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Alam Khan (sarod) - 10/3/09Pt. Jasraj (vocal)  5/1/10Veena Concert 6/12/10Devashish Dey (Vocal) - 3/3/12Shubhra Guha - Vocal concertSitar Concert by Shujat Khan on May 19, History of Indian Music in Pittsburgh - Jazz trio SYNC on 09/12/12Rasanubhava: experience the emotional es3rd All-night concert in TorontoManu Srivastava' vocal concert, 10/20/12Concert for Afghanistan - 02/09/13K. V. Mahabala (sitar) 2/15/1293rd Birth Anniversary Celebration of Ra93rd Birth Anniversary Celebration of RaKaivalya Kumar (vocal) 4/21/13Rajyashree Ghosh - Vocal - 07/21/13Pt. Bholanath Mishra (Vocal): Aug. 31, 2Ms. Srivani Jade (Vocal): Sept. 14, 2013Sri. Apratim Majumdar(Sarod): Sept. 28, Annual Benefit Concert - Oct. 26thAnirban Dasgupta (Sarod) 11/09/13Tablaphilia - December 7thBansuri Concert (Jan 4, 2014)Steve Gorn (Bansuri) -  04/13/2014

Chhandayan is sincerely dedicated to serve all aspects of Indian music in every possible way. With its primary mission to propagate learning, understanding and appreciation of Indian music (mainly north Indian classical), Chhandayan's activities cover almost all of the areas essential to such pursuit.

It was born in 1984 in Calcutta, India. In 1998 it was re-established in the United States of America as a not-for-profit organization. First it started its operation in the state of New York, and within a short span of time spread its wings out to New Jersey, Maryland, Florida and Pennsylvania. Today it has grown to be the most significant organization of Indian music in North America.


Chhandayan offers classes of Indian music (vocal and instrumental) supplemented by periodic workshops, seminars and lecture- demonstrations throughout the year in Manhattan and Jackson Heights (Queens) in New York, Nutley, Edison and Kendall Park in New Jersey, Potomac in Maryland, Ashburn in Northern Virginia and Cheswick (in Pittsburgh area) in Pennsylvania.

Chhandayan's series of concerts are some of the most popular and exciting events to the local community where it serves. The highlight of these series is the annual all-night concert held in New York city on the second Saturday of May, every year.

To facilitate learning Chhandayan has also developed a store with the supply of good quality instruments available online and in location (New Jersey).The store also carries selected supply of books and recorded music.

Chhandayan publications are designed to enrich the music world with new works of music and writings. As in every other aspect, quality of content and presentation is always prioritized.

Chhandayan is constantly in the creative process of developing new and unique productions offering invaluable insight into the scopes and possibilities of Indian music and its relationship with other musical and cultural traditions. One such production is Chhand-Anand, the Bliss of Rhythm, which is an emblem of different percussion instruments from Africa, Arab, Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
Similarly, Indo-Flame is a beautiful blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music. Dawn to Dusk and Beyond depicts the correspondence and influence of music on physiology and environment.

To enhance the ambiance of Indian music Chhandayan regularly sends out musicians for different occasions.
This serves the community in two ways - the attendees get a live experience and young aspirants get encouragement to be in music.

Chhandayan strongly believes in the power of music, particularly that of Indian music, which has helped human civilization to sustain over the past
five thousand years. It is perhaps the most ancient tradition that is still alive and vibrant. Chhandayan is committed to create awareness as to the
potency of this art-form and thereby help humanity across geographical, racial, cultural and religious barriers. Such a treasure is not to be ignored
and lost, but to be preserved and promoted all across the globe and in that mission Chhandayan seeks your involvement and support.

 

                                                             Photo : Dibyarka Chatterjee

   

     Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.

 

        Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.

 

        Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Jasraj, Nikhil Banerjee, V.G. Jog, Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ramnarayan, Sultan Khan, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Amjad Ali Khan, Salamat Ali Khan, Lakshmi Shankar, Aashis Khan, L. Subramanium, Vijay Raghav Rao, Umashankar Mishra, Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ramesh Misra, Shujat Khan, Ajoy Chakraborty, Rashid Khan, U. Srinivas, Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Debashish Bhattacharya, Shujat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Kala Ramnath, Anouska Shankar, to name only a few.      

 

         Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and those of others. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Yale Strom, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Mark Dresser, DJ Logic, Min Xao-Fen, Jin Hi Kim, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora including Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame - a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Tablaphilia - a tabla symphony on the four stages of human life, RabiThaku - a ballet on the emotional life of Tagore, Meghadutam - a musical including dance on an ancient Sanskrit poem with the same name, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – a musical expression on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist. He is also featured in recordings with Peter Gabriel, Joshua Bell, Melissa Etheridge, Keller Wiiliams and shared the stage with Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Alicia Keys, Earth Wind and Fire, Annie Lennox, among many others      

 

       Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’ and a guide book to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.

 

      Since June, 2008 Samir has been working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He has made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time he has been able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country.