Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop on Raga-Based Songs

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Conducted By Sanghamitra Chatterjee

Date

Saturday April 21st, 2018

Time

Two Sessions
11.00 am – 1.00 pm Bhajan
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm Film Song

Contact

646 281 4062 / classes@tabla.org

Admission Raga Based Songs Workshop


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Sanghamitra Chatterjee

Sanghamitra Chatterjee is one of the leading vocalists of India in the fields of light and light classical music. Gifted with a sweet and melodious voice Sanghamitra has chosen light music as her domain; this includes Adhunik (Bengali modern song), Rabindrasangeet(songs of Tagore), Nazrulgeet (songs of Nazrul), songs of Atul Prasad Sen, folk songs, Hindi Bhajans, film songs, Geet, Ghazals, etc..

She had her lessons in classical music from Pdt. Usharanjan Mukherjee and Sri Dashu Mukherjee. In light music her training has been under Sri Jatileshwar Mukherjee, Sri Ajoy Das,Sri Prasanta Chowdhury, Sri Nikhil Chatterjee and others. She is an upgraded artist of All India Radio and Indian Television. Her proficiency in Tagore songs has earned her a diploma, 'Sangit Sudhakar'.
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Sanghamitra's singing is characterized by high aesthetic quality and technical brilliance. She does sensible scanning of the lyric with her original touches of embellishment to it. She adds a new dimension to the emotional contents of the songs through her highly sensitive presentation. Her voice is gifted with a quality that it touches you even before realize it. Much of her musical sensibilities have developed under the guidance of her illustrious husband, Samir Chatterjee, the famous Tabla maestro and musicologist.

Sanghamitra has performed as an individual as well as a group musician with Chhandayan, the Battery Dance Co. of NY, Kathak Ensemble of NY and at important venues like the Smithsonian Institute, Columbia University, American Museum of Natural History both in New York and Washington, Lotus Fine Arts Center, Kansas University,Poland, Bahamas, the whole of India and Sri Lanka. She also has featured in a CD with Jerry Garcia as the guest artist.

In these workshop Sanghamitra will teach Bhajan (devotional song) and Film or Popular Song in Hindi or regional languages. She will also go through some warm-up exercises, particularly beneficial to the songs.    


This event is partially sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts:

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May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Hindustani Vocal Workshop - Spring

Conductor - Sanjoy Banerjee

Join a master vocalist for two afternoons sessions of intense study.

Dates:

Saturday, May 5th 2018

Sessions:

12:00 - 3:00 pm on Saturday

Contact:

(646) 281-4062 / classes@tabla.org

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Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Sanjoy Banerjee

Sanjoy Banerjee is one of the finest vocalists of international repute from India and a distinguished exponent of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian Vocal Classical Music. Sanjoyji was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidance of Late Pt. A.T. Kanan and Sangeet Bidushi Late Malabika Kanan, who considered him as their successor to their musical heritage.  With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing extensively in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, USA and within India including at Sur Singar, Swai Gandharva, Sangeet Piysi, Ustad Faiz Khan Sangeet Sammelan.

He has received many awards and honors including Surmani Award from Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbai, National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India and Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Govt of India. In addition, Sanjoy Banerjee is a successful Guru teaching at his own institution - Kolkata Suromurchhana in India, and at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York, producing students who have already earned appreciation.


This event is partially sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts:

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May
11
4:30 PM16:30

Seminar - The Role of Women In Indian Music

Seminar on the Role of Women in Indian Music

As part of our 19th All Night Concert Event, we are presenting a seminar on the Role of Women in Indian Music, featuring the artists who are going to perform in our All Night Concert on May 12.  If you have purchased tickets for the All-Night Concert, you may attend this seminar without charge, otherwise there is a separate fee.

Seminar Tickets


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Trina Basu - violin

Amali Premawardhana - cello

Roopa Mahadevan - Carnatic Vocal

Archana Joglekar  - Kathak Dance

Anupama Bhagwat - Sitar

Ashwini Vide Deshpande - Hindustani Vocal

Kala Ramnath - violin

Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar – vocal


This event is partially sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts:

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19th Annual All-Night Concert
May
12
to May 13

19th Annual All-Night Concert

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Celebrating the role of women in Indian music

Program: 
7.15 pm  Pre-concert Lecture by Dibyarka Chatterjee
8.00 pm  Welcome
8.10 pm Karavika led by Trina Basu (violin) and Amali Premawardhana (cello)
8.50 pm Roopa Mahadevan - Carnatic Vocal
Anjna Swaminathan - Violin
Abhinav Seetharaman - Mridangam
9.45 pm   Archana Joglekar - Kathak
10.45 pm  Dinner Break
11.30 pm Anupama Bhagwat - Sitar
Nitin Mitta - Tabla
12.40 am Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande - Hindustani Vocal
Suryaksh Despande – Tabla
Kedar Naphade - Harmonium
2.20 am  Kala Ramnath - Violin
Samir Chatterjee – Tabla
3.45 am  Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar – Hindustani Vocal
Amod Dandavate – Tabla
Anirban Chakraborty - Harmonium

Tickets

Regular Tickets

Discounted Tickets

Regular Tickets 10% Discount Tickets:
Students
Seniors
Friends of Chhandayan
Groups of 10 or more

Tickets will be sold online until 2 pm on the day of the concert, May 12th. After that tickets will be available for purchase at the venue starting at 7 pm.

We do not take reservations, nor do we mail tickets.

All tickets sold online and over the phone will be held under the name of the purchaser at the pick-up counter in the hall from 7 pm on the day of the concert.

Tickets will be handed over only to the purchaser on verifying identity.

Unauthorized recording and photography is strictly prohibited.

We will also be streaming this event live:


Food

Meals, snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase at reasonable prices (cash only) downstairs in the Social Hall of the venue from 7 p.m. until early morning.

No food and drinks are allowed inside the auditorium.


Parking

There are plenty of 24/7 parking lots adjacent to the Hall and in the area. The hall is located in the Lincoln Center and Central Park neighborhood. Street Parking may also be available. Please read the street signs carefully before parking on the streets.


Seminar

As part of this year's event, there will be a seminar on the Role of Women in Indian Music held at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, 4 West 43rd Street, #618 on Friday May 11, 2018.  Ticket holders for the All Night Concert may attend the seminar without charge.


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May
19
6:30 PM18:30

Vocal Concert - Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

Vocal - Ashwini Bhide Despande
Tabla -  Suryaksha Deshpande
Harmonium - Kedar Naphade


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Ashwini Bhide Despande

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, an outstanding vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-Atrauli” Khayal Gayaki tradition, represents the new generation of veterans worthy of wearing the mantle of the old masters.
Born in a musical family, Ashwini completed “Sangeet Visharad” of the “Gandharva Mahavidyalaya” at the young age of 16 and won the President’s Gold Medal at the All India Radio Music Competition in 1977. After grasping the rudiments of Hindustani Classical music under the late Pt. Narayanrao Datar, she began imbibing all the traditional aspects of stylized Jaipur Gayaki under the strict tutelage of her mother, mentor and Guru, Smt. Manik Bhide.
Thoroughly grounded in the Jaipur Atrauli Khayal Gayaki tradition, Ashwini has developed into an artiste of immense public acclaim earning high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. Ashwini’s musicianship is characterized by a blend of tonal sweetness coupled with vitality and emotion and raga structure-architecture. Her raga delineation shows an unerring grasp over the grammar of the raga yet maintaining a soulfulness in her singing. Through this she has succeeded in building up her own loyal audience. She yearns to explore the pathos of rare and complex (“achchop”) ragas characteristic of her Gharana. In this effort she has received invaluable guidance from her Guru the late Pt. Ratnakar Pai, a senior stalwart of the Gharana. This, and of course, her mother’s unstinted support, added to her own mature introspection lead Ashwini to new horizons of the ever-expanding terrain of Hindustani Classical Music.
Although a classicist by temperament and training, Ashwini is equally at ease with lighter varieties like Thumri-Dadra and Bhajans/Abhangs. Add to this, her fluency in Sanskrit enriches her repertoire further by inclusion of stotras/stutis. Ashwini has added to her devotional repertoire by scoring the music herself of many of her devotional presentations.
Ashwini’s debut recording album was released in 1985 by HMV and several more have followed thereafter under various banners including Rhythm House, Times Music, Sony Music, Music Today, Navras Records and Universal Music among others.
In October 2004 Ashwini published a book "Ragarachananjali" of her self-composed bandishes. The book has received rave reviews all over the music world and the effort has been lauded for its musical creativity and artistic presentation. Continuing her creative effort she has followed up with "Ragarachananjali 2", her second book of bandishes in October 2010.
Ashwini has traveled extensively all over the globe participating in various prestigious music conferences and Sangeet Sammelans. Her live concerts have been acclaimed for the sheer presentation delight, as much as for the aesthetic and musical quality. A 'top grade' artiste of Akashwani and Doordarshan, Ashwini has featured in several national programmes and AIR Sangeet Sammelans.
As a teacher of competence, Ashwini devotes quality time to her promising disciples assuring continuity of the rich tradition of the Jaipur Gayaki. Ashwini has regularly participated in lecture-demonstrations on Hindustani Classical Music in various schools, colleges and sangeet sabhas and contributes to the enlightenment of the unexposed audiences in India and abroad.
Ashwini's contribution to Hindustani classical vocal music has been acknowledged by way of awards and citations. In June 2015, she was declared the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award for 2014. She was the first female Hindustani vocalist to have been decorated with the prestigious "Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Samman" in 2005 by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. She was a recipient of the Government of Maharashtra “Sanskritik Puraskar” for 2011 and the Sahyadri Doordarshan “Sangeet Ratna” Puraskar for 2010. She was awarded the first “Ganatapaswini Mogubai Kurdikar Samman” in 2014 and the Bangalore Kidney Foundation’s “Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor Award” in 2013. She was honoured with the "Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar" on the occasion of the 75th birthday celebrations of the Maestro.
Ashwini, who is currently stationed in Mumbai, finally chose music as her first love forsaking a career in Biochemistry but not before completing her doctorate at the esteemed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre/ University of Mumbai.


Suryaksha Deshpande

Suryaksha Deshpande is fortunate enough to have a good Literary and Musical heritage. His father Shri. Prakash Deshpande is a retired Professor of English and an eminent writer and critic in Marathi and his mother Prof. Hema Deshpande herself is a vocalist. disciple of Pt. Babanrao Haldankar (veteran of Agra Gharana).

He has taken tremendous efforts in balancing his academic career and Tabla training. 1977 born Science Graduate, Suryaksha is a disciple of renowed scholar and performer Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar of Farrukhabad Gharana (senior disciple of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan Sahab). He has also received training of "Delhi Baaz" from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar - a great Musicologist - disciple of Inam Ali Khan Sahab of Delhi Gharana. He has achieved excellence in competitions held by reputed organizations through out the country & was also felicitated with the prestigious Pt. V.D.Paluskar Award.

He has secured First Rank all over India in Tabla Alankar (Masters Degree) Exam held by Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He is also a recipient of the prestigious National scholarship awarded by the Dept. of Culture. Govt. of India

He is an 'A' Grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

He is a recipient of the Fellowship for Junior Artist by The Dept. of Culture, India.

He has accompanied many great artist like Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam (Violin), Padmashree Pt. D.K. Datar (Violin), Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (santoor), Pt. Brij Narayan (Sarod), Pt. Ulhas Bapat (Santoor), Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande (vocal), Shri. Jayateerth Mevundi (vocal), in India and abroad. He has performed with South Indian musicians like Shri. Sriram Parshuram (vocal), Shri. Sridhar Parthsarathy (Mridangam) etc. He has also played in many Talwadya Kachaheri concerts. He conceived the concept of Tabla and Dholaki (a folk percussion) being played together for the first time on stage with his Gurubhai Krishna Musalye-Ghotkar.

He had an opportunity to accompany Ghazal maestro U. Ghulam Ali in New Jersey.

He has successfully conducted many workshops & lecture demonstrations.

A blend of the Traditional Tabla of Farrukabaad Gharana, the expansion process of Delhi Gharana and influence of Laghu is clearly observed in his Tabla. A thoughtful and robust solo, a balanced accompaniment to Vocal Music and an appropriate accompaniment to instrumental music are some of his specialties.

Suryaksha is the owner and founder of Anubhooti school of Indian Classical Music.


Kedar Naphade

Born on January 10, 1972, Kedar Naphade received preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar.

Since he was 10 years of age, Kedar has had the great good fortune of training under the loving and expert guidance of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, one of the topmost harmonium players in India today. Under his nurturing guidance, Kedar has imbibed the unique style of solo harmonium performance developed by Pt. Borkarji’s guru, Madhukar Pednekar or P. Madhukar.  P. Madhukar was a genius with tremendous mastery over the instrument that is to date unsurpassed. His glorious tradition, which utilizes the strengths of the harmonium to the extreme, is presented to the connoisseur today by his stalwart disciples like Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and Pt. Anant Kemkar and the next generation of disciples consisting of Sudhir Nayak, Seema Mestri-Shirodkar, Kedar Naphade and others.   

Kedar has also had the privilege of training under Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. She played a pivotal role in his musical development and sowed in him the seed that developed into a passionate love for the vocal art form. As such, Kedar’s music derives inspiration from the stylistic genius and dexterous wizardry of P. Madhukar as well as the character of the traditional Hindustani vocal art form, especially of the Gwalior  and Jaipur gharanas. In addition to classical music, Kedar also plays the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet (Stage Music), Bhajans, Thumri, Dhun etc.

Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. including prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space etc. He has accompanied artists of high caliber such as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Phiroz Dastur, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Laxmi Shankar and others. Kedar continues to train from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and maintains an active concert schedule in the U.S.


This performance is partially sponsored by
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May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Vocal Concert - Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

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Vocal - Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande
Tabla - Suryaksha Deshpande
Harmonium - Kedar Naphade

The main performance will be preceded by a tabla solo by
Vikram Jeet Mukherjee


Tickets

Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash (only).

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, an outstanding vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-Atrauli” Khayal Gayaki tradition, represents the new generation of veterans worthy of wearing the mantle of the old masters.
Born in a musical family, Ashwini completed “Sangeet Visharad” of the “Gandharva Mahavidyalaya” at the young age of 16 and won the President’s Gold Medal at the All India Radio Music Competition in 1977. After grasping the rudiments of Hindustani Classical music under the late Pt. Narayanrao Datar, she began imbibing all the traditional aspects of stylized Jaipur Gayaki under the strict tutelage of her mother, mentor and Guru, Smt. Manik Bhide.
Thoroughly grounded in the Jaipur Atrauli Khayal Gayaki tradition, Ashwini has developed into an artiste of immense public acclaim earning high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. Ashwini’s musicianship is characterized by a blend of tonal sweetness coupled with vitality and emotion and raga structure-architecture. Her raga delineation shows an unerring grasp over the grammar of the raga yet maintaining a soulfulness in her singing. Through this she has succeeded in building up her own loyal audience. She yearns to explore the pathos of rare and complex (“achchop”) ragas characteristic of her Gharana. In this effort she has received invaluable guidance from her Guru the late Pt. Ratnakar Pai, a senior stalwart of the Gharana. This, and of course, her mother’s unstinted support, added to her own mature introspection lead Ashwini to new horizons of the ever-expanding terrain of Hindustani Classical Music.
Although a classicist by temperament and training, Ashwini is equally at ease with lighter varieties like Thumri-Dadra and Bhajans/Abhangs. Add to this, her fluency in Sanskrit enriches her repertoire further by inclusion of stotras/stutis. Ashwini has added to her devotional repertoire by scoring the music herself of many of her devotional presentations.
Ashwini’s debut recording album was released in 1985 by HMV and several more have followed thereafter under various banners including Rhythm House, Times Music, Sony Music, Music Today, Navras Records and Universal Music among others.
In October 2004 Ashwini published a book "Ragarachananjali" of her self-composed bandishes. The book has received rave reviews all over the music world and the effort has been lauded for its musical creativity and artistic presentation. Continuing her creative effort she has followed up with "Ragarachananjali 2", her second book of bandishes in October 2010.
Ashwini has traveled extensively all over the globe participating in various prestigious music conferences and Sangeet Sammelans. Her live concerts have been acclaimed for the sheer presentation delight, as much as for the aesthetic and musical quality. A 'top grade' artiste of Akashwani and Doordarshan, Ashwini has featured in several national programmes and AIR Sangeet Sammelans.
As a teacher of competence, Ashwini devotes quality time to her promising disciples assuring continuity of the rich tradition of the Jaipur Gayaki. Ashwini has regularly participated in lecture-demonstrations on Hindustani Classical Music in various schools, colleges and sangeet sabhas and contributes to the enlightenment of the unexposed audiences in India and abroad.
Ashwini's contribution to Hindustani classical vocal music has been acknowledged by way of awards and citations. In June 2015, she was declared the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award for 2014. She was the first female Hindustani vocalist to have been decorated with the prestigious "Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Samman" in 2005 by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. She was a recipient of the Government of Maharashtra “Sanskritik Puraskar” for 2011 and the Sahyadri Doordarshan “Sangeet Ratna” Puraskar for 2010. She was awarded the first “Ganatapaswini Mogubai Kurdikar Samman” in 2014 and the Bangalore Kidney Foundation’s “Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor Award” in 2013. She was honoured with the "Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar" on the occasion of the 75th birthday celebrations of the Maestro.
Ashwini, who is currently stationed in Mumbai, finally chose music as her first love forsaking a career in Biochemistry but not before completing her doctorate at the esteemed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre/ University of Mumbai.


Suryaksha Deshpande

Suryaksha Deshpande is fortunate enough to have a good Literary and Musical heritage. His father Shri. Prakash Deshpande is a retired Professor of English and an eminent writer and critic in Marathi and his mother Prof. Hema Deshpande herself is a vocalist. disciple of Pt. Babanrao Haldankar (veteran of Agra Gharana).

He has taken tremendous efforts in balancing his academic career and Tabla training. 1977 born Science Graduate, Suryaksha is a disciple of renowed scholar and performer Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar of Farrukhabad Gharana (senior disciple of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan Sahab). He has also received training of "Delhi Baaz" from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar - a great Musicologist - disciple of Inam Ali Khan Sahab of Delhi Gharana. He has achieved excellence in competitions held by reputed organizations through out the country & was also felicitated with the prestigious Pt. V.D.Paluskar Award.

He has secured First Rank all over India in Tabla Alankar (Masters Degree) Exam held by Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He is also a recipient of the prestigious National scholarship awarded by the Dept. of Culture. Govt. of India

He is an 'A' Grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

He is a recipient of the Fellowship for Junior Artist by The Dept. of Culture, India.

He has accompanied many great artist like Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam (Violin), Padmashree Pt. D.K. Datar (Violin), Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (santoor), Pt. Brij Narayan (Sarod), Pt. Ulhas Bapat (Santoor), Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande (vocal), Shri. Jayateerth Mevundi (vocal), in India and abroad. He has performed with South Indian musicians like Shri. Sriram Parshuram (vocal), Shri. Sridhar Parthsarathy (Mridangam) etc. He has also played in many Talwadya Kachaheri concerts. He conceived the concept of Tabla and Dholaki (a folk percussion) being played together for the first time on stage with his Gurubhai Krishna Musalye-Ghotkar.

He had an opportunity to accompany Ghazal maestro U. Ghulam Ali in New Jersey.

He has successfully conducted many workshops & lecture demonstrations.

A blend of the Traditional Tabla of Farrukabaad Gharana, the expansion process of Delhi Gharana and influence of Laghu is clearly observed in his Tabla. A thoughtful and robust solo, a balanced accompaniment to Vocal Music and an appropriate accompaniment to instrumental music are some of his specialties.

Suryaksha is the owner and founder of Anubhooti school of Indian Classical Music.


Kedar Naphade

Born on January 10, 1972, Kedar Naphade received preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar.

Since he was 10 years of age, Kedar has had the great good fortune of training under the loving and expert guidance of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, one of the topmost harmonium players in India today. Under his nurturing guidance, Kedar has imbibed the unique style of solo harmonium performance developed by Pt. Borkarji’s guru, Madhukar Pednekar or P. Madhukar.  P. Madhukar was a genius with tremendous mastery over the instrument that is to date unsurpassed. His glorious tradition, which utilizes the strengths of the harmonium to the extreme, is presented to the connoisseur today by his stalwart disciples like Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and Pt. Anant Kemkar and the next generation of disciples consisting of Sudhir Nayak, Seema Mestri-Shirodkar, Kedar Naphade and others.   

Kedar has also had the privilege of training under Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. She played a pivotal role in his musical development and sowed in him the seed that developed into a passionate love for the vocal art form. As such, Kedar’s music derives inspiration from the stylistic genius and dexterous wizardry of P. Madhukar as well as the character of the traditional Hindustani vocal art form, especially of the Gwalior  and Jaipur gharanas. In addition to classical music, Kedar also plays the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet (Stage Music), Bhajans, Thumri, Dhun etc.

Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. including prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space etc. He has accompanied artists of high caliber such as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Phiroz Dastur, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Laxmi Shankar and others. Kedar continues to train from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and maintains an active concert schedule in the U.S.


Vikram Mukherjee

Vikram Mukherjee is a tabla player and student at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry as well as a certificate in the Philosophy of Medicine, with hopes of becoming a physician. Outside of academics he is a founding member and vice-president of Pitt Sangeet and a research assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Lawrenceville.  Having been exposed to both Indian and Western music by his parents from a young age, he has had training in violin, drum- set and tabla. Initially, his first exposure to tabla came from Shri John Protopapas at the age of 8 and thereafter continued his tutelage under the mentorship and love of Pt. Samir Chatterjee.  He hopes to continue embellishing the wisdom and knowledge of his Guru’s as well as represent Indian classical music for the new generation.  

For this performance he would like to give special thanks to his parents, Dr. Satyajit Mukherjee and Mrs. Asha Makam for their continued encouragement and support as well as his Guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee.

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Jun
8
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Dance Workshop - Kathak

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Kathak Dance - Alokparna Guha

Join an internationally acclaimed dancer in a multi-session workshop on the classical dance form of Kathak.

Dates

June 8th through June 10th, 2018 (Friday to Sunday)

Sessions

Session 1:  Friday 6.30 pm - 8.30pm   General
Session 2: Saturday Beginners 10am-11.30am/Intermediate 12-1.30 pm
Session 3: Saturday Beginners 2.30-4pm/Intermediate 4.30-6 pm
Session 4: Sunday Beginners 11 am-12.30 pm/Intermediate 1-2.30 pm

After the sessions, there will be a student performance at 4 pm on Sunday. Friends and family of students are welcome to attend.

Contact

646 281 4062 / classes@tabla.org

Purchase Kathak Dance Workshop Sessions


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Alokparna Guha

Alokparna Guha is an well-known performer of Kathak Dance. She started her training at the tender age of five. After her initial training from Sri Pradipta Neogi, she went through long and rigorous ‘riyaz’ under the tutelage of the Kathak exponent Dr. Malabika Mitra. She has imbibed the essence of the two prominent gharanas or schools of Kathak- Jaipur and Lucknow. The vigor of Jaipur and the tender delicacy of Lucknow are beautifully blended in her performance.

Alokparna is a Senior Diploma holder from Prayag Sangeet Siksha Samity (Allahabad). She received the Gold Medal from the Society of Rabindra Bharati University. She also performs on Calcutta Television. She has received unrestrained praise from connoisseurs for her performances both in India and abroad.

She is equally admired for her solo performances of Kathak as well as choreographed productions of original works. Her workshops and lecture demonstrations on the technical and Abhinaya (expression) aspects of Kathak have immensely benefited students of all nationality.

Besides her expertise in dance, she has also obtained a master's degree in English literature. However, her life's mission is to perform and spread Kathak dance with no limits.


This event is partially sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts:

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Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Indrayuddh Majumder

Sarode - Indrayuddh Majumder

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee


Tickets


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Indrayuddh Majumder

Indrayuddh Majumder has been learning Sarode from his father, the world-renowned Sarode Maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, since he was five years old. He has also been receiving guidance from his mother Vidushi Dr. Manasi Majumder, who is a renowned Indian Classical vocalist. Initially, he had also received basic taalim from his grandfather Late Ranjan Majumder.

Indrayuddh had developed keen interest in every genre of music right from his childhood. He has taken up Sarode as his primary choice because of his sheer love for the instrument and Indian Classical Music. He concentrates on maintaining the purity of Indian Classical Music coupled with his smart presentation in his concerts.

He had the privilege to perform in front of Dr. Manmohan Singh (the former PM of India), Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya (the former Chief Minister of West Bengal), Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Shri M.K. Narayanan (the former Governors of West Bengal) among many.

Indrayuddh is also a passionate music composer. He has composed music for a few projects, and has also assisted his father in the background score of a Bengali Feature Film on Byomkesh, 'Sajarur Kaata'.

An MBA in Marketing, Indrayuddh is also the Co-Founder and CEO of an Indian tech-startup, ShowVelvet, which serves as an online interactive platform for Artists and Audience all over the world.

Indrayuddh is on his Debut USA Concert Tour. He is just completing one and half month schedule of concerts all across USA. He performed solos as well as duets with his father. The Tabla legend, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, accompanied them for a few of those concerts.


Samir 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
    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.

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Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Santoor Concert - Vinay Desai

Santoor - Vinay Desai

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee


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Vinay Desai

Initially, Vinay received knowledge in vocal/harmonium/tabla from Shafiq Rahman in his teens. After completing his college in both Pre-pharmaceutical science as well as Pre-Law in Delaware, Vinay sought out to learn Santoor in India. In 2011, with blessings and direct guidance of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Vinay began his studies under Takahiro Arai and Dhananjay Daithankar. He later moved back to USA to learn from Kunal Gunjal. To expand his knowledge in music, Vinay has learnt from different Maestros such as late Pandit Ramesh Mishraji, Parthasarathi Chatterjee, Jay Gandhiji, Suryaksha Deshpandejii, and sits with Maestros who come through Shanti Mandir for performances to expand his knowledge and receive the invaluable blessings of them all.   


His music is influenced by his stay in Ashrams and ancient practices of meditation and yoga. His music is interwoven with the general feeling of peace and stillness interspersed with lively, powerful and rhythmic phrases. He currently resides at Shanti Mandir, Walden where he manages their spiritual centers around the world and continues his studies and performances of Santoor regularly.


Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
      
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
      
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.

 

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Aug
15
5:30 PM17:30

Kumar Bose Ensemble - Indian Independence Day Celebration

Featuring:
Tabla Solo - Kumar Bose
Vocal - Deborshee Bhattacharjee
Violin and Sitar Duet - Pallab Bandyopadhyay and Kalyanjit Das
Guitar - Kuntala Ray
Tabla - Chiranjit Mukherjee
Sarangi - Pankaj Mishra

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Dinner at the end of the concert


Kumar Bose

Pandit Kumar Bose, the legendary tabla maestro, was born into a musically endowed family of Kolkata.  He was initiated into the art of playing Tabla at a very early age by his father, the legendary Late Pandit Biswanath Bose and his mother, the Late Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan.  Later he came under the tutelage of the legend of the Benares School of Tabla, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Kumar Bose's genius is his ability to evolve a distinctive style of his own without diluting the sanctity of tradition with which he has been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe.  His intricacies on the Bayan (bass drum) have captured the hearts of both young and veterans alike.  He is just as facile in accompaniment as he is in solos, be it with vocal, instrumental, or dance.  He is been sought after as an accompaniest, both in India and internationally, by the entire community of top notch artistes like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and many more.

Kumar has more than 150 recording labels and has been the Assistant Music Director of the noted film maker Mrinal Sen's globally acclaimed film "Genesis" with music director Pt. Ravi Shankar.

His journey started with his initial public performances in 1960 with legendary musicians like Shri Gokul Chandra Nag, Shri Shyam Ganguly, Smt. Angur Bala Devi, Pt. Hanumanji Mishra, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Siaram Tiwari, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and others.  He feels that he still has a long way to go in his musical journey.


Deborshee Bhattacharjee

The diversity of his music reflects in his albums where he has performed in different genres of music like Ghazal, Sufi, Bhajan, Bengali songs, etc. He is currently a senior Musician Scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, and is an ‘A’ graded artist of All India Radio.  He is a regular performer in television and an empaneled artist of ICCR, Government of India. He has been a prolific performer from the age of 10 when he made his debut at Sisirmancha, Kolkata. A regular stage performer since, gathering acclaim from listeners across the globe.

Some of his noted performances:
1. Performed at the prestigious concert in Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Bengal Foundation & ITC SRA along with many other stalwart musicians.
2. Performed at Madison Square Garden in the prestigious NABC & also for Raagmala, Toronto, both in 2016.
3. Dr. Vasant Rao Deshpande Smriti Samaroh, Nagpur and quite a few times for the prestigious Bhavan's Cultural Center, Mumbai
4. Extensively toured Shanghai, China recently for some prestigious concerts there.
5. ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata and Mangaldeep Sammelans organized by ITC SRA at Goa, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Silchar, Agartala and Varanasi.


Pallab Bandyopadhay

Pallab Bandyopadhay is a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog and studied with him for 20 years. He has been a performing artist with All India Radio in Kolkata and Doordarshan for the for the last 18 years and is ranked as B-High grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin). He has given international music tours in Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Bangladesh.

He has an M.A. in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata with Honors as well as a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.  He has 15 years experience of teaching School Children in the field of Hindustani Classical Music.  He is the founder and teaches at The Heritage School, Kolkata and has been working there for the past 12 years.  He also is a visiting Teacher of violin at the South Point School in Kolkata and is the former Head of the Department of Music at The Lowrence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India (1996-2000).

 


Kalyanjit Das

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother  Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.

Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include RKM, Golpark, Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, Kalashree Music Circle, Sangeet Piyasi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle,  Shrutinandan, Sangeet Ashram, Live In India, Moore Avenue Music Conference in Kolkata, ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre in Agartala), NCBS and SAPTHAK in Bengaluru, Raga Tapasya Festival in Pondicherry), 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and The Nehru Center in London, Raga Spirit Festival in Los Angeles and MERU in Seelisberg, Switzerland)

Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt. Swapan Choudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee,  Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC...A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.

Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honored the "Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award" by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.

He is a "B-High" musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan. He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012. In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.


Kuntala Ray

Kuntala Ray is the only female instrumentalist of India who has equal knowledge and efficiency in playing Indian Classical Guitar and Hansa Veena,. She hails from a family of musicians and inherited musical talent from her mother, the Late Maya Maitra. She started her carrier in music in guitar under Sri Uttam Chakrabarty, a renowned Guitar player of Bengal. Her passion for Guitar and her rendering of light music on Hawaiian slide Guitar fetched her fame among music lovers.

She started learning classical guitar from Pt. Barun Kumar Pal. Subsequently she became the disciple of Pt Soumitra Lahiri, an eminent sitarist of India, of “Visnupur Gharana”.  She is continuing her lessons under Pt Lahiri. She is also taking special talim from the eminent table player of this genre Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.

A proficient teacher of mathematics, Kuntala had attended several "Guru Sishya Parampara" workshops of Indian Classical Music at Kolkata and Delhi.

Taking the responsibility of exposing her true 'talim', Kuntala plays in the most traditional form of rendering a Raga. Her aesthetic way of unfolding a Raga is very much reflected on the listener’s mind because of her good control on the instrument and sound knowledge of Ragas.

As her fame has spread, she has been playing to audiences in various concerts in India and abroad that have been well acclaimed. She has performed in many prestigious festivals, such as the Salt Lake Cultural Association, Darbur Music Circle and Sangeet Priya Samsadin Kolkata, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and India International Center in Delhi, University of North Carolina, Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York, Hindu Cultural Center of Nashville and International Center for Culture, Oslo, Norway


Chiranjit Mukherjee

Chiranjit Mukherjee is a well known name in the field of Indian Classical Music. He was born in the year 1984 in a family full of music admirers. His grandfather was a connoisseur of traditional Hindusthani Classical Music. His passion was infused in Chiranjit from the very childhood and his initial training in Tabla was started under the guidance of his first Guru Shri Sailesh Kumar Chakraborty. His parents encouraged him to take pleasure in the learning progression of Tabla. Gradually his inclination towards music increased and he devoted himself into the world of cadence. The thirst for the knowledge and passion for the music followed by the sense of belongingness with the tradition made him search the roots and branches of Indian Classical Music.

Chiranjit is acknowledged for his illustrious and robust performance in the style of Benares Gharana. He is a disciple of the living legend of the Benaras gharana, Pandit Kumar Bose, who has recognized Chiranjit as his disciple for the last 12 years. He has spread the magic of rhythm with his sharp finger strokes and musical execution of a percussion instrument. Blessed by his Gurus and admired by the listeners Chiranjit is now a name to reckon with.  His sincerity reflected in his academic performances when he was bestowed with the honor, First class first in his graduation and post graduation from the esteemed Rabindra Bharati University. He is able to inscribe his impression in the heart of music lovers with his dynamic solo performances as well as sagacious accompaniment.

An erudite performer of his generation Chiranjit blends the mood and music with proficiency. His extensive research and resourceful imagination helps him to stand diverse on stage. He adopted the philosophy of his Guru Pandit Kumar Bose and believes in candid exhibition of competence. He has received many scholarships for advancement in his studies. Some of his memorable performances were at the London Art In Action Festival in 2008, SIFAS Music Festival in Singapore, Woodford Folk Festival in Australia, India International Center in New Delhi and Laya Project Concert in Chennai.


Pankaj Mishra

Born into an exceptional Musician-lineage.Being the son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Great Grand Son of  Sarangi virtuoso Late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra and Grand Son of Late Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra.He was trained from an early age by the renowned  Sarangi Player of Banaras Gharana late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra.

Pankaj created a distinct style of playing & has performed both as a SOLO  artist and accompanist at several prestigious events in India,including the Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Festival , Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Swar Samrat  Festival, The Salt Lake Music Festival Etc. He has toured extensively in All over USA, Canada, several countries of Europe, Japan, Bangladesh and more. He has performed at various programs in abroad including the Ali Akbar Music College in San Rafael, California & Basel -Switzerland, Raagmala organization (Edmonton- Canada), Deutsche Welle and WDR (German Radio & Television), The Indian Embassy concert ( Berlin & Austria), The Gandharva Music Festival in Netherlands and Asia festival in Spain. He has performed at many univercities in USA like UCLA, UCSD, CSULA in CA, UTSA in Texas and at CalArts in California under Ustad  Ashish Khan”s Ensemble. Many more are in the list.

He has also established a school for Indian Classical Music in Germany from the year 2002,He has accompanied with & under such Highly regarded Tabla players like late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhury, Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Aninda Chatterjee, Pt. Kumar Bose, Ustad Sabir Khan,,Pt.Samar Saha,Shri Subhankar Banerjee,Ustad Tari Khan  &  Many more on the list…Vocalist like Vidushi Girija Devi, Vidushi Purnima Chaudhury,Pt. Dinanath Mishra,Kathak Exponents like Pt.Birju Maharaj,Pt Rammohan Maharaj,Pt.Vijay Shankar,Ghazal Maestro Ghulam Ali & Sabri Brother”s of Pakistan,more on list….

Pankaj is a “A GRADE “ sarangi player at All India Radio & Television Kolkata. He performs for many Films & Serials (Hindi/Bengali). He has numerous Cd”s As Solo & Accompanist in the music field, like with Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Late Bidushi Purnima Chowdhury and many more on the list.

He was also awarded the First position in Sarangi playing from State Music academy (West Bengal under Pt. Arun Bhaduri ). Awarded as Naad Brahma award by Pt.Damodar Mishra institute Varanasi & Kolkata.

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Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Sougata Roy Chowdhury

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Sarode - Sougata Roy Chowdhury

Tabla - TBD


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Sougata Roy Chowdhury

Sougata Roy Chowdhury is considered to be among the most talented sarod players of his generation. Born in a Bengali artistic family, Sougata grew up in Shantiniketan. His father, Prof. Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, is an eminent sculptor and also a great music connoisseur, with one of the most precious collections of Indian classical music in India today. Sougata’s mother, Smt. Ajanta Roy Chowdhury, is an Indian classical vocalist of the Agra Gharana.
 
Sougata started to learn sarod at the age of 10 with Ustad Dyanesh Khan, son of the great Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. His Guru taught him the technique of sarod, discipline in music, and compositions in different Ragas, for about 9 years, until his guru’s untimely sudden death at age 45. After that, Sougata continued his learning with Dhyanesh Khan’s elder brother, Ustad Aashish Khan. Over the past 17 years, Sougata has been studying with Pandit Santosh Banerjee, a well-respected sitar and surbahar player living in Kolkata, who is one of the main disciples of Ustad Md.Dabir Khan, the last descendent of the Miyan Tansen family. Pandit Santosh Banerjee has given him rigorous training in various Ragas and in the refined aesthetics of Indian classical music, all of which has allowed Sougata to develop into the mature musician he is today. Sougata has always been a devotee of the sarod Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and admired him as a ‘God of knowledge’, because of the way the late Ustad opened the spiritual way of his musical practice.

Important Achievements:
In 1994, Sougata gave his first solo performance.

He did his Master degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology from Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan.(1998)

He also received a prestigious degree in Indian Classical music from Prachin Kaka Kendra of Chandigarh(1996-1997)
In 2000 he obtained a scholarship from the Indian Government of Culture, as well as an award by The Pandit Ravi Kichlu Foundation Golden Talent Contest.
In 2006 he started performing regularly for All India Radio, Kolkata. He received his upgrade to ‘A’ grade in 2015 and performed his first National Programme.
Since 2000, Sougata has been performing, teaching and holding workshops in EUROPE (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Ireland), USA (New York, Woodstock, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland) as well
as in various major venues in India.
In October 2010, the Saptak Music Festival, Ahmedabad lauded him as one of the best young artistes of the decade.

Important Performances:
- Globus Festival à Graz, Austria (2001);
- Journées des 5 Continents à Martigny, Switzerland (2002);
- Festival de musique indienne à Berne, Switzerland (2002);
- Sangeet Sammelan, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India (2004);
- Sangeet Sandhya, organized by Saptak, Ahmedabad, India (2005);
- Festival de l’Inde Lille 3000, in Lille, France (2006);
- Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2007);
- Fête de la musique, Alliance française of Calcutta, India (2007);
- Festival de l’Inde, in Grenoble, France (2007);
- Annual Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad, India (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014);
- Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland (2008, 2009 and 2011);
- Pearse Museum, Dublin, Ireland (2013, 2014, 2015)
- Oriental music Festival, Ariège, South France (2009);
- Art Shastra Gallery, New Delhi, India (2010);
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2010);
- Cork University, concert and workshop, Ireland (2010);
- Auditorium Musée Guimet, National Asiatic Arts
Museum in Paris, France (2011);
- Concerts various places in Italy (2011).
- Concert in Vitry-Sur-Seine (May 2012)
- Concert tour in various places in Italy (May 2012)
- Concert at Cite de la Musique, Marseille (June 2012)
- USA Tour in East Coast & West Coast (Nov-Dec 2012)
-Concert at the AliAkbarCollege of Music in San Rafael (1st Dec. 2012)
-Concert at Terre Du Ciel,France (May2002),(May2014)
-Concerts and Teaching & Workshops in Ireland (Dublin, Killkeney, Cork, Glengarriff)
France (Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Brive) (May-June 2013)
-Concert at Chowdhury House Music Conference (November 2014)
-Concert at Musee Des Confluences, Lyon, France (May 2015)
-Concert at Cite de la Musique, Marseille, Namaste France (Oct 2016)
In recent years his teaching skills gave him the opportunity to develop partnerships
with several Universities and Conservatories in Europe including regular workshops
and teaching in France and Ireland.

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Sep
15
to Sep 16

Hindustani Vocal Workshop - Fall

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Vocal - Sanjoy Banerjee

Join a master vocalist for two afternoons of intense study.

Dates

September 15th - 16th, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)

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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday

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Sanjoy Banerjee

Sanjoy Banerjee is one of the finest vocalists of international repute from India and a distinguished exponent of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian Vocal Classical Music. Sanjoyji was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidance of Late Pt. A.T. Kanan and Sangeet Bidushi Late Malabika Kanan, who considered him as their successor to their musical heritage.  With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing extensively in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, USA and within India including at Sur Singar, Swai Gandharva, Sangeet Piysi, Ustad Faiz Khan Sangeet Sammelan.

He has received many awards and honors including Surmani Award from Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbai, National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India and Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Govt of India. In addition, Sanjoy Banerjee is a successful Guru teaching at his own institution - Kolkata Suromurchhana in India, and at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York, producing students who have already earned appreciation.


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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Classical Vocal Concert - Sanjoy Banerjee

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Sanjoy Banerjee

Sanjoy Banerjee is one of the finest vocalists of international repute from India and a distinguished exponent of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian Vocal Classical Music. Sanjoyji was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidance of Late Pt. A.T. Kanan and Sangeet Bidushi Late Malabika Kanan, who considered him as their successor to their musical heritage.  With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing extensively in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, USA and within India including at Sur Singar, Swai Gandharva, Sangeet Piysi, Ustad Faiz Khan Sangeet Sammelan.

He has received many awards and honors including Surmani Award from Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbai, National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India and Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Govt of India. In addition, Sanjoy Banerjee is a successful Guru teaching at his own institution - Kolkata Suromurchhana in India, and at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York, producing students who have already earned appreciation.


