Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

World Music Concert - Xander Naylor Sound Machine

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Xander Naylor Sound Machine

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Xander Naylor

Guitarist Xander Naylor is exploding onto the scene with his work as a solo artist, composer and leader of Xander Naylor Sound Machine. Spinning through a diverse set of scenes, he has found homes in free improv, indie rock, experimental jazz and, through his years of study with tabla maestro Samir Chatterjee, North Indian music. His latest solo album, Arc, creates a stimulating mash-up that is both startling and comforting in today's tumultuous world.

The Xander Naylor Sound Machine, built of guitar, sax, bass, and drum, employs modern technique in revolutionizing jazz and post-rock grooves. Naylor’s work uses myriad rhythmic influences that are threaded throughout to solidly bond the machine’s language of sound. Executed by an all-star group of musicians who perform all over the world, XNSM supplies a power surge of cohesive sound, allowing you to live fully in the moment and embrace what is possible.

Look out for Naylor's long awaited album, Transmission, featuring Samir Chatterjee, Dan Weiss, Mat Muntz, Elijah Shiffer, Astrid Kuljanic, and Sharik Hassan.

"Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century." - New York Music Daily

"[Naylor] creates a language all his own...[and] comes across as a mix between a guitar-slinging Colin Stetson and a guitar-slinging Fred Frith, with the result (and main takeaway) being that he’s a pretty competent guitar slinger, no matter what style he’s tackling." - The Critical Masses

"The sound of [Arc] is consistently fascinating throughout." - Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Dec
23
6:30 PM18:30

Chhandayan Kolkata 2018 Annual Program

Sitar - Vidushi Joya Biswas

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Vocal - Chhandayan Vocal Ensemble
            directed by Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh

Program

Part 1 - Chhandayan Vocal Ensemble

Part 2 - Felicitation of Vidushi Joya Biswas

Part 3 - Sitar recital by Vidushi Joya Biswas

Admission - Free


Vidushi Joya Biswas

Joya Biswas is one of the best and most acclaimed Sitar players of India. She has been performing for over four decades widely acknowledged for her brilliance as a musician. She has represented India in many prestigious occasions within the country and abroad. She is popularly known as ‘The First Lady of Sitar’. This is because the instrument she plays is mostly represented by men. And as one of the very few women in the field she has created her own niche through her outstanding caliber placing her on the same or even higher level than many of India’s greatest musicians.    

She hails from a very cultural family of Calcutta. She completed her academic pursuit in History, Journalism and Economics. Joya was married to an Indian nuclear scientist of high repute and she is also mother of a son of equally talented.
      
Joya’s formation as a Sitar player occurred under the guidance of the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, with whom she studied for several years. This way she represents the famous Maihar gharana initiated by Baba Alauddin Khan.
      
Joya. Biswas has performed in many countries of the world over the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She is well-known in India for her television and radio performances. She has received awards of recognition from outstanding personalities like the ex-prime minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi, Duke Ellington of the Jazz world and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa commented “Joya is a brilliant sitarist of India, Joya’s music touches her listeners with sweetness and technical brilliance.”
      
As an A-Top grade artiste of the National Radio of India Joya Biswas has held positions in the advisory committee of many high level Indian cultural institutions and organizations. Her lectures on different aspects of Indian music have been very well-received at many universities and colleges. Joya has also held the position of a Chairperson and Head of Faculty at the Indian Music School in Calcutta for several years. She has been a member of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO. She is also an Executive Member of the West Bengal State Academy of Music in India.  
      
The beauty of Joya. Biswas’ music lies in the aesthetic presentation of the authentic. With her deep and profound understanding of the ragas and tala systems she has developed a style of her own, sweet and melodious concealing her extraordinary skill. She devotes herself to bring out the Rasa and Bhava (emotion and mood) of each presentation with all sincerity, and that is what has taken her music to such a height.


Rajyasree Ghosh

Rajyasree Ghosh is a very talented vocalist of her generation in the field of Indian Classical Music. She is equally proficient in both classical and semi-classical music, which includes Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, Tappa and Puratani songs etc.. Born in 1962, Rajyasree started her training at a very early age. Since then her career in music has been glorious journey. She emerged as a gold medalist both in her B.A and M.A exams in classical music (Khayal) from the Rabindra Bharati University. She also received National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development of Govt. of India in 1986 to study under Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee. She was a Scholar at the Sangeet Research Academy, where she studied music under the guidance of Smt. Girija Devi and Pandit Arun Bhaduri and Pandit K.G. Ginde. She took her talim in Nazrulgeeti from Smt. Suprava Sarkar and she is still learning Bengali Tappa, Puratani etc from Shri Ramkumar Chatterjee.

Rajyasree Ghosh has performed and won laurels in several prestigious music conferences in India. She was placed first place for three consecutive years (1984-1986) in the Dover Lane Music Competition in Khayal, Ragpradhan and Bhajan. She features regularly on the national radio and television of India and is holds the position of lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

In the year 2000, she went to Muscat, Oman at the invitation of Bangiya Parishad and performed several music programs. She has been regularly visiting the USA and performing in several cities like Kansas City, San Francisco, Columbus, Dayton, Boston, Houston and Cincinnati which were highly appreciated by the Indian and non-Indian alike.

Gifted with a powerful and melodious voice, Rajyasree has developed a style characterized by riveting Bandishes, reposeful Alaps and rigorous bol-taans. Her music has a special romantic flavor emerging out of her powerful yet tender approach. Her creativity makes her music a sheer listening pleasure.


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 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
23
7:30 PM19:30

Holi Concert - Debut Sarangi Performance by Rohan Misra

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Sarangi - Rohan Misra

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee

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Rohan Misra

Rohan Misra is a young promising musician, specialized in the unique Indian bowed instrument called the Sarangi. As the son and disciple of great Sarangi virtuoso Pandit Ramesh Misra, Rohan has inherited many of his father-Guru’s specialties, including tonal quality and aesthetic approach.

Rohan Started learning the Sarangi (translation: An instrument with a hundred colors) from his father at the age of six. His exposure to music since early childhood attracted him to learn other Indian instruments as well. He has been learning Tabla from the renowned maestro Samir Chatterjee. Rohan is also pursuing his education in western music, particularly focused on the Piano and Clarinet. Coming out of the family of nine generations of Sarangi players, Rohan aspires to be successful as the 10th generation in his lineage. He also wishes to further his musicality by blending certain aspects of western music into his emblem of Indian classical music and emerge with a unique musical expression.

Rohan has performed at the Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., California and North Carolina. He has performed with luminaries such as Pt. Birju Maharaj, Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Samir Chatterjee, among others. He is on the faculty of Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York City.


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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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tabla/Vocal Concert - Tejas Tope and Shankhadip Chakraborty

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Tejas Tope - Tabla Solo
Rohan Misra - Sarangi

Shankhadip Chakraborty - Vocal
Todd Miller - Tabla
Rohan Misra - Sarangi
Niyati Kashyap - Harmonium

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Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope has been studying with his Guru, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, since the age of 5. He has performed on many occasions across the country, and just last year completed a tour in India. He has also trained with Ustad Zakir Hussain, and studied Pakhawaj with Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma. Tejas is a Senior at the NYU Stern School of Business, studying finance and accounting.


Shankhadip Chakraborty

Shankhadip Chakraborty is an 18 year old rising freshman at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. He has been learning Hindustani classical vocal music from Smt Mitali Bhawmik for the past eight and a half years. He has won several accolades in Indian classical music, including the Chhandayan Jyotsna award for best student of Indian classical music in 2014 and a vocal music award from the Sangeet Jagat Music institute in New York in 2016. He is also a member of the South Brunswick Township Council Arts Commission since September of 2017 and enjoys following the news, politics, and a variety of sports.


Todd Miller

Todd Miller grew up in New York City and hails from a musical family. His musical background started with piano and extending to guitar, bass, percussion, drum set, and tabla. Todd has been a student of Pt. Samir Chatterjee since 2003 and lives in New York City. He has performed with the Chhandayan Tabla ensemble in performances of “Tablaphilia” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and in Pittsburgh, New Jersey, and at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music. He has also performed on bass with the Chhandayan Jazz ensemble in Toronto, and at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music. Todd is a member of the Chhandayan Faculty in Tabla since 2015 and enjoys teaching students of all ages. Todd has recently been initiated as a disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee in 2016, and is continuing his studies and musical development.

