|How it started
The Mata Ganga Orchestra was born from a musical meeting between young French pupils of the Cahors music school Indian students of Rishikesh C.J. Maa
Music School from 10 to 26 February 2012.
Following their recording experience on the CD Mata Ganga ki Jai and later their participation in the musical tale Si loin le pays, some of the French pupils became curious about India and its music.
The association thus decided to accompany a
small group of these French students on a musical journey in February
2012 during the school holidays The aim of this adventure was for the
French pupils to meet the Indian students of C.J. Maa Music School (for
the benefit of whom the the CD "Mata Ganga Ki Jay" was recorded) and to
share instrumental and artistic techniques with them, in order to work on a musical program
together. The young Franco-Indian group then presented their program
in concerts in Rishikesh and Varanasi.
The Conservatoire Philippe Gaubert du
Grand Cahors welcomes over 600 pupils from different cities in the Lot region of France. With more than 30
teachers, it offers its pupils complete musical instruction in all
vocal and instrumental disciplines, from beginner to advanced level.
The C.J. Maa
Music School was founded in Rishikesh by Swami Maa Chetan Jyoti in 2005. Everyday
the school welcomes young Indian children and teenagers from all social
origins for collective musical practice. Ever since its opening the
school has been directed by multi-instrumentalist Shivananda Sharma who teaches most
Indian classical instruments as well as vocal. The children regularly
perform in concert, and form an orchestra unique in its kind.
The aim of the project was to promote the collaboration and fusion of both
French and Indian groups and to create a joint program which the
youngsters would perform in concert in Rishikesh and in Varanasi. The program came forth
from this unique encounter in an attempt to unite two
musical styles and cultures. Renowned violinist Sukhdev
Prasad Mishra ran workshops in order to prepare the youngsters for an "Indian
concerto", of which he was to be the soloist.
The concerts were very well received by their audiences. Furthermore, in addition to introducing the young
westerners to a new musical approach, this project also gave them a chance to meet young
Indians and an insight into their values and lifestyle.
The adventure doesn't stop here!
The youngsters, both French and Indians, were thrilled by their experience, which is why we
decided to give a sequel to the adventure... Thanks to the association's hard work and to
many generous donations, especially on kisskissbankbank.com, we succeeded in inviting the Indian youngsters
to come to France in February 2013...
Click below to find out more about this exciting project:
> India 2012
> The photos
> The newsletter
> France 2013
> The photos
> The official report
> And in the press
After the Varanasi concert; 22 February 2012
All the girls in a saree! Cahors; 22 February 2013