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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Kumar Bose Ensemble - Reception and Concert

Featuring:
Vocal - Deborshee Bhattacharjee
Violin and Sitar Duet - Pallab Bandyopadhyay and Kalyanjit Das
Guitar - Kuntala Ray
Tabla - Kumar Bose and Chiranjit Mukherjee
Sarangi - Pankaj Mishra

For invited guests only
Dinner at the end of the concert


Kumar Bose

Pandit Kumar Bose, the legendary tabla maestro, was born into a musically endowed family of Kolkata.  He was initiated into the art of playing Tabla at a very early age by his father, the legendary Late Pandit Biswanath Bose and his mother, the Late Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan.  Later he came under the tutelage of the legend of the Benares School of Tabla, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Kumar Bose's genius is his ability to evolve a distinctive style of his own without diluting the sanctity of tradition with which he has been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe.  His intricacies on the Bayan (bass drum) have captured the hearts of both young and veterans alike.  He is just as facile in accompaniment as he is in solos, be it with vocal, instrumental, or dance.  He is been sought after as an accompaniest, both in India and internationally, by the entire community of top notch artistes like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and many more.

Kumar has more than 150 recording labels and has been the Assistant Music Director of the noted film maker Mrinal Sen's globally acclaimed film "Genesis" with music director Pt. Ravi Shankar.

His journey started with his initial public performances in 1960 with legendary musicians like Shri Gokul Chandra Nag, Shri Shyam Ganguly, Smt. Angur Bala Devi, Pt. Hanumanji Mishra, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Siaram Tiwari, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and others.  He feels that he still has a long way to go in his musical journey.


Deborshee Bhattacharjee

The diversity of his music reflects in his albums where he has performed in different genres of music like Ghazal, Sufi, Bhajan, Bengali songs, etc. He is currently a senior Musician Scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, and is an ‘A’ graded artist of All India Radio.  He is a regular performer in television and an empaneled artist of ICCR, Government of India. He has been a prolific performer from the age of 10 when he made his debut at Sisirmancha, Kolkata. A regular stage performer since, gathering acclaim from listeners across the globe.

Some of his noted performances:
1. Performed at the prestigious concert in Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Bengal Foundation & ITC SRA along with many other stalwart musicians.
2. Performed at Madison Square Garden in the prestigious NABC & also for Raagmala, Toronto, both in 2016.
3. Dr. Vasant Rao Deshpande Smriti Samaroh, Nagpur and quite a few times for the prestigious Bhavan's Cultural Center, Mumbai
4. Extensively toured Shanghai, China recently for some prestigious concerts there.
5. ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata and Mangaldeep Sammelans organized by ITC SRA at Goa, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Silchar, Agartala and Varanasi.


Pallab Bandyopadhay

Pallab Bandyopadhay is a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog and studied with him for 20 years. He has been a performing artist with All India Radio in Kolkata and Doordarshan for the for the last 18 years and is ranked as B-High grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin). He has given international music tours in Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Bangladesh.

He has an M.A. in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata with Honors as well as a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.  He has 15 years experience of teaching School Children in the field of Hindustani Classical Music.  He is the founder and teaches at The Heritage School, Kolkata and has been working there for the past 12 years.  He also is a visiting Teacher of violin at the South Point School in Kolkata and is the former Head of the Department of Music at The Lowrence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India (1996-2000).

 


Kalyanjit Das

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother  Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.

Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include RKM, Golpark, Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, Kalashree Music Circle, Sangeet Piyasi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle,  Shrutinandan, Sangeet Ashram, Live In India, Moore Avenue Music Conference in Kolkata, ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre in Agartala), NCBS and SAPTHAK in Bengaluru, Raga Tapasya Festival in Pondicherry), 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and The Nehru Center in London, Raga Spirit Festival in Los Angeles and MERU in Seelisberg, Switzerland)

Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt. Swapan Choudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee,  Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC...A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.

Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honored the "Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award" by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.

He is a "B-High" musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan. He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012. In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.


Kuntala Ray

Kuntala Ray is the only female instrumentalist of India who has equal knowledge and efficiency in playing Indian Classical Guitar and Hansa Veena,. She hails from a family of musicians and inherited musical talent from her mother, the Late Maya Maitra. She started her carrier in music in guitar under Sri Uttam Chakrabarty, a renowned Guitar player of Bengal. Her passion for Guitar and her rendering of light music on Hawaiian slide Guitar fetched her fame among music lovers.

She started learning classical guitar from Pt. Barun Kumar Pal. Subsequently she became the disciple of Pt Soumitra Lahiri, an eminent sitarist of India, of “Visnupur Gharana”.  She is continuing her lessons under Pt Lahiri. She is also taking special talim from the eminent table player of this genre Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.

A proficient teacher of mathematics, Kuntala had attended several "Guru Sishya Parampara" workshops of Indian Classical Music at Kolkata and Delhi.

Taking the responsibility of exposing her true 'talim', Kuntala plays in the most traditional form of rendering a Raga. Her aesthetic way of unfolding a Raga is very much reflected on the listener’s mind because of her good control on the instrument and sound knowledge of Ragas.

As her fame has spread, she has been playing to audiences in various concerts in India and abroad that have been well acclaimed. She has performed in many prestigious festivals, such as the Salt Lake Cultural Association, Darbur Music Circle and Sangeet Priya Samsadin Kolkata, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and India International Center in Delhi, University of North Carolina, Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York, Hindu Cultural Center of Nashville and International Center for Culture, Oslo, Norway


Chiranjit Mukherjee

Chiranjit Mukherjee is a well known name in the field of Indian Classical Music. He was born in the year 1984 in a family full of music admirers. His grandfather was a connoisseur of traditional Hindusthani Classical Music. His passion was infused in Chiranjit from the very childhood and his initial training in Tabla was started under the guidance of his first Guru Shri Sailesh Kumar Chakraborty. His parents encouraged him to take pleasure in the learning progression of Tabla. Gradually his inclination towards music increased and he devoted himself into the world of cadence. The thirst for the knowledge and passion for the music followed by the sense of belongingness with the tradition made him search the roots and branches of Indian Classical Music.

Chiranjit is acknowledged for his illustrious and robust performance in the style of Benares Gharana. He is a disciple of the living legend of the Benaras gharana, Pandit Kumar Bose, who has recognized Chiranjit as his disciple for the last 12 years. He has spread the magic of rhythm with his sharp finger strokes and musical execution of a percussion instrument. Blessed by his Gurus and admired by the listeners Chiranjit is now a name to reckon with.  His sincerity reflected in his academic performances when he was bestowed with the honor, First class first in his graduation and post graduation from the esteemed Rabindra Bharati University. He is able to inscribe his impression in the heart of music lovers with his dynamic solo performances as well as sagacious accompaniment.

An erudite performer of his generation Chiranjit blends the mood and music with proficiency. His extensive research and resourceful imagination helps him to stand diverse on stage. He adopted the philosophy of his Guru Pandit Kumar Bose and believes in candid exhibition of competence. He has received many scholarships for advancement in his studies. Some of his memorable performances were at the London Art In Action Festival in 2008, SIFAS Music Festival in Singapore, Woodford Folk Festival in Australia, India International Center in New Delhi and Laya Project Concert in Chennai.


Pankaj Mishra

Born into an exceptional Musician-lineage.Being the son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Great Grand Son of  Sarangi virtuoso Late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra and Grand Son of Late Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra.He was trained from an early age by the renowned  Sarangi Player of Banaras Gharana late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra.

Pankaj created a distinct style of playing & has performed both as a SOLO  artist and accompanist at several prestigious events in India,including the Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Festival , Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Swar Samrat  Festival, The Salt Lake Music Festival Etc. He has toured extensively in All over USA, Canada, several countries of Europe, Japan, Bangladesh and more. He has performed at various programs in abroad including the Ali Akbar Music College in San Rafael, California & Basel -Switzerland, Raagmala organization (Edmonton- Canada), Deutsche Welle and WDR (German Radio & Television), The Indian Embassy concert ( Berlin & Austria), The Gandharva Music Festival in Netherlands and Asia festival in Spain. He has performed at many univercities in USA like UCLA, UCSD, CSULA in CA, UTSA in Texas and at CalArts in California under Ustad  Ashish Khan”s Ensemble. Many more are in the list.

He has also established a school for Indian Classical Music in Germany from the year 2002,He has accompanied with & under such Highly regarded Tabla players like late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhury, Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Aninda Chatterjee, Pt. Kumar Bose, Ustad Sabir Khan,,Pt.Samar Saha,Shri Subhankar Banerjee,Ustad Tari Khan  &  Many more on the list…Vocalist like Vidushi Girija Devi, Vidushi Purnima Chaudhury,Pt. Dinanath Mishra,Kathak Exponents like Pt.Birju Maharaj,Pt Rammohan Maharaj,Pt.Vijay Shankar,Ghazal Maestro Ghulam Ali & Sabri Brother”s of Pakistan,more on list….

Pankaj is a “A GRADE “ sarangi player at All India Radio & Television Kolkata. He performs for many Films & Serials (Hindi/Bengali). He has numerous Cd”s As Solo & Accompanist in the music field, like with Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Late Bidushi Purnima Chowdhury and many more on the list.

He was also awarded the First position in Sarangi playing from State Music academy (West Bengal under Pt. Arun Bhaduri ). Awarded as Naad Brahma award by Pt.Damodar Mishra institute Varanasi & Kolkata.

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Kumar Bose Ensemble - Concert

Featuring:
Vocal - Deborshee Bhattacharjee
Violin and Sitar Duet - Pallab Bandyopadhyay and Kalyanjit Das
Guitar - Kuntala Ray
Tabla - Kumar Bose and Chiranjit Mukherjee
Sarangi - Pankaj Mishra

For invited guests only
Dinner after the concert


Kumar Bose

Pandit Kumar Bose, the legendary tabla maestro, was born into a musically endowed family of Kolkata.  He was initiated into the art of playing Tabla at a very early age by his father, the legendary Late Pandit Biswanath Bose and his mother, the Late Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan.  Later he came under the tutelage of the legend of the Benares School of Tabla, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Kumar Bose's genius is his ability to evolve a distinctive style of his own without diluting the sanctity of tradition with which he has been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe.  His intricacies on the Bayan (bass drum) have captured the hearts of both young and veterans alike.  He is just as facile in accompaniment as he is in solos, be it with vocal, instrumental, or dance.  He is been sought after as an accompaniest, both in India and internationally, by the entire community of top notch artistes like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and many more.

Kumar has more than 150 recording labels and has been the Assistant Music Director of the noted film maker Mrinal Sen's globally acclaimed film "Genesis" with music director Pt. Ravi Shankar.

His journey started with his initial public performances in 1960 with legendary musicians like Shri Gokul Chandra Nag, Shri Shyam Ganguly, Smt. Angur Bala Devi, Pt. Hanumanji Mishra, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Siaram Tiwari, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and others.  He feels that he still has a long way to go in his musical journey.


Deborshee Bhattacharjee

The diversity of his music reflects in his albums where he has performed in different genres of music like Ghazal, Sufi, Bhajan, Bengali songs, etc. He is currently a senior Musician Scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, and is an ‘A’ graded artist of All India Radio.  He is a regular performer in television and an empaneled artist of ICCR, Government of India. He has been a prolific performer from the age of 10 when he made his debut at Sisirmancha, Kolkata. A regular stage performer since, gathering acclaim from listeners across the globe.

Some of his noted performances:
1. Performed at the prestigious concert in Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Bengal Foundation & ITC SRA along with many other stalwart musicians.
2. Performed at Madison Square Garden in the prestigious NABC & also for Raagmala, Toronto, both in 2016.
3. Dr. Vasant Rao Deshpande Smriti Samaroh, Nagpur and quite a few times for the prestigious Bhavan's Cultural Center, Mumbai
4. Extensively toured Shanghai, China recently for some prestigious concerts there.
5. ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata and Mangaldeep Sammelans organized by ITC SRA at Goa, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Silchar, Agartala and Varanasi.


Pallab Bandyopadhay

Pallab Bandyopadhay is a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog and studied with him for 20 years. He has been a performing artist with All India Radio in Kolkata and Doordarshan for the for the last 18 years and is ranked as B-High grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin). He has given international music tours in Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Bangladesh.

He has an M.A. in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata with Honors as well as a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.  He has 15 years experience of teaching School Children in the field of Hindustani Classical Music.  He is the founder and teaches at The Heritage School, Kolkata and has been working there for the past 12 years.  He also is a visiting Teacher of violin at the South Point School in Kolkata and is the former Head of the Department of Music at The Lowrence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India (1996-2000).

 


Kalyanjit Das

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother  Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.

Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include RKM, Golpark, Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, Kalashree Music Circle, Sangeet Piyasi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle,  Shrutinandan, Sangeet Ashram, Live In India, Moore Avenue Music Conference in Kolkata, ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre in Agartala), NCBS and SAPTHAK in Bengaluru, Raga Tapasya Festival in Pondicherry), 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and The Nehru Center in London, Raga Spirit Festival in Los Angeles and MERU in Seelisberg, Switzerland)

Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt. Swapan Choudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee,  Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC...A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.

Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honored the "Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award" by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.

He is a "B-High" musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan. He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012. In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.


Kuntala Ray

Kuntala Ray is the only female instrumentalist of India who has equal knowledge and efficiency in playing Indian Classical Guitar and Hansa Veena,. She hails from a family of musicians and inherited musical talent from her mother, the Late Maya Maitra. She started her carrier in music in guitar under Sri Uttam Chakrabarty, a renowned Guitar player of Bengal. Her passion for Guitar and her rendering of light music on Hawaiian slide Guitar fetched her fame among music lovers.

She started learning classical guitar from Pt. Barun Kumar Pal. Subsequently she became the disciple of Pt Soumitra Lahiri, an eminent sitarist of India, of “Visnupur Gharana”.  She is continuing her lessons under Pt Lahiri. She is also taking special talim from the eminent table player of this genre Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.

A proficient teacher of mathematics, Kuntala had attended several "Guru Sishya Parampara" workshops of Indian Classical Music at Kolkata and Delhi.

Taking the responsibility of exposing her true 'talim', Kuntala plays in the most traditional form of rendering a Raga. Her aesthetic way of unfolding a Raga is very much reflected on the listener’s mind because of her good control on the instrument and sound knowledge of Ragas.

As her fame has spread, she has been playing to audiences in various concerts in India and abroad that have been well acclaimed. She has performed in many prestigious festivals, such as the Salt Lake Cultural Association, Darbur Music Circle and Sangeet Priya Samsadin Kolkata, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and India International Center in Delhi, University of North Carolina, Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York, Hindu Cultural Center of Nashville and International Center for Culture, Oslo, Norway


Chiranjit Mukherjee

Chiranjit Mukherjee is a well known name in the field of Indian Classical Music. He was born in the year 1984 in a family full of music admirers. His grandfather was a connoisseur of traditional Hindusthani Classical Music. His passion was infused in Chiranjit from the very childhood and his initial training in Tabla was started under the guidance of his first Guru Shri Sailesh Kumar Chakraborty. His parents encouraged him to take pleasure in the learning progression of Tabla. Gradually his inclination towards music increased and he devoted himself into the world of cadence. The thirst for the knowledge and passion for the music followed by the sense of belongingness with the tradition made him search the roots and branches of Indian Classical Music.

Chiranjit is acknowledged for his illustrious and robust performance in the style of Benares Gharana. He is a disciple of the living legend of the Benaras gharana, Pandit Kumar Bose, who has recognized Chiranjit as his disciple for the last 12 years. He has spread the magic of rhythm with his sharp finger strokes and musical execution of a percussion instrument. Blessed by his Gurus and admired by the listeners Chiranjit is now a name to reckon with.  His sincerity reflected in his academic performances when he was bestowed with the honor, First class first in his graduation and post graduation from the esteemed Rabindra Bharati University. He is able to inscribe his impression in the heart of music lovers with his dynamic solo performances as well as sagacious accompaniment.

An erudite performer of his generation Chiranjit blends the mood and music with proficiency. His extensive research and resourceful imagination helps him to stand diverse on stage. He adopted the philosophy of his Guru Pandit Kumar Bose and believes in candid exhibition of competence. He has received many scholarships for advancement in his studies. Some of his memorable performances were at the London Art In Action Festival in 2008, SIFAS Music Festival in Singapore, Woodford Folk Festival in Australia, India International Center in New Delhi and Laya Project Concert in Chennai.


Pankaj Mishra

Born into an exceptional Musician-lineage.Being the son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Great Grand Son of  Sarangi virtuoso Late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra and Grand Son of Late Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra.He was trained from an early age by the renowned  Sarangi Player of Banaras Gharana late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra.

Pankaj created a distinct style of playing & has performed both as a SOLO  artist and accompanist at several prestigious events in India,including the Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Festival , Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Swar Samrat  Festival, The Salt Lake Music Festival Etc. He has toured extensively in All over USA, Canada, several countries of Europe, Japan, Bangladesh and more. He has performed at various programs in abroad including the Ali Akbar Music College in San Rafael, California & Basel -Switzerland, Raagmala organization (Edmonton- Canada), Deutsche Welle and WDR (German Radio & Television), The Indian Embassy concert ( Berlin & Austria), The Gandharva Music Festival in Netherlands and Asia festival in Spain. He has performed at many univercities in USA like UCLA, UCSD, CSULA in CA, UTSA in Texas and at CalArts in California under Ustad  Ashish Khan”s Ensemble. Many more are in the list.

He has also established a school for Indian Classical Music in Germany from the year 2002,He has accompanied with & under such Highly regarded Tabla players like late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhury, Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Aninda Chatterjee, Pt. Kumar Bose, Ustad Sabir Khan,,Pt.Samar Saha,Shri Subhankar Banerjee,Ustad Tari Khan  &  Many more on the list…Vocalist like Vidushi Girija Devi, Vidushi Purnima Chaudhury,Pt. Dinanath Mishra,Kathak Exponents like Pt.Birju Maharaj,Pt Rammohan Maharaj,Pt.Vijay Shankar,Ghazal Maestro Ghulam Ali & Sabri Brother”s of Pakistan,more on list….

Pankaj is a “A GRADE “ sarangi player at All India Radio & Television Kolkata. He performs for many Films & Serials (Hindi/Bengali). He has numerous Cd”s As Solo & Accompanist in the music field, like with Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Late Bidushi Purnima Chowdhury and many more on the list.

He was also awarded the First position in Sarangi playing from State Music academy (West Bengal under Pt. Arun Bhaduri ). Awarded as Naad Brahma award by Pt.Damodar Mishra institute Varanasi & Kolkata.

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Nov
24
to Nov 25

Kumar Bose Ensemble - Farewell Concert

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Featuring:
Tabla Duet - Kumar Bose and Chiranjit Mukherjee
Violin and Sitar Duet - Pallab Bandyopadhyay and Kalyanjit DasFor invited guests only


Kumar Bose

Pandit Kumar Bose, the legendary tabla maestro, was born into a musically endowed family of Kolkata.  He was initiated into the art of playing Tabla at a very early age by his father, the legendary Late Pandit Biswanath Bose and his mother, the Late Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan.  Later he came under the tutelage of the legend of the Benares School of Tabla, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Kumar Bose's genius is his ability to evolve a distinctive style of his own without diluting the sanctity of tradition with which he has been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe.  His intricacies on the Bayan (bass drum) have captured the hearts of both young and veterans alike.  He is just as facile in accompaniment as he is in solos, be it with vocal, instrumental, or dance.  He is been sought after as an accompaniest, both in India and internationally, by the entire community of top notch artistes like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and many more.

Kumar has more than 150 recording labels and has been the Assistant Music Director of the noted film maker Mrinal Sen's globally acclaimed film "Genesis" with music director Pt. Ravi Shankar.

His journey started with his initial public performances in 1960 with legendary musicians like Shri Gokul Chandra Nag, Shri Shyam Ganguly, Smt. Angur Bala Devi, Pt. Hanumanji Mishra, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Siaram Tiwari, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and others.  He feels that he still has a long way to go in his musical journey.


Pallab Bandyopadhay

Pallab Bandyopadhay is a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog and studied with him for 20 years. He has been a performing artist with All India Radio in Kolkata and Doordarshan for the for the last 18 years and is ranked as B-High grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin). He has given international music tours in Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Bangladesh.

He has an M.A. in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata with Honors as well as a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.  He has 15 years experience of teaching School Children in the field of Hindustani Classical Music.  He is the founder and teaches at The Heritage School, Kolkata and has been working there for the past 12 years.  He also is a visiting Teacher of violin at the South Point School in Kolkata and is the former Head of the Department of Music at The Lowrence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India (1996-2000).

 


Kalyanjit Das

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother  Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.

Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include RKM, Golpark, Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, Kalashree Music Circle, Sangeet Piyasi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle,  Shrutinandan, Sangeet Ashram, Live In India, Moore Avenue Music Conference in Kolkata, ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre in Agartala), NCBS and SAPTHAK in Bengaluru, Raga Tapasya Festival in Pondicherry), 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and The Nehru Center in London, Raga Spirit Festival in Los Angeles and MERU in Seelisberg, Switzerland)

Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt. Swapan Choudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee,  Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC...A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.

Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honored the "Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award" by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.

He is a "B-High" musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan. He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012. In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.

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Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Concert - Samarth Nagarkar

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Vocal - Samarth Nagarkar

Tabla - Amod Dandawate

Violin - Anjna Swaminathan


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Samarth Nagarkar

Samarth Nagarkar is known for his captivating performances of authentic, traditionally rich approach towards raga- exposition and gayaki. He is described by critics as one of today’s foremost torchbearers
of Indian classical vocal traditions.