Todd is also a live sound and recording engineer. As such he has been involved for several years in Chhandayan’s live sound for concerts, and documentation, in New York, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has several CD and DVD’s to his production credit in recording, mixing & mastering Indian classical music. Todd has also done live sound and production work for Sangeet Sabha productions in the NYC area. He has worked with artists such as Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas, The Gundecha Bros., Pt. Nayan Ghosh, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pt. Ragunath Seth, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Pt. Kedar Nephade, Smt. Mitali Banjerjee Bhaumik, Pt. Samir Chatterjee, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, and others.



Rohan Misra

Rohan Misra is a young promising musician, specialized in the unique Indian bowed instrument called the Sarangi. As the son and disciple of great Sarangi virtuoso Pandit Ramesh Misra, Rohan has inherited many of his father-Guru’s specialties, including tonal quality and aesthetic approach.

Rohan Started learning the Sarangi (translation: An instrument with a hundred colors) from his father at the age of six. His exposure to music since early childhood attracted him to learn other Indian instruments as well. He has been learning Tabla from the renowned maestro Samir Chatterjee. Rohan is also pursuing his education in western music, particularly focused on the Piano and Clarinet. Coming out of the family of nine generations of Sarangi players, Rohan aspires to be successful as the 10th generation in his lineage. He also wishes to further his musicality by blending certain aspects of western music into his emblem of Indian classical music and emerge with a unique musical expression.

Rohan has performed at the Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., California and North Carolina. He has performed with luminaries such as Pt. Birju Maharaj, Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Samir Chatterjee, among others. He is on the faculty of Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York City.

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Dewali Celebration

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Chhandayan Dewali Celebration - Social Event with Food and Music


Our celebration will feature a musical presentations:

Instrumental ensemble featuring Vaughn Stoffey (guitar), Steven Crammer (tabla) and Lily Stern (Bass)

Vocal ensemble directed by Sanghamitra Chatterjee, featuring Meghan Pasricha, Sharda Lowtan, Susan Maxwell, Sofia Ahmed, Aishani Singh and Noelina Arciniegas. Guitar Accompaniment by Xander Naylor.

Also featuring a Vocal Performance by Aratrika Dey

Aratrika Dey

Aratrika was born to music-loving parents who nurtured her interest from an early age. She began her training in Kolkata with Srimati Sukla Nag. Since moving to New Jersey with her parents, Aratrika has continued under the tutelage of Srimati Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik. She has won first place in several music competitions, the most notable of which is the prestigious “SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs, NA, 2015”, hosted by the South-Asian television channel Zee TV.

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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Sitar Concert

Sitar - Kalyanjit Das


Tabla - Monir Hossain


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:
• 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (London)
• RKM, Golpark (Kolkata)
• Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust (Kolkata)
• The Nehru Centre (London)
• Kalashree Music Circle (Kolkata)
• Sangeet Piyasi (Kolkata)
• Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle (Kolkata)
• Shrutinandan (Kolkata)
• Live In India (Kolkata)
• ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre (Agartala)
• Moore Avenue Music Conference (Kolkata)
• NCBS (Bengaluru)
• Raga Tapasya Festival (Pondicherry)
• Raga Spirit Festival (Los Angeles)
• SAPTHAK (Bengaluru)
• Sangeet Ashram (Kolkata)
• MERU (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 honoured 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.



Monir Hossain

Monir 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 are with Sarod Maestro Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Legendary (Late) Ustad Villayet 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 vanues include the Simthsonian 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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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Masterclass - Rhythm - Tala and Laya

This Masterclass will be focused on the common aspects of rhythm applied in music and dance. It will be conducted by Samir Chatterjee, President and Head of Percussion Faculty of Chhandayan. He is also currently on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Manhattan School of Music and has taught at several reputed institutions worldwide for over four decades. In his illustrious career as a performer, teacher and scholar he has gained invaluable insight into the practical, philosophical and spiritual possibilities embedded in music.

Online participants may please send us your question/s or comments to 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, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, 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, Yoko Ono Lenon, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Eric Friedlander, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Jin Hi Kim, Min Xiao-Fen, 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 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 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, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. 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 started working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time was 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.


Reviews

This was almost painfully reflective music, ending, finally, in an exuberant improvisatory interchange with Samir Chatterjee, whose Tabla playing also seemed less percussive than vocal. – The New York Times, 11/10/94.

The superb tabla player Samir Chatterjee joined the conversation in the second movement, pulsing tribute to the legendary Indian violinist L. Subramanium, and the music kicked into high gear, Kurkowicz’s scurrying violin riding Chatterjee’s intricate drumming over Technicolor splashes from the orchestra. Chatterjee’s solo legerdemain foreshadowed a violin cadenza, improvised by Kurkowicz in a slightly disparate Romantic style; an extended give-and-take between the two enthused soloists anchored the finale, framed by a torrential, exuberant tune up by the entire band, propelled by Chatterjee’s rhythmic authority and Kurkowicz’s energy. – Boston Globe (Matthew Guerrieri), October 22nd, 2007 about Swara Yantra of Shirish Korde performed with Boston Philharmonic

Tabla player Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a walking history book when it comes to Indian music. – WNYC (NPR)

This (‘Phoolan Devi Songs’ with Da Capo Chamber Orchestra at Markin Concert Hall) is a colorful, attractive piece, set on a lush, gaudy bed of amplification, aiming at an entertaining stylistic fusion; ….The highlight was the tabla playing of Samir Chatterjee in the final scene, which stood out from the other instruments with the kind of vivid, exciting performance that draws Western composers to a non-western music in the first place. - Anne Midgette, The New York Times, June 8th, 2006

The remarkable tabla virtuoso Chatterjee's playing is rather unique among tabla artists as his impeccable mastery of rhythm is expressed with a rather vocal-like quality. His tabla speaks the patterns, adding a commentary to the rhythm and interplay with the sitar. A fine collaboration. - Allan Evans, Rhythm September 1996

Chatterjee is a good foil for the sarangi virtuoso, as his drumming works in the service of the raga and of Mishra. There is none of the flashy "bird-in-a-bottle" showboating, which has infected much of contemporary tabla drumming. Mr. Chatterjee's solid support and sense of restraint are to be commended. - Richard Henderson, The Beat

Chatterjee, who can sing and then play back the most complex patterns in the manner of great masters, also senses how to highlight more compact, swing-oriented parts through shifts in accents and dynamics. – The Boston Globe, October 16, 1998

Samir Chatterjee gave detailed and forceful Tabla Lahara (solo) in ‘Jahamptal’. The crispness and clarity of his ‘bol’s and balanced synchronization of ‘Tabla’ (the right- hand drum) and ‘Bayan’ (the left-hand drum) made his recital quite enjoyable. – The Statesman, Calcutta, 08/29/87.

Tabaliya Samir Chatterjee made audibly visible those divisional breaths-in-rhythm that is as much music as music itself. His intimate and broadened stretch of motif accentuation, his extemporizations, richly surrounded the dance figures wrought by Jonathan Hollander. Samir’s rhythmic play acted as a continuous narrative, capable of solemn declamation as well as celebration of the human form and of the life-giving elements of nature. – Sruti, March, 1996.

Displaying consummate control and perfection, the artiste (Samir Chatterjee) enthralled the listeners with a very traditional and systematic exposition of ‘Jhamptaal’. Some of the ‘Quidas’ and ‘Tukre’ (types of compositions) were delectable for their intricacy and close finishing. –The Telegraph, Calcutta, September, 1987.

The concert became more enjoyable due to the high quality of accompaniment of Samir Chatterjee on the tabla. The distinct and defined tone of his bols filled the atmosphere with melody. – Anandabazar Patrika, Calcutta, 03/09/90.

The movement inventions were equally unpredictable. Neil Applebaum traded increasingly complex and spontaneous rhythmic patterns with Samir Chatterjee in “Tabla Tap Talk”. – The Washington Post, 8/17/96.

On Blue Incantation, guitarist Sanjoy Mishra’s compositions reveal an intriguing and ingratiating raga influence, underscored by Samir Chatterjee’s tablas throughout most of the album. Their combined sound during “Bach in Time” (based on J.S. Bach’s gavotte and Rondeau from Lute Suite No.3) is fascinating and quite enchanting. – AUDIO, U.S.A., 1996.

