The Hyderabad Western Music Foundation

A platform for musicians and lovers of western music to...

  • Meet, Associate and Interact with each other
  • Perform and Share Their Talent
  • Understand and Appreciate different genres of Western Music and its linkages to other forms of Music

5th Oct. Music Workshop with Aman Mahajan and Solo-Concert @ Lamakaan

 Hyderabad Western Music Foundation is pleased to announce, as part of the „HWMF-celebrates-5-years-concert-series“

Sunday, 5th October
12-2pm: Interactive Music Workshop with Aman Mahajan
Aman Mahajan, one of the leading young and creative Indian pianists, shares from his experience in contemporary music and jazz and provides some perspectives of musical approach, improvisation and composition. He will also perform a few pieces from the evening's concert and take you behind the music. Questions and audience interaction are welcomed.
This introductory session will be followed up by regular performance-workshops conducted by Aman. This is your chance to let Aman know what topics you would be interested in hearing more about, so please be there! Musicians, students, bands and music lovers – all are welcome.
Donor pass: Rs. 150 (HWMF members Rs 100).
Registration: On 5th Oct. at the venue, Lamakaan, opps. GVK-mall, Road No 1, Banj.hills, Or contact 9912201659
7.30pm: Solo Concert @ Lamakaan
Aman Mahajan (piano/keyboard) plays his own compositions and some jazz standards.
An evening that you shouldn't miss!
All are welcome. Donor pass: Rs. 100 (HWMF members free)

Aman Mahajan has worked with a wide variety of musicians of diverse cultural backgrounds. He is influenced by jazz, folk, classical and electronic music from around the world and deeply inspired by a sense of universal unity and connection. Graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2007, Aman Mahajan (originally from Hyderabad) is now based out of Bangalore where he leads jazz/world ensemble REFUGE and he regularly writes, produces and performs with Mystik Vibes (a cross cultural band) and KAYA (poetry/song with live electronics and improvisation).

HYE - Hyderabad Youth Ensemble & 3rd season


Young musicians:
Welcome to the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble!
Hyderabad Western Music Foundation and Alliance Française are happy to invite you to participate in the 3rd season of the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble.
The ensemble is made up of young musicians from around the twin cities who play string, wind or percussion instruments and aims to give an opportunity to play in a larger ensemble than they may usually have the chance to.
Conductor: Jonathan Hewitt (music coordinator/teacher at International School of Hyderabad).
This 3rd season will consist of rehearsals on a Saturday afternoon from 2.30-4.30pm at Alliance Française, Banjara Hills
Rehearsals: Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov. 1st
Concert: Saturday evening, Nov. 1st
Do youplay a string, wind or brass instrument at the standard of approximately grade 3 Trinity College/ABRSM/LCM etc. or above? Then you are invited to take part. Fluent notation reading is essential. To participate, attendance at a minimum of 4 out of the 5 weeks will be essential. (Free)registrations for this season of the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble will be required by latest Monday Sept. 15th.
Music will be sent out before the first rehearsal for familiarization.
Please contact Aditya at 8008406340 or info@hydmusic.com9912201659 to register for the event or for more information.

Get an impression of the 1st season

Music Course - Vocal and Theory - 6 Saturdays - Starting 13th Sept.

Music Theory & Vocal Course
Western Classical and Contemporary Style
Learn how to approach vocal learning systematically, and how to move towards a healthy singing voice. Get familiar with the basic principles of vocal techniques like breathing, vocalizing and body posture. Add new songs of different genres of music to your repertoire. Acquire a music theoretical background (notation reading, scales, rhythm, chords, interval, ear-training, melody-writing). Opportunity after completion of the course will also be given to join a leading local vocal group. 
Start beginner course: Saturday 13th September from 1-2.30 pm
Plus following 5 Saturdays (course for “everybody” who likes music and singing)
Start for advanced students: Saturday 13th September from 3-4.30pm plus following 5 Saturdays (for singers/musicians with basic music theoretical knowledge)
Venue: Alliance Française, road no. 3, Aurora Colony, Banjara Hills
Course-fee: Rs 1800 (9 hours), incl. material. HWMF-members Rs 1600. Registration fee: Rs 200        
Resource person: Joe Koster, music teacher, conductor/accompanist of the Deccan Voices. For registration please contact or 9912201659/ 9849451794


Concert with two pianists: Anil Srinivasan and Sharik Hasan - Sat.30th Aug.@ Hyderabad Public School

Anil Srinivasan and Sharik Hasan in Concert as part of the "HWMF-celebrates-5-years-concert-series"

