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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Dance and Sitar Recital - Kaberi Sen and Anjan Saha

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1st half:
Kaberi Sen - Odissi Dance

2nd half:
Anjan Saha - Sitar

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


Kaberi Sen

Dr. Kaberi Sen is a prolific performer, teacher and scholar of Odissi dance, a North Indian style of classical dance. She holds a Ph. D Degree from the Rabindra Bharati University, an affiliate of University Grants Commission under Government of India (2018). She is also equally proficient in Rabindra Nritya, an indigenous dance form generated out of the choreographies for the dance dramas of Rabindra Nath Tagore.

She has learned Odissi dance under the guidance of Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo for the past twenty-seven years. She has also been learning Rabindra Nritya from Guru Smt. Poly Guha for the past eight years.

She has worked as Senior Research Fellow under the Department of Dance in Rabindra Bharati University. She is a graded artist of Doordarshan, the National Television of India.

She won National scholarship form the Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. She also received scholarship from Rabindra Bharati University. She is the recipient of Production Grant from the Department of Tourism, Government of India. She won the first prize from West Bengal State Music Academy and Nehru Children Museum. She is an empaneled artiste of Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, India.

She has taught at Indian Cultural Troup, Malhar, Children’s Little Theater, Heritage School in Kolkata, Rabindra Bharati University and her own institution Divine Inspiration.


Anjan Saha

An empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Anjan matured under the strict yet caring apprenticeship of his Guru Pandit Debiprosad Chatterjee of Senia Maihar Gharana. Anjan received the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India in 1992 & 1998. He is a graded artist of Prasar Bharati. Anjan has been performing extensively in India and Abroad and conducting workshops at schools in Germany. Besides performance at various Music Festivals, Anjan mesmerizes the audiences with his unique Music Compositions also. Presently, Anjan is the teacher in Rabindra Bharati University. He is a co-founder of Divine Inspiration with Kaberi Sen.


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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Concert - Namami Karmakar

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Namami Karmakar - Vocal
Amod Dandawate - Tabla

Opening performance by Aran Basu (vocal)

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


Namami Karmakar

Namami Karmakar is regarded as one of the finest vocalist among the younger generation of the Kirana Gharana. She had her initial training under Smt. Malini Mukherjee Bhowmick. Then she began learning under Late Pt. A. Kanan and Late Sangeet Bidushi Malabika Kanan and currently she is under the able guidance of their disciple, Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee.

 

Namami has a Masters in Classical Vocal Music from the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University. She stood first in All India BSNL Cultural Meet in 2007 and has successfully ranked in the prestigious Dover Lane Music Competition and West Bengal State Music Academy. She has also performed at major conferences in and also in TV channels to great acclaim. Her debut performances at prestigious The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, India Center of Westchester and in Virginia were extremely well received and received praises from the audiences and music aficionados. She has also successfully assisted her Guru in workshops in Chhandayan Center, New York and India Center of Westchester.

 

At present Namami is a faculty at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York and Kolkata Suromurchhana, Kolkata, imparting training to local as well as international students. She has a proven track record as a successful teacher as her students have earned applause from audiences and maestros of Classical Music.


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.

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Sitar and Flute Concerts - Eric Fraser and Snehesh Nag

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First Set:
Eric Fraser - Bansuri
Naren Budhakar - Tabla

Second Set:
Snehesh Nag - Sitar
Naren Budhakar - Tabla

This event will be streamed live:

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


Eric Fraser

Eric Fraser is an exponent of a unique vocal style of North-Indian flute playing and has been learning intensively through annual trips to Kolkata, India from his guru Pandit Gopal Roy since 2003. Eric's playing rings with authenticity and pure tone, imbibing the soul of Indian classical music.

Eric is a Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian music and has performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York). He has a diverse background playing for Indian classical dance, as well as in projects ranging from Jazz, World, India and more. A founding member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, Eric's involvement in the musical community is far reaching. Aside from playing Indian classical flute, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC).


Snehesh Nag

Son of the legendary Sitar player Sugato Nag of Kolkata, Snehesh is a promising young sitar player who has toured throughout the world both with his father and now on his own. His father was a leading disciple of the legendary Padmabhusan recipient, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. Snehesh started his musical journey learning tabla with Shri Tanmoy Bose, and then started learning sitar from his father. Nowadays. he studies with Pandit Dasgupta himself.


Naren Budhakar

Naren Budhakar was born in Pune, India, and was first exposed to classical music by his father who was a violinist. From his cousin Shashikant Purandare he learned Delhi style percussion and began performing at a young age. He was initiated as a disciple by Tabla Maestro Ustad Shabbir Nisar. Upon moving to the US he continued his studies with Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Naren has been performing and teaching both in the U.S. and abroad, lending his percussion skills to various forms of world music. He is the co-director of the East-West School of Music, where he teaches Tabla classes and performs regularly.

Naren has played with prominent instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers including Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj and Shaed Parvez and has performed at prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe. He has also contributed to varied music genres including pop, rock, Irish Celtic and jazz. Notably, he collaborated  with Bobby McFerrin at the "Notes and Neurons" event and also made a recording with Alicia Keys.

 

Naren performed with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey Dance company for which he was cited in the New York Times. He has played at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The  Kennedy Center,The  Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty Museum,the Indian Ambassador's residence and the U.S.Open tennis stadium. He has also toured throughout Europe with concerts in France, the Czech Republic and Scandinavia. He toured with the legendary minimalist composer La Monte Young for concerts in Germany for which he was cited in the Guardian, U.K. Naren also created a percussion CD with Conga maestro Paoli Mejias which was nominated for the Latin Grammy awards. 

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Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Fundraiser

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CHHANDAYAN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER EVENT
An opportunity to become a Friend of Chhandayan and support its program.


Reception
About Chhandayan
Musical performance
Aditya Phatak - tabla solo
Chhandayan Ensemble: Xander Naylor (guitar), Tripp Dudley (percussion), Nicolas
Jozwiak (bass)

By Invitation only. Please contact us if are interested to attend and become a Friend of Chhandayan.


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Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Sarode Concert - Rajrupa Chowdhury

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Rajrupa Chowdhury - Sarode

Ehren Hanson - Tabla


Rajrupa Chowdhury

Ms. Rajrupa Chowdhury was born at Kolkata, India. She took up Sarode at the tender age of five at the Ustad Ameer Khan School of Instrumental Music under the guidance of Pranab Naha. She has taken talim from Pandit Ajay Sinha Roy and from Siddhartha Roy Chowdhury. In 2006, Ms Chowdhury was placed first class first in her Masters in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Since then she has been taking advanced talim from Prof. Sanjoy Bandyopadhyay, who has been influential in the formation of her own style of music.