Chatterjee uses the Tabla to add an extra melodic touch, rather than remaining limited to a percussive role. – InPittsburg, 09.09.98

SYNC’s first album 'PORT OF ENTRY' does not at all sound effortfully avantgardistic or experimental - as one might have expected of a musician with Ned Rothenberg's background. Rather than that, the eight tracks come across in an explicitly harmonic and relaxed manner; a merit, which we attribute mainly to Samir Chatterjee, whose Tablas provide a percussive basis of an airy, light-footed quality. Rec'order pages - 22.02.99

“Unusual techniques require unusual technicians”. In SYNC’s PORT OF ENTRY Samir Chatterjee weaves his discreet drumming. It is especially the warm-sounding and intimate Tabla-accompaniment by Chatterjee, which fuses differing concepts of Jazz into one term: openness. From the Northern Indian regions Chatterjee brought along that sound which appeals so religiously, but nevertheless - or maybe just because of that feature - adds remarkable accents to the western-urban-oriented music. Jazzthetik Nr. - 01.02.99

And not enough praise can be given to Samir Chatterjee's tabla playing, which supported almost all of the musical material (many sequences, both musical and choreographic, were dubblings of the tabla). - Theodore Bole, bay Windows 05/04/00

‘Seductive drumming of Samir’. – The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, 05/17/95.

Both the artists were accompanied on the Tabla by Samir Chatterjee, who added color to the entire performance. – Daily Bhaskar, Bhopal, 03/18/81.

The glory of the program's first half was Samir Chatterjee's "Rite Rhythm," composed last year for Ethos and Eric Phinney, who is currently studying with the distinguished Indian Tabla player. The work features percussion from all over the world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and America. ... The work had all four players participate in a complex rhythmic dialogue that remained miraculously comprehensive.

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Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Kalyanjit Das

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Sitar - Kalyanjit Das

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee


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:
• 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (London)
• RKM, Golpark (Kolkata)
• Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust (Kolkata)
• The Nehru Centre (London)
• Kalashree Music Circle (Kolkata)
• Sangeet Piyasi (Kolkata)
• Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle (Kolkata)
• Shrutinandan (Kolkata)
• Live In India (Kolkata)
• ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre (Agartala)
• Moore Avenue Music Conference (Kolkata)
• NCBS (Bengaluru)
• Raga Tapasya Festival (Pondicherry)
• Raga Spirit Festival (Los Angeles)
• SAPTHAK (Bengaluru)
• Sangeet Ashram (Kolkata)
• MERU (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 honoured 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.


Samir Chatterjee

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 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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Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Sarode Concert - Tejendra Narayan Majumdar

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Sarode - Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
Vocal - Manasi Majumdar
Tabla - Samir Chatterjee
Harmonium - Neelesh Nadkarni

Schedule

Welcome address

First Half:
Vidushi Manasi Majumdar - Vocal
Samir Chatterjee - Tabla
Neelesh Nadkarni - Harmonium

Intermission - 15 mts

Second Half:
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar - Sarode
Samir Chatterjee - Tabla


Tejendra Narayan Majumdar

One of the best-known and undoubtedly one of the busiest Sarode maestros of the world, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, has long achieved that order of excellence and universal acclaim, which ensures him to be one of the foremost icons of Indian Classical Music throughout the globe.

Training:
Early initiation into music by his grandfather, Late Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar and later his father, Late Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured Tejendra's considerable talent. Tejendra was accepted by the Sarod Maestro Late Ustad Bahadur Khan as his disciple. Vocal and rhythm training under Late Pandit Amaresh Chowdhury and Sri Anil Palit further ensured a holistic musical development in him. Eighteen years of intensive study under Late Ustad Bahadur Khan matured his talent into a true genius.
After the untimely demise of his guru, he studied under Late Sri Ajay Sinha Roy. He was then accepted as a disciple by none other than Late Swara Samrat Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He continued to learn from the Legend until his demise.

Recognition:
Recognition came as early as in 1981, when he stood first in the All India Radio Music Competition and was awarded the President's Gold Medal and the Pandit D.V. Paluskar Award. Thenceforth, he did not have to look backwards and has performed and gained recognition in 4 continents. Quite obviously, he is also a Top Grade artist of A.I.R and Doordarshan. This year, the Government of West Bengal has awarded him Banga Bhushan as well as Sangeet Mahasamman, the highest award for music in West Bengal.

Style:
One of the best equipped musicians to carry on the great Senia Maihar mantle, Tejendra combines the intellectual density and technical virtuosity of his gharana, with an extraordinary tone, touch and an ambient melody which transcends any qualification. Tejendra's repertoire combines elements from the Dhrupad, Tantrakari as well as Gayaki styles of music. Above all, he has, in abundant measure, that indescribable ability to take the listeners along with him - the rare quality that is the hallmark of a genius.

Social Contributions:
1. Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar was invited to perform for the 50thIndependence Day Celebration of India in New York, USA, at World Trade Centre (the historic Twin Towers) on 15thAugust, 1997
2. After the Kargil War in 1999, he had organized a Relief-Fund-Raising concert in which various maestros of Indian Classical Music had taken part, and had donated the full amount of INR 1 Lakh raised due to the concert towards their relief
3. Just after the Nepal earthquake, a few months back, he had participated in Nepal Earthquake Relief-Fund-Raising concert in Nashville, USA

Classical Concerts:
Most of his time is, however, taken up in touring the country and abroad, presenting innumerable concerts, workshops, lecture demonstrations, doing recordings and taking up teaching assignments.
In 2009, he was invited by none other than Bharat Ratna Late Pandit Ravi Shankar to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA.

Accompanying Artistes:
Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar has been accompanied by a wide range of Tabla maestros right from Pandit Kishen Maharaj, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Anindo Chatterje, Pandit Sanjay Mukherjee, Ustad Sabir Khan to Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Pandit Bickram Ghosh and Pandit Tanmoy Bose.

Classical Collaborations:
His trio and duet renditions with Vocal maestros Ustad Rashid Khan and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, his duet renditions with Sitar maestros such as Ustad Shahid Pervez, Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan, Pandit Kushal Das have been widely acclaimed and are highly appreciated throughout the globe. He has not stopped himself from collaborating with Carnatic maestros like Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Mysore Manjunath, N. Ravikiran and Shashank Subramanyam.

World Music Concerts:
Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar is also well known for his World Music endeavours. He has collaborated to present World Music with names such as Sivamani, Trilok Gurtu, Louis Banks, George Brooks and Ganesh Rajagopalan.

Compositions:
Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar's brilliance and popularity as a classical artiste has not dimmed his interest in composing, arranging and experimenting in other areas of music. From composing the background score of meaningful films to musical ballets - Tejendra is always ready to take on any musical challenge. He has composed the music for Bengali films like ‘Sajarur Kaata’, ‘Shongshoy’ and ‘Hononkal’ of Saibal Mitra, ‘Tollylights’ of Arjun Chakraborty, and a number of Telefilms. He has also composed and arranged music for different singers like Ghulam Ali, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Haimanti Shukla, Arati Mukherjee, etc.

One of his composed and arranged music albums “SOUL CALL- OM NAMOH NARAYANAY” had been nominated for the 2010 GRAMMY AWARDS!

 


Manasai Majumdar

Manasi Majumdar came from a family with a musical heritage. She started her initial training from her father late Manoranjan Ray Chowdhury who was disciple of Suren Banerjee, who was the maestro musician of Vishnupur Gharana. Later she took lessons from Bijonbala Ghosh Dastidar, Nihar Ranjan Banerjee, Uma De and Late Amaresh Chowdhury. In her teens, she appeared in many prestigious concerts in India , and stood first in Khayal in All India Radio Music Competetion in 1981. Last seven years she has been taking lessons of light classical from Padmabhushan Smt. Girija Devi, the doyen of Benares gharana. She has participated in almost all major music festivals in India. She is a regular broadcaster of Radio and Television. She also did masters in Music from Rabindra Bharati University with 1st class and ranked 1st.

Her repertoire in khayal gayaki which comprises the basic elements of Dhrupad and khayal has given her a special position and also got critics' applause.

She has been teaching in vocal department in Bengal Music College of University of Calcutta as a senior lecturer, and now she is there as acting Principal. She had participated in various music festivals and concerts in USA and Canada, participated in South Asian studies department of University of Toronto and had got the rare previledge to sing in front of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, the Greatest Instrumentalist of the World, and got inspirtaion and applause from him in San Rafael, California. Very soon her thumri cd is coming out globally.


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 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.
 


Neelesh Nadkarni

Dr. Neelesh Nadkarni was initiated into vocal music by Shri Vasant Marathe of Pune in Bahrain, and self-trained on the harmonium under guidance of his mother, Smt. Sucheta Nadkarni.  Neelesh then trained under Pandit Sudhakar Deoley in Bahrain, and briefly under Pandit Rambhau Bijapure in Belgaum, Karnataka. Neelesh has performed on the harmonium and accompanied various artists in Bahrain, India, USA and Canada. Neelesh is a physician and scientist on faculty at UPMC and University of Pittsburgh.
 

