Dr Mamta Joshi- A Myriad Multitalented Music Genius and Peerless Performer of World Acclaim.Chronicles of a Superb Soulful Sufiana and Folk Musical stardom.
Singing , eulogizing and reveling in the pristine glory the Punjabi folk music and Sufiana kalaams during her adolescent phase of life, prodigious Mamta stamped her versatility as a multitalented vocalist and Kathak danseuse in a very short span. Mamta was exposed to the rudiments of classical music at the tender age of 6 by her maternal grandfather S. Balwant Singh Sehgal (Nanaguru) and later to Ghazal, Sufiana and lighter genres by her elder brother Gulshan Tandon. But her blessed tutelage under Pandit Shanker Mishra and Dr Arun Mishra of Indore gharana not only awakened and transformed her dormant abilities into fruitful artistic creations but also embellished her aesthetic potential through the rigorous riyaaz which invariably empowers her to illuminate the horizons of melody of compositions of all vocal musical genres with consummate ease. She attained proficiency in Khyal , Tappa and Thumri gayan in classical and literary poetry Ghazal, Sufiana and cultivated her musical traits to embellish Western fusion with Indian Classical music.
As ordained, the vivacious and versatile Mamta kept achieving excellence in the realm of folk, classical and Sufiana music in academics and performances. She was rightly hailed as a golden girl at the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, winning six gold and silver medals each in various national music competitions for her university. She also won the HRD ministry (Govt. of India)”s prestigious scholarship.
Before she secured her PhD in Indian classical vocal music, she had a gold medal in MA (Music) and a silver medal in MA (Kathak dance) to her credit. As extolled , blessed and professed by her mentors , the Wadali brothers duo of Sufi maestros, Padamshri Ustad Puran Chand and Ustad Pyare Lal , the indomitable Mamta Joshi emerged as a leading female Sufi singer of prominence gradually announcing her eminently deserved arrival on the Word music scene and that too with invincibility.
Mamta Joshi became the first Indian female Sufi singer to give solo performance of Sufiana gayki at the most prestigious international venue , the India Nehru Centre, London in June 2006. She repeated her tradition of excellence to perform at London”s Queen Elizabeth Hall later, a dream venue of any artist.
Earlier, as student artiste she toured UK under Heritage cultural exchange programme giving live performances in Glasgow, Wales, Chester, Cardiff, and Ludlow Castle in 2003 . Through an entrancing spell of her, self composed ornate poetry of legendary Shiv Kumar at a grand concert organized by Shiv Kumar Batalvi Trust at London in September of 2008. Mamta sang straight to the hearts of Punjabi poetry lovers in UK. She launched her first video CD “Haq Bahu” amidst adulations from intrusive fans at her live concert.
Her fan following grew by leaps and bounds as Mamta performed to an overwhelming large crowd at Bell Art Centre Surry ( Canada) on 10-10-10 which was followed by five more mega shows including the Edmonton university. The year 2013 became memorable for Mamta Joshi and music lovers of USA where during her eight fully sold shows she doled out songs in Garhwali, Bengali and Hindi besides Punjabi much to the delight of non Punjabi audience winning a lofty applause. She was the first Punjabi female performer in Nehru Centre London and did a fusion performance with British artists.
Dr Mamta Joshi is all set to perform in UK, USA, Canada and Australia in 2015.
Back home Dr Mamta Joshi had performed at the top venues with solo recitals at programs mainly organized by NZCC Patiala , ICCR Chandigarh and corporate houses . However the notable among national festivals being the musical tribute to celestial poet Farid on the annual Baba Farid Agman Parv festival, at Faridkot, Holy Gita Jayanti Utsav at Kurukshtra, NZCCs “Maati ke Rang“ which captured the diverse folk cultures of all regions and special homage of Rabindra Sangeet to the Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as part of Tagore Jayanti celebrations.
She has also been honoured at Nehru Centre London, Life time achievement award in Canada By Mrs Neena Grewal MP , house of commons, Canada, Queen Elizabeth hall and Shiv Kumar Batalvi award in London. She was the first Punjabi female performer in Nehru Centre London and did a fusion performance with British artists.
However the most prestigious honours bestowed on Dr Mamta Joshi came from the United States Congressmen presented by John Garamandi and the California State Legislative Assembly USA, presented by legislature A. Bonilla.
Saraswati Award in 1999 presented by Sushma Swaraj (I & B Minister, Government of India), Rajdhani Kala Ratna Award in 2004 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi by Bollywood star Amrish Puri, K.L. Sehgal Award in 1999 from Bollywood film directors Subhash ghai and Yash chopra.
“Haq Bahu” (2008), Video album released at London.