Ms. Chowdhury has performed at various concerts and competitions in India such as Salt Lake Music Festival, Kolkata (2010); Maitraiyee Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata (2009); Sutanoti Parisad Concert, Kolkata (2005); Protiva Utsab organized by EZCC, Govt of India (2003); Bishwa Banga Shammelan at Yuva Bharti Krirangan, Kolkata (2001); India Habitat Centre (2001); All India Radio Music Competition (2001) and Dover Lane Music Competition, Kolkata, (1999). She is the proud recipient of awards like ITC-SRA Promising Artist Award, Mumbai; 2001; National Scholarship for Senior Students of Indian Classical Music, Govt. of India, 2000, and Distinction for Sangeet Bhushan by Sangeet Parisad, Chandigarh.

Ms. Rajrupa Chowdhury has also performed at the Bengal ITC-SRA Classical Music Festival, Dhaka (2012); Chhayanaut Suddha Sangeet Sammelan, Dhaka (2012) and in ‘A Tribute to Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’ organized by Chhayanaut, Dhaka in 2009. She has performed on several occasions at Bengal Shilpalaya, Bengal Art Lounge and Shadhona, Dhaka.

Internationally, Ms. Rajrupa Chowdhury has performed at USA, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. She was the youngest Sarode player to perform at the North American Bengali Conference held at New York, USA in 1995.


Ehren Hanson

Ehren Hanson is professional NYC based Tabla player, director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla, and the CEO and founder of Viewcy.com. He began learning tabla at age 15 under Misha Masud in New York City. In 2000, he became a disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Ehren went on to teach rhythm as an assistant professor at Bard College in 2002, and in 2005 he received the Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has accompanied great musicians including Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri and Steve Gorn. Ehren is the director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla in Brooklyn, NY, and is an active performer and teacher.


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Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Hansaveena/Bansuri Concert - Barun Kumar Pal/Steve Gorn

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Barun Kumar Pal - Hansaveena
Steve Gorn - Bansuri
Aditya Phatak - Tabla

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


Barun Kumar Pal

Barun Kumar Pal is admired all over the globe as a solo player, composer, dedicated Guru and a musician who renders his music from his soul in a spiritual level.

“He is an outstanding Hansaveena artist of the north Indian classical music”

– Pandit Ravi Shankar

Pt. Barun Kumar Pal is one of the most reputed and prominent artists of India. He is one of the foremost disciples of Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar. Pt. Barun Kumar Pal is recognized as the pioneer in introducing the Hawaiian slide guitar to the world of Indian classical music. His distinctive playing style, many years of research in creating a powerful connection between the slide guitar and Indian Classical Music has led to the invention of a revolutionary sound which aesthetically incorporates the blend of the Veena, Sitar and Sarod.

Pt. Barun Pal shared a very special and spiritual bond with his revered guru Pt. Ravi Shankar for more than 35 yrs. Pt. Ravi Shankar cherished and recognized Barunji’s dedication and commitment towards his teachings and sentiments, following which Pt. Ravi Shankar entrusted the responsibility of the Ravi Shankar Institute of Music and Performing Arts (RIMPA), New Delhi, into the hands of Barunji, to carry forward the tradition of the Maihar gharana.

Since 1983, Pt. Barun Kumar Pal has been travelling extensively all over the world giving solo performances, music workshops, lecture demonstrations and Radio-TV interviews. Amongst the major concerts he has performed are WOMAD fest in London, Bath Festival, Pt. Ravi Shankar’s Parampara Festival in San Diego, SPIC Macay (StanFord, U.S.A.), I.I.T. Annual Fest,Ali Akbar Music College summer Festivals, Chhandayan whole night concert,Doverlane Music Festival, Haridas Sangeet Samaroha,Tansen Sangeet Sammelan, SIFAS Festival of Indian Music and Dance in Singapore. He has been awarded with several National Broadcasts of All India Radio -Doordarshan Sangeet Sammelans. He has released numerous cassettes, LP’s and CD’s worldwide. His concerts are preserved by the British National Archives. Barunji is the recipient of several honors and awards such as “Sangeet Prabhakar”, “Sangeet Ratna”, “Kal ke Kalakar”, “Allauddin Sangeet Ratna”, “Abhinav Kalakar”, “Vadya Ratan” to name a few.

Pt. Barun Kumar Pal’s contributions as a composer, music director and conductor in Indian classical music for A.I.R, Doordarshan, DD-7, and National Youth Festival are well known. He is also popularly known for having produced “Raga Symphony” and “Millennium Symphony”, and numerous choirs with young talents, with over 75 presentations including those of the Vienna Children’s Choir and the Choir of RIMPA.


Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn has performed Indian classical music and new American music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. Originally a disciple of the late bansuri master Gour Goswami of Calcutta, he also studied with the late Ustad Z. M. Dagar, and at present he is under the guidance of Professor Deba Prasad Banerjee of Calcutta and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai.

Steve's father was a concert pianist, and the home resonated with music, but it was at Penn State, where Steve was studying composition and playing jazz that his journey to India began. Hearing the influence that Indian music was having on John Coltrane, and Charles Lloyd, Steve hit the road and headed East. Traveling overland, he arrived in India in 1969. After a season in Benaras, the great center of spirituality and music, where he studied shenai, he was drawn to Calcutta where he met his musical guru, Sri Gour Goswami. Ever since, Steve has delved deeper and deeper into the richness of Indian classical music, and has returned to India many times to study and more recently perform.

Describing his 1996 performance in Mumbai at the Sangeet Research Academy's Indian Music and the West Seminar, SRA West Chairman, Arvind Parikh has said, "Steve Gorn's concert was widely appreciated for its outstanding musicianship.... and has won him a host of admirers." In 1998, Steve returned to India performing to enthusiastic audiences at The Nehru Center, NCPA, and the Dadar Matunga Music Circle in Mumbai.

Steve's numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, one of the Los Angeles Reader top ten recordings of 1994, and recently re-issued on Steve's label, Bamboo Ras. It has become a cult favorite for yoga and meditation. His Indian classical recording, Parampara, (Wergo) is accompanied by tabla maestro Pandit Samir Chatterjee. The landmark Indian-jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal (Music of the World) and Wings and Shadows (Bamboo Ras), on which his bansuri is accompanied by the haunting sound of thousands of birds singing at twilight in Pune, India, offer still more examples of his blending of India and Beyond.

