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Music Festicval of India – A Medley of Instrumental & Vocal Recitals
This concert is in part sponsored by Texas Instruments, Inc.

Saturday, October 03, 2015
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
Pt. Debojyoti Bose   Sarod
Arshad Ali Khan   Vocals
Pt. Abhijeet Banerjee   Tabla
Uday Kulkarni   Harmonium
Harshad Kanetkar   Tabla
  

Pandit Debojyoti Bose naturally inherits an unstrained musical acumen, for he was born in a family of passionate musicians,on the 20TH day of December 1962 at Kolkata. He is the fourth generation musician in the Bose family. His great grandfather Sri Akshay Kumar Bose, a jaminder of Pankobil in Jessore, now in Bangladesh, had a great passion for tabla which was passed on to the generations that followed. That is how he is a born tabla player. His father Pandit Biswanath Bose a tabla legend of Benaras gharana, a disciple of Pandit Kanthe Maharaj and his mother Smt. Bharati Bose a keen Sitar player and a disciple of Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, sowed the seed of music in him by imparting the early lessons. Debojyoti achieved so many awards, some of which are - Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan scholarship(1981)from SBKK, Delhi, KalkeKalakar (BHU,Varanasi,1984),felicitated by Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata,1989),Anandalok Award by ABP (1999),felicitated by Vishwabharati University (Shantiniketan 2000),Citizen of Honor from Brown University(2002). Visited Indonesia as an Indian delegate in 2002.Visited Russia,China & Mongolia as a state guest in 2009.Invited to perform in Salon de Virtuoso (New York).Selected as jurist in Tele Samman in 2007. Worked with Mazdidik Nini Thowo a legendery dancer of Indonesia performed with Renowned Chinas Musician. Debojyoti has performed in all major festivals in India including The Dover Lane Music Conference (Kolkata),Saptak (Ahmedabad),Harballav Festival (Jallundher),Sarod Festival (Delhi),Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior), SangeetSabha (Pune), Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh & Dhrupad Mela (Varanasi), SangeetNatak Academy Concert (Chennai & Hyderabad), Parampara Concert ICCR (Delhi),ITC Sangeet Sammelan, etc.. He has also toured extensively abroad including USA, Russia, Indonesia, UK, Bandladesh, Australia, etc.

Arshad Ali is one of the few prodigies to live up to their initial promise. Arshad, the grandson of the legendary sarangi maestro Late Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan, was absorbed into the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, as a scholar at the age of six. Born in the family of the principal Kirana Gharana musicians, he received extensive talim from his maternal uncles, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan in the true guru-shishya parampara system of training. Today, Arshad is one of the few contemporary singers of the Kirana Gharana to have assimilated the essence of the meer-khand vistar or development, typical to the gharana. As a child, he became one of the most celebrated “Little Ustad” of India. In the year 1993, at the age of nine, he was described as “the biggest sensation of Sawai Gandharva Sammelan” following his performance on a special invitation from Bharat-Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi on the occasion of his 75th birthday celebrations. With the judicious usage of the distinctive style of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan, Arshad Ali Khan is emerging as the leading vocalist of Kirana Gharana worldwide. Today his performances across continents of Europe, Asia and Africa are hailed with credit of offering a sound, polished and individualistic voice which is capable of reaching a wide spectrum of audience starting with a teenager to that of a nonagenarian.

Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Pandit Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer. Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him. He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh. Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad. Abhijit has toured extensively in USA, Canada, U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, South East Asia and Mexico as well as performing in all of the major classical music festivals in India. International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany, Paleis in Brussels, Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris,BBC whole night music series. Souht Bank, London. In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu, Jon Santos, Keny Endo and many other. Abhijit founded & established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles and KOlkata attracting talented students from around the world.

Based in Pune, Uday Kulkarni worked as a maintenance engineer for twenty-one years, but took up voluntary retirement from the post of senior engineer in 2001 in order to dedicate his life for music. His musical qualifications include Sangeet Visharad from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He started learning harmonium from his father Govind Kulkarni, and later, learnt classical vocal music from Dr. Bharati Vaishampayan from Kolhapur and Dr. Ravindra Ghangurde from Pune. He is a graded harmonium player on Akashvani (AIR). He has accompanied many renowned artists.

Harshad Kanetkar began his initial training in Tabla at the age of five with Shri Mukhade. For the past twelve years he has had intensive training under Shri Palsule and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Harshad is one of the few Tabla players of his generation who has equally adept and versatile in the art of accompanying vocal, instrumental and dance. He has accompanied many leading artists like Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Shahid Parvez,Veena Sahastrabuddhe,Shama Bhate (Kathak), Aarti Tikekar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande etc.in prestigious music conferences all over India. He has also traveled and performed extensively in U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East. His recordings include solo works and fusion of musical traditions of the East and West. Harshad has received many accolades and honors including the National Scholarship from the Government of India. He also was a visiting faculty at the Pandit Jasraj Music Academy in the U.S. Currently he is on the faculty at the University of Pune.


