dr Sushila Pohankar, who had a Doctorate in Indian Classical & Folk Music. Swati has been groomed by her mother from an early age in the field of Classical, Light Classical, Ghazals, Folk, and Devotional music.

 Born in Jabalpur in India, Swati began her music career at a very young age through regular performances on All India Radio, Bhopal and later shifted to Bombay .The music scene in Bombay quickly caught up with Swati and soon she started performing at private concerts and also on All India Radio, Bombay and Doordarshan TV Channel, Bombay. 

 After shifting to London in 1990, Swati was approached by the renowned Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain for recording a track in Raag Naiki Kanada which was published on the album “The Soul of Tibetan Chant” by Milan Records. Swati performed at Kufa Art Gallery in 1993, for a series "Women through the Ages" organised by SAMA Performing Arts, London. Her performance included a Khayal ( Rag Bhoop ) , Tarana, Thumri, Bhajan & Ghazal. 

 At a Recording session, the well-known Music Producer Biddu noticed her talent and offered her a duet in his next album "Farebi" for HMV. Swati went on to sing 3 tracks in this album which included 2 solo tracks. Pleased with her performance in Farebi, Biddu also recorded her in a duet with Sonu Nigam for the album "Kismat" produced by Magnasound. Later, Navras Records, U.K released an album by eminent Hindi Film Director Muzaffar Ali titled "Paigham-e-Mohabbat" which featured ghazals by famous singers from India & Pakista. Swati recorded a ghazal track in this album which was penned by Ibn-e-Insha. This Ghazal track was later picked up by Warner Brothers to be included in their movie “The InLaws” starring Michael Douglas. This track was also selected by Talvin Singh for his ‘Back to Mine’ Compilation. 

 Swati then also started working with Western Music producers. She started by recording a remix of "Raghupati Raghav" for James Asher's album "Tigers of the Raj". She also recorded a track with the famous English singer Kiki Dee for her album "Where Rivers Meet". While Swati continued recording Fusion work for artists like Danny Brilliant, Geoff Wilkinson (US3) and Dave Lee, her big break arrived in the form of 2 tracks which she recorded for the UK based musician/composer Nitin Sawhney for his album "Beyond Skin" produced by Outcaste Records. Both the tracks, "Nadia" and "Beyond Skin" (Title track) received extremely positive reviews in the international press and the album was nominated for the most prestigious Mercury 2000 Music Award in the U.K. 

 With guest musicians 

  In Association with SAMA Arts Network. 



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