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The Art Stage 2020
A novel program featuring a medley of performances by performing and amateur ICMC member musicians

Saturday, March 28, 2020
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: Free
Student: Free
  
  
  
  
  
  

ICMC presents its annual event presenting a medley of several short vocal, instrumental and dance performances, by students and amateur musicians of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This event is free to general public. The primary reasons for this concert are to bring awareness about Indian classical music in the community and also to stage upcoming talent. Since its inception in 1983, ICMC has built the most comprehensive concert series and is regarded as the premier producer of Indian classical music and dance in Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding area, by consistently presenting more than seven culturally diverse concerts a year for the sole benefit of its members and the general public. ICMC's mission is to entertain, to interest, to educate, to train and to provide spiritual nourishment to its members and the general public, and to significantly contribute to the multiethnic heritage and the cultural vitality of the city, through its concerts. ICMC members – who are interested in performing at this event should send email to president@icmcdfw.org. Participants must have full year 2020 ICMC memberships. Group performances will be given higher priority in the selection process.


Sitar Recital – Soulful Strings

Saturday, April 18, 2020
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
Abhisek Mallick   Sitar
Subrata Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Abhisek Mallick stepped into the domain of sitar when he was seven. Under the strict tutelage of his guru, Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay, who is the disciple of the Late Ustad Md. Dabir Khan (the Last descendant of Mian Tansen) as well as the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has also been fortunate enough to have received taalim from the doyen of Vishnupur Gharana, Pt. Manilal Nag. He gave his first public performance at the young age of eight and has been a regular artiste of All India Radio since he was ten. Abhisek has proved his musical acumen by receiving the prestigious “President’s Award” from the Government of India, after achieving the first position in All India Radio (Hindustani Classical Instrumental) Music Competition in Sitar in 2003. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India, has conferred upon him the senior National Scholarship for 2003, in the field of Hindustani Classical Music (Instrumental). His musical career is etched with numerous other awards – the “ ITC Sangeet Research Academy Award”2003, “Rajya Sangeet AcademyAward”, “Pandit Ravi Kichloo Award”, “Saltlake Cultural Association Award” , being some of them. His musical recitals have been widely acclaimed by critics and he has bagged numerous press reviews from notable dailies and magazines. Abhisek is an A-Grade artist of All India Radio, Doordarshan and other media channels. He has been touring extensively across the globe on account of his concerts, which include Chhandayan All night Concert 2010, New York City, Academy of Performing Arts, 2010, Rutgers University, Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Bishwa Banga Sammelan 2010/2018, Atlantic City, Salt Lake Music Festival,2011, and Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra in the years 2009/2011/2014/2019 among others. He has collaborated with world-renowned jazz and classical guitarist Fareed Haque at Boston Guitar Fest 2010, Utah Arts Festival 2010 and Marquette Waterfront Festival 2011. Abhisek has also composed music for and performed live at Farley P. Richmond’s theatrical production of “Mrichhakatikam” at South Asian Theatre Festival 2010, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Abhisek is a regular member of the world famous fusion band Rhythmscape by Pt. Bickram Ghosh and has collaborated with him in playing a number of scores in Tollywood and Bollywood productions and albums, notable among which are the movie JAAL (which got the Oscar long list nomination), “The Vayuputras”,--- the Original Sound Track of “Immortals of Meluha”, “MAYA”. He has been a featured artiste in Pt Subhen Chatterjee’s world music project “Bandish Fusion”. He had the rare opportunity to perform with Ustad Fazal Quereshi on the 99th Birth Anniversary of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan Saheb. He added another significant feather to his cap by performing as well as conducting workshop at Cape Town Jazz Fest 2019, one of the biggest Jazz Festivals in the world, as part of Bickram Ghosh Quartet. He has been invited to perform in Zee Saregamapa as a Guest Artist on special occasions.

Subrata Bhattacharya is one of the leading tabla players in India today. He has received his taalim under Shri Tamal Krishna Chatterjee, Shri Nripen Karmakar and Shri Tapan Kr. Banerjee before he was finally accepted as a pupil of tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh, all of whom honed his talent to the level of refinement now witnessed by audiences everywhere. He has since proved himself a worthy exponent of the Farukhabad Gharana. Recognition of his talent has come in the form of such awards as the Sangeet Prabhankar and the Gold Medal and the Saangeet Praveen from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahadad, and Sangeet Bhushan from the Bhatkhande College, Lucknow. Renowned artists whom he has accompanied in the past few years are Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Dr.N.Rajam, Pt. Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Ud Shahid Parvez Khan, Ud Ali Ahmed Hussain, Chitraveena Ravikiran, Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury, etc. He is a visiting professor at the University of Urbana Champaign,IL. The next milestone of his creativity and innovation is "Naad- The Everlasting Sound", a group he has formed to experiment with fusion music. It seems the next inevitable step in Subrata's career as a mingling and merging of eastern, middle eastern and western styles of music is the trend among makers and lovers of music these days. He is been a part of the Chicago based Indo -Jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since its inception.