 


Sponsored in part by the Asian Studies Center and the Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh.

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal and Violin Concert

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Mandakini Swain - Vocal
Amod Dandavate - tabla
Pallab Bandyopadhyay - Violin
Amit Chatterjee - tabla


Mandakini Swain

Mandakini Swain is an accomplished Hindustani classical vocalist. She was born into a musical family, and started learning Hindustani Classical vocal music at the tender age of 7 from her father Pandit A. Maheswar Rao. She continued her training, under the able guidance of acclaimed exponent Vidushi Veena Sahashrabudhe. In addition, she also had the privilege of being trained under gurus like - Pandit J.V.S. Rao of Gwalior Gharana, Pandit Madhup Mudgal in New Delhi and Dr. Vikas Kashalkar of Jaipure Gharana in Pune.

Mandakini has been a B-high grade vocal artist of the All India Radio, and is a regular performer on Doordashan TV - the state Broadcaster.  She is a well-known artist in Khayal & Devotional songs (in Sanskrit, Hindi, and Odia languages) and has been invited to perform by the Sangeet Natak Akademy, Sahitya Kala Parishad and Kathak Kendra of Delhi and other institutions in india like Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal, Bhubneswar Music Circle, Bhubaneswar etc. She is also regularly associated with the premier music college, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi as examiner. As an accomplished teacher, she devotes valuable time to her disciples in India and abroad to spread classical music. She has held many workshops in Bal Bhawan and schools at New Delhi and other places in India. She was also employed as a vocal teacher in Mahatma Gandhi Institute for cultural cooperation (MGICC), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations).

Mandakini, has travelled extensively all over the globe including  Singapore, Malaysia, Austria, Colombo, South Africa, Mauritius, Muscat, and USA to participate in various prestigious music concerts. She has been performing in USA and Trinidad and Tobago consecutively for last three years. In addition to her performance she has privileged of performing at Rajim Kumbha Mela, Raipur 2018, Chinmaya Mission Washinghton Regional Center USA recently.

For her contribution in the Indian musical world, she has been felicitated by many institutions. and also by the wife of former Prime Minister of India during her performance at Indian independence celebrations for audience at the Lt.Governor of Delhi’s residence. In addition to her solo performance she has rendered her melodious voice in many dance compositions, like that of a trio of Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam by Odissi exponent Madhavi Mudgal, Ms. Prerana Shrimali and the young dancer Ms. Rama Vaidyanathan in New Delhi. Besides being professional performer, Mandakini is also a well respected teacher of Indian classical music, both in India and abroad.


Pallab Bandyopadhyay

Pallab Bandyopadhyay was a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog for 20 years.  He holds a M.A. in instrumental music with special honors from Rbindra Bharati University of Kolkata and a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata

He is rated as a B-high grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin) as a performing artist for ALL INDIA RADIO, Kolkata  & DOORDARSHAN and has been performing for AIR for the last 18 years.  He is a founder and teacher of the The Heritage School in Kolkata and has been working there for 12 years.  He has also been a visiting teacher at the South Point School, Kolkata for 10 years
and was the former Head of the Department of Music at the Lowerence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India from 1996-2000
He gave lecture demonstrations and workshops at

* Yadovindra Public School, Chandigarh
* Himalayan Academy, Jalpaiguri (W.B.)
* The Lawrence School, Sanawar (H.P.)
* South Point School, Kolkata
* Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
* Sriram Academy, Gurgaon

Awards & Felecitations
* Felicitated by Bose Institute, Kolkata, Bioinformatics Centre on 14th Dec,2011
* Ranadhir Roy Memorial Award, 2011 from Shantiniketan
* “Ravisudha Sanman” award by Mayor of Agartala, Tripura, 2010
* Felicitated by Calcutta University, Mathematics Department, 2010
* Felicitation by Bangladesh Deputy High Commission of Kolkata on Bangladesh Utshav, 2009

He has toured in Europe and throughout the Indian subcontinent.


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.

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.


Amit Chatterjee

Amit Chatterjee, a highly gifted Tabla player of India, is the nephew, adopted son and disciple of the famous internationally reputed Tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha Chatterjee. Since childhood Amit passed through rigorous training and practice and in the process he became a very special performer of Indian Drum (Tabla) His playing style is a wonderful confluence of Farukkabad Gharana (Ustad Karamatullah Khan) and Punjab Gharana ( Ustad Allarakha Khan).

Amit is an empanelled artist of Indian Council of Cultural Relations(ICCR) and was awarded “TAL MANI” Title by “Sur Singar Samsad” (Mumbai), NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY AWARD. Being one of the busiest Indian Artist of his generation Amit has traveled throughout India, Europe, and the USA.

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Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Bansuri Concert - Steve Gorn

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Bansuri - Steve Gorn

Tabla - Miles Shrewsbery


Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, who he often accompanied in concert. He has also studied with the late Ustad Z. M. Dagar. He has often performed in India, appearing at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, Habitat Center and Triveni Hall in New Delhi, The Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, NCPA, and The Nehru Center in Mumbai. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement.

His numerous recordings include "Luminous Ragas, Rasika", with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, "Illuminations", with Nepali bansuri wallah, Manose, and "Between Two Worlds", which features his clarinet as well as bansuri


Miles Shrewsbery

A disciple of Sri Abhiman Kaushal and Pandit Nandkumar Bhatlouande of Hyderabad, India, Miles Shrewsbery is trained in the Farukhabad Gharana of his teachers and is a respected performer of its rich, aesthetic repertoire through his years of dedicated study and practice. He has performed with top musicians such as Shujaat Khan, Deepak Ram, and Yusef Lateef. In performances all over the world,  from the Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C.), Tokyo Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan), Royal Horticultural Hall (London, England), to St. Paul Cathedral (New York City). In 2012 Miles was awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies’ Senior Performing Arts Fellowship, which supported Miles to further his studies and practice in New Delhi, India for one year.  Currently, Miles manages and teaches at the San Diego Tabla Academy and is an artist-teacher in residence for the Center For World Music in San Diego, CA.

 

 

 

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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Classical Vocal Concert - Sanjoy Banerjee

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Vocal - Sanjoy Banerjee

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Harmonium -Namami Karmakar


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.


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.
 


Namami Karmakar

Namami Karmakar is regarded as one of the finest vocalistd among the younger generation of the Kirana Gharana. She had her initial training under Smt. Malini Mukherjee Bhowmick. Then she began learning under Late Pt. A. Kanan and Late Sangeet Bidushi Malabika Kanan is currently she under the able guidance of their disciple, Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee.  Namami has a Masters in Classical Vocal Music from the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University. She stood first in All India BSNL Cultural Meet in 2007 and has successfully ranked in the prestigious Dover Lane Music Competition and West Bengal State Music Academy. She has also performed at major conferences in and in TV channels to great acclaim. Her debut performances at prestigious The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, India Center of Westchester, Gandhi Center Maryland and in Virginia were extremely well received and received praises from the audiences and music aficionados. She has also successfully assisted her Guru in workshops in Chhandayan Center, New York and India Center of Westchester.   At present Namami is a faculty at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York since 2016 and Kolkata Suromurchhana, Kolkata, imparting training to local as well as international students. She has a proven track record as a successful teacher as her students have earned applause from audiences and maestros of Classical Music.  

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Vocal Concert - Nagraj Havaldar

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Vocal - Pdt. Nagraj Havaldar
Vocal - Omkarnath Havaldar
Tabla - Kedarnath Havaldar
Harmonium - Sameer Havaldar

Program:
Act 1:
  Kedar Havaldar - Tabla Solo
  Sameer Havaldar - Harmonium

Act 2:
Omkarnath Havaldar - Vocal
  Kedar Havaldar - Tabla
  Sameer Havaldar (Harmonium)
 
Intermission

Act 3:
 Nagraj Havaldar - Vocal
 Kedar Havaldar - Tabla
Sameer Havaldar - Harmonium

Note - This concert was originally scheduled for September 8.

