Shweta Jhaveri is one of the most celebrated singers of her generation
performing North Indian Classical Vocal music. Her specialty is the
Khayal, an elegant and technically demanding style of Indian classical
music. It is through this unique song form that her innovative artistry
and remarkable vocal technique has made her an enduring favorite among
audiences in India and abroad. She also sings bhajan, thumri and tappa
styles with ease and precision.
"Jhaveri's voice is intoxicating as it bends through contortions of
quarter tone glissandos while never losing sight of the melody." Pulse
Born and raised in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), India, Shweta is the first
female vocalist to represent the state of Gujarat on an international
level in the field of vocal Classical Indian music. At the age of
6, she began training under the guidance of the late Pandit Vilasrao
Khandekar and for eight years performed and studied with the world
renowned vocalist, Pandit Jasraj. She holds a bachelors degree in
Literature and a masters in Music Composition.
In 1985, at the age of nineteen, Shweta made her debut outside of
India traveling to Great Britain and the United States. She has since
become a frequently invited artist to the United States and Canada
where she performs annually. In addition to her popularity among North
American audiences, Shweta has also developed a strong musical following
in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Shweta was the 1991 recipient of the prestigious Netragaonkar award
from Pune. She is also the first Indian classical vocalist to publicly
perform with westerners and musicians outside of the Indian classical
tradition. In India she has also performed on film and television
soundtracks. She has three albums of classical music to her name including
1995's stunning In Various Moods. For her latest recording,
Shweta teamed up with producer Lee Townsend for a non-traditional
recording project. Anahita
is "East meets West" at it's uncontrived best. The
album features six of Shweta's original compositions and with a band
of San Francisco's finest, including Will Bernard (guitar), Jenny
Scheinman (violin), Bill Douglass (bass) and Jim Kassis (drums & percussion).
has been described as "Beyond beautiful....
creative music making of the highest order, not so much crossing musical
and cultural borders as blurring them altogether." (Billboard)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Jhaveri Concert a Tapestry of Global Sound World Music
Monday, September 24, 2001
Review By Don Heckman
Indian singer Shweta Jhaveri's concert at the Skirball
Center on Friday was an impressive transformation of the concept of
world music fusion. There have been plenty of shotgun marriages between
Indian classical music and American pop and jazz in the past, but
Jhaveri opted instead for a musical love affair, for a coming together
The program was largely devoted to selections from Jhaveri's
new album, "Anahita," performed with the same musical associates:
Jenny Scheinman, violin, Will Bernard, guitar, Bill Douglass, bass,
and Jim Kassis, drums. The pieces, all originals were largely in the
khayal style - somewhat lighter and more romantic than the more austere
However, by including what was essentially a Western
ensemble, accompanying for the most part in groove-tinged 4/4 rather
than the more complex Indian talas, or rhythm sequences, the music
emerged as a seamless tapestry.
Above it, floating with extraordinary ease, Jhaveri's
brilliant vocalizing was a mesmerizing musical presence. She opened
up her virtuosity in the program's second half, her precise musical
lines escalating through a maze of melismas.
Scheinman's violin added long, sweeping counter melodies,
while Bernard, Douglass and Kassis provided buoyant support via rhythm
energized by the propulsive feeling of jazz swing.