     The Invitation blurb: “Keys to India has been conceptualised by Anil Srinivasan, Chennai-based classical-contemporary pianist and Sharik Hasan, New York-based Jazz pianist”.
     Anil and Sharik say that ‘Keys to India is a spontaneous sharing and interaction of two creative minds”, and though they come from different places musically - Anil Srinivasan has been trained, just as Sharik Hasan has been, in Western Classical piano, but went on to find his unique place as a musician playing Indian music, Indian contemporary and Indian classical music. And Sharik Hasan found his metier in jazz. The duo, find through their music, “a common ground to bring people together in harmony… in these times of polarisation and divisiveness… of communities, and of different religions, classes and backgrounds. Where music is used to transcend distinctions between peoples and place the arts in the service of the community and not place the community in the service of the arts’.
     The Hyderabad Concert held at the Hyderabad Public School hall on 30th August 2014 is the last leg of a five city tour of India that the duo has been performing at.
     It was interesting to see on the stage, two pianos, with the two pianists facing each other. And during the concert, what was noteworthy, was that though the pianists represented different genres of music, they shared a great empathy and enjoyed the process of creating and playing with each other.
     The pianists had divided the concert into four parts which they called Nature, Romance, The Human condition, or triumph of the human spirit and Seasons.
In the first part, ‘Nature’, Sharik started solo with the haunting and lustrous song  Nature Boy. Anil then did his solo of a Schubert composition which recalled the season of Spring, he then carried on by interpreting a Carnatic classical piece that was made famous by M.S. Subbulakshmi the renowned Carnatic vocalist. To end this part called Seasons, the two pianists dueted on Autumn Leaves.
     The second part, ‘Romance’, was interpreted with Sharik starting with Gershwin’s I Loves you Porgy, he was joined by Anil who played on his keys, some striking, Indian classical,  sitar-strum like glissandos on this tune. They went on to do Cindy Lauper’s Time after Time, after which, Anil took the lead in playing a danceworthy, rhythmic Tillana.
     The third part, ‘The Human Condition’ was started by Anil playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, selected to represent the ‘Triumph of the Human Spirit’ as Anil announced, because Beethoven wrote this piece when he was deaf and had to resort to unorthodox methods to try and hear the piano. Sharik followed up on this with his own composition called Hymn, and this was followed by the Anil and Sharik collaborating on a piece called Everybody Hurts written by the Alternate Rock group, R. E. M.  This piece, the way this duo exposed it, brought out many melodic aspects of this song imaginatively and creatively, giving it a completely new outlook.
     The next part was called ‘Seasons’. In this part of the programme, the duo played Sharik’s composition Jack ‘O’ Lantern, which had a very Indian feel to it. And then Anil played a couple of Indian Classical compositions based on Raga Basant usually sung in Spring. The two then collaborated on My Favourite Things, from The Sound of Music, which turned out to be a fun outing, with both the pianists enjoying themselves, bringing out the mischief and humour in them, and making music that  sounded at times like carousel music that we hear we hear on a merry-go-round.
     The concert ended with a sombre though uplifting rendition by both the pianists in a unique collaboration, of Vande Mataram, the Hymn to the Motherland, by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, which played an inspiring part in India’s struggle for freedom from British Imperialism.
     A remarkable feature was that both the pianists displayed a refinement of touch and technique that brought polish and elegance to the music throughout the evening. And though they often played independent solos, whenever they played together, their musical interactions were seamless and smooth, they dovetailed and segued rhythms, chords and runs artfully without ever colliding or competing; producing inventions that were at times sublime and sometimes poetic and always charming.
     The audience enjoyed the performance and particularly got a sense of partipation when they recognised Anil Srinivasan’s pianistic quotes and references to popular Indian tunes that he incorporated in his piano outings.
     This was indeed a unique and enjoyable collaboration that was gifted to the audience with the wonderful Idea of bringing about communal harmony through music.
     The concert Keys to India was brought to Hyderabad through the efforts of Alap, an initiative in the performing arts which collaborates with artistes, aiding them in aspects of production, promotion, curation, etc.
     And the Hyderabad Western Music Foundation, whose tagline Sharing Music. Creating Harmony, reflects their belief that music has the power to pervade borders, resolve differences, unite people, propagate pluralism - and create harmony through music.
     And of course, the two pianos from Musee Musicale and the wonderful arrangements and the use of the Hall, by Hyderabad Public School, made the concert an evening to remember.
write-up by Pratap Antony
Video - Vande Mataram

Video during sound-check: Moon River

Deccan Chronicle e-paper

Info trailer:

KEYS TO INDIA, A piano duet by Anil Srinivasan and Sharik Hasan
August 30 at 7.30 pm at The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. All are welcome.
A concert of collaboration, Keys to India has been conceptualised by Anil Srinivasan, Chennai-
based classical-contemporary pianist and Sharik Hasan, New York-based jazz pianist. The
collaboration, a creation of the two artistes and aptly called Keys to India is inspired by their
respective religions - Hinduism and Islam. The performance is an attempt to showcase classical-
contemporary music that goes beyond religious classifications and ethnic identities. A coming
together of two pianos and pianists of international repute for the first time, Keys to India will
be a spontaneous sharing and interaction of two creative minds. Crafted anew to respect the
sensibilities of the piano, this collaboration will showcase Indian music at its best, and is, in a
sense, representative of fierce nationalistic pride and the notion of equality and brotherhood. The
event is being curated by Aalaap, a national performing arts’ initiative based in Chennai.

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