 


Pdt Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar

Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar is a leading artiste of the Kirana Gharana.  He is a disciple Pt. Madhava Gudi, himself a prime disciple of Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. He is also a disciple of Pt. Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti, a senior disciple of Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, from whom he has imbibed the niceties of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Pt. Havaldar brings to his performances the subtle understanding of a scholar and the finesse of an aesthete.
A gold medalist in M.A. (History and Archeology), he holds a Doctorate in Music from Karnataka University, his doctorate thesis being "The History of Classical Music in Karnataka". He holds with distinction, "Sangeetha Ratna", a degree in Hindustani Classical Music from Karnataka University. He has worked at the Music Archives, Hubli, All India Radio, Bangalore, as a Program Executive (1988-1991). He was also the chairman of Textbook Committee for Hindustani Music, for The Directorate of Textbooks, Karnataka. His column ‘Anuraaga’ based on the life of musicians has caught the imagination of readers. He has been contributing articles to various leading Kannada papers and weekly magazines. Hampi University has published a book titled ‘Badalaaguttiruva Kaalaghattadalli Shastreeya Sangeeta’ (“Indian Classical Music in Changing Times”) written by Dr. Havaldar.

During his study for "Sangeetha Ratna", a six year degree course Hindustani Classical Music from Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka, he studied under Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur (the Head of the Department of Music). At the university, luminaries like Pt. Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti, Pt. Basavaraj Rajaguru, Pt. Sangameshwar Gurav and Dr. B.D. Pathak were his faculty members. While his style reflects his extensive training from Kirana masters, he is equally at ease with the Jaipur-Atrauli specialties such as Basanti Kedar, Kaunsi Kanada, Jai Jai Malhar, Shivmat Bhairav, Kabir Bhairav, Marwa Thaat Bhibas, Nat Malhar and many more. Gifted with a powerful voice that easily traverses three octaves, his music has a powerful emotional and intellectual appeal. His renditions of bhajans in various languages create a spiritually uplifting ambience.

Pt. Havaldar has performed all over in India, at festivals such as the Hampi Utsav (Karnataka), Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh (Benaras), Salt Lake Music Festival (Kolkata), Swar Zankar (Pune) etc. He has toured the U.S. and the U.K. extensively, and performed at the Chhandayan All Night Music Festival (New York and Toronto), Dhrishti Foundation Tribute Concert (Chicago), Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Pennsylvania), Chinmaya Mission (Chicago), amongst others. Pt. Havaldar is frequently invited by Corporations and Universities to give lecture-demonstrations on Indian classical music appreciation, and stress management through music. He has given lecture-demonstrations at multinational companies such as Alcatel-Lucent (New Jersey), IBM (New York), Wipro (Bangalore) etc, and at universities such as the Yale University, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, University of Buffalo, University of Milwaukee, Bradley University, and Valparaiso University. He has been a visiting faculty at Elmhurst College in Chicago during Fall 2011, teaching Indian classical music to American music-major students. His regular visits to the US since 2001 have won him lot of fans, students and admirers.
Dr. Havaldar is the founder & president of Sunaada Art Foundation, an organization that aims to promote and preserve Indian classical music for the future generations, by archiving rare recordings, organizing concerts, and promoting senior, but lesser known artistes in Hindustani music, especially from Karnataka. Pt. Havaldar has been a pioneer in popularizing the Kannada Khayal by adapting Vachanas, literary works of Haridasa and suitable contemporary poetry in Kannada to the traditional khayal form.
His last visit to USA in 2011 August to December as a visiting professor of Hindustani Classical Music at Elmhurst College Chicago, his performance at the World Music Festival in Chicago & Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav at Pune have caught the global attention. His music can be heard on Youtube.


Omkarnath Havaldar

Omkarnath was born into a family of Musicians. His father, Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar, is a well known Hindustani Classical Vocalist & his mother Smt. Sudhamayi is a graduate of Fine Arts. His maternal grandfather Sri. K. Raghavendra Rao, is a renowned music critic. His paternal grandfather Sri. Rama Rao Havaldar is an intuitive composer of traditional Kannada Devotional Music. Grandmother Smt. Ambuja Bai is well versed with Vachana Sahithya, Dasa Sahithya & regional traditional songs. His younger brother Kedarnath Havaldar is a promising Tablist of Farukhbad Gharan (Desciple of Pt. Rajgopal Kallurkar, Pt. M. Nagesh and Pt. Samir Chatterjee).

Omkarnath was initiated into roots of Hindustani Classical Music by his father Dr. Havaldar and his learning under the parental care is an ongoing process. The talent and promise that Omkarnath showed naturally prompted his parents to request the Doyens like Pt. Madhava Gudi ( Desciple of Bharath Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi ) of Kirana Gharana and Pt. Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti of Atrauli Jaipur Gharana to train and hone the skills of their son. Omkarnath is fortunate to inherit the finest nuances of both the Gharanas. He is now pursuing his Thalim in Dhrupad and Khayal from Pt. Indudhar Nirody.

Omkarnath is a graduate in Psychology (from National College Jayanagar) and this has helped him to search out the emotional aspects of his Gharanas to blend them with technical skills of his natural vocalism. He has completed a Masters Degree in Music from (Karnataka State Gangubai Hanagal) KSGH University of Music and Performing Arts, Mysore.


Kedarnath Havaldar

Kedarnath Havaldar is fortunate to be born into a family of musicians. His father, Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar, is a renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist.  Kedar's mother, Sudhamayi, is a trained musician and a graduate from the College of Fine Arts in Mysore. His elder brother, Omkarnath, is an accomplished vocalist, having already established a niche in the field of classical music.

Kedar’s journey in music began with vocal training from his father at a very young age. But young Kedar was fascinated by the possibilities of Layakaari, rhythm and the Tabla. As it is said, "Swaramaatha Layapithaa," (Melody is the mother and Rhythm is the father). After pursuing his vocal training for five years, his initial training in Tabla began under Pt. Rajgopal Kallurkar, a renowned maestro of the Faroukhabaad Gharana. Kallurkar's affectionate training for the next 12 years helped Kedar blossom as a competent soloist and an accompanist. Kedar's quest for knowledge drove him to Pt. M. Nagesh, another dedicated teacher, and a disciple of Pt. Puttaraj Gawai. Panditji's vast experience and interaction with many senior musicians has been handed over to young Kedar with much forethought and care. Kedar is also a recipient of Kishora Prathibha Puraskaa, a state award for Tabla.

Presently, Kedar is learning from the internationally renowned Tabla maestro Pt. Samir Chatterjee. He went to Kolkata for a true Gurukul experience, in the year 2009 and continued his Taaleem from Samirji in the Chhandayan Centre for Indian Music, Manhattan, New York, for the next 2 years and continues to learn his Guru. He has completed his Post-Graduation in Tabla with a Gold Medal (Master of Arts) at KSGH University, Mysore. Kedar's constant interaction with his Guruji and the visiting musicians of the Chhandayan Center has fine-tuned his musical thoughts.

Kedar is extremely privileged to receive a special taaleem of vocal accompaniment under great Maestros like Pt. Madhava Gudi, Pt. Panchaksahri Swami Mattigatti. Presently, he trains with his father, Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar and Pt. Indudhar Nirody. Constant interaction with these Maestros has made Kedar a sought after accompanist.

Academically, Kedar is active with the Azim Premji Foundtion teaching “Indian Rhythms in the course Introduction to Indian Classical music” and now currently teaching a course independently on “Global Rhythms – A World Phenomenon”.


Sameer Havaldar

Sameer Havaldar hails from a family of musicians. His first guru was Pt. Prabhudeva Salimath in Talikoti. Sameer's father Seshacahala is a retired Professor of History, used to sing Kannada light music and also an approved Kannada cricket commentator. Sameer's uncle Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar is a noted Hindustani Classical Vocalist and a scholar. Sameer's college education and advanced music study has been with his cousins Omkarnath and Kedarnath Havaldar in Bangalore. Sameer holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism.  As well as studying harmonium,  he is an accomplished singer too.  Sameer is continuing his vocal and harmonium learning under his uncle Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar and Pt. Panchaksharaiah Hiremath respectively.

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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)

Sessions

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

Contact

646 281 4062 / classes@tabla.org


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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Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Chhandayan Kolkata Music Program

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First Half
Vocal - Sohini Chakraborty
Tabla - Sudip Chakraborty
Harmonium - Arko Majumdar

Second Half
Sitar - Deepsankar Bhattacharjee
Tabla - Arunava Mukherjee


Admission - Free


Sohini Chakraborty

Sohini was born and raised in Kolkata India. She was introduced to vocal music at the age of two under the guidance of her mother. At the age of nine she expanded her studies to include learn the instrumental music on the sitar in the tradition of the Imdadkhani Gharana (Itawah Gharana). For the next ten years she was tutored in vocal music by her mother Smt. Tripti Chakraborty, a disciple of Sangeetacharya Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, and on sitar by the late Pt. Debkumar Bhowmik, a disciple of Ustaad Vilayat Kkhan sahab, and her father Mr. Anjan Kanti Chakraborty.

