The sole mission of The Malhar Group is to present and to promote Indian Classical Music and Musicians in Canada. The Malhar Group is a not-for-profit arts organization incorporated in the province of Ontario since February 2006. It is operating informally since April 2001. The Malhar Group holds frequent musical events of excellent standards. The group is focused to create opportunity for all to listen to and to learn about this great musical heritage of the world in its traditional forms.
Since 2001, The Malhar Group has been trying to meet its objectives mainly by the following programs of activities:
Our signature event is the annual festival of Indian classical music held in the month of May to coincide with South Asian Heritage Month. This event is now ten years in existence. We promote both visiting artists and artists from Canada. Although we have previously received grants from Ontario Arts Council, an Ontario government agency, and the City of Hamilton, towards implementation of this festival, we need corporate sponsors and other supporters to make this happen every year.
Arohi Music Festival:
Initiated since the fall of 2013, this festival primarily provides an independent platform for local aspiring musicians to encourage them to move forward in their learning. It also invites experienced performers to participate. It is held annually in the Peel Region of Ontario. We need sponsors to sustain this festival.
A method of education and promotion employed is to hold a free lecture-demonstration on a specific topic by an artist with a good ability to articulate the subject. Several such lecture-demonstrations have been held including Sitar, Tabla, Dhrupad and Khayal. We have participated in Culture Days in 2010 and 2011 with interactive sessions in McMaster University.
These are very small (15-20) number of music lovers gathering to listen to music organized by a specific theme such as a Raga in mind. We have held more than 25 sessions so far!
In-school Music Demonstrations:
We started this highly effective project in 2007 to reach a large number of school children through lecture-demonstrations in Ontario schools. This scheme has been fully funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. We have been to 44 different schools in six different cities and have reached over 11,000 students of Ontario schools.
Past performing musicians are as follows:
Sitar: Partha Bose, Debajit Chakraborty, Sugato Nag, Kushal Das, Shahid Parvez, Anupama Bhagwat, Irshad Khan, Rajib Karmakar.
Sarod: Steve Oda, Anirban Dasgupta, Ranajit Sengupta, Karanjeet Singh, Siddhartha Banerjee, Abhik Kumar Sarkar, Abhisek Lahiri.
Sarangi: Aruna Narayan
Hansa Veena: Barun Kumar Pal
Saraswati Veena: MVN Murthy
Santoor: Nandkishor Muley
Violin: Thannadevi Mithradeva, Sharat Chandra Srivastava
Flute: Rupak Kulkarni, Karthik Ramalingam
Esraj: Rattan Bhamrah
Taus: Harmol Singh
Guzheng: Feihong Nan
Qin: Feihong Nan
Oud: Ismail Bashir
Vocal: Sarathi Chatterjee, Ramanuj Dasgupta, Esha Bandyopadhyay, Prosenjit Deoghoria, Mousumi Roy, Vinayak Phatak, Lopamudra Chakraborty, Samidha Thakral, Vinay Bhide, Ustad Shah Wali, Falguni Mitra, Sandipan Samajpati, Ramneek Singh, Baldev Raj Verma, Narendra Datar, Sonali Ray, Krishnakali Sengupta, Suman Ghosh, Uday Bhawalkar, Sanhita Nandi, Rajan Mishra, Sajan Mishra, Kumar Mardur, Deborshee Bhattacharjee.
Dance: Srividya Natarajan, Anjali Patil
Tabla: Rajeeb Alam, Subhajyoti Guha, Prem Tewari, Abhijit Banerjee, Ujjal Sinha Roy, Ravi Naimpally, Jaswinder Singh, Ed Hanley, Hindol Majumdar, Kiran Morarji, Shamali Wali, Ashok Dutta, Subhen Chatterjee, Yashodhan Navathe, Ganesh Tanwade, Subhankar Banerjee, Vineet Vyas, Kishore Kulkarni, Indranil Mallick, Anjan Ghosh, Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, Ashis Sengupta.
Pakhawaj: Tapas Das, Pratap Awad
Mrdangam: Sriram Suryanarayan, Geerthanan Thiviyarajah
Ghatam: P. Rathiruban, S. Selvanayagam, Somnath Roy
Thavil: S. Jeyaraman, A. Manoharan.
Nadaswaram: R.V.S. Ganeshamoorthy
Harmonium: Hasan Mahmud, Raya Bidaye, Neelesh Nadkarni, Deepashri Phatak, Vyasmurti Katti, Sanatan Goswami, Satish Kolli, Hardeep Chana.