Hungarian music Ensemble Kalaka
Wed, Dec 13, 2017, 10:30 AM - Wed, Dec 13, 2017, 12:30 PM
Organiser : Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies and the Music Department, University of Delhi
Department of Music, University Road
University of Delhi
Delhi - Delhi
The renowned Hungarian Ensemble Kaláka is visiting Delhi, Mumbai and Goa from 12 th to
20 th December, 2017.
Their first performance organised jointly by the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian
Studies and the Music Department, University of Delhi will be held in the Music Department,
University of Delhi at 10.30 am on the 13 th of December, 2017. Viewers can watch the
members of Kaláka picking up double-bass, guitar,flutes, zither, panpipe, clarinet, guitar, lute,
Jewish harp,12 string guitars, viola one after the other and playing them with equal ease and
Poems in songs by János Arany, the famous Hungarian poet(1817-1882) will be one of the
main themes of all the concerts, celebrating Arany’s two hundredth anniversary. Arany’s
funny, philosophical and dramatic poetry will be presented along with the poems of other
Hungarian and Indian poets.Anna T. Szabó will be the moderator of the programmes and she
will speak about the poet and his poems in the context of Hungarian literature and music.
After Delhi the group will be flying to Mumbai on the 15 th of December where they’ll give a
concert in the famous Somaiya Vihar Music School on 16 th December, 2017. On the 17 th they
have performances in the Times Literary Festival. On the 18 th they fly to Goa where they have
their last concerts.
About the Artists : Everybody in Hungary in the age group 3-90 years knows what Kaláka is. This charming and
versatile group of five musicians (Gábor Becze, Dániel Gryllus, Vilmos Gryllus, Gábor Major,
Balázs Radványi) with their special Hungarian instruments will be joined by Anna T. Szabó
who is a scholar of Hungarian literature, a poet, a writer and an outstanding translator of
poetry. She says about Kaláka: ‘Kaláka is one of Hungary's national treasures. As their name
means voluntary community service, they've been tirelessly spreading the joy of music and
the elevating power of sung poetry all over the world for almost fifty years with the same zest,
ingenuity and enthusiasm.’
The ensemble was founded in 1969 in a Budapest bier garden
when the members had just joined the university. Since then they have been dedicating their
music to Hungarian poetry, either to children’s poetry and rhymes or to classical Hungarian
poets, János Arany, Attila József, Lajos Áprily and Sándor Weöres. Their name, Kaláka refers
to a Transylvanian folk custom of working together.
They have twenty five CD-s to their credit. Kaláka was awarded the Kossuth Prize in 2000
and the Prima Primissima Prize in 2004. They have travelled to South-America (Argentina,
Brazil and Chile), Mongolia, Japan and Korea.