Ranked as one of the most eminent of Indian composers, Vanraj Bhatia has had a long and distinguished career that spans five decades and several genres of music. With a firm initial grounding in Indian classical ragas, Vanraj went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Paris Conservatoire, learning composition from masters such as Nadia Boulanger and Howard Ferguson. He was the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship from 1954 to 1958. After teaching at the Western Music Department at Delhi University in India from 1960 to 1965, Vanraj returned to his native Mumbai (Bombay), and has lived and worked there ever since.
His work runs through an amazing spectrum - from early compositions in the Western classical style (Concerto, Sonata, Quintet) to incidental music for Indian stage productions such as the powerful dramas “Tughlak” and “Andha Yug.” But his most prolific output has been in the worlds of advertising jingles and scores for over 40 feature and documentary films, including the award-winning music of “Bhumika” and “Manthan,” both directed by Shyam Benegal. He received the Gold Medal from the Indian National Film Awards for his brilliant, evocative score for the film “Tamas.”
Vanraj Bhatia — Sangit Raat (Night Music)
Vanraj Bhatia is recognized as one of India’s leading composers of art and film music. Trained in both traditional Indian music (raga), and modern Western composition (with Nadia Boulanger), his music combines the two with precisely notated rhythms and ornaments. This challenging four movement contemporary work for solo flute (Night Music I, Song from Jammu, Dance in 3+7 rhythm, Night Music II) utilizes elements of the Indian flute folk music played by young boys in the night markets of Delhi.
For Flute Solo, 8-9 minutes.
FL-0140 . . . $19.00