After years of rigorous training under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Samarth graduated as Grade A scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata in 2009. Prior to this, he trained under Pt. Dinkar Kaikini in Mumbai. By virtue of this intense and extensive guru-shishya parampara training Samarth’s performance repertoire encompasses styles, ragas and compositions of three prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

Samarth has performed in several noted venues and concert platforms in India and the USA such as the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Bangalore, Devnandan Ubhayakar Yuva Sangeet Utsav, Bangalore, Habitat Center, Delhi, N.C.P.A., Mumbai, The Ali Akbar College of Music, California, Basant Bahar, California and
Universities such as Stanford, Indiana, UT Southwestern, UPenn and PSU.

The most notable of the awards and accolades Samarth has received is the President’s Award for 1st prize in the All India Radio National Music Competition, 2000. The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India awarded him a Fellowship in 2009.

A former head of K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy, Lucknow, Samarth is also known for his articulate and informative lecture-demonstrations and interactive workshops on Indian Music.
Currently based in New York Samarth is performing all over North America. He is only the faculty of reputed institutions such as Chhandayan Center for Indian Music.


Amod Dandawate

Amod Dandawate has been primarily trained in the Farrukhabad style of Tabla playing. He was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India, and later migrated to the USA. He was initiated into Tabla by his father Dr. Vasantrao Dandawate, a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. He started playing Tabla at a very young age but seriously pursued the art form only after completing his Bachelors degree in Engineering. At that point, he received initial guidance and encouragement from Shafaat Khan while performing as an accompanist and then spent some time taking lessons from Ustad Zakir Hussain. Having settled in New Jersey he has been receiving advanced training, since 2001, as a disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee, a well known Maestro of the Farrukhabad gharana (http://www.tabla.org).

Besides performing solo Tabla, Amod has accompanied several eminent artists and keeps a busy performance schedule. Amod also hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.


Anjna Swaminathan

Anjna Swaminathan is a versatile artist in the field of South Indian Carnatic Violin. A disciple of the late violin maestroParur Sri M.S. Gopalakrishnan and Mysore Sri H.K. Narasimhamurthy, she performs regularly in Carnatic, Hindustani and creative music settings. In the summer of 2014, Anjna was a participant at the celebrated Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Alberta, Canada, where she worked closely with eminent jazz and creative musicians and led workshops on the fundamentals of Carnatic improvisation and listening. She has since performed with and been encouraged by established musicians in New York's thriving creative music scene including Jen Shyu, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Amir ElSaffar, Imani Uzuri, Stephan Crump, Graham Haynes, Mat Maneri, Miles Okazaki and others. Anjna is a member of the ensemble RAJAS, led by her sister, percussionist-composer Rajna Swaminathan, which features a rotating collective of Indian classical musicians and jazz/creative musicians, and seeks to explore new improvisational and compositional possibilities stemming from the Indian classical idiom. In 2015, Anjna came under the tutelage of renowned vocalist and scholar, T.M. Krishna for her training in Carnatic music, and vocalist Samarth Nagarkar for her training in Hindustani music and accompaniment. She frequently engages with the burgeoning community of Indian classical musicians in New York and New Jersey, and is an active member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a growing artist-managed collective of musicians, performers and educators with a firm grounding in raga-based music and a mission to create a diverse, community-oriented artistic practice.

As a theatre artist, writer and dramaturg with interests in the intersection of race, class/caste, gender and sexuality, Hindu vedantic philosophy, and the boundaries of postcolonial Indian nationhood, Anjna often engages in artistic work that ties together multiple aesthetic forms towards a critical consciousness. She frequently takes part in interdisciplinary collaborations, often developing scores and providing musical accompaniment for Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical) dancers and dance companies, most notably, Ragamala Dance Company (Minneapolis), Rama Vaidyanathan, Mythily Prakash and Malini Srinivasan. From 2010 to 2017, Anjna performed and toured extensively in the United States and abroad with the acclaimed Minneapolis-based company Ragamala Dance, led by Doris Duke Artists Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, in whose projects she had the pleasure of working and performing alongside such artists as Rudresh Mahanthappa, Amir ElSaffar and Rez Abbasi. More recently, Anjna has delved into the realm of composition, and was commissioned (with co-composers Rajna Swaminathan and Sam McCormally) to create an original score for playwright/performer Anu Yadav's one-woman-play Meena's Dream. In her dramaturgical and theatrical work, she has a keen interest in developing new projects that seek to problematize the hierarchies of caste and gender that are inherent in her musical idiom, something that deeply informs her musical practice.

Anjna is co-artistic director of Rhythm Fantasies, Inc. - a non-profit organization that strives to promote South Indian classical music and dance in a space that encourages education and enrichment through innovation and cross-cultural collaboration. Anjna holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Kumar Bose Ensemble - Welcome Reception and Concert

Featuring:
Vocal - Deborshee Bhattacharjee
Violin and Sitar Duet - Pallab Bandyopadhyay and Kalyanjit Das
Guitar - Kuntala Ray
Tabla - Kumar Bose and Chiranjit Mukherjee
Sarangi - Pankaj Mishra

For invited guests only
Dinner at the end of the concert


Kumar Bose

Pandit Kumar Bose, the legendary tabla maestro, was born into a musically endowed family of Kolkata.  He was initiated into the art of playing Tabla at a very early age by his father, the legendary Late Pandit Biswanath Bose and his mother, the Late Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan.  Later he came under the tutelage of the legend of the Benares School of Tabla, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Kumar Bose's genius is his ability to evolve a distinctive style of his own without diluting the sanctity of tradition with which he has been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe.  His intricacies on the Bayan (bass drum) have captured the hearts of both young and veterans alike.  He is just as facile in accompaniment as he is in solos, be it with vocal, instrumental, or dance.  He is been sought after as an accompaniest, both in India and internationally, by the entire community of top notch artistes like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and many more.

Kumar has more than 150 recording labels and has been the Assistant Music Director of the noted film maker Mrinal Sen's globally acclaimed film "Genesis" with music director Pt. Ravi Shankar.

His journey started with his initial public performances in 1960 with legendary musicians like Shri Gokul Chandra Nag, Shri Shyam Ganguly, Smt. Angur Bala Devi, Pt. Hanumanji Mishra, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Siaram Tiwari, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and others.  He feels that he still has a long way to go in his musical journey.


Deborshee Bhattacharjee

The diversity of his music reflects in his albums where he has performed in different genres of music like Ghazal, Sufi, Bhajan, Bengali songs, etc. He is currently a senior Musician Scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, and is an ‘A’ graded artist of All India Radio.  He is a regular performer in television and an empaneled artist of ICCR, Government of India. He has been a prolific performer from the age of 10 when he made his debut at Sisirmancha, Kolkata. A regular stage performer since, gathering acclaim from listeners across the globe.

Some of his noted performances:
1. Performed at the prestigious concert in Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Bengal Foundation & ITC SRA along with many other stalwart musicians.
2. Performed at Madison Square Garden in the prestigious NABC & also for Raagmala, Toronto, both in 2016.
3. Dr. Vasant Rao Deshpande Smriti Samaroh, Nagpur and quite a few times for the prestigious Bhavan's Cultural Center, Mumbai
4. Extensively toured Shanghai, China recently for some prestigious concerts there.
5. ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata and Mangaldeep Sammelans organized by ITC SRA at Goa, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Silchar, Agartala and Varanasi.


Pallab Bandyopadhay

Pallab Bandyopadhay is a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog and studied with him for 20 years. He has been a performing artist with All India Radio in Kolkata and Doordarshan for the for the last 18 years and is ranked as B-High grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin). He has given international music tours in Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Bangladesh.

He has an M.A. in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata with Honors as well as a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.  He has 15 years experience of teaching School Children in the field of Hindustani Classical Music.  He is the founder and teaches at The Heritage School, Kolkata and has been working there for the past 12 years.  He also is a visiting Teacher of violin at the South Point School in Kolkata and is the former Head of the Department of Music at The Lowrence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India (1996-2000).

 


Kalyanjit Das

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother  Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.

Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include RKM, Golpark, Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, Kalashree Music Circle, Sangeet Piyasi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle,  Shrutinandan, Sangeet Ashram, Live In India, Moore Avenue Music Conference in Kolkata, ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre in Agartala), NCBS and SAPTHAK in Bengaluru, Raga Tapasya Festival in Pondicherry), 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and The Nehru Center in London, Raga Spirit Festival in Los Angeles and MERU in Seelisberg, Switzerland)

Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt. Swapan Choudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee,  Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC...A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.

Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honored the "Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award" by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.

He is a "B-High" musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan. He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012. In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.


Kuntala Ray

Kuntala Ray is the only female instrumentalist of India who has equal knowledge and efficiency in playing Indian Classical Guitar and Hansa Veena,. She hails from a family of musicians and inherited musical talent from her mother, the Late Maya Maitra. She started her carrier in music in guitar under Sri Uttam Chakrabarty, a renowned Guitar player of Bengal. Her passion for Guitar and her rendering of light music on Hawaiian slide Guitar fetched her fame among music lovers.

She started learning classical guitar from Pt. Barun Kumar Pal. Subsequently she became the disciple of Pt Soumitra Lahiri, an eminent sitarist of India, of “Visnupur Gharana”.  She is continuing her lessons under Pt Lahiri. She is also taking special talim from the eminent table player of this genre Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.

A proficient teacher of mathematics, Kuntala had attended several "Guru Sishya Parampara" workshops of Indian Classical Music at Kolkata and Delhi.

Taking the responsibility of exposing her true 'talim', Kuntala plays in the most traditional form of rendering a Raga. Her aesthetic way of unfolding a Raga is very much reflected on the listener’s mind because of her good control on the instrument and sound knowledge of Ragas.

As her fame has spread, she has been playing to audiences in various concerts in India and abroad that have been well acclaimed. She has performed in many prestigious festivals, such as the Salt Lake Cultural Association, Darbur Music Circle and Sangeet Priya Samsadin Kolkata, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and India International Center in Delhi, University of North Carolina, Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York, Hindu Cultural Center of Nashville and International Center for Culture, Oslo, Norway


Chiranjit Mukherjee

Chiranjit Mukherjee is a well known name in the field of Indian Classical Music. He was born in the year 1984 in a family full of music admirers. His grandfather was a connoisseur of traditional Hindusthani Classical Music. His passion was infused in Chiranjit from the very childhood and his initial training in Tabla was started under the guidance of his first Guru Shri Sailesh Kumar Chakraborty. His parents encouraged him to take pleasure in the learning progression of Tabla. Gradually his inclination towards music increased and he devoted himself into the world of cadence. The thirst for the knowledge and passion for the music followed by the sense of belongingness with the tradition made him search the roots and branches of Indian Classical Music.

Chiranjit is acknowledged for his illustrious and robust performance in the style of Benares Gharana. He is a disciple of the living legend of the Benaras gharana, Pandit Kumar Bose, who has recognized Chiranjit as his disciple for the last 12 years. He has spread the magic of rhythm with his sharp finger strokes and musical execution of a percussion instrument. Blessed by his Gurus and admired by the listeners Chiranjit is now a name to reckon with.  His sincerity reflected in his academic performances when he was bestowed with the honor, First class first in his graduation and post graduation from the esteemed Rabindra Bharati University. He is able to inscribe his impression in the heart of music lovers with his dynamic solo performances as well as sagacious accompaniment.

An erudite performer of his generation Chiranjit blends the mood and music with proficiency. His extensive research and resourceful imagination helps him to stand diverse on stage. He adopted the philosophy of his Guru Pandit Kumar Bose and believes in candid exhibition of competence. He has received many scholarships for advancement in his studies. Some of his memorable performances were at the London Art In Action Festival in 2008, SIFAS Music Festival in Singapore, Woodford Folk Festival in Australia, India International Center in New Delhi and Laya Project Concert in Chennai.


Pankaj Mishra

Born into an exceptional Musician-lineage.Being the son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Great Grand Son of  Sarangi virtuoso Late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra and Grand Son of Late Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra.He was trained from an early age by the renowned  Sarangi Player of Banaras Gharana late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra.

Pankaj created a distinct style of playing & has performed both as a SOLO  artist and accompanist at several prestigious events in India,including the Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Festival , Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Swar Samrat  Festival, The Salt Lake Music Festival Etc. He has toured extensively in All over USA, Canada, several countries of Europe, Japan, Bangladesh and more. He has performed at various programs in abroad including the Ali Akbar Music College in San Rafael, California & Basel -Switzerland, Raagmala organization (Edmonton- Canada), Deutsche Welle and WDR (German Radio & Television), The Indian Embassy concert ( Berlin & Austria), The Gandharva Music Festival in Netherlands and Asia festival in Spain. He has performed at many univercities in USA like UCLA, UCSD, CSULA in CA, UTSA in Texas and at CalArts in California under Ustad  Ashish Khan”s Ensemble. Many more are in the list.

He has also established a school for Indian Classical Music in Germany from the year 2002,He has accompanied with & under such Highly regarded Tabla players like late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhury, Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Aninda Chatterjee, Pt. Kumar Bose, Ustad Sabir Khan,,Pt.Samar Saha,Shri Subhankar Banerjee,Ustad Tari Khan  &  Many more on the list…Vocalist like Vidushi Girija Devi, Vidushi Purnima Chaudhury,Pt. Dinanath Mishra,Kathak Exponents like Pt.Birju Maharaj,Pt Rammohan Maharaj,Pt.Vijay Shankar,Ghazal Maestro Ghulam Ali & Sabri Brother”s of Pakistan,more on list….

Pankaj is a “A GRADE “ sarangi player at All India Radio & Television Kolkata. He performs for many Films & Serials (Hindi/Bengali). He has numerous Cd”s As Solo & Accompanist in the music field, like with Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Late Bidushi Purnima Chowdhury and many more on the list.

He was also awarded the First position in Sarangi playing from State Music academy (West Bengal under Pt. Arun Bhaduri ). Awarded as Naad Brahma award by Pt.Damodar Mishra institute Varanasi & Kolkata.

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Apr
7
5:00 PM17:00

Light Classical Concert - Mohan Deshpande/Mitali Bhawmik

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Vocal - Mohan Deshpande
Vocal - Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik
Tabla - Samir Chatterjee
Harmonium - Kedar Naphade


Aaye Na Balam -  Thumri & Dhun from Benares and Punjab

In this concert, you will enjoy light-classical “Thumri” and “Dhun” from Banaras and Punjab.  Thumri is a highly emotive, beautiful and important genre in Indian semi-classical music.  It has influenced many film songs, as well as other genres (e.g. Bhajan, Marathi Natyasangeet) from different parts of the country.  Many classical singers often sing a Thumri as a second or third piece in the concert. The lyrical content of a thumri has both romantic and spiritual connotations.
Indian classical and semi-classical music is not fully pre-composed and there is a lot of improvisation during the performance. Thumri is semi-classical,  so it does not necessarily need to be constrained by all the rules and restrictions that are imposed in classical music (such as the rendition of a raag).
Paradoxically, this liberty makes improvisation in a thumri more difficult for the performer, rather than making it easier.  The artist can take license with the melody, however departing too much from the original theme can detrimentally dilute the overall impact of the performance. The boundaries are blurred.  An intangible artistic sense dictates where one takes the melody, and whether the recital will have impact.  

In addition to performing wonderful folk songs and tunes, the artists will also speak about their thoughts and approach to improvisation during Thumri.


 

Mohan Deshpande

Dr. Mohan Deshpande is a well-known musician / musicologist born in an illustrious family of musicians tracing their connection back to Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Although he was steeped in the tradition of Hindustani Classical music virtually from birth, he approaches his continuing musical explorations from a novel perspective, characterized by a refreshing willingness to experiment with new forms of presentation and explore the limits of various genres.

Mohan learned his music from his father, a noted musical singer and educator, Maha Mahopadhyay Pandit S.B. Deshpande, of Hyderabad, India. Although educated in the Gwalior Gharana style, Mohan grew up immersed in a musical household and exposed to all the top musicians and ‘Ustads’ of the 50’s and 60’s such as Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, that influenced the development of his unique musical style. While in medical school, in 1961, Mohan received the Presidential medal in that year's All-India Radio Musical Competition.

He has given numerous performances in vocal raagdari style in India, the US and Canada. Aiming to cultivate a love for Indian Classical tradition, he approaches his musical work with recognition of the needs of listeners in America and experiments with new ideas to increase the exposure of the Indian Classical style to both Indian and American audiences in the US. Thus, he has conducted a variety of discussions and demonstrations.  He designed and collaborated with several prominent NJ musicians to present several programs such as Kalyan darshan, Music of India etc.

Dr. Deshpande has been teaching vocal classical music to children and adults at Vivekananda Vidyapith for over 25 years. After a private practice in New Jersey for over 33 years as an Internist and Cardiologist, he retired in 2015. Now he continues his riaz, concerts and teaching of music.


Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik

Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik, an artiste of Hindustani Classical vocal music, was born in Nogaon, Assan, where she started her initial lessons in music at a very early age from Sri Ajit Dutta.  Later she had the privilege of receiving extensive training in the different styles of Hindustani Classical vocal music from Sri Biren Phukan in Guahati, Assam.  For further training, Mitali came to Calcutta in 1983 where she initially received lessons from Srimati Meera Banerjee, the noted vocalist.  Since 1984 Mitali is under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Pandit V. G. Jog the famous violin maestro. Pandit Jog's vast and extensive experience in the different musical styles and traditions have helped Mitali to blend the best of few styles (Gharanas) in her music in contrast to sticking to a single traditional Gharana style.  This has been the essence of Pandit Jog's philosophy in music and training methodology.Mitali also received training in semi-classical (thumri, dadra, hori etc) music from Smt. Dahlia Rahut, a senior disciple of Smt. Girija Devi.

Mitali has performed in several concerts both in India and USA.  To name a few, in USA, she has performed at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Yale University in Connecticut, Princeton University, Rutgers University in New Jersey, Chhandayan All Night Concert,  other universities in US and also at several locations in New York and New Jersey area. In India Mitali has performed at the Sangeet Research Academy, Salt Lake Music Festival, Bhawanipur Sangeet Samaj, Dover Lane Music Conference periodicals, Calcutta School of Music, World Bengali Conference, SPIC-MACAY concerts, West Bengal State Music conference in Kolkata, Delhi habitat center, IIC Delhi, NCPA Mumbai, Varanasi, Rajkot & Surat & several others. She has also performed at the Nehru Centre and Stratford in London UK.

Her melodious voice and perfect rendition of the "raga's" have won her numerous acclaims and appreciation from the listeners.  Besides Khayals, Mitali also specializes in semi-classical music like Thumris and Bhajans.

Mitali has two CDs “Vandana”, where her Guru Pandit V. G. Jog has accompanied her on the violin. She has another album, named “Rasiya” where she has been accompanied by Pt Ramesh Mishra on Sarengi and Pt Samir Chatterjee on tabla.

Mitali is the director of Ethnomedia Music Studio where she teaches Hindustani Classical Music to several students in the area.  Mitali along with her students has won the prestigious New Jersey Council of the Arts grant for four years.


Samir 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.    

Samir  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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
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.


Kedar Naphade

Born on January 10, 1972, Kedar Naphade received preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar.

Since he was 10 years of age, Kedar has had the great good fortune of training under the loving and expert guidance of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, one of the topmost harmonium players in India today. Under his nurturing guidance, Kedar has imbibed the unique style of solo harmonium performance developed by Pt. Borkarji’s guru, Madhukar Pednekar or P. Madhukar.  P. Madhukar was a genius with tremendous mastery over the instrument that is to date unsurpassed. His glorious tradition, which utilizes the strengths of the harmonium to the extreme, is presented to the connoisseur today by his stalwart disciples like Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and Pt. Anant Kemkar and the next generation of disciples consisting of Sudhir Nayak, Seema Mestri-Shirodkar, Kedar Naphade and others.   

Kedar has also had the privilege of training under Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. She played a pivotal role in his musical development and sowed in him the seed that developed into a passionate love for the vocal art form. As such, Kedar’s music derives inspiration from the stylistic genius and dexterous wizardry of P. Madhukar as well as the character of the traditional Hindustani vocal art form, especially of the Gwalior  and Jaipur gharanas. In addition to classical music, Kedar also plays the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet (Stage Music), Bhajans, Thumri, Dhun etc.

Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. including prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space etc. He has accompanied artists of high caliber such as his guru Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Phiroz Dastur, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Laxmi Shankar and others. Kedar continues to train from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and maintains an active concert schedule in the U.S.

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Apr
1
1:00 PM13:00

Instrument Maintenance Workshop - Tabla

Jyotin Rajput - Instructor

Learn how to maintain your tabla under the instruction of a skilled instrument maker.

Date

Sunday April 1, 2018

Location

4 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Time

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Contact

646 281 4062 / classes@tabla.org

Jyotin Rajput is a craftsman of tabla with a very high level of efficiency. He has experience of over four decades, out of which the first two decades were in a reputed store in Mumbai and the later two with Chhandayan Store. He is particularly know for his speed and ability to handle volume. 

