Mehfil evenings are intimate gatherings held at the DNC Studio, for small audiences to enjoy an evening with a guest artist. Each term we invite a different artist to perform, share stories and life experiences to motivate and inspire our students, parents and members of the local community. We provide delicious refreshments and warm hospitality.
Our Mehfil evenings are held three times a year, with our next ones taking place in March, July and October 2015. The artists often do master workshops on the same day, followed by an evening performance occasionally with live musicians.
In the recent past we have had guests including;
- Guru Pratap Pawar : The Padmashree Awardee, who was the UK's first Kathak Guru gave a master class for DNC Students, followed by a performance on Guru Purnima day. The very first disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj shared a humorous and heart warming evening with us in July 2014. Guruji has the audiences in tears as well as laughter as he shared insights and life experiences. His dynamic performance was accompanied by Anurudha Murkerjee, a renowned tabla player from Kolkatta.
- Navodit : 3 London based, male dancers shared the studio space, in a beautifully decorated Mehfil evening in February 2014. The boys gave us a wide range of repertoire, including Ghazal, Tarana and Thumri. Their technical pieces literally shook the studio and audience members had goosebumps whitnessing their technical excellency.
- Sandip Mallick : Kolkatta based Sandipji has visited the DNC Studio several times to deliver workshops, including 12th October 2014. His style of teaching is thorough, patient and he is very generous with what he teaches. Details coming soon for our next Mehfil style performance with Sandipji himself.
- Ustaad Mehfooz Khokar: We were honoured to have a musical scholar from Pakistan present an evening of Hindustani Vocals in March 2015. The evening was well attended by many members of the community including music enthusiasts and musicians. Ustaadji sang a range from Khayal, Tarana, Ghazal, Thumri and even Bhajan.