Madhukali Vrind was started as the first ever choir of Madhya Pradesh in 1984 by Pt. Omprakash Chourasiya. It was an extention of the philosphy of Late Dr. Lalmani Misra after whom the well known organisation Madhukali was started. Dr. Misra had established that unless group acitivites were encouraged, Indian Classical music would lose its hold among the masses.Padma Vibhushan Baba allauddin Khan too had created a band with orphaned children to bring music to masses. In the earleir times, with limited means of communication, artistes and perfomers were greatly revered and emulated. Technology in the twentieth century, while provided greater access of good music, as a tool of democratic personal freedom it accorded an opportunity for less committed and tranined music lovers to express themselves. Choral and orchestral groups would provide opportunity to those talented individuals who were unable to pursue a full-time study of classical music.
Motivated by this philosphy and dedicated to its proponant Late Pt. Lalmani Misra the Vrindagana chose for itself a Raga created by Dr. Misra -- Madhukali. Madhukali Vrind is the first choral group of Madhya Pradesh that is famous today for new experiments in Vrindagana. In the last 26 years Madhukali Vrind has made a name for itself by performing in different parts of Madhya Pradesh the songs of old and modern poets in form of Vrindagana, creating thereby an awareness in new generation about those immortal poems and encouraging choral singing.
Madhukali Vrind played an important role in inculcating patriotism and brotherhood by bringing 5000 children to perform on a single platform. The children were trained in smaller groups at their schools. The group activity fostered a fraternal feeling and developed team spirit apart from creating a tradition of choral singing within the schools. Children who performed at school level, often graduate to the main Madhukali Vrind and some of them go on to study classical music, finally adopting it as a career.
Madhukali continously experiments setting new dimensions to Vrindagana. Focusing on themes, it takes up poetry from literature, folk-lore and writings in regional language presenting them in new aural and visual combinations. Its recent presentation, Mukti ka Mahayagya (The Freedom Crusade) was blending of history, poetry, drama and music. Madhukali is overwhelmed with requests for its performance received from various institutions throughout the country.
Madhukali has been registered with Akashvani, Doordarshan and Indian Council for Cultural Research for presenting special programmes. Several of its recordings are available commercially.
Madhukali Vrindgan has taken up initiative to popularise and start local choral groups and is prepared to travel to your town. Click here to Bring Harmony Home. For more information visit http://madhukali.com.