22.04.2023 Events, Literature, Music

A Hundred Comforts- a poetry concert dedicated to Wisława Szymborska

Polish Institute New Delhi and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presented A Hundred Comforts, a poetry concert dedicated to Wisława Szymborska, a Polish female poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1996. The concert took place on 22nd April 2023 at the museum venue in Saket.
The poems were translated by Renata Czekalska and Ashok Vajpeyi into Hindi and published in 2004. A selection of poems showed the imagination, a humor, irony and the dialectics of chance and necessity.
During the performance musicians sang both in Polish and Hindi. English translation was also delivered to the audience. Along with music, the visual arts were displayed which made the whole performance a multi- sensory experience.
A Hundred Comforts concert was organised to celebrate year 2023 as the Year of Wisława Szymborska declared by the Senate of the Republic of Poland.

Here you can find more information about artists:

Karolina Beimcik- voice, violin
Sari Mustafa- tabla, voice
Ejaz Hussein- sarangi
Aleksandra Mleczko – visual arts

Karolina Beimcik
Karolina Beimcik was born in Poznań, Poland. She is a violinist and jazz/folk singer, drawing from many other influences, including Polish and Ukrainian folk music and poetry. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance which she obtained at Queens College in New York City, Beimcik also earned her MA in Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. Inspired by the world around her, and fascinated by her fellow humans, one of the focuses of Karolina’s work is the function of society and interpersonal relationships. In 2018 she was selected to the artists residency Citizen Artist Incubator under the patronage of Yo -Yo- Ma, where she worked on the socially engaged projects.
Following her passion, Karolina became an artist – in- residence in Morocco where she studied its culture and many different styles of the traditional Moroccan music. From 2017-2019, she curated two musical projects under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage: Zorya – an international project that promotes Polish music culture in New York and Komeda. Stories Crafted With Sounds.
Her recent interests and research work are related to the relationship between body and voice, as well as body awareness in music, psychology and art therapy.
She has performed in many places around the world such as New York, Washington, Mexico, Ukraine, Germany. Her newest album NOONS will be released in fall 2023.

Rafał Sarnecki
Rafał Sarnecki is a guitarist, composer, arranger born in 1982 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2005 he left his hometown to study jazz in New York where he spend most of his career. Living in NY he was involved in a variety of New York based groups such as: Lucas Pino No-Net Nonet, Annie Chen Group and David Bertrand Quartet. He also started his own sextet featuring Lucas Pino, Bogna Kicińska, Glenn Zaleski, Rick Rosato and Colin Stranahan. As a leader of his own projects he has perfomed in North and South Americas, most European countries and did 15 tours in Asia.
Rafal has recorded five CDs as a leader. Three of them: Song From a New Place (2008), Cat’s Dream (2014) and A View From The Treetop (2022) were nominated for the Fryderyk award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy. The Madman Rambles Again (2011, Fresh Sound) was selected as among the best jazz albums of 2011 by Hi – Fi magazine and All About Jazz.
Living in NYC Rafal received his BFA degree from the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at the New School and his MA in music performance from the graduate jazz program at the CUNY Queens College. In 2015 he received a Ph.D. in composition from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Currently Rafal is living in Warsaw. He is an adjunct profesor at the University of Music in Łódź.

Shariq Mustafa (tabla, voice)
Shariq Mustafa is today the 5th generation Tabla player of the Thirakwa lineage. He is an Indian tabla player and hails from the Farukhabad gharana. He has assimilated the highly evolved and complex heritage of various tabla styles from his father and late grandfather, Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa and Ahmed Jan Thirakwa.
Started at a very early age his interest in traditional music of all cultures has inspired friendship with western musicians. He has collaborated with various western musicians like Patsy Reid, a renowned fiddle player from the UK and Manuel Hermia, ,Belgian musician and soprano player, Karolina Beimcik (Poland), Katayun Gourdazy (USA), to name a few.
Shariq Mustafa has performed in concerts and given solo performances throughout the world. Recent performances have included: 6th Jashan-e-Rekhta, Indo-French Musical Meet, National Art Museum, India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, India Islamic Centre, International Jazz Festival (New Delhi), The London Jazz festival (Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom), the Ottawa music festival (Canada), Lugano Estival Jazz (Lugano, Switzerland). He has also performed for the late President of India Sri. Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India, Chief Justice of India Sri. Sharad Arvind Bobde on the occasion of International Judiciary Conference.

Ejaz Hussein (sarangi)
Ejaz Hussain comes from a rich musical family background where music has been going on in the family from generations. His grandfather was the renowned tabla Maestro, Ustad Buntu Khan Sahib of Ajarara gharana from Meerut.
But for Ejaz it was the musical instrument sarangi which persuaded him to go through the rigorous training to learn this art form. Inspired by the sound of this magnificent instrument Ejaz started learning sarangi under the traditional Guru- Shishya Parampara from the legendary Padmabhushan & Padmashree Awardee Ustaw Sabri Khan Sahib and his son Ustad Kamal Sabri Sahib at a very young age of 12.
Ejaz gave his first stage performance at the age of 14 and since than he never looked back. He has now performed in a number of well known concerts as a soloist and accompanying his Gurus. He has recently won the prestigious Ministry of Culture Scholarship award, the best instrumentalist award by Chintmaya Center of Music and The Surmani. He also won the Sangeet Natak Academy Scholarship. Apart from the pure Indian classical music Ejaz loves to experiment on his instrument with different sounds and different forms of music.

Aleksandra Mleczko
Aleksandra Mleczko is a graphic designer, photographer and visual artist. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. The areas of her work include design of cover art and events’ visual identity. She has collaborated with such artists as Ichiko Aoba, Kuba Więcek, Grażyna Auguścik, Albert Karch, Kamil Piotrowicz, Karolina Beimcik, Jan Emil Młynarski. She also creates animated music videos mostly around the jazz scene (Kuba Więcek feat. Marcin Masecki, Grzegorz Tarwid, Rafał Sarnecki, Minim feat. Sainkho Namtchylak).
She is a co-creator of HER Docs Foundation and head of design for the HER Docs Film Festival – the first Polish documentary festival dedicated to female authors. As a photographer she documents concerts and other cultural events e.g. for the legendary SPATiF club in Warsaw, Poland.

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