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Chhandayan Benefit Concert for Mexico City

  • Hotel Four Seasons 500 Paseo de la Reforma Ciudad de México, CDMX, 06600 Mexico (map)

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

Samir Chatterjee - Tabla Solo

Hollving Argaez - Sitar

Jorge Remiro - Tabla, Pakahwaz

Samir Chatterjee

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

    Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
    Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.
    Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
    Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’ and a guide book to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.

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

Hollving Argaez

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jorge Remiro

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