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Dr. Nirmala Kumari

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Senior Lecturer In Music

University of Visual and Performing Arts
 
Background

Employment History

  • Teacher of Sitar
    Indian Cultural Centre
  • UNC

Education

  • PhD
    Benares Hindu University
Web References
Perhaps, the singular characteristic of ...
www.sundayobserver.lk, 12 Feb 2012 [cached]
Perhaps, the singular characteristic of Dr. Nirmala Kumari's Sitar recital is her innate ability to infuse divine notes into it. She exploits every string of Sitar to render it a divine tone, spell bounding the audience.
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Dr. Nirmala Kumari's forte is North Indian Classical music which she has mastered in India. Having mastered the tradition of classical Sitar at the Banares Hindu University, a citadel of classical Hindustani music under legendary teachers, she entered into the arena of music as a super grade performer and an outstanding academic. What is significant in her peerless career is that she has been able to fuse the versatility of an experienced performer with the in-depth knowledge of music tracing back to the Vedic era. A significant characteristic of her Sitar recitals is that her innate ability to produce intricate matrix of notes exploiting their intrinsic music properties to the maximum, according to the diverse Raagas she performs. Her longstanding collaboration with Pundit Paban Bordoloi, A-Grade Staff Artiste (Tabla Maestro) of All India Radio, will poise to be an another exceptional exposition of Sitar when they perform in her Sitar concert, Swaranjali 2012 on February 14 at 6.30 p m at the Lionel Wendt.
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Dr.Nirmala Kumari's success as a performer is due to such factors. These techniques are intensively and technically employed in Paran, Tihai and Chakradar, different types of Tabla boles (Compositions of syllabics) composed and played according to mathematical calculations. She skilfully manipulates the Sitar in techniques such as Chikari , the last string of a Gatkari instrument, (the North Indian plucking instruments) and in playing Jhala.
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The fact that Dr. Lionel Edirisinghe urged attending her first concert is for me obvious that Dr.Nirmala Kumari followed pure classical tradition and belonging to the category of master musicians such as Nikhil Benerjee, an exponent of classical Hindustani tradition of music which is prominent for its autonomous nature.
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A classical sitar concert Swaranjali 2012 by Dr. Nirmala Kumari, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Visual and Performing Arts will be held on February 14 at 630p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Colombo 7.
Dr. Nirmala Kumari, an ...
www.sundayobserver.lk, 25 Nov 2007 [cached]
Dr. Nirmala Kumari, an acclaimed Sitarist, is an exponent of North Indian Classical music.Referring to her extra-ordinary talent, Ustad Illyas said, 'Your music filled my soul with happiness'.
'She is steeped in music and totally devoted.With a fine understanding of raga and tala and the techniques of Sitar, she has capabilities to rise to any heights in the field of performance' said Prof. K. C. Gangrade, former Dean, Faculty of Music and Benares Hindu University.
Nirmala is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and teacher of Sitar at the Indian Cultural Centre.Shawathi , a non-profitable organization which organized the Swaranjali , is dedicated to the promotion of Eastern Classical music in Sri Lanka.Shawathi is headed by Nirmala.In this concert, she is accompanied on Tabla by Dharshanapathi Chanaka Peiris and Shastrapathi Chandralal Amarakoon, Lecturer of the University of Visual and performing Arts.
One of the important facets of Nirmala's outstanding career in music is her extensive exposure to diverse traditions of music such as Western classical music and her experience as a teacher of music.
It should be mentioned here that after earning her PhD from Benares Hindu University, she had the opportunity of teaching at the University of Cologne in Germany.For two years, she taught North Indian Classical music at the University while attending workshops on diverse music traditions.
Apart from being a brilliant academic, Nirmala has proved her metal as a performing artist.Her music recitals were not only aired over the All India Radio and Durdarshan TV but she also performed at diverse Indian festivals of music.She also took part in public competitions and earned a name and awards including the coveted award of Sarva Shreshtha Vadak (Best Performer) in 1980.
She has toured extensively and held concerts in important venues in Europe such as in Paris, Bonn, Wuppertal, Dusseldorff, Cologne, Munich, Koblenz and Hanover.
One of the significant aspects of Nirmala's performance is her distinct style which is steeped in North Indian classical music.
Swaranjali 2007 classical sitar concert ...
www.sundayobserver.lk, 25 Nov 2007 [cached]
Swaranjali 2007 classical sitar concert featuring Dr. Nirmala Kumari
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Dr. Nirmala Kumari, an acclaimed Sitarist, is an exponent of North Indian Classical music.Referring to her extra-ordinary talent, Ustad
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Nirmala is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and teacher of Sitar at the Indian Cultural Centre. Shawathi , a non-profitable organization which organized the Swaranjali , is dedicated to the promotion of Eastern Classical music in Sri Lanka. Shawathi is headed by Nirmala.In this concert, she is accompanied on
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Apart from being a brilliant academic, Nirmala has proved her metal as a performing artist.Her music recitals were not only aired over the All India Radio and Durdarshan TV but she also performed at diverse Indian festivals of music.She also took part in public competitions and
The Solo Sitar Recital by Dr. ...
www.dailynews.lk, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
The Solo Sitar Recital by Dr. Nirmala Kumari was accompanied by Dharshanapathi Chanaka Peiris on Tabla.However, the introduction to Rag, Alap Jod, was played without an accompanying instrument.
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For this item Dr. Nirmala Kumari was accompanied by her students, Bhagesri Fonseka and Jagath Mapalagama.
The Rag is set to Madhyalaya Ek Tal (12 beats) and Druth Teental. This is also preceded by an introduction to the Rag, an Alap.
The next item, perhaps, the most innovative of all of them is Sitar ensemble composed by Dr. Nirmala Kumari.It is based on Rag Kalawathi and played on rhythm scheme Madhyalaya Teental.Thirteen Sitars were used for the performance.
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Kumari was fastened together by her students Yamuna Uswatte, Vajira
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performance on the part of Dr. Nirmala Kumari and her students.
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Nirmala is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and teacher of Sitar at the Indian Cultural Centre. Shawathi, a non-profitable organization which organized the Swaranjali, is dedicated to the promotion of Eastern Classical music in Sri Lanka.
Shawathi is headed by Nirmala.In this concert, she is accompanied on
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