In this workshop attendees will get basic information on maintaining tabla, along with practical hands-on experience in repair and maintenance. They can bring their own instrument/s to try out some of the basic maintenance jobs under the supervision of Jyotin. A Chhandayan stuff will assist in communication, if needed.


This event is partially sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts:

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Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Abhik Mukherjee

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Sitar - Abhik Mukherjee

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee

A Tabla Solo by Ronak Seth will precede the main performance.


Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.
Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); at the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); on Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.


Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
      
 He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
      
 Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.


Ronak Seth

Ronak Sheth has been learning tabla under Samir Chatterjee for 5 years. He is extremely excited and honored to be playing in front of his Guruji, tonight’s esteemed musicians, and the Chhandayan audience. Ronak is 11 years old, and in the 6th grade in the Scarsdale Middle School in Westchester County. He developed a passion for Hindustani music from an early age, influenced by both his grandmothers, who are classical vocalists themselves. Ronak also plays percussion in his school band and enjoys adding flavor to school ensemble performances with his tabla. In addition to music, he enjoys cooking, his school coursework, especially science and social studies, as well as playing basketball and baseball. Ronak offers his pranams to his Guruji and all of you tonight.

 

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Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Ranajit Sengupta

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Sarode - Ranajit Sengupta

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee


Ranajit Sengupta

Ranajit Sengupta is an outstanding Sarode Player and Composer from India. He has been performing around the world for last 21 years. He is a student of late Ustad Dhyanesh Khan and Ustad Ashish Khan of Maihar Senia Gharana and he attended several workshops by Late Dr. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in India and California. He is one of the youngest Top Grade Sarode players of Indian Radio and Television and is a winner of the Presidents' award for securing First position in the All India Radio Competition.  He also has been given the Acharya Baba Allauddin Memorial Award, the Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee Memorial Award, and the Best talent of the Year award by HMV to name a few. He secured a high position in Bachelor and Master's Exam from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has also been a Guest Lecturer at universities in USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland,
England and India.


He has performed in major music festivals and venues in more than 30 countries. He has over 30 CDs and DVDs releases from around the world. Ranajit has composed Music for the Dutch Feature Film "Dark Amsterdam", the Title Music for the International Film Festival, Kolkata in 1994 and the music for the Road Movie "Lost and Found Tour" filmed about himself and three Austrian Musicians. Ranajit is currently the Principal Composer, guest conductor, guru for the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music in England.

Some of Ranajit's performances on Youtube:


Samir 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.    

Samir Chatterjee began his studies early with Pt. 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 of India. 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, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Nasiruddin Saami, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pta. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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. 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, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for four decades and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founding President 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’, a guidebook to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’ and ‘Those Forty Days’, a journal of an austere practice regimen he undertook during the summer of 2016. He is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. 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. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Sunshine Award, Jadu Bhatta Award and Acharya Varistha Award.

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Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Chhandayan Concert

Sarode - Indrayudh Majumdar
Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Vocal - Sujata Varma (from Nepal)
Tabla - Jagannath Dhaugoda (from Nepal)
Harmonium - Parag Chakraborty (from Bangladesh)

Tabla solo - Pratik Dhibar
Tabla solo - Rajdeep Deb
Sarangi - Vijay Mishra

Please join us for an evening of Indian Music by established and upcoming artists.


Indrayudh Majumdar

Indrayuddh Majumder has been learning Sarode from his father, the world-renowned Sarode Maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, since he was five years old. He has also been receiving guidance from his mother Vidushi Dr. Manasi Majumder, who is a renowned Indian Classical vocalist. Initially, he had also received basic taalim from his grandfather Late Ranjan Majumder.

Indrayuddh had developed keen interest in every genre of music right from his childhood. He has taken up Sarode as his primary choice because of his sheer love for the instrument and Indian Classical Music. He concentrates on maintaining the purity of Indian Classical Music coupled with his smart presentation in his concerts.

He had the privilege to perform in front of Dr. Manmohan Singh (the former PM of India), Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya (the former Chief Minister of West Bengal), Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Shri M.K. Narayanan (the former Governors of West Bengal) among many.

Indrayuddh is also a passionate music composer. He has composed music for a few projects, and has also assisted his father in the background score of a Bengali Feature Film on Byomkesh, 'Sajarur Kaata'.

An MBA in Marketing, Indrayuddh is also the Co-Founder and CEO of an Indian tech-startup, ShowVelvet, which serves as an online interactive platform for Artists and Audience all over the world.


Samir 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
    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.

 

 

 

 

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Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Holi Concert - Mitali Bhawmik

Vocal - Mitali Bhawmik

Tabla - Amod Dandawate

Harmonium - Malini Majumdar


Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik

Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik, an artiste of Hindustani Classical vocal music, was born in Nogaon, Assan, where she started her initial lessons in music at a very early age from Sri Ajit Dutta.  Later she had the privilege of receiving extensive training in the different styles of Hindustani Classical vocal music from Sri Biren Phukan in Guahati, Assam.  For further training, Mitali came to Calcutta in 1983 where she initially received lessons from Srimati Meera Banerjee, the noted vocalist.  Since 1984 Mitali is under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Pandit V. G. Jog the famous violin maestro. Pandit Jog's vast and extensive experience in the different musical styles and traditions have helped Mitali to blend the best of few styles (Gharanas) in her music in contrast to sticking to a single traditional Gharana style.  This has been the essence of Pandit Jog's philosophy in music and training methodology.Mitali also received training in semi-classical (thumri, dadra, hori etc) music from Smt. Dahlia Rahut, a senior disciple of Smt. Girija Devi.

Mitali has performed in several concerts both in India and USA.  To name a few, in USA, she has performed at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Yale University in Connecticut, Princeton University, Rutgers University in New Jersey, Chhandayan All Night Concert,  other universities in US and also at several locations in New York and New Jersey area. In India Mitali has performed at the Sangeet Research Academy, Salt Lake Music Festival, Bhawanipur Sangeet Samaj, Dover Lane Music Conference periodicals, Calcutta School of Music, World Bengali Conference, SPIC-MACAY concerts, West Bengal State Music conference in Kolkata, Delhi habitat center, IIC Delhi, NCPA Mumbai, Varanasi, Rajkot & Surat & several others. She has also performed at the Nehru Centre and Stratford in London UK.

Her melodious voice and perfect rendition of the "raga's" have won her numerous acclaims and appreciation from the listeners.  Besides Khayals, Mitali also specializes in semi-classical music like Thumris and Bhajans.

Mitali has two CDs “Vandana”, where her Guru Pandit V. G. Jog has accompanied her on the violin. She has another album, named “Rasiya” where she has been accompanied by Pt Ramesh Mishra on Sarengi and Pt Samir Chatterjee on tabla.

Mitali is the director of Ethnomedia Music Studio where she teaches Hindustani Classical Music to several students in the area.  Mitali along with her students has won the prestigious New Jersey Council of the Arts grant for four years.


Amod Dandawate

Amod Dandawate has been primarily trained in the Farrukhabad style of Tabla playing. He was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India, and later migrated to the USA. He was initiated into Tabla by his father Dr. Vasantrao Dandawate, a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. He started playing Tabla at a very young age but seriously pursued the art form only after completing his Bachelors degree in Engineering. At that point, he received initial guidance and encouragement from Shafaat Khan while performing as an accompanist and then spent some time taking lessons from Ustad Zakir Hussain. Having settled in New Jersey he has been receiving advanced training, since 2001, as a disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee, a well known Maestro of the Farrukhabad gharana (http://www.tabla.org).

Besides performing solo Tabla, Amod has accompanied several eminent artists and keeps a busy performance schedule. Amod also hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.


Malini Majumdar

Malini Majumdar is a student of Mitali Bhawmik and an accomplished vocalist.

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Feb
16
to Feb 19

Annual Tabla Ashram - Samir Chatterjee

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Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Join tabla maestro an the founder of Chhandayan for an intense weekend of practice and learning. It is called 'Tabla Ashram' because it is conducted in the same spirit as in a hermitage.


Date

February 16th through February 19th 2018 (Friday to Monday)

Location

4 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Time

Daily three sessions:
9.30 am – 12.30 pm
1.30 – 4.30 pm
5.30 – 7.30 pm

Contact

646 281 4062 / classes@tabla.org


Samir 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
    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.
 


 
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Jan
12
6:30 PM18:30

Migrants - Joe Kye and William Catanzaro

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Violin and Voice - Joe Kye

Percussion - William Catanzaro

Presented By Craig S. Hyman: Numinous Music Presents & Productions


Joe Kye

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist- looper and vocalist Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, “discharging world[s] of emotion” and delivering “divine messages” with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that “leaves everyone in awe” (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single violinist...one mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee).

Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye has toured the United States with recent performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a nationally broadcast performance on NPR’s Science Friday. Previous collaborations include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet, Alvin Ailey Composer/Percussionist William Catanzaro, original Wailer Devon Evans, and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and the White House. Kye is a Fishman and Neunaber Audio Effects sponsored artist.

Joe Kye is currently Booking dates for his Full US, Canada, Asia & World Tour in support of his brand new CD entitled, Migrants, slated for release on January 8th, 2018.

 

Youtube Performances


William Catanzaro

Mr. William Catanzaro is an eclectic composer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. His style is an amalgam of sources where classic meets contemporary, jazz and world music.

Born in Buenos Aires Mr Catanzaro arrived to NY in 1989 establishing himself as a world class pianist and percussionist. His expertise as a performer and composer  led him to write scores  for many renowned choreographers such as Anna Sokolow, Steve Paxton, Viola Farber, Motoko Hirayama, Sara Rudner and  Milton Myers. His work has been presented nationally  and internationally with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New Danish Dance Theater Denmark, TanzFabrik Berlin, Amsterdam Theatreschool, Cyprus Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theater, Architanz Tokyo, Kyoto Arts Center, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, Philadanco, Player’s Project, Dallas Black Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and more. He has received recognition and funding from the NEA, The Samuel S. Feld Fund, New York State Council on The Arts, Harkness Foundation, NYU Humanities Council, NYU Service/ Learning Fund.

Mr Catanzaro has composed scores for many off-broadway theater productions. He is the Composer and Conductor of MinM Musicians in Masques and the Music Director for the Young Dancemakers Company.

He has worked at  The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Merce Cunningham Studio, Limon School, Martha Graham School, New York University and Skidmore College. He is currently on faculty at The Alvin Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College and Steps on Broadway.

He has developed the music score for Dario Vaccaro and Lois Greenfield’s work titled “Projected”.

He is the Composer for Kitty Lunn's Infinity Dance Theater.

He has two recordings as band leader on major labels and several independent editions of his theater and dance works. His most recent CDs “Percussion Works, compositions for the choreography of Milton Myers”, “Evolution Suites” and “Percussion for the Technique of Lester Horton Vol. I and Vol. II” have been received with great acclaim.

His new CDs “Piano Works” and "About Time" have been released by CatStudio Productions.

He is the owner of Cat Studio NY - a ProTools based recording project studio in Ny and Vermont.

NY Times' , Alistair Macaulay says about Mr Catanzaro's music : “The marvel lay in the changing imagination with which music was juxtaposed against dance...” (on Sara Rudner’s choreographic opus)


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Dec
23
5:00 PM17:00

Kolkata/Calcutta 2017 Annual Program; Sponsored by Mr. Sunandan Sen

5 pm - Classical Vocal Ensemble
            Featuring Doyel Ghosh, Aakhi Roy, Anhiti Naskar, Srijita Guha, Piyali Chatterjee, 
            DebadritaMukherjee and Hemantika Mukherjee  
            Directed by Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh
            Debjit Patitundi - Tabla
6 pm - Sitar recital
            Shubho Chakraborty - sitar
            Debjit Patitundi -Tabla
7 pm - Vocal recital
           Brajeshwar Mukherjee - vocal           
           Samir Chatterjee - Tabla
           Anirban Chakraborty - Harmonium

Subho Chakraborty

Sitarist Subho Chakraborty belongs to the Maihar-Seniya Gharana of Hindustani Classical Music. He has been enchanting music lovers and connoisseurs with the magical felicity of his recitals throughout years. The unique mellow tone, Gayaki Ang (closely following the Khayal style of vocal music), cogent and contemplation improvisation of the Ragas have earned him a lot appreciation from distinguished audiences across India as well as abroad. Aside from his career as a classical musician, Subho is quite well known as a composer and accompanist in film and popular music.

Born with the musical legacy of his mother, Smt. Anju Chakraborty, a noted Dhrupad singer, and brought up in the enriched versatile musical milieu of his family, Subho started learning sitar at a very tender age under the tutelage of Shree Prafulla Kumar Parbat, a disciple of several maestros of instrumental music from a variety of gharanas. Later he continued his taalim under the sagacious guidance of the eminent sitar maestro, Shree Debiprasad Chatterjee, and still later has been blessed with the efficacious tutoring of the doyen, Shree Partha Chatterjee, thus both his teachers being prodigies of the Maihar-Seniya Gharana and disciples of the stalwart, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee.

Subho received the first prize in the senior Group of the Dover Lane Music Conference, Kolkata, in 1989. Besides his impressive renditions in Chhandayan Music Circle (Kolkata), Youth Guild & Cultural Department of the USSR Consulate General (Kolkata), Kal-Ke-Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan (Mumbai), Dover Lane Music Conference [Periodical], Jhankar Music Circle, West Bengal State Music Academy (Young Talent), Subho has been highly applauded for his notable performances at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (Kolkata & Pune), India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), Bhowanipur Sangeet Sammilani for a number of times. He has conquered the hearts of numerous listeners and music critics in many concerts in cities like Bengaluru, Guwahati, Kanpur, Agra, Ranchi, Gurgaon and so on.  He has represented Indian Classical Music in Japan through a series of solo concerts and lecture-demonstrations. Subho has toured Bangladesh also for a series of performances and recordings with eminent music directors.
 
Subho is an empaneled artist of the ICCR, New Delhi. He performs regularly on the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Kolkata. His recitals are broadcast regularly in London too. His accolades include the Suramani Award conferred on him by the Sur Sangeet Samsad, Mumbai and Sangeet Shiromoni Award received at the International Dance & Music Festival, 2014. His audio albums on Raga Bhairav and Bhairavi and Yaman and Mishra Kafi are available in USA and India, respectively. Subho has documented his concept and review on the background music of the renowned film director Ritwik Ghatak. He has participated in discourses at numerous music conferences, such as the Dover Lane Music Conference, West Bengal State Music Academy, Indo-Japanese Meet Festival, Russian Festival for Young Talents.  He is attached with reputed training colleges and music institutions in Kolkata. He is also an examiner of the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and the Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan.


Brajeswar Mukherjee

Brajeswar Mukherjee is a well known Hindustani Classical vocalist from Kolkata, India. A disciple of the eminent vocalist Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty since an early age, Brajeswar has earned popularity with lovers of Indian classical music all over the world through his radio programs, live performances and published albums.

Brajeswar Mukherjee is a recipient of many awards and honours, including ‘Dhananjay Smriti Puraskar’ from Calcutta University, Shrutinandan Puraskar from Shrutinandan Institute and ‘Gaan Vardhan’ from Pune. Currently a Musician Tutor and Junior Guru at ITC SRA, Kolkata, Brajeswar is a B-High Grade regular artist of All India Radio, Kolkata.

Brajeswar was born in the small village of Borsul in the Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. Fortunate to have born in a musical family, he started training in Indian classical music from the tender age of four from his father Shri Bankim Mukherjee, a noted ‘Jatra Pala’ singer. For the next few years, he honed his musical skills learning from Shri Asit Roy and Shri Hara Kumar Chatterjee of his hometown. The greatest moment in his music education arrived when Brajeswar, all of ten years of age, was accepted by the celebrated vocalist Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty as his disciple in the true Gurukul tradition.

As an inmate in Gurujee’s (as Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty is called by his student with loving respect) house, Brajeswar trained in the scientific ‘Shrutinandan’ system of learning, devised by Pt. Chakraborty himself. After a few years of hard training, Brajeswar started guiding the young disciples at Shrutinandan, even while fine tuning his own musical expertise. Another milestone in his musical journey came in 2010, when was selected in the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) as a grade A scholar. He currently a musician tutor at ITC SRA, where he continues to train under Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty.

Brajeswar has given solo performances at popular events such as ITC SRA Mangaldeep Sammelan, Legends of India, Kolkata,  Sankar Darabar at Nanded,  Nadam - organised by Tabla maestro Pt. Kumar Bose at Kolkata and the Dharwad Music Festival. He has performed at prestigious institutes such as NCPA Mumbai, India Habitat Center and Rajya Sangeet Academy.

Brajeswar also gave solo performances in USA, UK, Greece and Bangladesh.  Since 2003, Brajeswar Mukerjee has been accompanying his guru Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty on harmonium or as vocal support in concerts all over the world. He has sung with legendary artists such as Dr. Balmuralikrishnan. Brajeswar is also a popular artist with overseas audiences, having given many enthralling performance in cities like USA, UK, Greece and Bangladesh, London, New Orleans and Charlotte. He is a B-High grade artist of All India Radio and has many radio renditions to his name.

Brajeswar Mukerjee has been the recipient of many awards and accolades for his mastery of Hindustani Classical Vocal. He has been awarded the ‘Dhananjay Smriti Puraskar’ from Calcutta University, ‘Shrutinandan Puraskar’ from Pt. Ajay Chakraborty’s Shrutinandan Institute, ‘Gaan Vardhan’ from Pune and has secured National Scholarship from Govt. of India


Samir 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.    

Samir 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
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.
 


Debjit Patitundi

Debjit Patitudi started learning tabla at the age of three from his father Shri Amal Patitundi, a senior disciple of Pandit Sankha Chatterjee. Debjit continued to nurture his passion diligently under the guidance of Pandit Sankha Chatterjee for several years and thereafter he is continuing his lessons from the Tabla Maestro Pandit Subhankar Banerjee.

In 2015 Debjit performed in Spain as part of a tour conducted by The Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India (I.C.C.R.). He also performed in the Prestigious Tirupati Festival, Music concert organized by Sangeet Research Academy, I.T.C. Mumbai in 2005 and 2010. He is a regular artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has earned his reputation both as a soloist and an accompanist.

Debjit is the recipient of The President Gold Medal Award from the Government of India for securing First position in the category of tabla in the All India Radio Competition in 2009. He was awarded by the State Academy Award by the Government of West Bengal in 2003. He also received Pandit Nikhil Ghosh Award from I.T.C Mumbai in 2010 and Pandit Prasun Banerjee Award, Kolkata.


Anirban Chakrabarty

Anirban Chakrabarty hails from a family of Musicians. His father, Amal Chakrabarty is a dedicated vocalist. From his very childhood Anirban was initiated to Hindustani Classical Music by his father. He is a post graduate in music with first class from the Rabindra Bharati University. Although he is a good vocalist, his keen interest in playing Harmonium have driven him under the tutelage of Pandit Manas Chakraborty, the doyen of Kotali Gharana to master himself in the gayaki of Kotali style. He has also keen interest in composing music in lighter forms. The guidance of the Master Musician has already shaped him in well organized Harmonium player, and hoping him to be a musician of high repute in future.

Anirban has to his credit a number of brilliant performances as a harmonium accompanist throughout the country with both upcoming and reputed musicians. Anirban has accompanied musicians of repute like Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Pandit Dinanath Mishra, Pandit Arun Bhaduri, Smt. Kankana Banerjee, Gaan Saraswati Shreela Bandopadhyay, Pandit Madhup Mudgal, Sri. Sarathi Chatterjee, Smt. Ruchira Panda, Sri. Subhasish Mukherjee, Smt. Raka Mukherjee, Sri. Ratan Mohan Sharma and many more.

He is also a regular artist of several television channels. Besides, he is equally adept in playing table, keyboard, guitar and also worked as an arranger for several light music album. Recently popular commercial artists like Indrani Sen, Manomay Bhattacharya, Shampa Kundu, Shubhankar Bhaskar, Sahaj Ma have jointly made album of Modern Bengali Songs and devotional Songs composed and arranged by Anirban.  Recently an album of Poetry and songs of TAGORE of Sri Tarun Chakrabarty has been released, arranged by Anirban. Now Anirban is also working as the Lecturer of Music in ‘Vivekananda Teachers Training Institute’ and also as the General Secretary of ‘Sur Sanchayan Sangeet Vidyalaya’, an institute to uphold the diploma courses of various forms of Indian music. Anirban to his credit has accompanied on harmonium with both upcoming and veteran musicians in all major music festivals of our country. He has also visited UK and USA as a harmonium accompanist with Ruchira Panda and earned accolades both from music lovers and connoisseurs.

 

Vocal Ensemble:

Doyel Ghosh recently graduated from the Rabindra Bharati University with excellent score in Rabindra Sangeet. She has been studying classical music and several types of Bengali song from the renowned preceptor Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh. Doyel has performed in Bangladesh and also performed at Rabindra Sadan in 'Kobi Pokhkho' organized by West Bengal State Music Academy. She received the Sri Sri Kanak Maa Memorial Scholarship. She is grateful to be a part of Chhandayan.