Widely know in the West for his creative blends of Indian and Western music, Steve composes for film and television and has recorded extensively. His long collaborations with Glen Velez and Jai Uttal, Layne Redmond and Badal Roy have led to numerous recordings. In 1995, he toured Europe and Africa with the legendary jazz drummer, Jack Dejohnette, and was a featured soloist in Jerome Robbins' ballet, Watermill, in New York and Paris. He has also created an acoustic/electronic score for Ranjabati Sircar's dance, "Cassandra", which was premiered in Calcutta in 1996. His recording with Paul Simon got him a Grammy nomination.

"Steve Gorn performed exquisitely and evocatively on the bamboo flute." The New York Times

"Steve Gorn plays with liquid grace. He is a master of sound-magic; may the world discover his gift." Paul Winter

"An extraordinary flute recital by Steve Gorn from the USA." The Pioneer, Mumbai

"Steve Gorn has adapted Indian Classical Music on the bansuri so nicely and properly that one should feel proud of him." Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia

"........ an astonishing treatment of raga .... Gorn went beyond the notes to reach a place where his instrument was more effective than the human voice." Anand Bazar, Calcutta


Aditya Phatak

Aditya Phatak is a young student of Indian music, with special aptitude in Tabla. He started playing tabla at the age of two, even before he was tall enough to reach the drums. He was initially inspired by his grandfather Deepak Phatak and guided by his uncle Shivraj Phatak. Since February of 2008, when he was four years old, he came under the loving mentorship of Pt. Samir Chatterjee in the formal Guru-Shishya (master-disciple) relationship. Eleven years into his talim (grooming), through utmost sincerity and diligence, Aditya qualified to make his entry into the field of performance. His music is certainly worth listening to. He is also studying Hindustani Classical vocal music with Smt. Rucha Jambhekar.

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Concert - Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh

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Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh - Vocal

Samir Chatterjee - Tabla

Anirban Chakraborty - Harmonium

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh

Rajyasree Ghosh is a very talented vocalist in the Hindustani vocal tradition. She is equally proficient in both classical and semi-classical music, including Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, Tappa and Puratani songs etc. She took her talim in Nazrulgeeti from Smt. Suprava Sarkar and she is still learning Bengali Tappa, Puratani etc from Shri Ramkumar Chatterjee. Gifted with a powerful and melodious voice, Rajyasree has developed a style characterized by riveting Bandishes, reposeful Alaps and rigorous bol-taans. Her music has a special romantic flavor emerging out of her powerful yet tender approach. She is featured regularly on the national radio and television of India and holds the position of lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

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

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

She has been regularly visiting the USA and performing in several cities like Kansas City, San Francisco, Columbus, Dayton, Boston, Houston and Cincinnati. Her performances were highly appreciated by Indian and non-Indian alike.

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


Samir Chatterjee

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

Samir began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.

           

Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, to name only a few.

           

Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono Lenon, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Eric Friedlander, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Jin Hi Kim, Min Xiao-Fen, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.

           

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled A Study of Tabla, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two Master degrees, in English and History.

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Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Concert - Sanghamitra Chatterjee

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Sanghamitra Chatterjee - Vocal
Dibyarka Chatterjee - Tabla
Xander Naylor - Guitar
Manoj Baruah - Violin

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


Sanghamitra Chatterjee

Sanghamitra Chatterjee is one of the leading vocalists of India in the fields of light and light classical music. Gifted with a sweet and melodious voice Sanghamitra has chosen light music as her domain; this includes Adhunik (Bengali modern song), Rabindrasangeet(songs of Tagore), Nazrulgeet (songs of Nazrul), songs of Atul Prasad Sen, folk songs, Hindi Bhajans, film songs, Geet, Ghazals, etc..

She had her lessons in classical music from Pdt. Usharanjan Mukherjee and Sri Dashu Mukherjee. In light music her training has been under Sri Jatileshwar Mukherjee, Sri Ajoy Das,Sri Prasanta Chowdhury, Sri Nikhil Chatterjee and others. She is an upgraded artist of All India Radio and Indian Television. Her proficiency in Tagore songs has earned her a diploma, 'Sangit Sudhakar'.

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.


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.


Xander Naylor

Since relocating to New York City, native son Xander Naylor has become increasingly known in experimental circles for ear-opening forays with his eponymous, free-jazz trio. On his solo debut, Notes, the son of noted Vermont secessionist Thomas Naylor applies a similarly unchained approach, fleshing out humble, cyclical instrumental sketches with both caution and whimsy. The result, while even less accessible than his previous trio work, is nonetheless fascinating, and it reveals a genuinely independent and curious mind.

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.


Manoj Baruah

Manoj Baruah is one of most well known violinists in field of classical and folk music of India. He started learning violin at the age of 10 from his older brother Deepak Baruah.  Since 1995 Manoj has been receiving guidance in classical music under the tutelage of violin maestra Prof. Sisirkona Dharchoudhury. Simultaneously, he completed a Master Degree from Rabindra Bharti University  of Kolkata. Manoj is a regular performer on All India Radio and Doordashan TV, and has toured all over India. In 1997 he received a prestigious national scholarship awarded to him by the Govt. of India. Since 2004 he has been touring all over Europe for performances in U.K., Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Italy and Belgium; this is his first tour of the US.

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Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Concert - Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik

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Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik - Vocal
Samir Chatterjee - Tabla
Harmonium - Anirban Chakraborty

The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


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 began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.

           

Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, to name only a few.

           

Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono Lenon, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Eric Friedlander, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Jin Hi Kim, Min Xiao-Fen, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.

           

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled A Study of Tabla, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two Master degrees, in English and History.


Anirban Chakrabarty

Anirban Chakrabarty hails from a family of Musicians. His father, Amal Chakrabarty is a dedicated vocalist. From his very childhood Anirban was initiated to Hindustani Classical Music by his father. He is a post graduate in music with first class from the Rabindra Bharati University. Although he is a good vocalist, his keen interest in playing Harmonium have driven him under the tutelage of Pandit Manas Chakraborty, the doyen of Kotali Gharana to master himself in the gayaki of Kotali style. He has also keen interest in composing music in lighter forms. The guidance of the Master Musician has already shaped him in well organized Harmonium player, and hoping him to be a musician of high repute in future.

Anirban has to his credit a number of brilliant performances as a harmonium accompanist throughout the country with both upcoming and reputed musicians. Anirban has accompanied musicians of repute like Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Pandit Dinanath Mishra, Pandit Arun Bhaduri, Smt. Kankana Banerjee, Gaan Saraswati Shreela Bandopadhyay, Pandit Madhup Mudgal, Sri. Sarathi Chatterjee, Smt. Ruchira Panda, Sri. Subhasish Mukherjee, Smt. Raka Mukherjee, Sri. Ratan Mohan Sharma and many more.

