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QUEENS OF MELODY
Eleonore Fourniau, vocal and hurdy-gurdy
After an adolescence in Ouzbekistan, Éléonore Fourniau left her native France for Turkey to learn Turkish and Kurdish musical styles and chants. She learnt saz in the conservatory of Istanbul and in the school of Erdal Erzincan where she met numerous masters. With her saz and her hurdy-gurdy, a medieval instrument that she brings subtly into Oriental music, she sings the traditional repertoire of Turkish popular music with great passion. Appreciated for her technique and her crystalline voice, Eleonore is recognized as a brilliant interpret of the Kurdish repertory and is touring now all over the world as a soloist as well as singer in different ensembles.
Nandini Shankar, violin
Nandini Shankar is one of the talented daughters of the violin maestro Dr. Sangeeta Shankar: she began her training in music from the tender age of 3 under the tutelage of her mother and illustrious grandmother, Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam. Being born and brought up in a musical atmosphere, she started her career as a violinist at an early age. Nandini is presently one of the promising figure of Indian Classical music. She has been the recipient of Cultural Scholarship awarded by Ministry of Culture and has also received ‘Jashn-e-Youngistan’ from the Vice-President of India in 2018. In parallel of her music career, she is a Faculty member at Whistling Woods International, a premier film institute in Mumbai.
Abhishek Mishra, tabla
Born in a family of musicians, Abhishek Mishra is one of the young gifted tabla players from the Benaras style of playing. Son of Pt. Birendra Nath Mishra, he has started to learn tabla at an early age with his grandfather, Pt. Surendra Mohan Mishra, before getting the guidance of Pt. Pooran Maharaj and Pt. Kumar Bose. Abhishek is currently an A grade artist from All India Radio & Doordarshan and he is regularly accompanying senior Hindustani artists in renowned music festivals.