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Vocal Concert - Nagraj Havaldar

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

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

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

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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Light Classical Concert - Mohan Deshpande/Mitali Bhawmik

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

Aaye Na Balam -  Thumri & Dhun from Benares and Punjab

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

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


Mohan Deshpande

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

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

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

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

Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik

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

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

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

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

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

Samir Chatterjee

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

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

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

Kedar Naphade

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

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

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

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

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