He is also a regular artist of several television channels. Besides, he is equally adept in playing table, keyboard, guitar and also worked as an arranger for several light music album. Recently popular commercial artists like Indrani Sen, Manomay Bhattacharya, Shampa Kundu, Shubhankar Bhaskar, Sahaj Ma have jointly made album of Modern Bengali Songs and devotional Songs composed and arranged by Anirban. Recently an album of Poetry and songs of TAGORE of Sri Tarun Chakrabarty has been released, arranged by Anirban. Now Anirban is also working as the Lecturer of Music in ‘Vivekananda Teachers Training Institute’ and also as the General Secretary of ‘Sur Sanchayan Sangeet Vidyalaya’, an institute to uphold the diploma courses of various forms of Indian music. Anirban to his credit has accompanied on harmonium with both upcoming and veteran musicians in all major music festivals of our country. He has also visited UK and USA as a harmonium accompanist with Ruchira Panda and earned accolades both from music lovers and connoisseurs.

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Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Concert - Samarth Nagarkar

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Vocal - Samarth Nagarkar
Tabla - Meghashyam Keshav
Harmonium - Rohan Prabhudesai


The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.


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.


Meghashyam Keshav

Meghashyam Keshav started learning Tabla at the age of 6. He has trained from Pandit Vishwanath Nakod, Pandit Udayaraj Karpur , Pandit Ravindra Yavagal and is currently studying under the world renowned maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He has also trained in Mridangam from Vidwan Arjun Kumar. He has performed numerous tabla solo concerts as well as accompanied vocal and instrumental music. Some of the artists he has performed with include Pt. Brij Narayan, Pt.Nayan Ghosh, Pt.Vinayak Torvi, Pt.Ram Deshpande, Pt.Ronu Majumdar, Pt.Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidwan Shashank, Vidwan Nagaraj and Manjunath, etc.

He is an engineer by profession and is currently working with Tata Consultancy Services.


Rohan Prabhudesai

Rohan Prabhudesai has been actively studying music for the past 14 years. He began his training in Hindustani classical music on the harmonium with Gokurdas Rasaikar, a disciple of Smt. Nirmala Kakode. Later, he continued this musical pursuit under the guidance of Dr. Kedar Naphade, a senior disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar.

He also has had the privilege of learning from Pt. Borkar himself for extended periods of time. He has won first place in the D.V. Paluskar All-India competition in the senior category when he was 12 years old. Last year, he was awarded the Jyotsna Award by the Chhandayan School of Music in NYC for his dedication to the art.

Aside from Indian classical music, he also draws interest from Western classical music. He has been taking regular piano lessons from Mr. Edwin Lopez, the concert master and conductor of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian church music program. He has given numerous recitals and fundraising concerts on the piano.

Rohan has recently graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business.


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Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Abhik Mukherjee

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Abhik Mukherjee - Sitar
Dibyarka Chatterjee - Tabla


Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.

Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); at the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); on Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.


Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.

He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.

Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.

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Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Sitar and Vocal Concert - Supratik Sengupta and Kasturi Bandopadhya

Sitar - Supratik Sengupta

Vocal - Kasturi Bandopadhya

Tabla - Monir Hossain


Supratik Sengupta

Supratik Sengupta was born in 1981 into a family of musicians in Kolkata. He got his early training from his father Sri. Kuber Sen Gupta. He began his formal training under Sri. Biswanath Das and Pt. Debaprasad Chakraborty. After that he was under the guidance of Sangeetacharya Late Ajoy Sinha Roy and Dr. Pradeep Chakraborty. Supratik joined the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (ITC SRA) in the year 2002 and became a musician/scholar under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Pandit Buddhadeb Das Gupta and Partha Pratim Chatterjee, the Guru of the instrumental division of the Academy. After leaving ITC SRA he is now taking talim from Padmabhushan Pandit Buddhadeb Das Gupta.

Achievements:- Supratik stood first in many prestigious music competitions such as “The Dover Lane Music Competition, “Swar Prabhat Talent Search Contest” and West Bengal State Music Competition. He also stood First in the performances conducted by "Bharatiya Sanskriti Parishad". He was conferred the Best Instrumentalist Prize from “The Dover Lane Music Conference”, Prasun Banerjee Memorial Award and Pandit Gokul Nag Memorial Award from “The Salt Lake Music Festival”. Supratik proved himself as the National Scholar of CCRT (Center for Cultural Resources & Training) of New Delhi. He was also the holder of National Scholarship of "Ministry Of Tourism & Culture, Govt. Of India”. He is an A Grade Artist of All India Radio and Television.

Supratik toured Paris, Germany successfully with ITC SRA. He participated in many major Music Conferences all over India conducted by ITC SRA. He is visiting in different countries of Europe and Bangladesh regularly for concert. Recently he has visited China.

He fortunate to give performance in several concerts accompanied by renowned tabla players like Pandit Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay, Pandit Samar Saha and Pandit Gopal Mishra. Recently he got the opportunity of participating in the concert organised by “SPIC MACAY” at Rajasthan.


Kasturi Bandopadhya

Kasturi is the daughter of Internationally Renowned Tabla Maestro Pandit Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay of the Benaras Gharana. She was initiated into music by her mother Smt.Rekha Bandopadhyay at the age of four. After that she started taking talim from Vidushi Smt.Subhra Guha. She was also fortunate enough to receive talim for a couple of years under the Legendary Guru Pandit K.G.Ginde. After his sudden demise, she studied with Pandit Arun Bhaduri in Khayal and at the same time started learning Thumri and Dadra from Vidushi Smt.Purnima Chaudhuri. After getting a Scholarship at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, she also started learning Upa-Shastriya Sangeet from Vidushi Smt.Girija Devi under whom she is continuing her talim till today.

From her early childhood,it has been noticed that Kasturi is highly talented and has an excellent sense in Music. Gifted with a flexible and melodious voice, she has charmed audiences wherever she has performed. She has proved her versatility in Khayal, Thumri, Dadra,and Light Music.

Kasturi has performed in front of Great Legendary Exponents Of Hindusthani Classical Music such as the Late Pt.Kishan Maharaj, Ustad Zakir Hussain, the Late Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt.Bhimsen Joshi, Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty, andUstad Rashid Khan.

Kasturi always keeps an eye on the Purity of a Raga and the development of Gayaki. She especially excels in Thumri, Dadra and other forms of Upa-Shastriya Sangeet.


Monir Hossain

Monir has established himself as a dynamic tabla performer both as a solo and as an able accompanist with numerous prestigious performances to his credit.

He was born in a musical family, son of Ustad Hafiz Hossain and grandson of late Ustad Kader Bux of Murshidabad, West Bengal. He is a senior disciple of Tabla Maestro Pandit Samar Saha.

