On November 16, 2012, Sumunar presented a concert titled Indonesia & India: Blending Music, Connecting Cultures with Indian musicians Pooja Goswami Pavan, vocalist, and A. Pavan, tabla, at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University.
Here’s Kabir Bhajan in Raga Bhupal Todi from that concert. This is a Nirguni Bhajan (a devotional piece that extols a formless or abstract entity). The lyrics, by the great poet saint Kabir, are very simple but deeply philosophical, contemplating on the many mysteries of life and expounding life’s profound truths. The 8-beat rhythm cycle, is commonly found in folk music across India. The emotional appeal of Raga Bhupal Todi is one of mysticism, contemplation and devotion.
The musical composition is by Dr. Pooja Pavan and her father, Pandit Surendra Goswami. The tonal structure corresponds to Indonesian Pelog Pathet Barang. The gamelan patterns here relate to Indonesian dhangdut style.
This was a unique collaboration with Pooja Goswami Pavan, Ph.D. a distinguished Hindustani (North Indian) classical musician. Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan is a Minneapolis, MN based performer, composer, teacher and scholar. She was born in a musical family and received her early training in Hindustani classical vocal music from her father Sri. Surendra Goswami. Pooja has received prestigious National Scholarships in Hindustani classical music awarded by the Ministry of Human Resources and the Sahitya Kala Parishad in India. The prominent venues she has performed at include the India Habitat Center (New Delhi), the Vietnam International Tourism Festival (Hanoi), the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (St. Paul) and the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium (St. Paul). She has performed widely and lectured at several premier academic institutions within the USA.