Aakhi Roy is in the Master of Arts program in Rabindra Sangeet department at the Rabindra Bharati university. She recently passed the National Eligibility Test examinationand got the Junior Research fellowship award. She is a student of Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh.

Anhiti Naskar began her training in classical singing and raga-based Bengali songs from Prof. Rajyashree Ghosh in 2008. During this journey she has significantly developed her musical skills. She has also won the first prize at Nikhil Banga Bhajan Competition held by Amibodh Society. She is also awarded a two years scholarship from the same organisation. Presently she is doing her graduation in music from Bengal Music College under the University of Calcutta.

Srijita Guha is an Electronics and Communication Engineering student. She has been undergoing extensive training in classical singing under the guidance from Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh for the past ten years. Shestarted her Musical training at the age of four under the guidance of her father Sri Avijit Guha.

Since childhood she stood first in various Musical Competitions. She was a regular performer in various children's programs conducted by All India Radio, Kolkata. She has also performed in different cultural programs. She aspires to excel in the field of music.

Piyali Chatterjee started learning classical singing in her childhood under guidance of Shri Shubhomoy Bhattacharya. Now she is taking advance training from Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh. She stood 3rd in Khayal competition at the West Bengal State Music Academy. She passed M.Ain music from the Rabindra Bharati University.

Debadrita Mukherjee is twenty years old. She has under graduate degree, specialised in chemistry. She is learning singing from Smt Rajyasree Ghosh.

Hemantika Mukherjee is a student of 10th grade and is learning classical singing for 10 years under the guidance of Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh. She has already won a few awards at different school events. She has also won the 4th position at a competition arranged by Kajalrekha music foundation.

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Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Concert of the Chhandayan Delhi Chapter

1. Vidyadhar Vyas - vocal
   Shailendra Misra - tabla
   Bharat Bhushan Goswami - sarangi

2. Kamala Shankar - slide guitar
    Samir Chatterjee - tabla

3. Indra Mukherjee - vocal
    Pradeep Chatterjee - tabla
    Zakir Dholpuri - harmonium

This program is co-sponsored by The Bengal Association, New Delhi, in celebration of their Diamond Jubilee Year. The program will be inaugurated by the eminent dancer Shobhana Narayan.


Vidyadhar Vyas

In the world of Hindustani Classical Music, .Vidyadhar Vyas is a name to reckon with. The prestigious tradition of the Gwalior gharana and the illustrious lineage of Sangeet Maharshi Pdt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar contributed to his background while he was groomed in khayal, tarana and bhajan gayaki by his renowned father Gayanacharya Tdt. Narayanrao Vyas, himself an outstanding disciple of Pdt. Paluskar. Moulding his creative thinking, artistic approach and aesthetic research in the gharana gayaki with his arduous riyaz, he matured as a maestro in his own right.

Gifted with a voice that is mellow and musical, Vidyadhar Vyas presents a unique and pleasing blend of beauties of form and content of khayal. He takes every care to sustain and develop the Raga rasa and tries to harmonize it with the bhava of the compositions. Pandit Vyas is also acclaimed for his khayal and tarana compositions which are treats of pure joy and ecstasy to his listeners.

Vidyadhar Vyas holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from University of Mumbai and a Doctorate in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai.

Awarded “Top Grade” status by All India Radio, Vidyadhar Vyas is an equally popular artiste in the television media and has several cassettes and CDs to his credit. A top-notch concert performer, he has earned national and international acclaim with creditable performances in almost all the major festivals in India and abroad.

He has written several articles for leading music journals and has conceived and presented a variety of programmes on the genesis and evolution of Hindustani Raga Sangeet. Vidyadhar Vyas also excels in conducting lecture demonstrations, which are both enlightening and entertaining.

In addition to being a renowned performing artist, Vidyadhar Vyas is known as a competent teacher and guru of exceptional calibre. He has been teaching and mentoring students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 1964 and doctorate level since 1972. In 1973 he became Principal of the Government Music College (Rajasthan Sangeet Sansthan) at Jaipur. In 1984 he became Head of the Department of Music, University of Mumbai. In February 2004, he became the first duly selected Vice Chancellor of the newly formed Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. In August 2007 he took over as Executive Director of ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

Vidyadhar Vyas has been honoured with many awards and titles by various cultural organizations, the latest is the National Award by Sangeet Natak Academy, Government of India.


Kamala Shankar

Vidushi Kamala Shankar is known as the first lady of Indian Classical Slide Guitar.  She has enthralled the world through her immaculate and melodious rendition of Hindustani Classical music. She is known for her tremendous control and versatility. She has an exceptional and natural ability to play the ‘Gayaki Ang’ style and her music is popularly referred as "a singing guitar".

Kamala Shankar was born in Tanjore (Tamil Nadu) and brought up in Varanasi. At the age of 4 she was initiated into vocal music by her mother and was put under the able guidance of Guru Pt. Amarnath Mishra of Varanasi. She learnt Hindustani classical vocal for 8 years. Then she transferred her musical interest to the Hawaiian slide guitar where her vocal training gave her a solid basis in music theory. Her initial training on Guitar started with Dr. Shivnath Bhattacharya and she also was given valuable guidance by Guru Padmabhushan Pt. Chhannulal Mishra of Varanasi. She has not only learnt classical music but also the Poorab Ang like Thumri, Kajari, Dadra, Chaiti with Rabindra Sangeet, and Bhajan. Later on she was under the able guidance of Pt. Bimalendu Mukherjee.  Kamala completed her Doctorate on Guitar under Dr. Gopal Shankar Mishra from Banaras Hindu University. She is a Top graded Guitar Artist of A I R and has performed many National Programmes and the Radio Sangeet Sammelan of Akashawani and Doordarshan. In addition to being a well-known artist in India, she has performed throughout the world.

Kamala is credited with inventing the Shankar Slide Guitar. The most unique feature of this instrument is that it has no sound hole unlike other guitars. It has four main strings and three chikari strings with eleven sympathetic strings. It has made up of a single piece of hollow wood and the wood is Cedar. The name of this instrument is dedicated to the deity of Varanasi Bhagwan Shankar.


Indra Mukherjee

Kolkata-born Smt. Indra Mukherjee was brought up in a family with a rich musical tradition and started. Her fascination for Hindustani classical music soon found her under the tutelage of a stalwart like A.T.Kanan of Kirana Gharana. After moving to Delhi, Indra has been a disciple of Smt. Savita Devi, eminent exponent of Banaras Gharana, for over two decades.

Critics have said that her melodic voice lends beautifully to her extensive repertoire of Thumri, Dadra, Hori, Kajri, Chaiti and Bhajan. A graded audio-visual artist, Indra is frequently featured on radio and Television and gives regular recitals, both in India and abroad.

While doing graduate and post-graduate studies in Philosophy from Kolkata and Jadavpur University she gave in to her first love -music.


Samir Chatterjee

Chatterjee began his studies early with Pt. 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
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.


Shailendra Mishra

Shailendra Mishra is a top grade artist from the All India Radio and National Television. He hails from Banaras though he was born and brought up in Kolkata. You can feel the temperament of Benaras Gharana (gurus- Pt Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay and Pt Mahadeo Mishra ) in his renderings while from Farukkhabad Gharana (Gurus- Pt Sameer Chatterjee and Pt Shyamal Bose) he has learnt the melodious representation of 'bols' and traditional compositions. His presentation is unique and individualistic. His solo and accompaniment concerts are acclaimed worldwide. He has played with stalwarts of Indian classical music and World music like Jazz, Persian Music etc. He has been to various parts of the world like the USA, Europe, Middle East, and South East Asia. Under cultural exchange program, his 4 years stay in Malaysia resulted in wide promotion of Indian music in general and tabla as an art in particular in south east part of Asia.

 

 

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Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Sarangi Concert - Kamal Sabri

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Sarangi - Kamal Sabri

Tabla - Daniel Weiss


Kamal Sabri

Kamal Sabri
Sarangi Maestro Kamal Sabri is the son of Sarangi Legend Ustad Sabri Khan and is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Sania Gharana of Moradabad.  Kamal is the seventh generation of a distinguished family of tradition musicians. He was initiated and trained by his father in the style of the Sania Gharana of Rampur, Moradabad starting at the tender age of 5. Very soon this child prodigy made waves in the musical world with his talent. His musical brilliance and talent as a seasoned accompanist gained immense popularity amongst eminent classical vocalists.

Now an "A" Graded Artist of All India Radio, Kamal is a regular performer on All India Radio and Indian National Television. He has appeared in many Radio Sangeet Sammelans and National Programmes of Music. He has won several awards including 'The Best Instrumentalist'(2000), Surmani'(2001), Sangeet Bhushan Award(2002),'The Young Maestro Award' (1999) conferred by the Indo-Sri Lankan Cultural Council and the 'Young Ustad Khitab (Title) (2005) at the Prestigious Harballabh Music Festival.
Kamal has many other achievements to his credit, including, the privilege to be the youngest Indian musician to participate in "Les 24 heures du raga" (the 24 hours Millennium concert) in Paris, France. He made a record of sorts in that Festival by playing 9 concerts with the all the vocalists, leaving the audience spellbound.  Kamal was invited several times to showcase his musical skills by the BBC, Radio France, Radio Pakistan, Radio Switzerland, Radio Italy, Radio Barbados, Finnish Broadcasting Company, and NRK Norway.

Today he is well known in the International cultural scene. While honing his skills in the traditional style of music, he has also adapted to the changing musical scenario and is constantly trying to set new trends and standards within his tradition. He has worked with renowned musicians like Zakir Hussain, Fateh Ali Khan, Hossam Ramzy, Ricky Niles from Barbados (West Indies), Jukka Tolonen from Finland, the Rondo Vienna Orchestra from Austria.  He performed with Jan Garbarek for the King of Norway.  Kamal has recorded his genre of music for famous Bands like Massive Attack, One Giant Leap, also for Hollywood and Bollywood films.  This multifaceted musician is also a composer, who has delivered powerfully ambient scores for documentary films, such as The Big Question featuring Mel Gibson and Monica Bellucci, Bollywood Boulevard, Mystics of Sufism for BBC, and Red Cross, Mother Teresa. Kamal has also composed music for several albums and orchestras like Dance of the Desert, the Sabri Ensemble, Sarangi Funk, Ellam Anggekkai (South Indian Album), Tera Naam, the Indian Contemporary Music Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.  Kamal continues to explore the vast realm of the music world yet retaining the purity of the Indian Classical Music thorough the strains of his Sarangi.


Daniel Weiss

Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording “Fourteen” made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years. He has been studying tabla under his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he continues to perform, tour, teach while continuing his study of tabla, Hindustani vocal, and classical piano.


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Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Sarangi Concert - Kamal Sabri

Sarangi - Kamal Sabri

Tabla - Monir Hussain


Kamal Sabri

Sarangi Maestro Kamal Sabri is the son of Sarangi Legend Ustad Sabri Khan and is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Sania Gharana of Moradabad.  Kamal is the seventh generation of a distinguished family of tradition musicians. He was initiated and trained by his father in the style of the Sania Gharana of Rampur, Moradabad starting at the tender age of 5. Very soon this child prodigy made waves in the musical world with his talent. His musical brilliance and talent as a seasoned accompanist gained immense popularity amongst eminent classical vocalists.

Now an "A" Graded Artist of All India Radio, Kamal is a regular performer on All India Radio and Indian National Television. He has appeared in many Radio Sangeet Sammelans and National Programmes of Music. He has won several awards including 'The Best Instrumentalist'(2000), Surmani'(2001), Sangeet Bhushan Award(2002),'The Young Maestro Award' (1999) conferred by the Indo-Sri Lankan Cultural Council and the 'Young Ustad Khitab (Title) (2005) at the Prestigious Harballabh Music Festival.
Kamal has many other achievements to his credit, including, the privilege to be the youngest Indian musician to participate in "Les 24 heures du raga" (the 24 hours Millennium concert) in Paris, France. He made a record of sorts in that Festival by playing 9 concerts with the all the vocalists, leaving the audience spellbound.  Kamal was invited several times to showcase his musical skills by the BBC, Radio France, Radio Pakistan, Radio Switzerland, Radio Italy, Radio Barbados, Finnish Broadcasting Company, and NRK Norway.

Today he is well known in the International cultural scene. While honing his skills in the traditional style of music, he has also adapted to the changing musical scenario and is constantly trying to set new trends and standards within his tradition. He has worked with renowned musicians like Zakir Hussain, Fateh Ali Khan, Hossam Ramzy, Ricky Niles from Barbados (West Indies), Jukka Tolonen from Finland, the Rondo Vienna Orchestra from Austria.  He performed with Jan Garbarek for the King of Norway.  Kamal has recorded his genre of music for famous Bands like Massive Attack, One Giant Leap, also for Hollywood and Bollywood films.  This multifaceted musician is also a composer, who has delivered powerfully ambient scores for documentary films, such as The Big Question featuring Mel Gibson and Monica Bellucci, Bollywood Boulevard, Mystics of Sufism for BBC, and Red Cross, Mother Teresa. Kamal has also composed music for several albums and orchestras like Dance of the Desert, the Sabri Ensemble, Sarangi Funk, Ellam Anggekkai (South Indian Album), Tera Naam, the Indian Contemporary Music Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.  Kamal continues to explore the vast realm of the music world yet retaining the purity of the Indian Classical Music thorough the strains of his Sarangi.


Monir Hossain

Monir Hossain has established himself as a dynamic tabla performer both as a solo and as an able accompanist with numerous prestigious performances to his credit.
He was born in a musical family, son of ustad Hafiz Hossain and grandson of late ustad Kader Bux of Murshidabad, West Bengal. He is a senior disciple of Tabla Maestro Pandit Samar Saha.  

Some of his notable performances were with Sarod Maestro Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Legendary (Late) Ustad Vilayet Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Lakshmi Shankar, Ustad Fateh Ali khan, Pandit Rajiv Taranath, recently with sitar Maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez and numerous other musicians.

Some of the major venues at which he has played include the Smithsonian Institution, Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM), Toranto Public Library, Colombia University, University of Alabama, Statson University, University of Maryland (UMBC) and numerous other prestigious venues.   Monir also performed tabla solo in Berhampore, West Bengal, India on the occassion of his Grandfather (Late) Ustad Kader Buksh's birthday. Some of the noteworthy vocal performers from Pakistan and Bangladesh that he has performed with include Pakistan's Pop sensation Alamgir,  Shahanaj Rahmatullah, Sabiha Mahboob and Fatema Tuz-zuhrah among many others.  


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Oct
15
4:30 PM16:30

Sarode Concert - Atish Mukhopadhyay

Sarode - Atish Mukhopadhyay

Tabla - Tejas Tope


Atish Mukhopadhyay

Atish Mukhopadhyay is a highly talented sarode player and Musician with extensive experience in entertaining live audiences and teaching.  He has been studying with the affectionate guidance of his guru Ustad Aashish Khan Sahab since 1991 and also studied with the late Mrs. Aameena Perera who was the daugher of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Sahab.  He is now considered to be a direct representative of the Maihar Senia Gharana of Baba Allauddin Khan of North Indian Classical Instrumental Music and is one of the leading torch bearers of this tradition in his generation.

Atish has performed around the world at many concerts and conferences. He also is a talented composer, having developed the music for several albums. He is also involved with several World Music projects As a teacher, he has participated in many workshops and demonstrations and taught students in India, the U.S.A., and Russia.

He is an empaneled music teacher for both Instrumental and Vocal music at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.  He is currently on tour on behalf of the Government of India.


Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope has been learning tabla from his Guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee since the age of five.  At the ages of 7 and 12, with the blessings of his Guru, he participated in three tabla ensembles at the 5th and 10th and 16th Annual All Night Concerts held in New York City, organized by Chhandayan (www.tabla.org).   He has also accompanied Samarth Nagarkar at Chhandayan All-night concert.

Tejas received First prize in the instrumental category in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 at the annual Vedic Heritage’s Holi Youth Talent Competition held in Hempstead, Long Island, NY.   In the summer of 2006, he played at the 6th Marathi European Sammelan in Almelo, Netherlands, at the 13th BMM Convention in Seattle (June 2007), and 15th BMM Convention in Chicago (July 2011). In October 2007, Tejas had his Rangamanch Pravesh and presented tabla solo as a part of Chhandayan Concert Series. Tejas received first prize in the Swardhara Competition held by Marathi Vishwain 2010.  Tejas received Chhandayan’s prestigious Jyotsna Award in the student category in 2011.  
      
At the age of 11, he recorded his compositions in a CD album entitled ‘Guru-Arpita – A Dedication to Pt. Samir Chatterjee’ as a token of his affection, respect, and gratitude to his Guru.  The CD album contains fifty-six compositions presented in structured tabla solo format in six taals.  A booklet of his compositions accompanies the CD album.
 
Tejas has been performing across the U.S. and India for the past several years. In addition to playing tabla solo in various venues in USA and abroad, Tejas has accompanied Pta. Mita Nag (sitar), Pt. Steve Gorn (flute), Kunal Gunjal (santoor), Kedar Naphade (harmonium), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Pta. Lalita Dantale-Kurulkar (vocal) over the past several years.  His recently toured India, where he was featured as a soloist and accompanist and won appreciation from all.  He is a Junior at NYU Stern, studying Finance.


Directions from Pittsburg to:   Samar & Mala Saha Residence
            410 Lorenzo Lane, IRWIN, PA 15642

* Take PA Turnpike – Rt. 76 East towards Harrisburg

* Drive to Exit 67 – Rt 30/ Irwin/Greensburg

* Pay toll, stay on right and follow Route 30 East – Greensburg

* At the first light, turn right onto Arona Road (BP gas station on the right corner across the light).

* Go through 4-Way stop sign. Take second left onto DaVinci Drive (Bronze Renaissance Development sign at the corner). Take another left (100 feet) onto Renaissance Drive.

* Go uphill. At the top of the hill make right onto Lorenzo Lane. The house (#410) is a French Provincial and is located on the cul-de-sac.

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Oct
15
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Mid-Term Tabla Ashram - Samir Chatterjee

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Join Chhandayan's founder for an intense morning of practice and learning.

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Samir 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
    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.
 

 

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Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Atish Mukhopadhyay

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Sarode - Atish Mukhopadhyay

Tabla - Tejas Tope


Atish Mukhopadhyay

Atish Mukhopadhyay is a highly talented sarode player and Musician with extensive experience in entertaining live audiences and teaching.  He has been studying with the affectionate guidance of his guru Ustad Aashish Khan Sahab since 1991 and also studied with the late Mrs. Aameena Perera who was the daugher of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Sahab.  He is now considered to be a direct representative of the Maihar Senia Gharana of Baba Allauddin Khan of North Indian Classical Instrumental Music and is one of the leading torch bearers of this tradition in his generation.

Atish has performed around the world at many concerts and conferences. He also is a talented composer, having developed the music for several albums. He is also involved with several World Music projects As a teacher, he has participated in many workshops and demonstrations and taught students in India, the U.S.A., and Russia.

He is an empanelled music teacher for both Instrumental and Vocal music at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.  He is currently on tour on behalf of the Government of India.


Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope has been learning tabla from his Guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee since the age of five.  At the ages of 7 and 12, with the blessings of his Guru, he participated in three tabla ensembles at the 5th and 10th and 16th Annual All Night Concerts held in New York City, organized by Chhandayan (www.tabla.org).   He has also accompanied Samarth Nagarkar at Chhandayan All-night concert.

Tejas received First prize in the instrumental category in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 at the annual Vedic Heritage’s Holi Youth Talent Competition held in Hempstead, Long Island, NY.   In the summer of 2006, he played at the 6th Marathi European Sammelan in Almelo, Netherlands, at the 13th BMM Convention in Seattle (June 2007), and 15th BMM Convention in Chicago (July 2011). In October 2007, Tejas had his Rangamanch Pravesh and presented tabla solo as a part of Chhandayan Concert Series. Tejas received first prize in the Swardhara Competition held by Marathi Vishwain 2010.  Tejas received Chhandayan’s prestigious Jyotsna Award in the student category in 2011.  
      
At the age of 11, he recorded his compositions in a CD album entitled ‘Guru-Arpita – A Dedication to Pt. Samir Chatterjee’ as a token of his affection, respect, and gratitude to his Guru.  The CD album contains fifty-six compositions presented in structured tabla solo format in six taals.  A booklet of his compositions accompanies the CD album.
 
Tejas has been performing across the U.S. and India for the past several years. In addition to playing tabla solo in various venues in USA and abroad, Tejas has accompanied Pta. Mita Nag (sitar), Pt. Steve Gorn (flute), Kunal Gunjal (santoor), Kedar Naphade (harmonium), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Pta. Lalita Dantale-Kurulkar (vocal) over the past several years.  His recently toured India, where he was featured as a soloist and accompanist and won appreciation from all.  He is a Junior at NYU Stern, studying Finance.

