Parikh Parivar Foundation is proud to present the world premiere of Care & Cure for Parkinson’s Gala Concert on Friday, May 1 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space. The ticketed event will benefit both The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) in its mission to fund research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Dance for PD®, a program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that invites people living with PD and their families to transform their lives through dance. This year’s event will feature performances by Dance for PD®, and Pundit Umakant Gundecha, Shri Anant Ramakant Gundecha and Pundit Akhilesh Gundecha of the Gundecha Brothers.
In Shyam Parikh’s words -
“Music has helped me over the years to navigate through a range of difficulties in my personal life, first with childhood polio, and now—unfortunately—with Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed three years ago. We need to create awareness of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) globally. Since there is still little or no permanent cure, people tend to accept life dependence and feel handicapped, instead of learning to manage.”
As he became aware of his illness, he began to discuss possible ways to raise funds for general research which seeks improved treatment, and ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s. Nalini and Shyam have met with representatives of the esteemed Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD® in USA. They have agreed to organize a major concert with a fundraising mission for them. The first half of the program features choreography by Mark Morris, to music by J.S. Bach, and a world premiere by choreographer Pamela Quinn, who makes inventive use of the movement vocabulary seen in a neurology exam. People living with Parkinson’s will perform both pieces. The second half of the program will showcase Dhrupad music, an ancient and meditative vocal form of classical Indian music, performed by the award-winning Gundecha Brothers, from Bhopal, India.
Care and Cure, a gala concert will be highlighting the power and impact of these two art forms – Dance and Music, with a fusion of Western & Indian culture.
It is worth noting, Nalini and Shyam’s long-standing commitment to charitable work; they have established the Parikh Parivar Foundation, and has made numerous contributions to medical and musical causes, including to the Dhrupad Sansthan. Details on the Foundation may be found here.
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP – DANCE FOR PD
The Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD® program offers internationally-acclaimed free dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in New York City and works with a network of partners and associates to foster programs in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Dance for PD®, which launched in 2001, also provides teacher training, creates innovative instructional media, and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. Evidence from 38 peer-reviewed scientific studies underpins the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching practice. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Nalini and Shyam Parikh, Pam Quinn and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, to create an event that celebrates the positive relationship between the Parkinson's community and the worlds of music and dance," said David Leventhal, Dance for PD's program director. "The evening will highlight the importance of care and cure--as we support research that leads to better treatments for people living with Parkinson's, we are also encouraging engagement in music and dance activities that enhance quality of life, social connection and physical confidence for people living with PD today."
GUNDECHA BROTHERS – DHRUPAD MUSIC SANSTHAN
Dhrupad is the world’s oldest style of Hindustani classical music. It has developed over the past 3 millennia tracing its roots to the Sam Veda, and endeavors to bring spiritual peace and serenity to its performers and listeners. It is one of the core forms of classical music found throughout the Indian subcontinent. Like all Indian classical music, Dhrupad is modal and monophonic, with a single melodic line. Dhrupad is traditionally a vocal music and accompanied by a double barrel drum called the pakhawaj. The purpose of Dhrupad is not simply to entertain, but to enhance the consciousness to bring listeners to a meditative state. Dhrupad’s elemental nature has both rhythmic and tonal aspects that help alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and calm the state of mind.
Pundit Umakant Gundecha and (late) Pundit Ramakant Gundecha established a new benchmark for Dhrupad jugalbandi presentation and over the decades, also trained multiple talented Dhrupad performers to carry forward the tradition, including Pundit Ramakant’s son, Shri Anant Ramakant Gundecha.
Gundecha Brothers are most active performers and teachers of Dhrupad globally today. Among the signature achievements of the Gundecha Brothers has been their ability to conduct intensive workshops of Indian Music in USA, Canada and Europe. They are recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Padma Shri (2012), Sangeet Natak Akademi (2017), Madhya Pradesh Gaurav Samman, Smt Vatsala Joshi Samman amongst others.
Pundit Umakant Gundecha and Shri Anant Ramakant Gundecha are honored to perform for Care & Cure in jugalbandi format and Pundit Akhilesh Gundecha, will accompany them on pakhawaj.
For more Information and for support of Parkinson’s Disease – Care & Cure
Parikh Parivar Foundation Inc. (Charitable – 501c3)
6050 Kennedy Blvd. East, Suite 8B
West New York, NJ 07093
Email – [email protected]
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Expected Run Time is 180 minutes