Rage - O - Chande

Tagore Society of Houston’s Rendezvous with Raage - O - Chhande (From Vedas and Upanishads to Jai Ho – a Melodious and Rhythmic Journey Through Time)

On Saturday Sept. 22nd, 2012, the Tagore Society of Houston (TSH) presented to the Houston community an outstanding and ambitious music and dance celebration - Rendezvous with Raage O Chhande. It was outstanding in concept and ambitious in design. The program embodied an attempt to explore the historicity and evolution of melody and rhythm in India.

The program was a synthesis of multiple media – narration, video, instrumental and vocal music and dance. The narration guided the audience through the historical journey, from the beginning of the concept of music, its evolution through the Vedas, Upanishads and mythology, into the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. A slide show synchronized with the narration, with embedded video& audio clips and highly effective animation depicted this historical journey through the eras of Indian music and dance.

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45 performers contributed their talents in instrumental, vocal music and dance. The first half of the program was devoted to North and South Indian classical music and the undeniable influence of religion and spiritualism in music and dance of India

The second half of the program introduced all to Regional, Modern Classical and Fusion Music.

The resounding conclusion was a reflection of the past, present and the trend to the future.