Hindustani Vocal Recital – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, May 16, 2020
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. Bhuvanesh Komkali   Vocals
Abhishek Shinkar   Harmonium
Sanjay Deshpande   Tabla
  
  
  

Pandit Bhuvanesh Komkali - Born into a rich legacy of music, Pt. Bhuvanesh Mukul Komkali was destined to be a singer. Surrounded by the sound of an incomparable vocalist tradition since conception, Bhuvanesh grew up with the rhythms and shifting weight of original compositions imbuing hi senses. Even if he cared not to listen, the pulse could not be ignored because it was in his blood. Grandson of Pandit Kumar Gandharva, son of Mukul Shivputra, Bhuvanesh’s musical journey began, unbeknownst to him, in infancy. Bhuvanesh’s earliest memories are filled with the sounds of early morning practice, performances and recordings. His musical quest continues today under the tutelage of Smt. Vasundhara Komkali and Shri Madhup Mudgal. Analytical environment and meditating over the different aspects of classical music boosted energy to bloom and glow his artistic personality. By following the values and philosophy established by Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Bhuvanesh proves his commitment and persistence for music through his singing. Bhuvanesh has composed music for Hindi feature film ‘Devi Ahilya’. Bhuvanesh has performed successfully in almost all over India in reputed music festivals and has been highly appreciated by the well versed audience. He has been awarded with scholarship by cultural department of Government of India. In the year 2009 he was awarded by and Shanmukhanand Shiromani Award & Mallikarjun Mansur yuva puraskaar by Govt. of Karnataka in 2010 and Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2012 He is a regular performer for All India Radio. He was sent by Govt of India to perform in Mauritius and Nepal. He has performed in USA and Canada in 2015.

Abhishek Shinkar comes from the family of music lovers and connoisseurs. He took primary lessons of music from Shankar Mahajan for 8 years. Later he carried his training for vocal and harmonium under the guidance of Pt. Nathrao Neralkar at Aurangabad for next 5 years under Gurushishya Parampara. Post that, he has been taking formal lessons for harmonium under the tutelage of Pt. Pramod Marathe at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Pune under Gurushishya Parampara for the past 5 years, which still continues. He is also fortunate to receive guidance from Taalyogi Pt. Sureshji Talwalkar. He has accompanied various artist of great repertoire at many prestigious concerts, Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Pt. Nathrao Neralkar, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Vijay Ghate, Pt. Ramdas Palsule, Vidushi Kalapini Komkali, Pandita Padma Talwalkar, Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar, Pt Bhuvanesh Komkali, Pt. Supreet Deshpande, Smt. Manjusha Patil Kulkarni, Smt. Devaki Pandit to name a few. He had also performed solo concerts at various occasions, at NCPA Mumbai, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Pune to name a few. Apart from this he has done his Masters of Arts in harmonium and is also a visharad in harmonium and vocal. He also has many awards and recognition to his name out of which few are: Pt Vishnu Digamber Paluskar Scholarship, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune ,Secured first position in National Youth festival for Harmonium , Pt. D.V. Paluskar Award, Sharda Sangeet Vidyalaya, Mumbai and the prestigious Scholarship from Ministry of Culture, India.

Sanjay Deshpande was introduced to the art of playing Tabla under Late Pt. Sabade at Pune Bharat Gayan Samaj. Later he took Taleem (lessons) from the renowned Tabla player Pt. Suresh Talwalkar of Delhi-Farookabad Gharana, in a Guru Shishya Parampara . He also had the privilege of understanding the beauty of Punjab Gharana under the guidance of world renowned Tabla maestro Ustad. Alla Rakha Khan Saheb. At present he is taking guidance from Shri. Yogesh Samsi and Pt. Vivek Joshi. Sanjay is recipient of the coveted “Ahmedjaan Thirakwaa Scholarship” for Solo Performance. He has accompanied renowned artists like Smt. Vasundhara Komkali, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Smt. Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande , Smt. Veena Sahastrabudhe and many such great artists. He has performed in major conferences such as Sawai Gandharwa Music Festival Pune, Paluskar Smarak Conference, Shankarlal Samaroha in New Delhi, I.T.C. Sangeet Sammelan . Doverlane Conference, Kolkata. Sanjay has performed abroad in Countries like USA, UK, UAE, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Russia, Holland, Qatar, Sri Lanka, South Korea etc. He has also participated in the “World Vocal Festival” in Sweden. He is empaneled as GURU at the Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune. His fusion album “Wind From Ayuta” with Korean musicians won the Best album award of the year - 2002 in South Korea.


