An ICCR empanelled artiste and an Akashwani artiste, Radhika Sood Nayak has been honoured with the 'Sur Mani' and 'Radio City Super Singer' awards.
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A world of wisdom resides in the Sufi poetry of our land. This poetry centers around our search for who we are, our identity beyond the boundaries of religion, caste, gender, our body, the ephemeral nature of life, and the role of the 'Murshid' to show us the path to the divine.
This course delves into the poetry of our Sufi mystics - Baba Farid (13th century), Shah Hussein (16th century), Baba Bulleh Shah, and Hazrat Sultan Bahu (17th century).
The highlights of this course include -
About the Teacher
Radhika Sood Nayak - a celebrated Sufi vocalist and composer - discovered her love for Sufi music for the first time through the kalaam of poets Baba Bulleh Shah, Shah Hussain, and Sultan Bahu.
Her journey as a performer started with the Mumbai Kabir Festival. She has since performed at Rajasthan, Malwa & Telangana Kabir Yatras, Kala Ghoda - Make in India Festival, World Sacred Spirit Festival at Nagaur in Rajasthan, Sama’a Festival of Sufi Music at NCPA Mumbai, Old World Theatre Festival at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, Mystic Kalinga Festival in Bhubaneshwar, Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai and Lotus Temple Auditorium in Delhi.
Creating musical narratives around Sufi poetry, and making it accessible beyond the boundaries of language has been Radhika's endeavour since she stepped into the realm of Sufi poetry. She has also presented folk music from Punjab in specially curated concerts. Her interest in Punjabi poets Amrita Pritam and Shiv Kumar Batalvi has led her to curate and weave their work and life stories through music.
Radhika released her first Single ‘Ishq Kamaal’ as Singer and Composer in 2019. In 2020, as she was on the cusp of releasing her first
Music Video ‘AsāN‘, the pandemic changed the course of the music video, which then became a fundraising medium for the ‘Goonj Rahat Covid 19’ campaign. In early 2021, she released ‘Rabba Sacheya’ (a Nazm by Faiz Ahmed Faiz) as a dedication to the farmers of our land.
Radhika's collaborative journeys have led her to Lahore-based artists, Huma Safdar and Abuzar Madhu (Theatre, dance and movement artists), to create two Music videos ~ ‘Sunn Jind Ni’ and ‘Kyon Albeli Katte’, against the backdrop of her composition and vocals with poetry by 16th-century Sufi faqeer Shah Hussein. Another step to unravel the poetry of this Sufi mystic was a music-dance collaboration ‘Faqeer Nimaana’ with Kathak exponent Sanjukta Wagh and musicians Vinayak Netke and Hitesh Dhutia. Radhika has also performed with artists Kailash Kher, Sachin-Jigar, and Anup Jalota as part of a Music ensemble to launch the online ‘Bhakti’ Channel of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD).
An Akashvani artiste (India’s National Broadcaster) and ‘Sur Mani’ awardee, Radhika won the ‘Radio City Super Singer’ Award in 2013, run by FM Radio Channel Radio City. Radhika was awarded the 'Distinguished Alumnus' Award in 2017 by her alma-mater XLRI Jamshedpur, a premier Business School of India. Radhika is also an Empanelled Artist with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Trained in Hindustani Classical Music at the ‘Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’ in Delhi, Radhika has been a disciple of Shri Dayal Thakur for the last 12 years. After her MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, she worked with Unilever and ANZ Grindlays before immersing herself in music.
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