Presently she is under guidance of Sangeetacharya Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, the
 senior-most vocal artist of Bishnupur Gharana and Ustad Shujaat Hussain
Khan, son and disciple of Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan. Sohini’s entire taalim in
music for over 21 years is in the Guru Sishya parampara style in the lineage of
both Bishnupur Gharana (vocal) and Imdadkhani Gharana (sitar).


Sohini performed in the major cities of India including Kolkata, Varanasi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, and Delhi. Her first International debut was at DHAKA and RAJSHAHI, BANGLADESH in the year 2016.

Sohini received the first position in the Rajya Sangeet Academy Competition, first prize in the
Murari Smriti All India Music Competition, and 2nd prize in the Sangeetmilon Classical Voice of Kolkata in KHAYAL in 2016. She received the 1st place in Doverlane ALL India Music Competition in both thumri and bhajan and was the top scorer of the year 2017.

Awards
Ratu Sen Smriti Puraskar 2017
Harihar Shukla Memorial Award 2017
Kamal Gupta Smriti Puraskar 2017
Kala Vithika Apurva Pratibha Best Performer of the Year 2017


Sudip Chakraborty

Sudip Chakraborty studied tabla with Pt. Shankar Ghosh. Presently he is a member of Bikram Ghosh ensemble


Arko Majumdar

Arko Majumdar is a talented young harmonium player who presently enrolled in the Bachelor program at the Rabindra Bharati University.


Deepsankar Bhattacharjee

“Sur-Moni” Deepsankar, a young sitarist born in the year 1986, is the fourth generation sitarist of an enlightened musical family. He embarked on his musical journey at a tender age under the tutelage of his father, Pandit Hara Shankar Bhattacharya.He also trained under the watchful guidance of his dadaguru, Padmabhusahan Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan Saheb . He is the torch bearer of the JAFFERKHANI BAAJ, a unique style of sitar playing invented and perfected by Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan saheb.

Deepsankar has performed at various places in India and abroad. His performances in New York and in various cities of Austria, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, CzechRepublic,

Netherlands, France, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Spain,Sweden have been highly appreciated by the cognoscenti and the commoners alike. Deepsankar has been awarded by several Gold medals and titles from various organizations all over in the world.

Among his many accomplishments are
Gold Medal from Sarbobharatio Sangeeto-o-Parisad
Scholarship from CCRT Awarded by Pt.Ravi Kichlu Foundation
Earned the title of “Sur-Moni”
Awarded with Ravi Kopikar Memorial Award from International Foundation for Fine Arts
Won the AIR Music Competition awarded by Arobindo Institute of Culture
National Scholarship by Ministry of Culture
Won the classical competition organised by Vedic Heritage in New York
Gold Medal From Harballav Compitition.
Honoured as "Malhar Manishi" by Malhar Mahostsav, Ajmeer
Awarded Brahm Dhyanam Purashkar from Sangeet Vidyapeeth Parisad

His performances include
Performed at Baba Harballav Music Festival,
All Bengal Music Festival,
Ramakrishna Mission Institute, Golpark,
Salt Lake Music Festival,
NCPA,Mumbai,
German Film Festival,
Naad Niket Sangeet Sammelan,
tribute concert of USTAD RAHMAN KHAN, Delhi Habitat Center,
“Indian Classical Music talents", “Kal-ke-kalakar”, Haridas Sangeet Sammelan in Mumbai, 
Indian Consulate, New York, Berlin, Paris, DenHaag


Arunava Mukherjee

Arunava Mukherjee was initially trained in tabla by his parents. They are his first
inspiration. At the age of 5, he started leaning tabla from Tulsi Narayan Kar and was under his guidance up to age of 17. After that he went to Pt. Kumar
Bose to continue with his studies. He is belongs to the Benaras Gharana style of tabla playing. He considers himself lucky to have him as his guru. Under his guidance he has received national scholarship in 2011, which was held in Bhupal. In 2014 he was the 1st prize winner of Dover Lane Music Competition. In this same year he was
also a 1st prize winner of Chetla Murari Smriti Sangeet Sammilani in Kolkata. After that he received the 3rd prize in Saptak (Pt. Nandan Mehta Shastriya Taal-Vadya Spardha) at Ahmadabad in 2016.


He also did some special performances. In 2012 he played solo at Birla Savagar alongside with Pt. Kumar Bose. Again in 2015 he performed solo at Nadam. In 2016 he accompanied Anusthup Bhattachaiya at Dover Lane Music Conference. In 2017
he accompanied Pt. Haroshankar bhattachariya & Dipshankar Bhattachariya
at Jalsaghar Smarananjoli in Golpark Ramkrishna Mission. He also played at Oikotan Hall, UGCC, Kolkata with Avirup Pal and Prangshu Moheswari. He is now B-high grade artiste of All India Radio.

 

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Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Remembering Ustad Vilayat Khan

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Sitar - Hidayat Khan

Tabla - Monir Hossain

The Sitar Concert will be preceded by a performance featuring the Chhandayan Tabla Ensemble:

Eric Phinney, Todd Miller, Mike Magilligan, Chris Caroll, Rajesh Shenoy and Ethan Fox


Hidayat Khan

“A daring dedicated performer. His fans fondly say he plays the sitar through strings that sing” an apt description by Vibe for the sitarist/ vocalist Hidayat Husain Khan.
Rolling Stones praises him and his music as “Jazzing up the sitar. Khan adds new shades to the music with his mastery.”   He has been described, as “born to play” by Montreal Times.

“Charismatic, charming and fun, Hidayat Khan plays with the audience” by Off Beat.His music has been praised by  Le Mond De as “Divinity” and  “His music was transporting, piercing the soul till the last drops of emotions were flowing through the body.” By Khaleej Times. He is one of the rare sitarist who adds a soulful voice to his performance which Music-Online captured it well in  “Dazzling bursts of amazing taans followed by mesmerizing vocals”

He has been fortunate to have performed at The Black Ball Charity in NYC with Alicia Keys and has collaborated with such illustrious musical names as Ndugu Chancler, Ronnie Woods, Usher, Zakir Hussain, Pete Townshend, Will.I.Am, Jay Z and Darryl Jones.

Few upcoming performances and albums include a musical theater with Danish Hussain  which will premiere in October 2018 in New York City. “Music and Story” book release with author Namita Devidayal on the life of Ustad Vilayat Khan in fall 2018 will be interesting book reading with live performance. He has ongoing “Art of Sitar”  lec/dem on creativity and music. His new Single “ Anjane Raste” with Carls Low and Amit Inderdo is to be released with a music video in July 2018.

His group album “Melodic Intersect” has been included in Grammy Ballot for the best World Music Album since 2016 where his music has been praised by The Chase as “Khan’s solo builds the intensity, with quick lines and flurries, leading the ensemble into a climax that is both musically satisfying and leads to the ending statement..” The ensemble’s recent sold out concert at the IndoJazz festival at The Jazz at Lincoln center  was “ the most eclectic act, the group  eschewed slow and steady melodic development for a mercurial pastiche of changing moods and modes” by The NYC Jazz World. The ensemble has garnered a lot of praises,  described as a “Giant step forward in the richly growing discography of this cohesive and empathetic ensemble.” By The Jazz world and by SeattlePi as “The result is a world music that soothes and challenges simultaneously.”

His solo album “Ziver” was voted “One of the best world music albums of the year” by MTV music charts and “Beautiful and unconventional to the core” – Midday. His talent is not restricted to albums and live performances, he has lent his versatility in several film score compositions, the most famous being “Kamasutra.”
He harbors a rare, creative brilliance that effortlessly takes him across all genres and nuances of music and can seamlessly  transition from the very classical playing the intricate meands (slides) of the Etawa/Vilayatkhani Gharana to the very colloquial. This is best reflected in The NYC Jazz World’s quote “performing in a style, which, while patently steeped in Hindustani (North Indian) influences, defied facile categorization” and in Jazz Weekly describes his music as “If you want to know true “world music” Khan might do it for you.”   

It is not a surprise to know that he is a direct descendant and proponent of one of the most treasured lineages of eastern classical music. Youngest son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, globally acclaimed as the greatest of all sitarists. The London Times aptly describes Hidayat as "the tradition carries on impeccably."