Some of his notable performances are with Sarod Maestro Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Legendary (Late) Ustad Villayet Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Lakshmi Shankar, Ustad Fateh Ali khan, Pandit Rajiv Taranath, recently with sitar Maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez and numerous other musicians. 

Some of the major vanues include the Simthsonian Institution, Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM), Toranto Public Library, Colombia University, University of Alabama, Statson University, University of Maryland (UMBC) and numerous other prestigious venues.   Monir also performed tabla solo in Berhampore, West Bengal, India on the occassion of his Grandfather (Late) Ustad Kader Buksh's birthday. Some of the noteworthy vocal performers from Pakistan and Bangladesh that he has performed with include Pakistan's Pop sensation Alamgir,  Shahanaj Rahmatullah, Sabiha Mahboob and Fatema Tuz-zuhrah among many others.



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Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Santoor Concert - Vinay Desai

Santoor - Vinay Desai

Tabla - Meghashyam Keshav

The main performance will be precede by a performance by some promising young Artists
Gauri Niwargi - vocal
Tarit Mazumder - tabla
Arjun Ramakrishnan - harmonium


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.


Meghashyam Keshav

Meghashyam Keshav started learning Tabla at the age of 6. He has trained from Pandit Vishwanath Nakod, Pandit Udayaraj Karpur , Pandit Ravindra Yavagal and is currently studying under the world renowned maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He has also trained in Mridangam from Vidwan Arjun Kumar. He has performed numerous tabla solo concerts as well as accompanied vocal and instrumental music. Some of the artists he has performed with include Pt. Brij Narayan, Pt.Nayan Ghosh, Pt.Vinayak Torvi, Pt.Ram Deshpande, Pt.Ronu Majumdar, Pt.Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidwan Shashank, Vidwan Nagaraj and Manjunath.

He is an engineer by profession and is currently working with Tata Consultancy Services.

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Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert Deobrat Mishra

Sitar - Deobrat Mishra
Tabla - Prasant Mishra


Deobrat Mishra

Deobrat Mishra is an Indian Sitar and Surbahar player and a music composer. He is an exponent of the Benares Gharana school of Hindustani classical music.

The Son of Pandit Shivnath Mishra, a legend of Sitar from this gharana, he has an energetic and innovative playing style, with typical features like selectivity, melody and rhythmic complexity.

His playing style is very original and unique in the sense that he plays Benarasi Thumri on the sitar, combining it with Dhrupad and Khayal styles of singing, creating a rare new style

Born in 1976, he represents the 7th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition.

As a young child he studied tabla with his mother, Pramila Mishra, who was the granddaughter of the well-known tabla player Pandit Baiju Mishra of Benares. He started by studying vocal music with his father at the age of five and began his sitar lessons a year later.

That same year, after only six months of studying the sitar, he gave his first public performance on stage.

Since 1994 he has been touring throughout Europe with his father. In the same year, he was chosen to receive the award of Young sitar player of India by Youth Festival. In 2000 he received award of Sur Mani in Mumbai. His many projects include music workshops, solo performances for radio and television as well as world music programs with Indian and European artists. Moreover, he provides music lessons at the Academy of Indian Classical Music, the school he founded along with his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, in 2006.

He received a Masters degree in sitar from the Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad.


Prasant Mishra

Prashant Mishra is one of the best young Tabla player of benares music tradition. When he was five he started to learn tabla with the family member of Biru Mishra of Varanasi also studying Tabla presently with Mr.Chakkan lal Mishra(Student of Great Tabla player Anokhelal Mishra.

Soon after few years of hard practice with his grandfather Pandit Shivanath mishra and uncle Deobrat mishra he was able to perform with Mishras His skills beautifully compliment and support the Mishras in their concerts

In 2004 he won first prize in Tabla competition organized by Sangeet Natak Academy Uttar Pradesh India.He received many awards for his tabla playing at many different places.

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Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Bansuri Concert - Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn - Bansuri

Samir Chatterjee - Tabla


Steve Gorn

Grammy winner, and five time Grammy nominee, Steve Gorn is creating a new idiom, a music that combines the essence of classical Indian tradition with a contemporary world music sensibility. The strength of this music arises from a virtuoso mastery, generating a vibrant fusion, alive and accessible to western ears. From Indian classical music to world music and jazz projects with Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter and others, Steve infuses great mastery with a haunting, lyrical sweetness to bring the healing breath of the sacred to our demanding contemporary lives

Steve’s first steps on this path were taken as a young jazz musician studying composition at Penn State. He noticed how John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd had begun to incorporate aspects of Indian music into their playing. He investigated modal music and listened to Bismallah Khan who played the shenai, (Indian oboe), and to Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan who were then only beginning to become known to Western audiences. Drawn by these sounds, he followed the music east and found himself in Benares, India in 1969, in a boat on the Ganges with the famous sarangi master, Gopal Misra, listening to his classical raga float out over the water in the evening light.

In Benares, Steve studied shenai with a local teacher and then traveled to Calcutta where he was invited to meet the Bengali bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami.

Returning to the U.S. he continued his study of Indian music with Pandit Raghunath Seth, and brought his elegant bansuri sound to American pop music, influencing a wide range of musicians, recording with Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Paul Winter, Jack DeJohnette, Glen Velez, and many others. Deepak Chopra, Krishna Das, Coleman Barks, Jai Uttal, Jerome Robbins, and Julie Taymor are among those who have sought out his virtuoso bamboo flute. He has composed for film, television, dance and theatre, and performed in concerts and festivals throughout the world, drawing from classical Indian, jazz and world music to create a distinctive signature sound.

His landmark world music recording, “Asian Journal,” and the unique “Wings and Shadows” have become cult favorites, and his acclaimed cd, “Luminous Ragas,” was named one of the top ten recordings of the year by Los Angeles Reader.

Describing his 1996 performance in Mumbai at the Sangeet Research Academy’s Indian Music and the West Seminar, SRA West Chairman, Arvind Parikh has said, “Steve Gorn’s concert was widely appreciated for its outstanding musicianship…. and has won him a host of admirers.” In 1998, Steve returned to India performing to enthusiastic audiences at The Nehru Center, NCPA, and the Dadar Matunga Music Circle in Mumbai.


Samir Chatterjee

amir 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 began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.

           

Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, to name only a few.

           

Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono Lenon, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Eric Friedlander, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Jin Hi Kim, Min Xiao-Fen, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.

           

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled A Study of Tabla, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two Master degrees, in English and History.