“Dr Mamta Joshi Live in Canada” (2010)
“Aagaaz” .. World Premier release in November 2014.
1- “Bhartiya Shastriya Sangeet Mein Harballabh Sangeet Sammelanka Yogdan”
2- Vartman Ghazal Gayan Mein Paschatya Parbhav- A Research Analysis and evaluation (An International Level Referred registered Research Journal)
As an adoration to her aesthetic potential and Sufi singing Dr Mamta was decorated with prestigious awards including the Lal Chand Yamla Mamta still has her feet firmly rooted to the ground. Mamta owes all the credit to her guru Arun Mishra ji for imparting the best nuances of music, DS Saroya for her promotion in the realm of musical arts and her life partner Chetan Mohan Joshi for whole heated support.
AS JUDGE AND PERFORMER: in SUR SIRTAJ (Mega Music Reality Show on DORDARSHAN JALLANDHAR/DD PUNJABI) for 43 episodes from October 2012 to till
MEHFIL-A- SUFI organized by DESI DOORDARSHAN CANADA.
Selected by International Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi to put up Solo Music: Sufiana Kalam at the Nehru Centre, London, U.K. in June, 2006.
Also put up a performance in the prestigious “BAHAR - Festival of Spring” - a major three day festival in London, U.K. (June 16th -18th, 2006) at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Solo performance at Shiv Kumar Batalavi Night, 6th September, 2008 in Birmingham, U.K.
Presented Sufi Kalam in the musical programme organised by SPIC-MACAY, March 6, 2006.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised by Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration on December 22, 2005 at Tagore Theatre which was widely advertised by the Government.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at Kali Bari Hall, Shimla in July, 2005.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised by National Defence College, New Delhi on August 14, 2005.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised during “1st Chandigarh National Crafts Mela” at Kalagram, Chandigarh on October 29, 2009.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised during “GEETA JYANTI” at Bhram Sarover, Kurukshetra on November 26, 2009.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised during “Inqlaab Film festival” at Panjab University, Chandigarh on November 19, 2009.
An exclusive evening of Sufi Kallam in 24th Surajkund Crafts Mela, Surajkund, Haryana, February 6,2010.
Presentation of song with 400 folk artistries from all over India in the show organised by NZCC in 2nd Chandigarh Arts & Heritage Festival, Chandigarh, March 30, 2010.
Presented Sufi Kalam in Opening and Closing ceremony of Pealr”s World Cup Kabaddi Championship held at Patiala & Ludhiana, Punjab on April 3 & 12 respectively.
Presented Sufi Kallams in International Summer festival Shimla.
Also put up a live performance in the prestigious Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman Purab at Faridkot on September 2010.
Presented Sufi Kalam at Musical Evening organised during “GEETA JYANTI” at Bhram Sarover, Kurukshetra on 14th December 2010.
Presentation of Sufi Kallams at Maag Heritage festival Allahabad on 30th January 2011, organised by NCZCC Allahabad.
Also put up a live performance in the prestigious Heritage festival Amritsar at Virsa Vihar on 19th February, 2011.
Presentation of Theme song of Shaheed−E-Aazam Sardar Bhagat Singh Games on 28th February, 2011.The show was conceptualized by NZCC and sponsored by Government of Punjab.
Presented sufi Kalaams at Lal Bahadur Shastri National academy of Administration, Mussoorie on May 2nd 2011.
Also put up live performance for the poetry of Legendry Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz at virsa vihar Amritsar on 6th May 2011.
Presented Sufi Kalaams in Virsa 2011 at Mumbai on 22nd May 2011 for Punjabi language .This concert is organised by Department of Language, Government of Punjab.
Presented Sufi Kalaams in Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman Purab-2011 at Faridkot through NZCC.
Presented Sufi Kalaams in Saras Mela-2012 at Ludhiana through Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.
Presented Sufi Kalaams in Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman Purab-2011 at Faridkot through NZCC.
Presented Folk/Sufi singing during the Opening Ceremony of Silver Jubilee Celebrations of ZCCs “Maati Ke Rang” at Panchkula on April 16, 2012 organised by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India with the assistance of Zonal Cultural Centres.
Presented Sufi Kalaams during Sanskritik (Cultural) Yatras at different places of Punjab and Jammu organised by the NZCC.
Presented Sufi Kalaams during Foundation Day of Doordarshan, Jalandhar − Live Telecast in September, 2012.
Presented Sufi Kalaams in Virasat Mela-2012 at Bathinda through NZCC on November 24, 2012.
Presented Sufi Kalaams in 4th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela-2012 at Chandigarh organised by the NZCC.