Indian Music: Shweta Jhaveri, vocalist

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 7:30pm
Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC)

Shweta Jhaveri is one of the prominent voices of her generation. She is rated as one of the most innovative Indian vocalists of the younger generation by critics of Indian as well as globally. She performs the Indian vocal form Khayal and also Tappa, Thumri and Bhajan styles. Musically, what sets Jhaveri apart, is her unique mesmerizing voice, soulful vocal expression and remarkable innovative spontaneity. She has classical and semi-classical compositions as well as contemporary music scores to her credit.
Shweta began performing at the age of nine and grew up listening to the music of East and West as a child, encouraged by her parents. She began studying music at the age of six under the guidance of late Pandit Vilas Khandekar in Ahmedabad-India, and had her ‘Masters in Indian Music’ under his guidance. She holds a B.A. in English Literature. From 1984–1994 her music was further nurtured under the guidance of the world renowned maestro Pandit Jasrajji.
Jhaveri continues to perform, compose and occasionally teaches vocal workshops in different parts of the world. Jhaveri is the first female vocalist from the state of Gujarat, India, to perform nationally and internationally. She is the first Indian classical vocalist to have performed and recorded her compositions with Western musicians. She composes music under her banner ‘Cosmic Khayals’ founded in 1998. Shweta has sung for the award winning film Dance of the Wind and also for television.She has performed widely in concert venues in India, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands. In 2001, she was the first Indian classical vocalist to perform in Argentina.