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Santoor and Vocal Concert - Deepal Chodhari/Andrew Shantz

  • Chhandayan Center for Indian Music 4 West 43rd Street, #618 New York City, NY 10036 USA (map)

1st Set
Andrew Shantz - Vocal
TBD - Tabla

2nd Set
Deepal Chodhari - Santoor
TBD - Tabla


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible

Andrew Shantz

After beginning his musical career as a jazz pianist Andrew Shantz immersed himself in the world of Hindustani - North Indian - classical music in 2008. He currently studies classical vocal (khayal) under Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee of Kirana Gharana and was initiated into Hindustani vocal music in Kolkata, India by his Guruma Smt. Madhumita Saha with whom he studies light-classical music. Andrew also receives special guidance from tabla maestro Pt. Samar Saha.

Andrew has received several awards and scholarships including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticeship to support his vocal studies. He also took 1st place in the 2017 Swaradhara vocal competition (adult division) held in New Jersey by Marathi Vishwa.

Andrew is also a trustee of Suromurchhana USA which, was founded to continue the work of the Kolkata Suromurchhana cultural organization founded in India by Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee to promote the Indian classical arts.

Smt. Deepal Chodhari

Acclaimed as a Sangeet Visharad from Bhatkhande University via Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Mumbai), Smt. Deepal Chodhari has been pursuing the santoor since her school years from her guruji, Shri Dineshkumar Sampat (immediate disciple of Pandit Kartik Kumar). With the blessings of her guruji, she pursues the santoor with style evolved out of gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental technique) and layakari (rhythmic improvisation).

As guided by the santoor maestro Rahul Sharma, Smt. Deepal is studying the santoor padhiti (style) of the legendary padma-vibhushan santoor maestro, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma with his senior disciple, Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar. She also took training from Shri Dilip Kale.

Her raga renderings on the santoor have a consistent clarity of tone & vigor. These styles of music compositions have been passed on from her guruji through Maihar gharana. Her solid foundation in Hindustani classical music also brings soulful emotions on the santoor with traditional (raagdari) patterns and compositions.

She mastered the intricacies of the santoor in bridge setting, string setting, tuning, and using a combination of strings in the right gauges to bring the best quality of sound.

Gifted as a vocalist and an instrumentalist, she underwent vocal training during her Sangeet Visharad from Smt. Shashikala Kaikini at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

Smt. Deepal has been honored by State level awards and has been felicitated from several renowned cultural organizations in India and USA. She has attained the New Jersey Folk Art Apprenticeship Award under the guidance of Smt. Mitali Bhawmik and has also performed on National Television in India with her Guruji Shri Dinesh Kumar Sampat. Alongwith lecture demonstrations on the santoor, she recently directed an instrumental ensemble with close to 30 instrumentalists, both western and Indian, to create a fusion of an Indian composition.

Smt. Deepal has performed successfully at various cultural organizations in India & USA. She is one of the very few santoor performers in the tri-state area preserving the rich cultural heritage of the oldest instrument of India- the santoor. Please visit to learn more about her.