LATEST NEWS: Manju Mehta's Australia tour an amazing success

Manju Mehta performed her last concert in Australia on Sunday 4th September at the OzAsia festival in Adelaide. The response has been overwhelming in each state, with a number of sold-out performances and high praise.

Barefoot Review:

"...Hailing from a rare breed of female sitarists, Mehta was the epitome of beauty and grace as she sat gently atop the carpeted stage, drawing her song from the complex instrument.
As an audience member you were struck by not only her talent, but her strength and endurance. She played with speed and finesse for 45 minutes almost without pause. The combination of Mehta and Bennett's sitar mastery matched with Dabgar's equally intense drumming was mesmerising, stealing away the time as your mind was lulled into quiet respite.
Raga Shambhala is a wonderful taste of two cultures that, in a world obsessed only with the tangible, manage to keep hold of their mysticism and spiritualism..."
Nicole Russo
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Independent Daily, Sept 5:

"...Dazzling skill and interesting structure that even a relative newcomer to Indian music could work with and almost understand. A huge reception from an almost-full crowd showed this show was a resounding success." Rob Horne
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AdelaideNOW:

"... we were treated to an extraordinary display of sitar playing by Manju Mehta, who, it transpires, is Josh Bennett's guru... Her playing displayed a classical purity and restraint that is rare today in world of virtuosos bent on displaying their technical prowess. But when joined by Jay Dabgar in the rhythmic development of the raga, she unleashed an improvisation of unstoppable and seemingly inexhaustible energy. It was a performance of the highest musical order." Stephen Whittington
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QACI Workshop Review:

"On Monday19th August, 2011, we were extremely privileged to have Manju Mehta perform for us... Accompanying her were two magnificent musicians from Adelaide... The group were able to offer excellent demonstrations of the style, and I think most of us gained a greater understanding of this highly complex music. It was of particular interest to Year 12’s who studied a compulsory ‘Non-Western Music’ unit in Term One this year, as an experience like this is seldom achieved in a text book!"
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