Udgam

Udgam is a non-profit organization founded by Marina as a platform to nurture and promote emerging artists in the field of Indian classical music. Its aim is to run workshops and stage four concerts every year, showcasing fledgeling talent as well as more established performers within the genre. The idea for the project emerged in its embryonic form many years ago during the early stages of Marinas performing career. As a young musician, she endured all the tribulations which are commonly shared by up-and-comers in any artistic pursuit; the difficulty in establishing a name, finding a performance space and gaining recognition for one's work. It was during this phase of her career that she asked herself how she could one day help ease the burden on other young artists pursuing the same journey.

 

The result is Ugdam. Founded in New York in 2008 with the help of Marinas students, in particular, Snehal and Vaishali, Ugdam has spent the subsequent years following through on its mission to promote Indian Classical music and afford talented young artists a platform to present their gifts to a wider audience. These young artists are usually showcased together with more well-known practitioners, in theatres as well as in the traditional baithak style, which brings the artist and the enthusiast together within an intimate setting. And in keeping with its ethos of supporting the artist, the organization also charges a nominal membership fee, which it divides up among the talent.

 

Since its inception, Ugdam has added chapters in Washington DC and Dhaka, with another one planned in Mumbai next year. The year 2012 also heralded the inaugural Ugdam Music Festival in Dhaka. Marinas ambitions for the project include the establishment of chapters in Chicago and Los Angeles, and the creation of an all-night concert to be held on an annual basis. Moreover, Ugdam aims to continue its efforts in promoting and celebrating Indian classical music in all its branches, in all its various stylistic forms, and in acting as a medium between the performers of the music and those who love it.

 

Previous events

An Evening Of Classical And Sufi Music With Marina Ahmad

Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA, England., London

Marina Ahmad graces our stage with a mesmerising performance of classical and Sufi music Marina Ahmad was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During her time in Bangladesh she studied under the tutelage of respected musicians Ustad Phul Mohammed Khan and Shri Barin Majumdar Srimoti Ila Majumdar and then as a student at Dhaka Music College. Her pursuit of North Indian classical music ultimately took her to its birthplace and after a brief stint at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi, Marina was taken on by the internationally renowned Sangeet Martand Padma Bhibhushan Pandit Jasraj-ji, a master and luminary of the North Indian Classical music genre.

More recently, she has been collaborating with western musicians, synthesising resonant classical Indian vocals with eclectic jazz, blues, and gospel-inspired arrangements.

Marina Ahmad In Japan 2019

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Marinaji's annual Japan tour from the 27th of October to the 4th of November where she collaborated with various artists from Japan. Here's a rundown of the tour:

27th of October – She facilitated a North India Vocal Workshop accompanied by Kazuto Sashihara on Tabla.

→ 2nd November 2019

Marina Ahmad with Guest Singer Sally Sachi

Theme: My Favourite Songs (Classical Sufi Songs)

As a special guest, we welcomed singer Sally Sachi, who is an opera and jazz singer and pianist in recent years and has been actively involved in Indian music collaboration projects in India

→ 3rd November 2019

Live Talk with Marina Ahmad

Theme: Meet & Greet Session + North Indian Classical Music and Sufi Renditions

During this session, you can get up close and spark a conversation with Marina Ahmad on her music and journey. Afterwhich, she will be accompanied by Tomoko Sano on keyboard, Kazuto Sashihara on tabla and Manao Doi on guitar for the music segment.

→ 4th November 2019

Marina Ahmad in collaboration with Yusuke Tominaga

Theme: Devine Love

As a special guest, we will welcome Yusuke Tominaga, a singer-songwriter who has an established reputation for outstanding singing ability.

Mr Tominaga made a major debut in 2018 with “Silk Road Dear Mr Matsuhime” who sang the life of Matsuhime sleeping in Shinmatsu-in with a crystal high-tone voice and released three albums this year.

8th Annual Udgam Utsav

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33 Parkway East, Yonkers, NY

Udgam Utsav is arranged by students of Hindustani classical music , for anyone who wants to pick up this sacred form of music or have been a student of Hindustani Classical Music.

The 3 day long workshop is conducted in a group setting and is accessible for students at most levels of their musical journey.

We strive to truly pass on the essence of the ragas and the fundamentals of classical music.

Your teachers will be Marina Ahmad herself along with Prithiwiraj and Pritam Bhattacharjee.

Send us an email at udgammusicinfo@gmail.com to learn more!