Hindustani Vocal Recital – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, June 06, 2020
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. Kumar Mardur   Vocals
Ashique Kumar   Harmonium
Pt. Ashis Sengupta   Tabla
  
  
  

Hailing from the rich traditions of Dharwad, Pandit Kumar Mardur has had his training from his father Pandit Somanath Mardur, a renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist of Kirana Gharana and a senior disciple of the late Padmabhushan Dr. Basavaraj Rajguru. Endowed with a melodious voice, he is known for pure and aesthetic presentation of ragas, crystal clear taan patterns and command over laya. Kumar has completed his Master’s Degree in Music from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He has received several scholarships and is performing all over the country enthralling audiences. Since 2011, he is working as a teaching faculty at ITC-SRA, Kolkata. He is an ‘A’ grade artist of Akashwani and Doordarshan, Kumar has had numerous performances across the length and breadth of the country, including the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Saptak, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Bengal Sangeet Sammelan, etc. He has completed successful concert tours in the USA in 2008 and 2014. The many accolades that have come Kumar’s way include the Padmavibhushan Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur Yuva Puraskar from Dr.Mallikarjun Mansur Memorial National Trust, Dharwad in 2010, Dr.Vasantrao Deshpande Memorial Yuva Kalakar Puraskar 2007 from by Dr.Vasantrao Deshpande Memorial Foundation, Pune; the Vidyasagar Award 2006 from Music Forum, Mumbai; Yuva Gayak Puraskar from Gandharva Mahavidyalay, Pune and 1st prize at several student and youth festivals and competitions. Kumar has a number of CDs and recordings published by leading audio companies. Along with being an ace performer, Kumar is a dotting Guru propagating his art among his students.

Ashique Kumar is a young Classical/Semi classical Vocalist of Gwalior Gharana. He is a disciple of Pt Laxmankrishnarao Pandit. Ashique Kumar started his musical journey at the age of 8. He got his initial training from his uncle Shree Ajay Upadhyay. For further training he took the guidance of from Shree Devchand Pathak who is a renowned table player of Bihar. Later he went to Shree Saroj Das. In year 2007 he was very fortunate to get a chance to perform in the presence of our former president Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil in National Youth Festival, Bodhgaya, Bihar. He also won 2nd prize in that festival for singing. After completion of Graduation from Patna Science College, Ashique Kumar came to Delhi for further study and Taleem of music. Here he started learning vocal music under Guru Shishya Parampara from Pt Laxmankrishnarao Pandit of Gwalior Gharana. For that he also got fellowship from NCPA, Mumbai. Along with his training he also completed his M.A. from Ramjas College. He did his M.Phil. in music from University of Delhi. He has performed in many festivals of National and International level. He has also composed and orchestrated music for many plays with different theatre directors of India. .In year 2018 Ashique Kumar had his first International Tour (ICCR Tour). He has also performed in many programs in Doordarshan Patna and New Delhi. In the year 2015 Ashique kumar has been awarded ‘YUVA PRATIBHA SAMMAN-2015’ for his contribution in Indian Classical Music by Mohan Upreti Lok Sanskriti Kala Abam Vigyan Shodh Samiti, Nainitaal (Uttarakhand). Ashique Kumar received ‘KALASHREE SAMMAN 2019’ by ‘KALA MANDALI’ DELHI. Presently he is pursuing his PhD from University of Delhi. Ashique kumar is also taking guidance of Harmonium along with his vocal music.

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. Apart from his extensive global tour, he has participated India festival in Moscow, Germany, France, Holland UK, USA and Canada. He has accompanied some of the very distinguished Hindustani musicians of today as well as of the past like Pt. Nivrutti Bua Sarnaik, Pt. Mallikarjun Mansoor, Smt. Gangubai Hangal, Smt. Sunanda Pattanayak, Pandit Manilal Nag, Vidushi. Girija Devi, Pt. L. K. Pandit, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra, Vidushi Arti Anklekar, Pt. Gokulotsav Maharaj, Ud Rashid Khan, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Vinayak Torvi, Pt. Ronu Majumder, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Kaivalya Kumar, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt. Shantanu Bhattacharyya and Pt Jayateerth Mevundi to name a few. 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.


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