The following are few of his live performances:

Classical

1)  Hidayat Khan live in concert: Raag Shahana

2)  Hidayat Khan live in concert: Raga Gawti composition by Ustad Vilayat Khan

3)  Hidayat Khan and Pandit Swapan Chaudhary : Raga Jogkauns and Khamaj

4)  Live at Meteropolitan Museum, NYC


Jazz/Fusion

1)  Sitar in the hills of Darjeeling with Hidayat Khan

2)   Sitar Blues with Hidayat Khan

3)  Melodic Intersect: World Fusion Group: Lovers’ Call ( LIVE RADIO, USA)

4)  Melodic Intersect: World Fusion Group: Samosa (LIVE Radio, USA)


Monir Hossain

Monir 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 are with Sarod Maestro Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Legendary (Late) Ustad Villayet 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 include the Simthsonian Institution, Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM), Toronto 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 occasion 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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Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Harmonium Maintenance Workshop

Nabin Kumar Paul
Harmonium Player and Craftsman


Learn how to repair and maintain your harmonium under the tutelage of a master craftsman.

Nabin Kumar Paul

Hailing from a family with a strong cultural background, Nabin Kumar Paul showed interest in Harmonium from his childhood. His first teacher was his grandfather and he started playing the instrument from a tender age of eleven.

After rigorous practice and regular lessons for a couple of years under guidance of Pt. Mani Prasad , he moved on to take lessons from Sri Samir Jana for a few more years.
He is presently attached with many reputed institutions like Gitayan Sangeet Academy,

Bangiyo Sangeet Kalakendra, Parampara School of Music, Purba Sangeet Tirtha etc.

Since 2006 he has been visiting Europe and the United States to share his expertise. He is equally known for his harmonium accompaniment and his craftsmanship. He also accompanied in digital recordings of classical and light classical music.


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Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Woodwind Concert - Jonathan Kay

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Woodwinds - Jonathan Kay

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee

Due to unavoidable circumstances, Pawan Benjamin is unable to perform for this concert.


Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay is a virtuosic 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.


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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Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Guru Purnima Celebration

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An Evening celebrating the concept and manifestation of Guru in Indian Life and Music.

Admission - Free and open to all

One of the unique concepts of Indian life is that of the "guru".  Loosely translated, this means "teacher", but it means more than that, as the guru is also associated with a spiritual instruction as well as practical instruction.  The guru–shishya tradition denotes a succession of teachers and disciples where the transmission of knowledge passes from the guru to his disciples in a continuous lineage.  In the past, disciples would often live with their guru.  While that has become less common in the modern world, the close relationship between gurus and disciples is still the most important way to pass down knowledge in the Indian tradition.

Guru Purnima is a festival which was originally celebrated in India and Nepal in memory of the ancient great sage Vyasa who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagvata.   It not only celebrates the memory of Maharshi Veda Vyasa but is also a time dedicated to teachers – both spiritual ones and academic ones. It is observed on the full moon day, Purnima, in the Hindu month of Ashad – which falls around July or August on the Gregorian calendar. 

In 2018, this date falls on July 27th, and the Chhandayan family is celebrating with an evening of celebration and impromptu performances. it with a gathering to honor all gurus, but especially the head of Chhandayan,  Samir Chatterjee.  Come and join us for an evening of celebration and impromptu performances to honor him and all gurus.

 

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Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Santoor Concert - Vinay Desai

Santoor - Vinay Desai

Tabla - Vivek Pandya


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.


Vivek Pandya

Vivek K Pandya is fouteen years old.  He has been learning tabla from world renowned tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee since past nine years. Vivek was born in Long Island, NY in a musical family.  Initially he was guided in tabla by his uncle Viral Pandya.  

Vivek was invited by late Pandit Arvind Mulgoankar ji to play tabla solo in ustad Amir Hussein Khan's 47th barsi concert in 2016 held annually in Mumbai.  He has also played solos in Solapur, Pune, Mumbai, Arizona, NJ, NY and in front of Tabla faculty and students in Baroda at MS University.  He was invited as a child artist under the scheme of extra mural lecture series on characteristics of Farukhabad gharana in 2015 and 2017 by the dean of MSUniversity school of music.  Aside from playing solo Vivek enjoys accompaniment.  He has accompanied several upcoming talented musicians and established artists.  His tonal quality, clarity of bols, speed and musicality has been recognized by musicians and music lovers all around the world.  

Aside from tabla,  VIvek loves to play tennis and excels academically.

 

 

 

 

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Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

2017-18 Certificate Course Final Recital

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We are happy to announce that the 2017-18 Certificate Course Final Recital will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 from 1 to 5 pm at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York City. It will be an exclusive event featuring only the students enrolled in the Certificate Course. We cordially invite you to attend with your family and friends.

Participants

Rajesh Shenoy- 3rd Year Beginner
Christopher Growdski- 3rd year Beginner
Neil Balser- 3rd year Beginner

Ashwin Lobo - 4th year Intermediate
Ronak Seth - 4th year Intermediate
Cascadu- 5th year Intermediate

Ethan Fox - 5th year Intermediate

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Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Indrayuddh Majumder

Sarode - Indrayuddh Majumder

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee


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
2
6:00 PM18:00

Chhandayan Kolkata Concert

Vocal - Aniruddha Bhattacharya
Tabla - Debabrata Gupta
Harmonium - Pradip Palit

Vocal - Abhinandita Chatterjee
Tabla - Puranjoy Ghosh

Admission - Free


Pt. Aniruddha Bhattacharya
"A Vocalist With A Golden Voice" - The Hindu

Pt. Aniruddha Bhattacharya is one of the most accomplished vocalists of the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani Classical music. He has been performing extensively across India and overseas including touring in the USA, the UK, and France where he featured among the stalwarts of classical music.  Born in 1971, a young Aniruddha loved music enough to start listening, appreciating, and learning from a very early age under the able guidance of his mother Smt. Gouri Bhattacharya - one of the earliest disciples of Pt. A. Kanan and an outstanding vocalist herself.

In 1989, Shri Bhattacharya's formal training started at the feet of veteran gurus Pt. A. Kanan and Smt. Malavika Kanan.  In 1990 he entered the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a scholar.

He had an outstanding academic record, and was an Honours Graduate in Zoology from the University of Calcutta.  However, he decided to pursue a career in music and was recognized as a musician and resident tutor by the ITC SRA a few years later.

The Sur Singar Sansad of Mumbai awarded him the coveted "Surmani" title in June 1998.  Accolades have continued to pour in whenever and wherever he performed.  He is an "A" grade artiste with All India Radio and has done multiple national programs for them.  He is an empaneled musician with Doordarshan and ICCR as well.  He has performed in numerous music festivals all over the world.

He is currently the Head of the Department, Guru, member of the expert committee, and a scholarship examiner at the Shakri Begum Memorial Trust in Kolkata, an institute run by Ust. Rashid Khan.  He has also been judging Indian classical music competitions throughout India.

He is also an adept poet and composer in both the Indian and Western classical traditions.  He has two Bengali poetry books to his credit which were released at the prestigious Kolkata International Book Fair.

While not performing or traveling, his days are spent in research around the finer nuances and emotianal expressions of ragas, new compositions, and literary creations.


Debabrata Gupta

Debabrata Gupta is an eminent name in the field of tabla.
Born into a musical family, he began his training at the age of four.  His gurus include Sri Subhash Thakur of the Delhi Gharana, Sri Alok Saha of the Punjab Gharana, and Sri Subrata Gupta of the Farroukabad Gharana. Debarata was fortunate to receive advanced training from Pt. Shankar Ghosh for 15 years and specialized training in taallaya from Pt. Bickram Ghosh. Debabrata’s diverse training even includes South Indian percussion under Guru N. Shankar and Sarode under Sri Amitava Mazumdar.


Debarata was awarded the "Kala Ratnam" award by the T.T. forum in 2016.

He has thrilled audiences as a solo performer and as an accompanist in major festivals and concerts.

 


Pradip Palit

In the domain of Indian Classical Music, Mr. has established himself as one of the most talented harmonium players of his generation. He was blessed with the “Sangeet marg darshan” from musical guru Late Pandit A Kanan.

He started learning as a child from his mother Smt. Chhanda Palit from childhood.  He later learned from  Sri Mongalmoy Bhattacharya and then from  Sri Saroj Ghosh a disciple of the Late Pandit Prasun Banerjee.  He also had training in Indian classical music expression in Harmonium from Pandit Deboprasad Dey.  He is now undergoing a special training in Harmonium wizard from Pandit Jyoti Goho in ITC-Sangeet  Research Academy.

