ANA RUCNER

rucnerAna Rucner rođena je u Zagrebu, gdje je i završila studij violončela u klasi prof. Željka Švaglića te Krešimira Lazara. Tijekom studija pohađala je mnoge stručne seminare i radila s nekim od najpoznatijih glazbenih autoriteta, kao što su Menahem Meir, Gustav Neiva Tavares, Dmitri Miller, David Grigorian, Vladimir Perlin i Silvija Sondeckiene. Sudjelovala je s velikim uspjehom na mnogim glazbenim natjecanjima, a jedna od osvojenih te Ani vrlo dragih nagrada je Diploma di merito, osvojena 1999. godine na Međunarodnom natjecanju mladih violončelista. Anini roditelji također su glazbenici: majka Snježana solo čelistica u Hrvatskom narodnom kazalištu, a otac Dragan violist je solist u Zagrebačkoj filharmoniji. Anin brat Mario također svira violu. Snježana i Dragan Rucner osnovali su 1998. godine Rucner String Quartet. Ana često spominje roditelje kao veliku podršku te kao osobe koje su imale najveći utjecaj na njezino obrazovanje i razvoj karijere. Jedna je od najinovativnijih predstavnica klasične glazbe u Hrvatskoj, s osvojenih 30 domaćih te međunarodnih prizna-nja i nagrada. Njezini su nastupi, kao predstavnice naše zemlje, među najuspje-šnijima diljem svijeta. Sa snimljenih više od 30 promotivnih videa Ana Rucner nastupala je preko 700 puta u više od 30 zemalja svijeta, pronoseći radost glazbe te predstavljajući Hrvatsku preko djela najvećih skladatelja svih vremena na svoj, moderan i jedinstveni način. Elementi klasične, moderne i etno glazbe, uz atraktivan nastup na sceni, svrstavaju Anu Rucner u sam vrh uspješnih hrvatskih izvođača na svjetskoj sceni.

Ana je bila prva hrvatska glazbenica koja je svirala električno violončelo, čime je privukla i mlađu publiku. Surađivala je s Joseom Carrerasom, Davidom Müllerom, članom poznatog kvarteta Il Divo, kao i s Peterom Soaveom, najpoznatijim svjetskim bandoneonistom te harmonikašem i mnogim drugim poznatim umjetnicima. Od 2008. godine Ana djeluje kao slobodni umjetnik, a njezine mnogobrojne aktivnosti pridonose prepoznatljivosti hrvatske kulture diljem svijeta.

Ana Rucner 2011. godine osmislila je poseban festival u Dubrovniku pod nazivom “Ana u Gradu”, koji je danas dio kulturne tradicije Dubrovnika. Poseban je koncert svake godine 21. lipnja u pet sati ujutro na Srđu, u kojem Ana uz glazbene goste dočekuje prvo ljetno sunce i na Svjetski dan glazbe oduševljava turiste, koji se zbog ovog jedinstvenog događaja bude u osvit ne bi li doživjeli uistinu nezaboravno iskustvo. Snimila je četiri albuma do sada te osvojila tridesetak domaćih i međunarodnih nagrada za turističke videospotove, zbog čega ju često nazivaju ambasadoricom hrvatskog turizma. Osvojila je i titulu počasne ambasadorice grada Pekinga 2011. godine. Ove godine obilježava 15 godina svoga rada i ljubavi prema glazbi, te je tom prigodom održala dva humanitarna koncerta “15 godina ljubavi za radost djece u Baranji” u Hrvatskim narodnim kazalištima u Zagrebu i Osijeku.

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CHITRAVALI - BY RAMA VAIDYANATHAN

The vastness of Krishna’s form can be celebrated through various forms of art, and to become Krishnamaya we can immerse ourselves in the sweetness of his unparalleled beauty through a whole gambit of artistic expressions. As no art form can exist in isolation, Chitravali brings together three creative paths of painting, music, and dance to create a picture book where we can see, hear, and experience Krishna. Ancient miniature paintings, Sanskirt verses, bandishes from Hindustani music, and the dance form of Bharatanatyam all come together to experience Krishnamaya. “It is a full moon night in Brindavan, and Krishna dances the maharaas with the gopis, in a circle of ecstasy that has no beginning, and has no end. With his divine power, he multiplies himself and dances simultaneously with all the gopis, thereby convincing them of his presence within each one of them. All animate and inanimate objects are stunned by the magic of the rasakrida. The rasakrida that eventually leads the gopis to the path of liberation, where each individual becomes Krishnamaya.”
“I see my dark lord’s face in the dark clouds that loom over me. Sometimes like wild elephants, and sometimes like huge ocean waves. And as it starts pouring, I am reminded of his overwhelming presence in my life. Without my dark lord, this beautiful evening has no meaning. And, therefore, I set out in search of him in the dark night, braving thunder, lightning, and heavy rains. I become the abhisarika.”
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Chitravali was premiered at the Natya Darshan symposium for Kartik Fine Arts in Chennai, and subsequently presented in Delhi for the Sarvam Foundation, and in Mumbai for Rasabodhi Arts. For this production Rama has intensely researched the miniature paintings, and found movement within the paintings. She has explored the movement dynamics of Bharatanatyam to infuse life into the characters of the paintings. She has used verses from the Bhagvatham, as well as bhakti poetry in Braj bhasha to describe the themes of the paintings. The Hindustani system of music through Khayal, Thumri, Dhrupad, and Tarana have been incorporated to maintain the flavor of the North Indian paintings.

