Nalini Ghuman wins the 2021 François Lesure award for the best book review in the journal Fontes Artes Musicae

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The Balzan Programme for Musicology -  British Academy, London 16-17 June 2016 The Musicking Body: Maud MacCarthy


Lecture at UC Davis - The Real Pioneers of Indian Music in the West -  5/215 @4pm      for more info click here


Imagined Journeys: Lalla Roukh and Her Story - A Conversation with Nirupama Rao, former Ambassador of India to the United States- 5/3/15 @4pm


A Special Book Launch Concert  for Resonances of the Raj

Mills College

Littlefield Concert Hall

Oakland, CA USA

Sunday afternoon,

14 September @ 4pm

This special concert was presented to celebrate the publication of my first book.  The program featured music by Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, John Foulds, Kaikhosru Sorabji, Liza Lehmann and Amy Woodforde-Finden.

There was an exciting line-up of leading Bay Area ensembles, soloists, and Mills music alumnae in this fascinating program of innovative compositions which reveal a rich history of cross-cultural musical exchange between India and Britain during the first half of the twentieth century,  and it included a historical recreation and several US premieres. 

The Friction Quartet played the US premiere of John Foulds' poignant last string quartet movement, Lento Quieto, written in Panjab, India, in 1935.

Schola Cantorum San Francisco with friends and alumnae performed Gustav Holst's.

Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda. Under their Artistic Director, Paul Flight, they were joined by Jessica Schaeffer on harp, and Charles Lloyd on tanpura, members of the Friction Quartet, and Esther Lakhani on piano in a performance of To Varuna and Hymn of the Travellers for women’s voices; Hymn to Manas for unaccompanied male chorus with Raymond Martinez, baritone; and the dramatic Hymn To the Unknown God.


Maya Kherani, coloratura soprano, with Kris Palmer on flute and Nalini Ghuman on piano, performed The Snake Charmer, a poem by Sarojini Naidu set to music by Liza Lehmann.

In a historical recreation of the first All India Radio Indo-European Ensemble created by John Foulds, Sheela Bringi, bansuri, Kash Killion, sarangi, Charles Lloyd, sitar, Farley Pearce, dilruba, Jody Stecher, sursringar, and Sudarshan Siddhaye, tabla, played music as broadcast from Delhi in the 1930s in the first performance outside India.

Madhuvanti Bhide, acclaimed Hindustani vocalist, performed music which the pioneer of Indian music in the West, Maud MacCarthy, sang in London in the 1910s, accompanied by Shri. Satish Gadagkar Ji, violin and Sudarshan Siddhaye, tabla.

Gabriela Estephanie Solis, contralto, was joined by the Friction Quartet and pianist Esther Lakhani, in Edward Elgar’s little-known treasure, Hail Immemorial Ind!

Tenor Mark Bonney sang Amy Woodforde-Finden’s ‘World Famous’ Kashmiri Song, ‘Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar’.

Baritone Paul Flight was joined by pianist Nalini Ghuman in Holst’s haunting solo Vedic Hymn To Varuna.

Pianists Nalini Ghuman and Esther Lakhani gave the US premieres of excerpts from two modernist masterpieces, John Foulds’s Essays in the Modes, and Kaikhosru Sorabji’s Opus Clavicembalisticum.

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