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Dhrupad Vocal Concert - Kishan Patel w/Tejas Tope on Pakawaj

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Kishan Patel - Vocal

Tejas Tope - Pakhawaj

The concert will begin with a short Pakhawaj solo by Tejas Tope


Kishan Patel

Born and raised in Portland, OR, Kishan has been learning music since he was 6 years old. He received his initial training under Portland’s Dr. Nisha Joshi, who trained him in not just Hindustani Vocal and Bhajans, but also taught him to play Tabla, Harmonium, and Sitar as well. After studying with Dr. Nisha Joshi for about 12 years, he began studying under the tutelage of his current guru, Shri Arijit Mahalanabis.

After his first year of college, Kishan took a break to pursue his passion further. He moved in with his guru, and began training in the Gurukul system. During this time, Kishan has been training to learn the intricacies of Hindustani music through the intensive training of various genres of Hindustani music – Dhrupad/Dhamar, Khayal, Thumri, and Tappa.

Under Arijitji’s guidance, Kishan has also been groomed as an accomplished accompanist on Tabla and Harmonium. He has had the fortune of accompanying some of India’s finest musicians including Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, Sandipan Samajpati, Mitali Banerjee Bhaumik, Samir Chatterjee, Satish Vyas, Arnab Chakrabarty, Ruchira Panda, Ranjani Ramachandran, and many other.

Kishan has also had the fortune of training under Gurus Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, Shri Sachin Pimple, Vidwan Poovalur Srinivasan, and Dr. Lewis Norfleet.


Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope is an aspiring young Indian percussionist, now 21 years old, who comes from Long Island New York, and is a now a senior at NYU Stern School of Business. Tejas has been learning tabla from Pt. Samir Chatterjee for 15 years. Additionally, since 2011, Tejas has been attending classes in the Summer with Ustad Zakir Hussain. At Zakirji's invitation, Tejas performed a tabla solo at the Barsi of Ustad Alla Rakha on February 3, 2018 at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai.

Tejas Tope has been learning Pakhawaj from Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma for the last 5 years. He has also had the opportunity to study with Pandit Manik Munde and Shri Pratap Awad.

At the ages of 7, 12, and 14, with the blessings of his Guru, he participated in one of USA’s highly acclaimed 5th, 10th, and 14th Annual All Night Concerts (May 2004, May 2009, May 2012) held in New York City, organized by Chhandayan (www.tabla.org). In the 2004 and 2009 events he participated in the Tablaphilia ensambles. Tejas accompanied Shri. Samarth Nagarkar on tabla at the 13th All Night Concert held in New York City, organized by Chhandayan in May 2012 and shared the stage with some of the legends in Hindustani Classical music.

Tejas received First prize in the instrumental category from 2005-2011 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 Vishwa of New Jersey in 2010 and 2012. Tejas is recipient of Chhandayan’s most 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.

In 2011, Tejas was invited to play tabla solo for the fall concert series at the Rocky Point Schools. From the sale of his CDs, he raised and donated over $500 to the Rocky Point Friends of Music. Tejas serves as a volunteer at the All Night Concerts held in NYC each year and has raised funds over $500 from the sale of his CD for Chhandayan.

At the annual Crescendo competition held in Atlanta, GA in September 2012 , Tejas won the 1st Prize in the under 15 tabla category. He also won the Mega Finals Round (shared this award with Nisha Kulkarni of Phoenix AZ) at the same competition. Recording and release of a complete CD album by Swarganga was the prize. The album has been recorded in Atlanta, GA, with blessings of Shri Chaitanya Kunte accompanying him on harmonium.

In addition to playing tabla solo in various venues in USA and abroad, Tejas has accompanied his Guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee (tabla solo), Pt. Ramesh Mishra (sarangi), Pt. Steve Gorn (flute), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Kunal Gunjal (santoor), Qais Essar (rabab), Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (santoor), Padmashree Pta. Rita Ganuli (vocal), Shakir Khan (sitar), Kedar Naphade (harmonium solo), Pta. Lalita Dantale-Kurulkar (vocal), Chaitanya Kunte (harmonium), Manoj Govindraj (vocal), Rucha Muley-Jambhekar (vocal), Paromita Das (vocal), and his sister, Priyanka Topé (vocal, www.priyankatope.com), and several other musicians over the past several years. Tejas attended 2 workshops conducted by Ud. Shahid Parvez in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 and 2013, he was invited by Phoenix Gharana and Swarganga to play tabla solo and accompany all participants in vocal and instrumental categories of all ages in their respective prestigious annual competitions. In 2013 Tejas accompanied students of Shri Manoj Govindraj at Guru Pournima held by AIM School of Music, Edison NJ, and kathak dance students of Guru Archana Joglekar at their rangamancha-pradarshan. Tejas also regularly accompanies accomplished singers in semi-classical and folk vocal and instrumental art forms, such as bhajans, ghazals, thumris, chaitis, laavnis, bhavgeets, natyasangeet, etc.

As a part of his self-study, during 2012 and 2013, he has learned several compositions published by Pt. Arvind Mulgoankar in his books, CDs, and DVDs, over 2 year of self-study he has compiled about 1-hour solo using the traditional format of tabla solo, and has recorded it his new album Space Within Beats.

With blessings of Pt. Ramesh Mishra accompanying him on Sarangi, during the summer of 2013, Tejas recorded 2 tabla and pakhawaj solo albums entitled Inner Rhythm and Space Within Beats. He has also recorded a self-composed 10.5-matra taal which he has named “Ardhadhik Dashanan” (half plus 10-headed Ravana). Tejas accompanied Shri Manoj Govindraj in album entitled Swar-Ras (classical vocal), and Baad-E-Naubahaar (Ghazals). He also accompanied Smt. Rucha Muley Jambhekar in album entitled Bhav-Rang.

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Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Santoor and Vocal Concert - Deepal Chodhari/Andrew Shantz

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1st Set
Andrew Shantz - Vocal
Suryaksha Deshpande - Tabla

2nd Set
Deepal Chodhari - Santoor
Suryaksha Deshpande - Tabla

Tickets at the door: $25 (Regular Admission) & $20 (Student with photo ID).
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 www.100strings.com to learn more about her.


Suryaksha Deshpande

Suryaksha Deshpande started showing early signs of musical acumen right from his childhood and was fortunate enough to receive tremendous encouragement from his parents who share intellectual & musical background as well as keen interest in artistic endeavors, thus started his tuneful journey that spans 25 years of rigorous Tabla training, from a curious student to a passionate professional.

He became an integral part of rich tradition and precious legacy of Farukhabad Gharana through training and valuable guidance from Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar a respected scholar and senior disciple of the highly revered and legendary Ustad Amir Hussian Khan Saheb. Precise training and meticulous efforts started bearing fruits of success with outstanding achievements in numerous and prestigious Tabla competitions held across the states. Defying the expectation of academic accomplishments Suryaksha secured First Rank with Masters in Tabla surpassing all the students across India. The graph of progress kept climbing with him being awarded the Prestigious National Scholarship and Fellowship for Junior Artiste from Dep. of Culture; Govt. Of India.