Concept, Choreography, and Presentation: Rama Vaidyanathan
Resource Person: Dr. Harsha Dehejia
Music Composition: Suhail Yusuf Khan & Rajat Prasanna
Nattuvangam & Technical Support: Shubhamani Chandrasekhar
Vocal: Ranita Dey
Tabla: Vishal Nagar
Sarangi: Suhail Yusuf Khan

 

 

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AMAL AL AATHEM

Amal Al Aathem is one of the most prominent and proactive Qatari artists today, her reputation as an artist with a real voice and message has won her respect internationally. Amal Al Aathem has created 20 solo exhibitions locally and internationally. Her work has been widely exhibited in international and local galleries and museums as well as art fairs in countries such as the US, France, Italy, United kingdom, Dominican Republic, China, Japan, Germany, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and all the GCC Countries. In addition she was part of a number of international and local exhibitions. Amal Al Aathem has a very acute and critical eye on social and cultural issues involving women today in the Middle East, her work is extremely sensitive and very warm at times, every painting feels like a gently breeze of air passing through you, they involve you with the presence/absence of the figures, light/shadows and with what is said/suggested. Being recognized for her immense work, she has been awarded many prizes locally and internationally

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In the Contemporary Art Panorama in Qatar today, Amal Al Aathem is definitely one of its refreshing pillars, having been mentored and inspired by many of the Qatari pioneer artists, she is today a source of inspiration and force for the very young and aspiring artists in Qatar. She is seen as an example of fortitude, resilience in her artistic practice and a strong voice. Therefore she has also established an Art Institute called 7th Heaven Arts Center as the Founder and Chairperson of the center. Currently she is undertaking the position of a Counselor at the Ministry of Culture and Sport in the State of Qatar.

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PHOTO EXHIBITION MAHATMA GHANDI

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PHOTO EXHIBITION – MAHATMA GANDHI
‘INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER’
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was the leader of Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedoms across the world. He is unofficially called the ‘Father of the Nation’, famously leading Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400km Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to ‘Quit India’ in 1942. India finally gained independence in 1947. The Exhibition displays photo exhibits celebrating the life of India’s independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, a global icon of peace and non-violence. It depicts Gandhi with various prominent personalities of that time and gatherings of his supporters on public venues. Moreover, it emphasises his humanness towards fellow human beings and endurance during moments of fasting and daily life occurrences. The exhibition is sponsored by the External Publicity & Public Diplomacy (XPD) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Interesting facts about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as a means of both self-purification and political protest. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize 5 times but never received one, even posthumously. Great Britain, the country against whom he fought for independence, released a stamp in honouring him, 21 years after his death. ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’ - Mahatma Gandhi

YEON JU YEONG

Yeon Ju Jeong je počela svirati violinu sa pet godina. U dobi od devet godina, osvojila je prvu nagradu na Nacionalnom studentskom muzičkom takmičenju u rodnoj Koreji. Nakon što je diplomirala na Srednjoj umjetničkoj školi u Seoulu, primljena je na Univerzitet YeonSe. Yeonju je nastavila razvijati svoju muzičku estetiku, strast i filozofiju za violinu pohađajući razne majstorske radionice širom svijeta. Doktorsku titulu iz muzičke umjetnosti primila je od Konzervatorija Čajkovski u Moskvi gdje je, u klasi profesora Sergeja Kravčenka, ostvarila svoje umjetničke potencijale. Godine 2001, Yeonju Jeong osvaja prvu nagradu na internacionalnom muzičkom takmičenju u Sofiji (Bugarska) pod nazivom “Muzika i Zemlja”. Nastupala je u Rusiji, Grčkoj, Poljskoj, Italiji, Austriji, Koreji, Njemačkoj, Bugarskoj, Hrvatskoj, Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama i Bosni i Hercegovini. Trenutno je zaposlena kao profesor na Muzičkoj akademiji u Sarajevu. Nakon njenog recitala u Radijskoj dvorani u Atini, mediji su je opisalo kao „violinisticu koja posjeduje dubinu izraza i sposobnost stvaranja jedinstvenih i dubokih zvučnih boja”. Nakon nastupa sa Sejong filharmonijskim orkestrom 2010. godine u Centru Sejong, kritičari su iskazali jednak stav: „Čistoća i jasnoća veoma su snažne u njenoj mladalačkoj izvedbi. Ona je obećavajući mladi violinist sa posebnim talentom za izražavanje ljepote forme kroz vlastu interpretaciju."

Yeon Ju Jeong started playing the violin at the age of 5. By age 9, she won first prize at the National Students Music Contest in her native Korea. After graduating from Seoul Arts High School, she entered YeonSe University. Jeong continued to develop her musical aesthetics, passion and philosophy for the violin when attending various masterclasses worldwide. She received her DMA from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, studying under professor Sergey Kravchenko, where she feels she realized to the fullest her potential. In 2011, Yeonju Jeong won First prize at the ‘Music and Earth’ International music competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has performed in Russia, Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria, Korea, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, USA and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At present she is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. After her joint recital at the Athens Radio Hall in Greece, the media described her as “a violinist who has depth in her expression and is capable of creating unique and profound timbres.”After her performance with Sejong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 at Sejong Center, critics and audiences alike have spoken of her: “One can vividly feel the purity and clarity of her youthful performance. She is definitely a promising young violinist with a talent for expressing the beauty of form through her own interpretation.