 

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Jun
2
to Jun 3

Vocal Workshop - Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar

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Two Day Workshop on 'The Importance of Compositions in Vocal Improvisation'

Session 1: Saturday June 2, 2018 2pm to 5pm
Session 2: Sunday June 3, 2018 12pm to 3pm


Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar

Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar is a ‘Top Grade’ artist of Akashwani (All India Radio) and Doordarshan (TV).  She was initiated into music and groomed by her father, Pt. Wamanrao Sadolikar, a disciple of Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and Ustad Alladiya Khan (Founder of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana) and his son Ustad Bhurji Khan.  Shrutiji trained for 12 years under Ustad Gullubhai Jasdanwala, renowned for his repository of rare compositions and complex ragas of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Shrutiji continued to learn from Ustad Bhurji Khan’s son, Ustad Azizuddin Khan, till his demise in August 2011.

Shrutiji is a graduate of Mumbai University. She received the Sangeet Visharad from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal with distinction and did her Master’s degree in Music from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, with Distinction, winning the Bhaskarbua Bakhale Prize.  She is presently the Vice Chancellor of Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University, Lucknow.  Shruti is a much sought after concert artist and sis well known as a scholar musician.

Shrutiji has received a large number of prizes and awards which include the Raj Hans Puraskar, 2017; ‘Icons of Maharashtra’, Mumbai; the Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Award, for her contribution to the Education Sector; the Jewel of Ruia Award from her alma mater, the Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai; the Swarayogini Prabha Atre Award, 2013; the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Music, 2011; The Sangeet Shiromani Award by Kashi Sangeet Samaj, Banaras, 2008; The Shanmukha Sangeet Shiromani Award by Shanmukhanand Sangeet Sabha, Mumbai, 2002. Shrutiji was awarded the Gopinath Savkar Prize, Talpade Memorial Prize and Pendharkar Prize for best production, best direction and best music direction for the play ‘Sangeet Tulsidas’ in 2001. She received the prestigious Dagar Gharana Sanman, from the Maharana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur, 1998.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Shrutiji’s achievements include The Bhulabhai Memorial Institute Scholarship, 1975; Kesarbai Kerkar Scholarship (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai), 1976-78; The Homi Bhabha Fellowship (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai), 1994-96.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. She has been a visiting professor at the Rotterdam Conservatorium in Netherlands.
2. Shrutiji was a Guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata;
3. She was a visiting professor at the Department of Music, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai;
4. She was a professor at the Department of Music, University of Mumbai.
5.  Shrutiji is a guide for many research students for their PhD in Music.
6. She has delivered lecture-demonstrations on various aspects of Indian Classical Music in many schools and universities in India;
7. She has also toured for delivering lectures on music in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Scotland, Germany, Mauritius, UAE, Muscat, Kuwait, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Australia, etc.
8. Shrutiji has and still continues to produce research based thematic programs on various aspects of Indian culture and music.
9. She has been contributing to various research journals and magazines by way of written articles on various subjects regarding Indian Classical Music and Performing Arts.
10.  Her educational CD, ‘The Raga Guide’, was produced and marketed by Nimbus Records, UK.
11.  She has been recorded by prestigious record companies in and out of India.
12.  As a tribute to her father, Shrutiji revived the musical play SANGEET TULSIDAS after 60 years (Pt. Wamanraoji had played the protagonist in the play in 1930).
13.  As producer-music director- coordinator, Shrutiji presented the Marathi musical play SANGEET SAMSHAY KALLOL at the WORLD MUSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL in Netherlands, April 1999.


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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal Concert - Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar

Vocal - Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar
Tabla - Amod Dandawate
Harmonium - Anirban Chakrabarty


Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar

Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar is a ‘Top Grade’ artist of Akashwani (All India Radio) and Doordarshan (TV).  She was initiated into music and groomed by her father, Pt. Wamanrao Sadolikar, a disciple of Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and Ustad Alladiya Khan (Founder of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana) and his son Ustad Bhurji Khan.  Shrutiji trained for 12 years under Ustad Gullubhai Jasdanwala, renowned for his repository of rare compositions and complex ragas of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Shrutiji continued to learn from Ustad Bhurji Khan’s son, Ustad Azizuddin Khan, till his demise in August 2011.

Shrutiji is a graduate of Mumbai University. She received the Sangeet Visharad from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal with distinction and did her Master’s degree in Music from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, with Distinction, winning the Bhaskarbua Bakhale Prize.  She is presently the Vice Chancellor of Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University, Lucknow.  Shruti is a much sought after concert artist and sis well known as a scholar musician.

Shrutiji has received a large number of prizes and awards which include the Raj Hans Puraskar, 2017; ‘Icons of Maharashtra’, Mumbai; the Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Award, for her contribution to the Education Sector; the Jewel of Ruia Award from her alma mater, the Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai; the Swarayogini Prabha Atre Award, 2013; the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Music, 2011; The Sangeet Shiromani Award by Kashi Sangeet Samaj, Banaras, 2008; The Shanmukha Sangeet Shiromani Award by Shanmukhanand Sangeet Sabha, Mumbai, 2002. Shrutiji was awarded the Gopinath Savkar Prize, Talpade Memorial Prize and Pendharkar Prize for best production, best direction and best music direction for the play ‘Sangeet Tulsidas’ in 2001. She received the prestigious Dagar Gharana Sanman, from the Maharana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur, 1998.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Shrutiji’s achievements include The Bhulabhai Memorial Institute Scholarship, 1975; Kesarbai Kerkar Scholarship (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai), 1976-78; The Homi Bhabha Fellowship (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai), 1994-96.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. She has been a visiting professor at the Rotterdam Conservatorium in Netherlands.
2. Shrutiji was a Guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata;
3. She was a visiting professor at the Department of Music, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai;
4. She was a professor at the Department of Music, University of Mumbai.
5.  Shrutiji is a guide for many research students for their PhD in Music.
6. She has delivered lecture-demonstrations on various aspects of Indian Classical Music in many schools and universities in India;
7. She has also toured for delivering lectures on music in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Scotland, Germany, Mauritius, UAE, Muscat, Kuwait, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Australia, etc.
8. Shrutiji has and still continues to produce research based thematic programs on various aspects of Indian culture and music.
9. She has been contributing to various research journals and magazines by way of written articles on various subjects regarding Indian Classical Music and Performing Arts.
10.  Her educational CD, ‘The Raga Guide’, was produced and marketed by Nimbus Records, UK.
11.  She has been recorded by prestigious record companies in and out of India.
12.  As a tribute to her father, Shrutiji revived the musical play SANGEET TULSIDAS after 60 years (Pt. Wamanraoji had played the protagonist in the play in 1930).
13.  As producer-music director- coordinator, Shrutiji presented the Marathi musical play SANGEET SAMSHAY KALLOL at the WORLD MUSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL in Netherlands, April 1999.
 


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.


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.

 

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May
27
1:00 PM13:00

2018 Students Day

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Every year, Chhandayan gives its students a chance to display what they have learned in a concert setting.   Come and show your support for our young performers.

This year's event will be held at the Chhandayan center room 618 on Sunday May 27th from 1PM-5PM.

Performers:

Abhiraman Senthilkumar - Tabla
Adarsh Tolat - Tabla
Anand Sahasrabudhe - Tabla
Avinash Bose - Tabla
Chandreyee Mittra - Vocal
Digonto Chatterjee - Tabla
Janani Bhagat - Vocal
Jason Peter - Tabla
Leila Satyanath - Vocal
Mahilan Guha - Tabla
Maulik Mehta - Tabla
Meghan Pasricha - Vocal
Rafi Hakim - Tabla
Sahil Chatiwala - Tabla
Sophia Ahmed - Vocal
Sunay Chawla - Tabla
Tejas Tope - Tabla

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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


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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May
19
6:30 PM18:30

Vocal Concert - Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

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


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.


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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), Amali Premawardhana (cello), Perry Wortman (bass), Sameer Gupta (tabla)
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 Mitali Bhawmik – Hindustani Vocal
Amod Dandavate – Tabla
Anirban Chakraborty - Harmonium
2.20 am  Kala Ramnath - Violin
Samir Chatterjee – Tabla
3.45 am  Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande - Hindustani Vocal
Suryaksh Despande – Tabla
Kedar Naphade - Harmonium

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
11
4:30 PM16:30

Seminar - The Role of Women In Indian Music and Dance

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.


Karavika (Trina Basu-Amali Premawardhana) and Roopa Mahadevan

The experiences of growing up in the USA as a female musician

Anupama Bhagwat

Assessment of success and failure of female instrumentalists

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

Biochemical influences on female students and performers

Kala Ramnath

Being a South Indian and becoming a North Indian musician

Archana Joglekar

Dance ...inner energy and way of life

Moderator : Samir Chatterjee


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


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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Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop on Raga-Based Songs

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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.    


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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


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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