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Hindustani Vocal Workshop - Sanjoy Banerjee

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Sanjoy Banerjee - Hindustani Vocal

Two integral parts of Indian Classical music are melody and rhythm (taal). While we develop the knowledge of melodies and the grammar of raga, it is just as important to have a thorough understanding and application of rhythm.

This workshop will focus on various rhythmic cycles and the utilization of rhythmic patterns, and exercises that will help improve rhythmic improvisations.  It should be beneficial to all music students - both vocal and instrumental.

Dates:
  October 14 - 15, 2017 (Saturday, Sunday)
Times:
  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday
Contact:
(646) 281-4062 / classes@tabla.org

Sanjoy Banerjee

Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee is one of the finest vocalists of international repute from India and a distinguished exponent of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian Vocal Classical Music. Sanjoyji was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidance of Late Pt. A.T. Kanan and Sangeet Bidushi Late Malabika Kanan, who considered him as their successor to their musical heritage.  With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing extensively in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, USA and within India including at Sur Singar, Swai Gandharva, Sangeet Piysi, Ustad Faiz Khan Sangeet Sammelan.

He has received many awards and honors including Surmani Award from Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbai, National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India and Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Govt of India. In addition, Sanjoy Banerjee is a successful Guru teaching at his own institution - Kolkata Suromurchhana in India, and at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York, producing students who have already earned appreciation.


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Oct
13
to Oct 15

Carnatic Rhythm Workshop - Selvaganesh

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Selvaganesh and Swaminathan - South Indian Percussion

The famous Carnatic Percussionist Selvaganesh and his son Swaminathan will conduct a 3-session workshop on South Indian Percussion techniques.  The first two sessions of this workshop will concentrate on the theory and calculations of the South Indian Konnakol and Korwai forms.  The third will concentrate on the use of the Kanjeera and other frame drums for playing Kurwai and other South Indian "grooves".

Dates:
  October 13 - 15, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Times:
  Friday     8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  Saturday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  Sunday   3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Contact:
(646) 281-4062 / classes@tabla.org

V. Selvaganesh

Selvaganesh was born in Chennai to Grammy-winner T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, a legendary musician and also a former member of the original fusion group Shakti. He is also the grandson of Sri T. R. Harihara Sarma, who founded the Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya (Sri JGTV school) in Chennai.  Selvaganesh had his initial training at his grandfather's school and then under his uncle, Ghatam Vidwan Shri T H Subashchandran, one of the leading musicians in the world of rhythm. Thumping into the musical world at age 10, Selvaganesh has been mesmerizing the audience with his immaculate style and innate creativity.  Born into a family of musicians, it is no wonder that rhythm flows in his blood.

Apart from playing authentic Carnatic Music, he has performed in many Fusion, Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Music, Latin Music, DJ Music, World Music, Talavadya (Percussion Ensemble) and Jugalbandhi concerts and has been part of numerous International Music Festivals with renowned Indian Musicians like Dr L Shankar, Dr.L.Subramaniam, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, He has also worked with many leading music directors in India. He has performed atCarnegie Hall in the US along with Sh T H Vikku Vinayakram and Ustad Zakir Hussain

Selvaganesh gained world fame through tours with John McLaughlin's group Remember Shakti. He helps his father, Grammy-winner T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, to run the Sri JGTV school and train a new generation of percussionists. He has also composed and produced albums, and played with the Swedish bass virtuoso Jonas Hellborg and American guitar player Shawn Lane.  His debut international solo album, Soukha was released in 2006 featuring all other regular members of Remember Shakti including John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, U. Srinivas and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and Selvaganesh's father T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram. He has also formed a new group called Dr JSM, with the UK-based Goan songwriter/producer Dr.Joel and the young Carnatic singer Mahesh. Their Indo-Celtic album entitled "Turn on the Dreams" was released in the UK in 2005.  He performed in the prestigious United Nations day in New York in 2009.
He has composed music for Mira Nair’s movies "Vanity Fair" and"Monsoon Wedding"
While the kanjeera appears to be a simple instrument, in the hands of Selvaganesh, it produces a surprisingly large palette.  “He has transformed the sound and identity of his instrument—he makes that thing sound like a huge drum kit—and all the actual playing is done with one hand.”


Swaminathan

Swaminathan is the grandson of Padhmasri T.H.vinayakram and the son of
V. Selvaganesh. Being born in a family devoted
to traditional music, Swaminathan started learning kanjeera when he was
4 years old under the guidance of his grandfather and father. He gave his
first performance in a concert at the age of 12 accompanying his
grandfather.

He started his carreer with “issai mazhalai “ an initiative by Abhaswaram
RAMJI, who gave opportunities for young talents to showcase their
expertise.

He takes pride in playing alongside his grandfather “Vikku ji” in tours around the globe. Vikku ji introduced him into world fusion group “MYNTA”.
His father Shri V Selvaganesh and Swaminathan started doing duo
concerts and the very first performance with both of them together was
held at Goa festival of music in “KALA ACADAMEY” which was
followed by several musical tours in India.


Along with his musical friends and his uncle “V. Umashankar”, he played
during the Chennai super kings’ match held at chennai . And he also
performed in zee TV’s “saregamapa’ and many television shows.

Swaminathan had a opportunity to share the stage with legends like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Zakir Hhussain. When his grandfather Vikku-ji started the group named “3G”, he joined his father V. Selvaganesh so three generations of percussionists shared the stage.


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Oct
7
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Partha Bose

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Sitar - Partha Bose

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee


Partha Bose

Partha Bose is acknowledged as a rising star in the world of classical Indian music. Initiated to the Sitar at age 6, Partha went through intensive training in the truest traditions of Guru Shishya Parampara under the tutelage of Pandit Monoj Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. In academic pursuits too he showed flashes of talent and graduated in Economics from Presidency College, University of Calcutta. The young virtuoso first broadcast over All India Radio at the age of 11 and began performing in music festivals
and on television in his teens. Gradually the promising youngster blossomed into a mature musician – lauded by connoisseurs all over India as a leading instrumentalist of his generation, representing an imaginative synthesis of the musical heritage of Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, coloured by his own creativity. Sterling performances at prestigious venues in India, including Dover Lane Music Conference (Calcutta), India International Center (New Delhi), Maha Mrityunjay Mahotsav (Varanasi), further established Partha's reputation. Partha had the rare privilege of performing at the residence of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Kishen Maharaj and Shrimati Girija Devi and being blessed by these living legends. International recognition followed, as audiences in USA, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK, Austria, Italy, Holland, Madagaskar and Bangladesh were overwhelmed by Partha's unique blend of tradition and imagination and also his uncanny ability to communicate with listeners anywhere in the world.

The academic elite in some of the reputed universities of USA, Canada and Europe were witness to Partha's articulate expression in workshops and lecture demonstrations. Partha Bose was honoured by the Government of India when he was invited to lead a cultural delegation to African countries on the historic occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of India's Independence.


Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
      
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
      
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.

 

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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Seminar on the Interconnection between Vocal And Instrumental Music

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We invite you to join some accomplished Indian Music Artists for a discussion of the relationship between Indian Vocal and Instrumental Music

Abhik Mukherjee - Sitar

Partha Bose - Sitar

Samarth Nagarkar - Vocal


Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.


Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); at the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); on Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.


Partha Bose

Partha Bose is acknowledged as a rising star in the world of classical Indian music. Initiated to the Sitar at age 6, Partha went through intensive training in the truest traditions of Guru Shishya Parampara under the tutelage of Pandit Monoj Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. In academic pursuits too he showed flashes of talent and graduated in Economics from Presidency College, University of Calcutta. The young virtuoso first broadcast over All India Radio at the age of 11 and began performing in music festivals
and on television in his teens. Gradually the promising youngster blossomed into a mature musician – lauded by connoisseurs all over India as a leading instrumentalist of his generation, representing an imaginative synthesis of the musical heritage of Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, coloured by his own creativity. Sterling performances
at prestigious venues in India, including Dover Lane Music Conference (Calcutta), India International Center (New Delhi), Maha Mrityunjay Mahotsav (Varanasi), further established Partha's reputation. Partha had the rare privilege of performing at the residence of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Kishen Maharaj and Shrimati Girija Devi and being blessed by these living legends. International recognition followed, as audiences
in USA, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK, Austria, Italy, Holland, Madagaskar and Bangladesh were overwhelmed by Partha's unique blend of tradition and imagination and also his uncanny ability to communicate with listeners anywhere in the world.
The academic elite in some of the reputed universities of USA, Canada and Europe were witness to Partha's articulate expression in workshops and lecture demonstrations. Partha Bose was honoured by the Government of India when he was invited to lead a cultural delegation to African countries on the historic occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of India's Independence.


Samarth Nagarkar

Samarth Nagarkar is known for his captivating performances of authentic, traditionally rich approach towards raga- exposition and gayaki. He is described by critics as one of today’s foremost torchbearers
of Indian classical vocal traditions.

After years of rigorous training under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Samarth graduated as Grade A scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata in 2009. Prior to this, he trained under Pt. Dinkar Kaikini in Mumbai. By virtue of this intense and extensive guru-shishya parampara training Samarth’s performance repertoire encompasses styles, ragas and compositions of three prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

Samarth has performed in several noted venues and concert platforms in India and the USA such as the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Bangalore, Devnandan Ubhayakar Yuva Sangeet Utsav, Bangalore, Habitat Center, Delhi, N.C.P.A., Mumbai, The Ali Akbar College of Music, California, Basant Bahar, California and
Universities such as Stanford, Indiana, UT Southwestern, UPenn and PSU.

The most notable of the awards and accolades Samarth has received is the President’s Award for 1st prize in the All India Radio National Music Competition, 2000. The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India awarded him a Fellowship in 2009.

A former head of K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy, Lucknow, Samarth is also known for his articulate and informative lecture-demonstrations and interactive workshops on Indian Music.


Currently based in New York Samarth is performing all over North America. He is only the faculty of reputed institutions such as Chhandayan Center for Indian Music.


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Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Chhandayan Benefit Concert for Mexico City

Latidos Del Corazon
La Musica De Samir Chatterjee
Presented by Prasad De Mexico and Chhandayan
Sponsored by the Four Seasons Hotel
To benefit the victims the recent earthquake in Mexico

Samir Chatterjee - Tabla Solo

Hollving Argaez - Sitar

Jorge Remiro - Tabla, Pakahwaz


Samir 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 Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, 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 others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, 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 together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – 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.
          
    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.


Hollving Argaez

Hollving is disciple of Pandit Shubhendra Rao, from the tradition of the Senia-Maihar Gharana (Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar). He began to learn tabla in Mexico in 1998. In 2001 he went to India to study sitar under the guidance of his Guru Pandit Shubhendra Rao one of the best sitar players of his generation.
The was an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship holder from 2001-2005 and received a National Fund for Culture and Arts Fellowship holder from 2005-2008 (FONCA), to study sitar in the Guru-Shishya Paramara.

On 2010-2011 he was awarded the fellowship of “Creador Escénico” from The National Fund for Art and Culture of Mexico.

Hollving is one of the few foreigners dedicated to the Indian classical music that had the unique chance to perform in India live to all the Indian country through NDTV and to more than one hundred countries through All Indian Radio.

Hollving has performed in:
India : Kamani Auditorium, ICCR Festival, New Delhi; Vedinidhi, Varanasi and All Indian Radio.
France : Mandapa Centre; Paris; Festival du Bourges; Cours de la Visitation, Thonon-les-bains.
Mexico : Centro Nacional de las Artes, Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosí, Festival Rara Avis*, Sala Paraninfo de la UdG, XII Festival de Música Antigua y Barroca, El Lunario, El Plaza Condesa, MUNAL, Festival Internacional de Música Miguel Jiménez Bernal de Morelia, Palcio de Bellas Artes, entre muchos otros
Just to name a few.

He has being invited by the Indian Embassy in Mexico to give sitar classes ate the Gurudev Tagore Indian Cultural Center, Mexico City. At the same time he gives workshops of Indian classical music in different conservatories and music schools.

"Foreign by birth, Indian at art"
The Financial Express, New Delhi, India


Jorge Remiro

Jorge Remiro is a senior student of percussion who has been studying percussion with Chhandayan for many years.

 

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Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Drum Workshop - Daniel Weiss

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Daniel Weiss will conduct a workshop on the drum-set to the benefit of those who would like to learn and explore more about he xceptional technique and approach that has developed and exemplified n western drumming ver the past decade. To describe Dan's technique simply as 'Extended Technique' would be minimizing the significance of the evolution he has initiated; it would be an oversight to all of the number of hours he as spent in translating some of the most beautiful repertoire of tabla on to the drum set. While most of the non-Indian musicians take to South Indian (Carnatic) rhythmic system to satisfy their Indian inclination, Dan chose tabla - with all its splendor of tonal and poetic beauty, transforming rhythmic complexity into a high level of aesthetic quality.

Daniel Weiss

Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording “Fourteen” made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years. He has been studying tabla under his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he continues to perform, tour, teach while continuing his study of tabla, Hindustani vocal, and classical piano.


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Harmonium and Vocal - Suvendu Banerjee and Swagata Chakraborty
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Harmonium and Vocal - Suvendu Banerjee and Swagata Chakraborty

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First Part:
Vocal Performance - Swagata Chakraborty
with Andrew Shantz on Harmonium

Second Part:
Solo Harmonium - Suvendu Banerjee

Tabla Accompaniment- Dibyarka Chatterjee

Our facilities are wheelchair accessible


Suvendu Banerjee

Suvendu Banerjee belongs to a “Gharana”(lineage), which is considered to be the pioneer in solo harmonium playing. His great great grandfather Sangeetacharya Montu Banerjee introduced this new style, which created the illusion of Meend (bending of notes), an almost impossible task on a acoustic keyboard. The perfect blend of Layakari (metric modulation) and Raagdari (Raga rendition) got his style of solo harmonium playing recognized at the same level as Sitar and Sarod.

His grandfather Pandit Deb Kumar Banerjee further introduced the Gayaki (vocal nuances) to the gharana, making his style of harmonium playing even more appealing. Suvendu has been learning harmonium from his grandfather since the age of 7. He had rigorous sessions of Talim (training) and Reyaaz (practice) everyday under the strict guidance of his grandfather.

Prior to this, in order to enhance his rhythmic sense, he learned Tabla from legends like Ud. Sabir Khan, Pt. Shankar Ghosh and Sri Bickram Ghosh. He also had vocal lessons from Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee. Since childhood he had the privilege of being in the company of and receiving blessings from musical maestros like Ud. Zakir Hussain, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Ali Akbar Khan, Padmabhushan Sri Manna Dey, Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty and many more. Eminent music directors Kalyanji and Anandji invited him to Mumbai to perform under their banner 'The Small Wonders'. He has an MSc degree in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Manchester (2010 -2011). His aspiration is to further establish his ancestral style of solo Harmonium playing and win it global recognition.


Swagata Chakraborty

Swagata Chakraborty (maiden name Mukherjee) is a recognized musical talent from Calcutta, West Bengal. She has performed throughout India and in the US. She has a repertoire that extends from the classical (Khayal) to light classical music such as Thumri, Kajri, Hori, Bhajan and a few types of regional songs. Her talent has won her a few awards such as the National Academy Award, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Delhi in 1996, HMV Golden Talent Contest Award in 2001, W. B. State Music Academy Award in 1996, Bani Basu Smriti Prize and Nirod-Baran Smriti Prize from Rabindra Bharati University and All India Youth Festival Award in 1997. She has performed with the legendary Manna Dey onstage at a few occasions in the USA.

Born with a natural flair for music, she was introduced to classical singing at the age of 10. For more than 20 years she received training under some very distinguished and well known performers. She learned Khayal from Pt. Mohanlal Mishra of the Benares gharana, Pt. Samarash Choudhury, a disciple of Pandit Ravishankar and and Sangit Achariya Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee. Swagata also took training from Bidushi Purnima Choudhury of Benares gharana in light classical singing.

Swagata completed her Master of Arts in Music from the esteemed Rabindra-Bharati University, placed at the top of her class and winning a Gold Medal.


Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
      
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
      
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.


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Aug
26
7:30 PM19:30

Santoor Concert - Vinay Desai

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Santoor - Vinay Desai

Tabla - Tejas Tope


Vinay Desai

Vinay is a young promising Santoor player. Having a musical background since his early teens, Vinay sought to learn Santoor after graduating from College. He received his initial training in Santoor from Takahiro Arai, an advanced disciple of the legendary Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. In India, he learned under Pandit Shivkumar's guidance. His music is influenced by his stay in Ashrams and practices of ancient practices of meditation and Yoga. His music is both entertaining and is interwoven with the general feeling of peace and stillness.

Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope is a promising young tabla player from Long Island New York who has been learning tabla from Pt. Samir Chatterjee for over 10 years as well as attending many tabla and Indian music workshops. Tejas has also received training in Pakhawaj from Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma Shri. Pratap Awad, and Pt. Manik Munde. He has won several awards and prizes at music competitions.  As his skill and experienced has increased, he has been more in demand as a solo performer and accompanist. He participated in the5th,  10th, and 14thAnnual All Night Concerts (May 2004, May 2009, May 2012) held in New York City, organized by Chhandayan, also in the Tablaphilia ensembles. Tejas has accompanied his Guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee (tabla solo),  the late Pt. Ramesh Mishra (sarangi), Pt. Steve Gorn (flute),  Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Kunal Gunjal (santoor),  Qais Essar (rabab), Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (santoor), Padmashree Pta. Rita Ganuli (vocal), Shakir Khan (sitar), Kedar Naphade (harmonium solo), Pta. Lalita Dantale-Kurulkar (vocal), Chaitanya Kunte (harmonium), Manoj Govindraj (vocal), Rucha Muley-Jambhekar (vocal), Paromita Das (vocal), and many other musicians over the past several years.  He has also recorded several CDs and DVDs.

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Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

Jonathan Kay in Concert

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Woodwinds - Jonathan Kay

Tabla - Tejas Tope


Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay is a virtuoso multi-woodwind instrumentalist that has created a respected name for himself in the thriving music scenes of Toronto, Canada and Kolkata, India. Being involved in many different circles of performing musicians, Jonathan offers a creative and unique voice in a diverse range of musical situations.  Jonathan started studying and performing on the tenor saxophones at the age of 11, and naturally cultured the ability to express himself on many other members of the woodwind family including flute, bansuri (Indian classical flute), dizi (ancient Chinese flute), clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, alto and baritone saxes.

Throughout Jonathan’s musical life he has been fortunate to learn and perform with some of the world’s greatest western musicians including, Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Garrett, Seamus Blake, Lenny Pickett, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Douglas, Ingrid Jensen, Paquito D’Riviera, Phil Woods, Greg Osby, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Steve Gorn, Phil Dywer, David Mott, Mike Murley and family member Alastair Kay.

Indian Classical Raga Music

In 2006 Jonathan traveled to Kolkata, India in search of understanding the concepts of Indian Classical Raga music.  It was at this time that Jonathan was initiated into the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara training under Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, one of India’s premier Classical vocalists.  In 2009, he returned to India understanding of the importance of immersing himself in the tradition and lifestyle of Hindusthani Raga Music.  By sincerely devoting himself to intensive riyaz (practice) and focusing on the spiritual nature of Raga music the subtle nuances of each Raga began to express themselves through his western soprano and tenor saxophones, as well bansuri and dilruba. In his pursuit of Nada Brahma and the study of Raga Consciousness, Jonathan is exploring higher ideals of creativity and expression and its purest application to his western musically.  His dedicated Sadhana has already helped him emerge as an innovative contributor to the evolution of Raga music performance.  It is his rendering of Ragas in their entirety on saxophone, in both the vocal and instrumental styles, that has innovated saxophone techniques and created a style of playing the saxophone hitherto un-attempted.  His research and development have produced the first non-tempered saxophone designed to more accurately express the subtle shruti’s (mirco-tones) of the Ragas.

Jonathan’s travels in India he has performed many concerts playing Raga music and Indo-Jazz.  He has been blessed to learn from and collaborate with some of India’s greatest maestros including Ajoy Chakrabarty, Rashid Khan, Bickram Ghosh, Tejendra Majumdar, Dhruba Ghosh, Subhankar Banerjee, Nityanand Haldipur, Ronu Majumdar and Ranajit Sengupta.

Indo-Jazz

Jonathan is culturing a deep understanding of Eastern philosophy and music, and aims to unify the fabrics of both Eastern and Western music and culture in a harmonious and innovative expression.  His research includes composition and performance in a variety of large and small ensembles with the use of eastern and western instruments.  

Alongside brother Andrew Kay and bassist Justin Gray, the trio formed “Monsoon”, a collective of creative musicians bonded by their joint vision of an innovative East-West synthesis.  Monsoon has received international acclaim over their 6 years together has featured many wonderful guest artists including their guru, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Ingred Jensen, George Koller and Alastair Kay.

