RYOKO MORIYAMA CONCERT
Ms. Ryoko Moriyama, renowned vocalist and
songwriter from Japan, was in New Delhi to enthrall music
lovers here with her excellent singing. As one of the star
events of the ongoing ‘Japan Year in India’, the Ryoko
Moriyama Concert was held on February 9 and 10, 2007,
at the residence of H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador
of Japan to India.
Ms. Moriyama was born in 1948 in Tokyo as the first
daughter to Japan’s pioneer of jazz, Mr. Hisashi Moriyama,
and since 1967 has been delighting audiences with her
many songs. Having made her debut in singing with her
self-penned song “Kono Hiroi Nohara Ippai” (A Field
Full of Love), this year marks the 40th year of her singing
Her crystal clear voice and singing talent have made her
one of the top-notch singers in Japan. In 2002, her “Satokibi
Batake” was triple crowned at the 44th Annual Japan Record
Awards, namely Gold Prize, Best Singer, and Best Lyricist
categories. In 1998, she sang “Ashitakoso Kodomotachiga…”, the theme song of the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano at the
opening ceremony, which was broadcast worldwide.
At her first appearance in New Delhi, Ms. Moriyama was
accompanied by famous Indian Sitar maestro Mr. Shubhendra
Rao, and leading Tabla player Mr. Durjay Bhaumik, besides
her regular band members, Mr. Isao Miyoshi on the Guitar and
Mr. Makoto Aoyagi on the Piano.
Mr. Shubhendra Rao is one of the foremost disciples of
Pandit Ravi Shankar. From a young age, Mr. Rao showed a
great talent for music. In 1987, he gave his first solo concert and
since then, has gone on to establish himself as one of the
leading instrumentalists. He has performed at some of the most
prestigious venues of the world.
Mr. Durjay Bhaumik comes from a family of musicians and
has trained under the guidance of renowned Tabla players –
Pt. Dulal Natta of Bengal, as well as Pt. V. Malviya of Delhi.
He is now under the able tutelage of great Tabla maestro Pt.
Ms. Ryoko Moriyama in concert with Mr. Shubhendra Rao and Mr. Durjay Bhaumik
Suresh Talwalkar, and participates in prestigious music festivals
in India and abroad.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Enoki introduced
Ms. Moriyama as a very famous and popular singer in Japan,
with a melodious voice appealing to everyone across genders
The concert began with a solo number by Ms. Moriyama
called “Kono Hiroi Nohara Ippai”, followed by “Green
Green Grass of Home”, “Onnagokorowa…”, “Koinu No
Waltz”, and “Sakura”. Thereafter, she introduced the
Indian artists Mr. Shubhendra Rao and Mr. Durjay
Bhaumik, who gave an inspired traditional Indian classical
music performance on the Sitar and Tabla respectively.
Ms. Moriyama expressed her happiness at the opportunity
to make music with her Indian colleagues and performed a
few more numbers in accompaniment to the Indian musicians.
The invited guests highly enjoyed the concert and
expressed their appreciation by frequently applauding in
between the songs. The evening ended with presentation of
bouquets to all the artists by Mrs. Michiko Enoki, wife of