Prolific Indian recording artiste Naveen Kumar (pictured), known for his collaboration with Academy-Award winning music composer A R Rahman, will be in Doha to headline Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming concert on February 8 at Qatar National Convention Centre.
A flautist, music composer and singer, Naveen will perform at the concert “Music of Bollywood with Naveen Kumar/Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019” featuring music by well-known Indian and Qatari composers.
The repertoire includes A R Rahman compositions including Theme from Bombay, Cry of Rose (Kadhal Rojave) and Medley of Tollywood and Bollywood as well as Naveen’s compositions Fantasy Flute and Cafe Fluid.
Songs by Qatari composers which will be performed at the show include Dana Alfardan’s Spirit of Thunder, Nasser Sahim’s Four Seasons, and Wael Binali’s The Oryx and the Unicorn from Shafallah Suite.
Ravi’s Music from Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Ilaiyaraaja’s Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu from the movie Thalapathi, and M.M. Keeravani’s Music from Baahubali are among other pieces set to be performed at the show.
Under the baton of Tuomas Kantelinen, the concert will also feature Ravi Chari on sitar, Tanmoy Bose (tabla), Ratul Shankar (drum), Madhab Deka (keyboard) and Hricha Debraj Das and Pranav Robin Joseph (vocals).
The initiative is part of Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture, a year-long programme developed by Qatar Museums to deepen understanding between nations through mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport.
Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture was planned in collaboration with leading institutions in Qatar and India, including the Embassy of Qatar in New Delhi, the Embassy of India in Doha, Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and Sport, Qatar Foundation, Qatar National Tourism Council, and Doha Film Institute, among others.
Naveen has contributed immensely to the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu film industries. Apart from Indian flutes, Naveen is also proficient at playing rare and exotic varieties from across the world. He is the inventor of many unique wind instruments, the most renowned being The Naveen Flute, which combines the flute tone with the vibration of strings.
He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues around the globe and some of his most memorable concerts include those at Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, at Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi and recently, for the President Of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Ticket prices range from QRR75 to QR200 and can be purchased at Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s website. The concert is scheduled on February 8 at 7.30pm at QNCC’s Al Mayassa Theatre