An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music

33 Parkway E, Yonkers, NY , 33 Parkway E, Yonkers, New York

September 7th 2019: An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music

Venue: 33 Parkway E, Yonkers, NY Time: 4 pm onwards

Pandit Yougesh Samsi – Tabla Hardip Singh Chana – Harmonium Arati Thakur Kundalkar – Vocalist Sanjay Deshpanday – Tabla Suyog Kundalkar – Harmonium

North-South : A Musical Confluence

33 Parkway East Yonkers, New York

Udgam brings you another exciting concert where Carnatic music meets Hindustani music in one evening of celebration, harmony and melody.

Pritam and Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee - Hindustani Vocal and Tabla

Pritam Bhattacharjee is among the forefront of people who continue the teachings of Pandit Jasraj and the Mewati Gharana. He and his brother continue performing and teaching out of Atlanta, improving their art day by day.

Salem Shriram - Carnatic Vocal accompanied by the Violin and Mridangam

Salem Shriram is one of the bright prospects among the upcoming vocalists from Chennai. He is among the senior disciples of Sri. Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurti of the Carnatic discipline.

Email us at udgammusicinfo@gmail.com or call/text us at 914-715-0074 to RSVP now!

Marina Ahmad in Japan : Raga Caravan 2018

Japan

November 10th 2018, Saturday Marina Ahmad Hindustani Classical vocal concert with Bharatanatyam Dance at Shinhoin , Nishihachioji, Tokyo -http://shinshouin.or.jp/

Marina Ahmad : Vocal, Kazuto Sashihara: Tabla, Tomoko Sano: Key, Manao Doi: Guitar, Bharatanatyam Indian Classical Dance : Junko Odagiri

7th Annual Udgam Utsav

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33 Parkway East, Yonkers, New York

Udgam Utsav is arranged by students of music , for students of music. It is conducted in a group setting and is accessible for students at most levels of their musical journey. We strive to truly pass on the essence of the ragas and the fundamentals of classical music.

Send us an email at udgammusicinfo@gmail.com to learn more!

Ineffable: The Divine Spirit Within by Marina Ahmad

29TH RARITAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM Prallsville Mills Stockton, NJ http://www.raritanrivermusic.org

Marina Ahmad Tokyo Japan

A Classical Sufi concert & workshop with Marina Ahmad in Tokyo, Japan April 7th & 8 th 2018

Marina Ahmad kyoto Japan

Marina Ahmad Indian Classical concert and Workshop in Kyoto

A Classical Sufi night with Marina Ahmad

Mukul & Ghetto Tigers and Surtaal presents A Classical Sufi night with Marina Ahmad November 4 Sat 2017 19:30 – 21:00 GMT Kobi Nazrul Centre 30 Hanbury St London E1 6QR United Kingdom

An Evening of Indian Classical and Sufi music

An evening of Classical and Sufi music with Marina Ahmed Friday, October 20 at 5 PM - 7 PM 14 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Banglamotor, Dhaka, 1000 Dhaka, Bangladesh

Classical Music Rendition by Marina Ahmad

To Celebrate Multiculturalism & Multilingualism On the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2017 The Permanent Delegation of Bangladesh to UNESCO Cercle des Delegués, UNESCO House, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 PARIS CEDEX 15 6pm-8pm on Wednesday 22 February 2017

Classical Sufi Music Concert

Classical Sufi Music featuring: Marina Ahmad-Vocal Pandit Ramesh Mishra-Sarangi Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee-Tabla Presented by UDGAM New York

Classical Music Evening with Marina Ahmad

Classical Music Evening with Marina Ahmad Presented by Chittagong Arts Complex A.K.Khan Auditorium at Fulki, Chittagong Bangladesh on 4th November, 2016, Friday at 6.30 P.M.

THE 5TH ANNUAL UDGAM UTSAV

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THE 5TH ANNUAL UDGAM UTSAV SEPT 30-OCT 2

Raga Caravan 2016

Marina Ahmad London Tour 2015

Dec. 13th at Rich Mix Dec. 16th at Indigo Live

Marina Ahmad Dhaka Tour

Dhaka Bangladesh

Dhaka Tour Nov 5th Dhaka Club Nov 6th Gulshan Club Nov 12th Chittagong Club Nov 18th Red Shift in Gulshan

UDGAM UTSAV Hindustani Vocal & Tabla workshop

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4th Annual Udgam Utsav A Hindustani Classical Vocal & Tabla Workshop By Marina Ahmad Pritam Bhattacharjee Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee October 9 to 12, 2015 Contact : Udgamutsavinfo@gmail.com