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Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Bansuri Concert - Steve Gorn

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Bansuri - Steve Gorn

Tabla - Miles Shrewsbery


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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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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Violin Concert - Pallab Bandopadhyay

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Pallab Bandyopadhyay - Violin
Mandakini Swain - Vocal
Jitendra Swain - tabla

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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.


Jitendra Kumar Swain

Jitendra Kumar Swain is a Tabla and Odissi Pakhawaj player who is rated 'B high' by All India Radio and national television.  He is based in New Delhi. He had extensive training under the famous exponents of tabla like Pt. Gopinath Behera, Pt. Vinod Pathak, and Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. He obtained his Sangeet Alankar degree (M. Music) from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai in 1992. He also has a master of arts degree in Economics. And in addition to tabla, he is an accomplished Odissi pakhawaj and has performed extensively for the legendary Odissi dancer Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal across the globe.

He has been teaching tabla for past 20 years at various institutions, including Kala Vikas Kendra, Cuttack, DAV Public schools, and Matri Kala Mandir in of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi and was posted at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Cultural Cooperation in Trinidad and Tobago, from ICCR,Govt of India to teach Tabla. And has presently has been teaching at Gandharava Mahavidyalaya in New Delhi.

He has performed at countless venues in India including in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh under SPIC MACAY, Meerut, Chennai, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Ujjain, Pune, Delhi etc. in classical concerts to name a few. He has also performed for Indian Army soldiers in the Drass and Kargil sectors during Kargil war.

Since 1997, Jitendra Kumar Swain has been performing at various esteemed venues across the globe, including countries like Japan (1997), Singapore (2001), Brazil (2003) during a tour with the Samvad Group, Belgium (2004), South Korea (2005) for Asian Music Camp and Tabla Workshop, and Germany (2005). He has played Odissi Pakhawaj in Mauritius, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana. In addition, he has also performed in Paris (2008), Spain (2009), New York (2010), Colombia (2011), USA (2015) and (2016, 2017) at the Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C.

 

 

 

 

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Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Kalyanjit Das

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Sitar - Kalyanjit Das

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

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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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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Dewali Celebration

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Dewali Celebration with Music Dance and Food

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Our celebration will feature a vocal presentation prepared and directed by Sanghamitra Chatterjee. Some of the performers in the ensemble will be Chandreyee Mittra, Leila Sathyanath, Sofia Ahmed, Sharda Lowtan, Aishani Singh and others.  


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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.

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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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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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Mar
16
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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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


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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
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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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
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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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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Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Sarangi Concert - Kamal Sabri

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Sarangi - Kamal Sabri

Tabla - Daniel Weiss


Kamal Sabri

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

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

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


Daniel Weiss

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


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Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Atish Mukhopadhyay

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Sarode - Atish Mukhopadhyay

Tabla - Tejas Tope


Atish Mukhopadhyay

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

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

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


Tejas Tope

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

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

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