Hindustani Vocal Recital - Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, November 07, 2015
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
Pt. Sarathi Chaterjee   Vocals
Sumit Mishra   Harmonium
Pt. Ashis Sengupta   Tabla
  
  
  

Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee is one of the foremost Hindustani Classical vocalists in India. Born in a musical family, Sarathi received his initial training from his father, Prof. Arun Kumar Chatterjee, a highly respected and accomplished representative of the Kirana Gharana, and from his mother Smt Shefali Chatterjee. Even as his early spark of talent matured into musical sophistication, artistry and virtuosity, Pandit Sarathi has continued his musical “sadhana” under the guidance of the celebrated vocalists Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra of the Benaras Gharana. Thus, Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee’s music now blends the elements of Benares Gharana into the Kirana Gharana “gayaki” of his original training. Sarathi’s performances are characterized by a powerful and melodious voice, depth of expression, purity of tone, the systematic development of Vistaar, the highly complex yet well structured “sargams”, and sizzling “taans” which develop and portray the emotional content of his chosen raga. Apart from Khayal Gayaki, Sarathi is also an accomplished performer of romantic musical styles such as Thumri and of devotional music such as Bhajans. An “A-top” Grade artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan & ‘Outstanding’ category musician in ICCR panel Sarathi has been awarded a junior fellowship by the Ministry Of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India for research on 'Different Styles of Thumri' in 1998. Pandit Sarathi had his A.I.R National prog of music in 1998 & 2011, National Prog of music at Doordarshan in 2004 & Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan during 2008.Apart from his musical accomplishments, Sarathi also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rubber and Plastic Technology from Calcutta University.

Sumit Mishra belongs to a Family of Banaras Gharana. He started his learning process from his Father Pt. Sohan Lal Mishra & his uncle Pt. Mohan Lal Mishra. The great Tabla Maestro Pt. Bundi Maharaj is his great Grandfather & his grandfather Pt. Damodar Mishra who did the same in vocal music with his superb voice & exellent persentation of Ragas. A commerce Graduate from St. xavier’s College, Kolkata, He won Several awards in many cultural fests. The big Break in his career as a Harmonium player was when he got a chance of accompanying with Padmabhusan Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra he had been performing as harmonium-accompanist with established artist like Padambhusan Vidushi Girija Devi, Pandit Mohan lal Mishra, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Pandit Ulhas kasalkarji, Pandit Kaivalya Kumar, Smt. Savita Devi, Late Smt. Purnima Chaudhury, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari. He has performed at various festivals including Sankat Mochan Festival, Saptak Festival, Gunidas Festival, Malhar Festival, Dover Lane Festival, Ganga Mahotsav, Taj Mahotsav, Hari Das Sangeet Sammelan, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Bundi Maharaj Sangeet Festival, Gritma Sangeet Festival, Nadam Festival, Rasipa Festival, Sangeetam Festival, Shivratri Mahotsav, ICCR Festival etc. He has also started learning Sarangi which has the feature of radiating a hundred colors of music under the tutelage of Pt. Basant Mishra (Disciple of Sarangi Maestro Pt. Gopal Mishra) Now he is under training of Padma Vibhushan Pt. Ramnarayan.

Pandit Ashis Sengupta is a versatile percussionist of the Banaras gharana. He received his initial training from his father Shri Ranjit Kumar Sengupta and was later groomed by Pandit Nanku Maharaj, Pandit Mahapurush Mishra and Pandit Krishna Kumar Ganguly. Pt. Sengupta has innovated to the various rhythmic compositions learnt from his Gurus and is also blessed with a lot of traditional compositions, Stotras and varieties of Gats from the great Gurus. Both as a soloist and an accompanist to widely varied music styles and performers, he is also an established western drummer to his credit. Apart from playing Tabla, he has composed Bhajans and music arrangements for light music compositions recorded by many reputed audio-video companies. Most recently, he has written a book on Tabla named "Facets of Tabla Playing", published by Kanishka Publishers, New Delhi. He has traveled extensively all over the globe for his performances and lecture-demonstration on Tabla playing under the aegis of numerous organizations. At present he is a member of the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi. Pandit Ashis has established Music Academy in USA and India, where he promotes Indian music & culture and also organizes concerts tour throughout the world in twice a year.


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