Jonathan has also played saxophone and bansuri with some of the world’s best Indo-Fusion artists including world music pioneer Bickram Ghosh’s “Rhythmscape” and “Across Boarders”, Tejendra Majumdar, Subhankar Banerjee and Rashid Khan’s “Nsemble”, Ronu Majumdar Shubhen Chatterjee’s “Karma”, and Ravi Naimpally’s “Tasa”.

Western and Creative Jazz Music

Internationally recognized for his musicianship at age 17, Jonathan has emerged as a creative and innovative artist.  His beautiful tone and melodic approach has proven him to be mature and sophisticated musician. Jonathan has had extensive experience traveling and playing many forms of music but focuses on the pursuit of his own creative voice through creative modern jazz and Indo-jazz.  He composes music for a variety of ensembles and always strives to push the creativity and artistry of contemporary music while respecting and relating to the traditions of the past masters.

For many years Jonathan and his modern jazz band “The Peddlers” were featured on a weekly basis at clubs all over Toronto.  He utilized this opportunity to internalize and expand his jazz vocabulary, maturing him into the exceptional jazz saxophonist and bandleader he is today.  Alongside his brother Andrew, Jonathan co-founded “Kayos Theory”, a cordless “Coltrane” inspired quartet that explores more contemporary and worldly approaches to composition and expression.

Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope is a promising young tabla player from Long Island New York who has been learning tabla from Pt. Samir Chatterjee for over 10 years as well as attending many tabla and Indian music workshops. Tejas has also received training in Pakhawaj from Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma Shri. Pratap Awad, and Pt. Manik Munde. He has won several awards and prizes at music competitions.  As his skill and experienced has increased, he has been more in demand as a solo performer and accompanist. He participated in the5th,  10th, and 14thAnnual All Night Concerts (May 2004, May 2009, May 2012) held in New York City, organized by Chhandayan, also in the Tablaphilia ensembles. Tejas has accompanied his Guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee (tabla solo),  the late Pt. Ramesh Mishra (sarangi), Pt. Steve Gorn (flute),  Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Kunal Gunjal (santoor),  Qais Essar (rabab), Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (santoor), Padmashree Pta. Rita Ganuli (vocal), Shakir Khan (sitar), Kedar Naphade (harmonium solo), Pta. Lalita Dantale-Kurulkar (vocal), Chaitanya Kunte (harmonium), Manoj Govindraj (vocal), Rucha Muley-Jambhekar (vocal), Paromita Das (vocal), and many other musicians over the past several years.  He has also recorded several CDs and DVDs.

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Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Western Instruments : Indian Music/Indian Instruments : Western Music

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This seminar will explore the cross-cultural influences of Western and Indian musical traditions.  Speakers will include Jonathan Kay (saxophone), Alexander Naylor (guitar) and Anupam Shobhakar (Sarod).


Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay is a virtuoso multi-woodwind instrumentalist that has created a respected name for himself in the thriving music scenes of Toronto, Canada and Kolkata, India. Being involved in many different circles of performing musicians, Jonathan offers a creative and unique voice in a diverse range of musical situations.  Jonathan started studying and performing on the tenor saxophones at the age of 11, and naturally cultured the ability to express himself on many other members of the woodwind family including flute, bansuri (Indian classical flute), dizi (ancient Chinese flute), clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, alto and baritone saxes.

Throughout Jonathan’s musical life he has been fortunate to learn and perform with some of the world’s greatest western musicians including, Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Garrett, Seamus Blake, Lenny Pickett, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Douglas, Ingrid Jensen, Paquito D’Riviera, Phil Woods, Greg Osby, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Steve Gorn, Phil Dywer, David Mott, Mike Murley and family member Alastair Kay.

Indian Classical Raga Music

In 2006 Jonathan traveled to Kolkata, India in search of understanding the concepts of Indian Classical Raga music.  It was at this time that Jonathan was initiated into the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara training under Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, one of India’s premier Classical vocalists.  In 2009, he returned to India understanding of the importance of immersing himself in the tradition and lifestyle of Hindusthani Raga Music.  By sincerely devoting himself to intensive riyaz (practice) and focusing on the spiritual nature of Raga music the subtle nuances of each Raga began to express themselves through his western soprano and tenor saxophones, as well bansuri and dilruba. In his pursuit of Nada Brahma and the study of Raga Consciousness, Jonathan is exploring higher ideals of creativity and expression and its purest application to his western musically.  His dedicated Sadhana has already helped him emerge as an innovative contributor to the evolution of Raga music performance.  It is his rendering of Ragas in their entirety on saxophone, in both the vocal and instrumental styles, that has innovated saxophone techniques and created a style of playing the saxophone hitherto un-attempted.  His research and development have produced the first non-tempered saxophone designed to more accurately express the subtle shruti’s (mirco-tones) of the Ragas.

Jonathan’s travels in India he has performed many concerts playing Raga music and Indo-Jazz.  He has been blessed to learn from and collaborate with some of India’s greatest maestros including Ajoy Chakrabarty, Rashid Khan, Bickram Ghosh, Tejendra Majumdar, Dhruba Ghosh, Subhankar Banerjee, Nityanand Haldipur, Ronu Majumdar and Ranajit Sengupta.

Indo-Jazz

Jonathan is culturing a deep understanding of Eastern philosophy and music, and aims to unify the fabrics of both Eastern and Western music and culture in a harmonious and innovative expression.  His research includes composition and performance in a variety of large and small ensembles with the use of eastern and western instruments.  

Alongside brother Andrew Kay and bassist Justin Gray, the trio formed “Monsoon”, a collective of creative musicians bonded by their joint vision of an innovative East-West synthesis.  Monsoon has received international acclaim over their 6 years together has featured many wonderful guest artists including their guru, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Ingred Jensen, George Koller and Alastair Kay.

Jonathan has also played saxophone and bansuri with some of the world’s best Indo-Fusion artists including world music pioneer Bickram Ghosh’s “Rhythmscape” and “Across Boarders”, Tejendra Majumdar, Subhankar Banerjee and Rashid Khan’s “Nsemble”, Ronu Majumdar Shubhen Chatterjee’s “Karma”, and Ravi Naimpally’s “Tasa”.

 Western and Creative Jazz Music

Internationally recognized for his musicianship at age 17, Jonathan has emerged as a creative and innovative artist.  His beautiful tone and melodic approach has proven him to be mature and sophisticated musician. Jonathan has had extensive experience traveling and playing many forms of music but focuses on the pursuit of his own creative voice through creative modern jazz and Indo-jazz.  He composes music for a variety of ensembles and always strives to push the creativity and artistry of contemporary music while respecting and relating to the traditions of the past masters.

For many years Jonathan and his modern jazz band “The Peddlers” were featured on a weekly basis at clubs all over Toronto.  He utilized this opportunity to internalize and expand his jazz vocabulary, maturing him into the exceptional jazz saxophonist and bandleader he is today.  Alongside his brother Andrew, Jonathan co-founded “Kayos Theory”, a cordless “Coltrane” inspired quartet that explores more contemporary and worldly approaches to composition and expression.


Alexander Naylor

Since relocating to New York City, native son Xander Naylor has become increasingly known in experimental circles for ear-opening forays with his eponymous, free-jazz trio. On his solo debut, Notes, the son of noted Vermont secessionist Thomas Naylor applies a similarly unchained approach, fleshing out humble, cyclical instrumental sketches with both caution and whimsy. The result, while even less accessible than his previous trio work, is nonetheless fascinating, and it reveals a genuinely independent and curious mind.


Anumpam Shobakar

Anupam Shobhakar, is an Indian musician, composer, instrumentalist, record producer, and classically trained sarodist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He has released three World Fusion albums, and one classical Indian music album. He has performed live around the world at various venues and for charitable causes. Shobhakar's track "Water" made it to the first round of the Grammy Awards.


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Jul
22
7:30 PM19:30

Bansuri - Jay Gandhi

Bansuri - Jay Gandhi

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee


Jay Gandhi

A truly outstanding disciple of the world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay initially trained in vocal music under Smt. Kum Kum Sanyal and later bansuri under Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and Pt. Raghunath Seth. Inspired to gain deeper knowledge of both the gayaki ang (vocal style) as well as the tantrakari ang (stringed instrument style), Jay has also taken guidance from Pt Vidyadhar Vyas (vocal) and Pt. Nayan Ghosh (sitar, tabla). He is truly blessed to have been studying under the living legend of the bansuri, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, at Brindavan Gurukul in Mumbai since 2006.

His musical pursuits are not limited to that of the Indian sub-continent; he has great love for the music of the African diaspora and America's classical music – Jazz, as well. In 2004, he completed an Individual Major in Jazz Performance at Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music (Ohio), studying privately under such Jazz luminaries as the saxophonist Gary Bartz and trumpetist Marcus Belgrave. He has since collaborated extensively with many noted Jazz musicians including composer/Jazz pianist Courtney Bryan and trumpetist Lech Wierzynski.

A recipient of the prestigious American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Performing Arts Fellowship, Jay has already been invited to perform across the globe, enthralling audiences in India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. He is currently based out of New York City and is very active as both a teacher and performer and also as a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an increasingly prominent Indian Classical artists collective.

Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
      
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
      
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.

 

 

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Jun
26
5:00 PM17:00

Seminar on the Development of Raga - Pt. Shantanu Bhattacharyya

Admission: Free


Shantanu Bhattacharyya

Possessing the rare feat of winning top positions simultaneously in Khayal and Thumri at the age of 20 in the All India Radio Music Competition and also receiving the Top Grade (the highest title of “Pandit”) from Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India at only 44 years of age, Shantanu Bhattacharyya’s singing has been described by the greatest maestros of the country including his Guruma, the immortal Vidushi Meera Banerjee, as a true psychic reflection of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

Initiated into music by his mother Srimati Ira Bhattacharyya, he received further training from Sri Amalendu Pal, Sri Bhishmadeb Bhattacharyya, Sri Sukhendu Goswami and Sri Sudhir Banerjee. And then Shantanu got expansive and invaluable taalim from worshipped names of the Patiala-Kasur style, Pandit Prasun Banerjee and Vidushi Meera Banerjee. Later he studied with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty as a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata.

An Honours Graduate in Economics from the University of Calcutta and simultaneously a winner of all state and national level competitions in Khayal and Thumri, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya has performed at the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan Jalandhar, Ustad Allauddin Khan Smriti Samaroh Maihar, Sangeet Natak Akademi Festival Delhi & Bhopal, ITC Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata & Delhi, Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Samaroh Bengaluru, West Bengal State Music Academy Annual Conference Kolkata, Bharatiya Sangeet Vidyalaya Dharwad, VSK Baithak Delhi, Sangeetalok Conference Ambala, Spirit of Unity Concerts Shirdi, ICCR Kolkata, Gurukul Pune, Thumri Festival Jaipur, India Habitat Centre Delhi, Swami Haridas Sangeet Samaroh Chennai, India International Centre Delhi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Music Conference Kolkata, Amir Khusro Music Akademi Concert Chennai, K.C.Das Anniversary Celebrations Bengaluru and the All India Radio National Programme.

His performances have been highly applauded and best rated at the University of California Los Angeles, ICMC Dallas Texas, Chhandayan New York & Toronto, Sangeetaanjali San Francisco, Ragamala Toronto, as well as numerous other venues in the USA, Canada, England, France, Italy, Finland, Germany, Australia and Singapore.

Accompanied by Sudhir Ghorai on tabla

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Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Ideas of Improvisation in Indian music and Jazz

Explore the concepts of Improvisation with renowned Jazz Musicians Ned Rothenberg, Ken Wessel, sitarist Dr. Drubesh Chandra Regmi, and Indian Flute player Jay Gandhi


Ned Rothenberg

Ned Rothenberg composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music which he has presented for over 30 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan and Australia. He has lead the ensembles Double Band, Power Lines and Sync, his current assemblage with Jerome Harris, acoustic guitar & acoustic bass guitar and Samir Chaterjee, tabla. Current and past collaborators include Evan Parker, Marc Ribot, Sainkho Namchylak, Masahiko Sato, Samm Bennett, Kazu Uchihashi, Paul Dresher and John Zorn.  He has lived and worked in New York City since 1978.

Rothenberg's musical interests are numerous and his work varies widely in its sonic, emotive and stylistic profiles. A strong underlying element of his instrumental voice is the extension of the woodwind language to incorporate polyphony and accurate microtonal organization through the manipulation of multiphonics, circular breathing, and overtone control, using his horns not only in a normal melodic role but also as rhythmic and harmonic engines in both solo and ensemble contexts. As a composer he can move from the contemporary classical setting of his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings to "Jazz-funk in cubist perspective, dizzying, yet visceral" (Jon Pareles, NY Times re Double Band) to music that is "intense, slightly melancholic, rhapsodic without being sentimental” (Edward Rothstein, NY Times referring to his solo work).  His concentration on expanded sonic language is directed towards wider possibilities of musical communication, never at technical novelty as an end in itself.

Rothenberg's frequent international travels have included a 6-month residency in Japan during which he performed throughout the country and studied shakuhachi with two of the foremost masters of the instrument,Goro Yamaguchi and Katsuya Yokoyama. In the 1990s he spent 5 years touring Europe, Russia, Japan and the U.S. in duo with the spectacular Tuvan vocalist Sainkho Namchylak.  More recently, he has twice been in residence in Lyon, France at the performance laboratory Les Subsistances, creating music for a performance piece about Rimbaud realized by director Lukas Hemleb, and collaborating with dancer/choreographer Wally Cardona.  His most recent solo tour concentrated on performances in live acoustic environments, with concerts in churches and galleries throughout Germany, Austria and Italy and superb sonic environments like Bremen's Sendesaal, where he performed in utter darkness. These are just a few examples; international touring continues each year playing festivals, theatres and clubs as a leader or collaborator.

Rothenberg records extensively.  He has 6 releases on John Zorn's TZADIK label. The latest is a solo clarinet cd, World of Odd Harmonics. Inner Diaspora features Sync along with 2 pre-eminent improvising string virtuosi, Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander. Through the music and in his liner notes, Rothenberg responds to the complexities of his Jewish heritage.  A new book of music for this group will be written for premier and recording in April, 2014.  The Lumina Recordings, is a retrospective reissue of Rothenberg's solo recordings from 1981-85 with vastly improved sound and detailed documentation. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Ghost Stories and Ryu Nashi are all chamber music recordings on TZADIK’s Composer Series. The initial release of Rothenberg's own label, Animul, was Intervals, a 2 cd set of solo music for alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet and shakuhachi. This was followed by R.U.B. with Percussionist/DJ/ Samm Bennett and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi.  Next came Sync's 2nd cd, Harbinger. Following was The Fell Clutch, a jam band for big-eared listeners with Tony Buck, drums, and Stomu Takeishi, fretless bass, Rothenberg and special guest, Dave Tronzo, on electric slide guitar. Also on ANIMUL is a live duo recording with Rothenberg and Evan Parker. In addition, selected recordings include:, Sync's Port of Entry (Intuition), a solo CD, The Crux (Leo), Double Band's Parting, Overlays and Real & Imagined Time(Moers Music), Amulet, the duo with Sainkho Namchylak (Leo), and a studio collaboration co-composed with Paul Dresher, Opposites Attract (New World).  Also on New World is Power Lines, picked by the New York Times as one of the 10 best cds of 1995.

Born in 1956 in Boston, Rothenberg graduated from Oberlin College and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, privately with Les Scott (saxophone & clarinet), and George Coleman (jazz improvisation). However, his trademark solo technique is self-taught. He has received grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, Lila Wallace Foundation, Chamber Music America, Asian Cultural Council, Roulette, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Japan Society and ASCAP.  He has given workshops and masterclasses worldwide, at institutions including Berklee School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, New School/Mannes School of Music, University of California, San Diego, Stanford University, Rotterdam Conservatory, Australian Institute of Music, Princeton University, University de Sao Paulo, and the Auroville International Community in Auroville, India.

Ken Wessel

Ken Wessel is a versatile, sensitive and soulful guitarist and composer. A vital and personal voice on the jazz guitar, Wessel has been involved in projects playing jazz, ranging from straight-ahead to free music. Ken is also very interested in creating and investigating points of intersection between jazz and Indian music and has performed and recorded with musicians from various parts of the globe. He has performed in 27 countries at major jazz festivals, concert halls and in radio and television appearances.

Wessel worked with revolutionary jazz artist Ornette Coleman for over 12 years (1988-2000), touring the world as a member of Prime Time, Ornette’s groundbreaking ensemble. Ken can be heard on Ornette Coleman’s critically acclaimed Polygram/Verve CD, Tone Dialing. Performing “Skies of America,” Ornette Coleman’s seminal work for symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble, Ken has appeared with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. Ken can also be heard on Steely Dan frontman, Donald Fagen’s album, Morph the Cat as a featured guitar soloist. He has worked with artists from different shades of the jazz spectrum, including John Abercrombie, David Liebman, Gloria Lynne, Arthur and Red Prysock, Karl Berger, Steve Gorn, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, Steve Turre and Johnny Hartmann.

Ken has a strong interest in world music, particulary with North Indian music, and he has performed with Debashish Bhattacharya, Karaikudi Mani, V.M. Bhatt, Samir Chatterjee and others. Wessel co-leads a trio with jazz tabla master Badal Roy and bassist Stomu Takeishi. Their CD, Daybreak, was included in JAZZIZ magazine’s Top 10 Critic’s Picks of 1998. They have performed together extensively throughout North America. In 1995, Ken and Badal toured India and the U.S. with their composition, “Testimony,” which was commissioned by the Battery Dance Company. As a U.S. Jazz Ambassador, Ken has toured South Asia and South America, visiting India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bengladesh and Venezuela in 2002-03.

He is an active composer (he has received numerous “Meet the Composer” grants) and his original music has an organic and evocative quality. Wessel recently released Weights & Measures on Nonotes Records, which features Joel Frahm (sax), Brad Jones (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums. Hisearlier trio recording, Jawboning (CIMP), with bassist, Ken Filiano and drummer, Lou Grassi investigates the boundaries between freedom and structure.

A dedicated jazz educator, Ken currently teaches at Long Island University (Brooklyn campus) and at CCNY. He has given clinics and Master classes at numerous institutions in the U.S. and overseas, including Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, ISCMS Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, the Jazz Education Network Conference, Atlanta, Ga, Mahaidol University in Thailand, the Music Academy in Oslo, Norway, and Columbia University.

Dr. Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi

Dhrubesh is an exponent of the sitar from an illustrious musical family of Nepal. His great grandfather Dev C Regmi is credited for pioneering sitar in Nepal. His grandfather Krishna C Regmi was the recipient of coveted Indra Rajya Laxmi Award for his contribution to the Nepali music. The musical environment at home inculcated a deep interest of music in Dhrubesh’s mind and heart. Under the tutelage of his father Prof Satish C Regmi, he honed his skills as he grew up and he subsequently joined the music school Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya in India and subsequently Delhi University.

Dhrubesh feels himself very fortunate to have had lessons from the likes of Prof Anil Dhar and Pandit Binay Chandra Maudgalya (Bhaiji) in Delhi. Most importantly, he systematically studied sitar with the legendary maestro Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra in accordance with guru-shishya (master-disciple) tradition. Dhrubesh became the first musician to hold PhD degree in music in Nepal. He was awarded Doctor of Philosophy from Delhi University for his dissertation titled "History of music in Nepal with special reference to classical music during the Rana period."

Dhrubesh, is an Associate Professor at Padma Kanya Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University and is now a respected name in the field of music in Nepal. He is also a recipient of various prestigious awards and prizes. He has been also appointed "Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal Tourism Year 2011" by the Nepal Tourism Board of Nepal Government. Dhrubesh is one of the founding members of popular Classical and Nepali folk musical group Sukarma. He has travelled many parts of the world and published more than 13 audio visual Compact discs. Recently, as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Dhrubesh also completed his Post Doctorate and Artistic work on the theme of “Music for Peace and Harmony” at The Graduate Centre of the City University of New York.

Jay Gandhi

A truly outstanding disciple of the world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay initially trained in vocal music under Smt. Kum Kum Sanyal and later bansuri under Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and Pt. Raghunath Seth. Inspired to gain deeper knowledge of both the gayaki ang (vocal style) as well as the tantrakari ang (stringed instrument style), Jay has also taken guidance from Pt Vidyadhar Vyas (vocal) and Pt. Nayan Ghosh (sitar, tabla). He is truly blessed to have been studying under the living legend of the bansuri, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, at Brindavan Gurukul in Mumbai since 2006.

His musical pursuits are not limited to that of the Indian sub-continent; he has great love for the music of the African diaspora and America's classical music – Jazz, as well. In 2004, he completed an Individual Major in Jazz Performance at Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music (Ohio), studying privately under such Jazz luminaries as the saxophonist Gary Bartz and trumpetist Marcus Belgrave. He has since collaborated extensively with many noted Jazz musicians including composer/Jazz pianist Courtney Bryan and trumpetist Lech Wierzynski.

A recipient of the prestigious American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Performing Arts Fellowship, Jay has already been invited to perform across the globe, enthralling audiences in India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. He is currently based out of New York City and is very active as both a teacher and performer and also as a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an increasingly prominent Indian Classical artists collective.


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