The next step was to prove his professional prowess across both genres of Tabla that is Solo and Accompaniments. Suryaksha soon became a well-known artiste and one of the favorite accompanists among the senior artists. He went on to deliver fabulous performances with veterans of Indian Classical Music Vocalists & Instrumentalist such as Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam, Padmashree Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar,Smt. Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Pt. Satish Vyas & Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande to name a few.

Through research and experimentation, Suryaksha has developed a unique style with fine blend of Traditional Language oriented Tabla of Farukhabad Gharana & expansion process of Delhi Gharana interspersed with influence of Laghu. Observant, subtle for balanced accompaniment to instrumental as well as vocal music can be counted amongst his specialties.

Suryaksha's voyage from being a devoted student to dedicated artiste inspired him to impart the knowledge of his art Tabla to diligent students paved the way in for his latest venture Anubhooti School of Indian Classical Music at New Jersey, United States.

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Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Holi Concert - Debut Sarangi Performance by Rohan Misra

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Sarangi - Rohan Misra

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee


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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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Sitar / Tabla Concert Rishab Sharma, Sameer Gupta, Ehren Hanson, Rohan Misra

1st Set - Tabla Duet
Sameer Gupta - Tabla
Ehren Hanson - Tabla
Rohan Misra - Sarangi

2nd Set - Sitar Performance
Rishab Sharma - Sitar
Ehren Hanson - Tabla
Sameer Gupta - Tabla

Pre-purchased ticket sales are no longer available. However, you may purchase tickets at the door, they are $25 for regular tickets and $20 for student tickets.
Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Rishab Sharma

Rishab Sharma, born on September 17th 1998, is the fourth generation of the renowned 

Rikhi  Ram family of luthiers s?tarted playing the Sitar at the age of 10. Rishab's father, master  luthier  Sanjay  Sharma  (Rikhi  Ram),  was  his  first  Guru.  After  showing  great commitment to his instrument Rishab was introduced first time on stage in the year 2011  by  his  father.  Impressed  by  his  performance  Sitar  Maestro  Pt.  Ravi  Shankar, blessed  him  by  taking  him  under  his  guidance,  Rishab  became  Raviji’s  youngest disciple. After Pt. Ravi Shankar’s unfortunate demise, Rishab continued his Sitar training under Pt. Parimal Sadaphal, who is one of the most senior disciples of Pt. Ravi Shankar. Rishab  has  learned  from  great  maestros  such  as  Ustad  Amjad  Ali  Khan,  Ustad  Rais Khan, Pt. Arun Bharatram and more. Rishab incorporates modern music elements into his classical training. 

Rishab has also appeared on major TV shows and TV channels such as ‘Entertainment 

Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’, ‘Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz’, NDTV, Aaj Tak, DoorDarshan India and many more.


Sameer Gupta

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. He completed his Jazz studies and began his Indian Classical learning from his peers and on stage in San Francisco and Oakland as well as now Harlem and Brooklyn. His own interests and love of tabla brought him up through several local tabla teachers in Delhi and San Rafael, ultimately to the great maestro Pt Anindo Chatterjee, of whom he is now a dedicated disciple.

Today he lives in Brooklyn, NYC and is actively involved in performing, curating, producing and teaching through various institutions including Brooklyn Raga Massive, Ragas Live Festival, Outside (In)dia and much more.

Gupta continues to build his career by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage, and has already established himself as an original musical voice in music today. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, and European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla. Gupta continues to compose and perform music from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents.


Ehren Hanson

Ehren Hanson is professional NYC based Tabla player, director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla, and the CEO and founder of Viewcy.com. He began learning tabla at age 15 under Misha Masud in New York City. In 2000, he became a disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Ehren went on to teach rhythm as an assistant professor at Bard College in 2002, and in 2005 he received the Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has accompanied great musicians including Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri and Steve Gorn. Ehren is the director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla in Brooklyn, NY, and is an active performer and teacher.


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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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Harmonium and Vocal Concert - Rohan Prabhudesai/Rahul Thandla

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1st Set - Harmonium Solo:
Harmonium - Rohan Prabhudesai
Tabla - Sarangdev Vaidya
2nd Set - Hindustani Vocal:
Vocal - Rahul Thandla
Harmonium - Rohan Prabhudesai
Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee


Rahul Thandla

Rahul Thandla is a promising young vocalist who has been training under Mrs. Mamta Bhargava in the Agra Gharana style from the tender age of 4 years. Over the past seven years, he has trained under Pandit Nagaraj Rao Havaldar of Bangalore, India to learn the nuances of the Kirana Gharana style. After his first solo concert ten years ago, Rahul has performed several times in Buffalo, Rochester, the U.K., and India. His first professional CD album was recorded and released in July 2014. As a result of his steady commitment throughout his high school, college, and medical school years, Rahul has made a mark in the field of Hindustani classical music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Western Music (Vocal Performance) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Geneseo. He is currently in his last year of medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Although he will be starting residency training in anesthesiology this upcoming July, Rahul intends to pursue Hindustani classical music to the fullest extent possible.


Rohan Prabhudesai

Rohan has been actively studying music for the past 18 years. He began his training in Indian Hindustani classical music on the harmonium on one of his trips to India at the Goa Kala Academy. Later, he continued this musical pursuit under the guidance of Dr. Kedar Naphade, a senior disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar. At the same time he started learning harmonium, he studied classical piano with Mr. Edwin Lopez, the concert master and conductor of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian church music program. He has studied classical contemporary composition at NYU Steinhardt and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.


Sarangdev Vaidya

Sarangdev Vaidya started playing Tabla naturally when he was 4 years old. He received early training from his father Mahesh Vaidya, a great Vocalist and Tabla player. At the age of twelve he started learning from Pandit K. Paramjyoti, a prominent student of Ustad Amir Hussain Khansaheb. For the past 5 years he has been learning from Shri Suryaksha Deshpande, a foremost student of the late Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar. He currently attends Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is pursuing a career in ophthalmology.


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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Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Kinnar Seen

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Sitar - Kinnar Seen
Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

This concert will be streamed live.


Kinnar Seen

Kinaar Kumar Seen is the eldest son of the well-known musical authority Ustad Lachhman Singh Seen of the Punjab Gharana. He started learning music from his father at an early age in the traditional style of Punjab Gharana. Kinaar completed a Master’s degree in music with a Sitar major and was awarded gold medals for his proficiencies in Sangeet Visharad examinations in both tabla and vocal music.

Kinaar Seen gave his first solo performance at the age of fourteen. Since then he has been performing in major music festivals all over the world including the famous Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan in India in 1979 and 1980. He has had numerous performances all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Kinaarji has performed at the Festival of Asila in Morocco by invitation from the governor and represented India in Jamaica and Trinidad, being invited by the governors of those countries as well. He performed for the Virasat foundation in Canada and was honored with the Award of Indian Classical Music for 2002. Kinaar Seen played with the Beatles Magical Orchestra in 2005 conducted by David Amram and performed at the residence of John Lennon on his request. Princeton University produced an album with Kinaar Seen under the name of John Lippicote & Friends. He also scored music for Peter Seal’s album Type O Negative. His performance at the Festival of Sacred Music in New York along with Samir Chatterjee has been recorded and is awaiting release.

Kinaar Seen has given numerous lectures and demonstrations at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton University, Brown University, State University of New York in Stony Brook and the Julliard School of Music.

He is recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions in India and abroad. Famous painter S. Sobba Singh honored him at Guru Nanak Dev university of Amritsar for his artistry. He has been reviewed and featured in New York Newsday, India Tribune, The Times Herald and many other newspapers. Most notably, The New York Times named him as “a leading artist of India”.

Kinaar Seen opened a branch of Sangeet Vilas, Kinaar School of Music with his wife Payal, an expert vocalist, in 1986. As a family, they collectively pass on their knowledge to many students in the Metropolitan-New York and Tri-state areas in a traditional Guru-shishya form.


Samir Chatterjee

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

Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.

Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, to name only a few.            

Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono Lenon, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Eric Friedlander, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Jin Hi Kim, Min Xiao-Fen, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled A Study of Tabla, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two Master degrees, in English and History.

Since June 2008 Samir started working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time was able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Sunshine Award, Jadu Bhatta Award and Acharya Varistha Award.

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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


Xander Naylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
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

Tejas Tope

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


Shankhadip Chakraborty

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


Todd Miller

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

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



Rohan Misra

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

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

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

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Dewali Celebration

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Chhandayan Dewali Celebration - Social Event with Food and Music


Our celebration will feature a musical presentations:

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

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

Also featuring a Vocal Performance by Aratrika Dey

Aratrika Dey

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

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Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sitar Concert - Kalyanjit Das

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Sitar - Kalyanjit Das

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee


Kalyanjit Das

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt.Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother  Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt.Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt.Shankar Ghosh.

Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include:
• 'Sitar Festival' at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (London)
• RKM, Golpark (Kolkata)
• Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust (Kolkata)
• The Nehru Centre (London)
• Kalashree Music Circle (Kolkata)
• Sangeet Piyasi (Kolkata)
• Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle (Kolkata)
• Shrutinandan (Kolkata)
• Live In India (Kolkata)
• ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre (Agartala)
• Moore Avenue Music Conference (Kolkata)
• NCBS (Bengaluru)
• Raga Tapasya Festival (Pondicherry)
• Raga Spirit Festival (Los Angeles)
• SAPTHAK (Bengaluru)
• Sangeet Ashram (Kolkata)
• MERU (Seelisberg, Switzerland)

Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt.Swapan Choudhury, Pt.Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee,  Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC...A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.

Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honoured the "Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award" by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.

He is a "B-High" musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan.

He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012.

In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.


Samir Chatterjee

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

Chatterjee began his studies early with Pt. Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
          
Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television of India. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Nasiruddin Saami, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pta. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.
          
Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
          
Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for four decades and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founding President Chhandayan, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’, a guidebook to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’ and ‘Those Forty Days’, a journal of an austere practice regimen he undertook during the summer of 2016. He is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.

Since June, 2008 Samir has been working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He has made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time he has been able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Sunshine Award, Jadu Bhatta Award and Acharya Varistha Award.
 

 

 

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal and Violin Concert

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


Mandakini Swain

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

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

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

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


Pallab Bandyopadhyay

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

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

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

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

He has toured in Europe and throughout the Indian subcontinent.


Amod Dandawate

Amod Dandawate has been primarily trained in the Farrukhabad style of Tabla playing. He was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India, and later migrated to the USA. He was initiated into Tabla by his father Dr. Vasantrao Dandawate, a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. He started playing Tabla at a very young age but seriously pursued the art form only after completing his Bachelors degree in Engineering. At that point, he received initial guidance and encouragement from Shafaat Khan while performing as an accompanist and then spent some time taking lessons from Ustad Zakir Hussain. Having settled in New Jersey he has been receiving advanced training, since 2001, as a disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee, a well known Maestro of the Farrukhabad gharana.

Besides performing solo Tabla, Amod has accompanied several eminent artists and keeps a busy performance schedule. Amod also hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.


Amit Chatterjee

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

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

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Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Bansuri Concert - Steve Gorn

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Bansuri - Steve Gorn

Tabla - Miles Shrewsbery


Steve Gorn

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

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


Miles Shrewsbery

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

 

 

 

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Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Remembering Ustad Vilayat Khan

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Sitar - Hidayat Khan

Tabla - Monir Hossain

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

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


Hidayat Khan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following are few of his live performances:

Classical

1)  Hidayat Khan live in concert: Raag Shahana

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

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

4)  Live at Meteropolitan Museum, NYC


Jazz/Fusion

1)  Sitar in the hills of Darjeeling with Hidayat Khan

2)   Sitar Blues with Hidayat Khan

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

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


Monir Hossain

Monir has established himself as a dynamic tabla performer both as a solo and as an able accompanist with numerous prestigious performances to his credit.

He was born in a musical family, son of ustad Hafiz Hossain and grandson of late Ustad Kader Bux of Murshidabad, West Bengal. He is a senior disciple of Tabla Maestro Pandit Samar Saha.  

Some of his notable performances are with Sarod Maestro Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Legendary (Late) Ustad Villayet Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Lakshmi Shankar, Ustad Fateh Ali khan, Pandit Rajiv Taranath, recently with sitar Maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez and numerous other musicians.

Some of the major venues include the Simthsonian Institution, Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM), Toronto Public Library, Colombia University, University of Alabama, Statson University, University of Maryland (UMBC) and numerous other prestigious venues.   Monir also performed tabla solo in Berhampore, West Bengal, India on the occasion of his Grandfather (Late) Ustad Kader Buksh's birthday. Some of the noteworthy vocal performers from Pakistan and Bangladesh that he has performed with include Pakistan's Pop sensation Alamgir,  Shahanaj Rahmatullah, Sabiha Mahboob and Fatema Tuz-zuhrah among many others. 

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Aug
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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