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Sarod Jugalbandi - Footsteps

Saturday, May 06, 2017
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar   Sarod
Indrayuddh Majumdar   Sarod
Gourisankar Karmaker   Tabla
  
  
  

Indian Sarode Maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar is one of the most popular Indian Classical Maestros touring across the globe. One of the best known students of Sarode Legends Swara Samrat Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Bahadur Khan, Tejendra had first set foot on the soil of USA almost three decades ago for his first ever US Concert Tour. He did not have to look back since then. He has come to USA for numerous times every year for his Solo Concerts, Duets, Collaborative Projects, Workshops and Classes. Being awarded the President’s Gold Medal (for winning All India Radio Competition in his teens), Sangeet Mahasamman (the Highest Civilian Honor in the field of Music in the state of West Bengal), Banga Bhushan (the Second Highest Civilian Honor in the state of West Bengal), Tejendra is undoubtedly one of the best Sarode maestros of our times. One of his arranged albums was shortlisted for the Grammy Awards in 2010. For the FIRST TIME EVER, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar would be touring USA with his Son, Indrayuddh in SPRING 2017. They would be presenting scintillating duet performances reverberating the exquisite feel of Indian Classical Music reflected through the Guru-Shishya Parampara.

Indrayuddh Majumder, the son of Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, has been learning Sarode from his father since he was five years old. He has also been learning from his mother, Vidushi Manasi Majumder, who is a renowned Indian Classical Vocalist. He 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. He concentrates on maintaining the purity of Indian Classical Music coupled with his smart presentation in his concerts. He had also the privilege to perform in front of Dr. Manmohan Singh (the former Prime Minister of India). An MBA in Marketing, Indrayuddh is also the Co-Founder and CEO of a booming Indian startup, ShowVelvet, which serves as an interactive platform for Artists and Fans all over the world.


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


Saturday, April 22, 2017
2:00:00 PM
Venue: Next Gen Theater, Legacy Church
4501 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024


  
  
  
  
  
  

ICMC presents its annual event presenting a medley of several short vocal, instrumental and dance performances, by performing 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.


Hindustani Sitar Recital – Singing Strings

Saturday, April 08, 2017
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pandit Kushal Das   Sitar
Ramdas Palsule   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Pandit Kushal Das is one of the iconic maestros of Indian Classical Music across the globe. He plays Sitar and Surbahar. He is a Top-grade musician at All India Radio and Doordarshan. Kushal Das was born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata. His grandfather Late Shri Bimalchandra Das was a renowned ‘Esraj’ player and his father & uncle were both sitarists of high repute. His father Late Shri Sailen Das was a disciple of Late Pt. Lakhsman Bhattacharya & Bharat-Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar. His uncle Late Shri Santanu Das was a disciple of Swar-Samrat Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He started his training at a tender age of five under the guidance of his father and uncle. Later he received intensive & rigorous training in advanced sitar techniques and the art of creating music, under the affectionate guidance of Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee. Kushal is also proud for having the privilege of learning from great musicians like Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy (a disciple of Ud. Allauddin Khan), vocal lessons from Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kushal Das has performed at all major music festivals and music conferences in India. He has been touring all over the world extensively for past two decades. He has many commercial albums to his credit.

Ramdas Palsule has been recognized as one of the most senior disciples of world famous Tabla Maestro Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Being an accomplished soloist as well as a versatile accompanist, he has performed widely in all the eminent music festivals of India. Outside India, he has performed practically all over the world including USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Africa and the gulf countries. His Tabla accompaniment ranges from distinguished vocalists to prominent instrumentalists and also to renowned Kathak dancers of the country. He has accompanied with almost all the top notch musicians & dancers of today. Besides performances, Ramdas imparts training to the younger generation of students of Tabla. He is also appointed as a Guru in the Center for Performing Arts of the University of Pune, for last almost 20 years. Ramdas has been instrumental in conception of AVARTAN GURUKUL, which has now commenced this year in Pune..Stalwarts like Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Uday Bhawalkar, Pandita Shama Bhate , Pandita sucheta Bhide Chapekar & Ramdas himself are the Gurus of this Gurukul.


Hindustani Vocal Recital – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, March 25, 2017
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Brajeswar Mukherjee   Vocals
Gourab Chatterjee   Harmonium
Gourisankar Karmaker   Tabla
  
  
  

Brajeswar Mukherjee is one of the most promising young vocalists of Hindustani Classical Music and a foremost disciple of the great Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. He is a regular artiste of All India Radio & Television and currently working as a junior Guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. He has performed at several prestigious concerts in India and UK, USA, Canada, France, Greece, Middle East, Singapore and many more places. He has received the most Prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Puva Puraskar from Sangeet Naatak Akademi, Govt of India. He is also a recipient of Gaanwardhan award from Pune, Dhananjay Bhattacharya award from Calcutta University and National Scholarship from Govt. of India.

Gourab Chatterjee is one of the best young Harmonium accompanists of India and a very versatile artiste of Hindustani Classical Music. He learnt vocal music from the eminent Gurus like Shree Jainul Abedin, Late Pt. Sunil Bose and then after joining ITC SRA he started learning from Pt. Arun Bhaduri. With his natural gift of playing Harmonium he started playing with all the vocalists and became so popular within a very short time. He has accompanied with the stalwart musicians like Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Vidushi Girija Devi, Vidushi Kaushiki Chakraborty and many more in India and USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East.

Gourisankar Karmakar, a leading tabla maestro of the present generation, studied tabla under the able guidance of his father, Pandit Shib Sankar Karmakar. Since 1979, he has been under the tutelage of the tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha Chatteriee. Gourisankar is an "A" grade Artist of All India Radio and Television. His talent and creativity are manifest in classical performances, experimental East-West World Music collaboration, and North- South musical interactions. He has performed with most of India's eminent artists, as well as many famous artists from around the world. In 2008, Gourisankar established the "School of Indian Percussion & Music" in Austin, Texas. Many of his students have benefited from his teaching expertise, and perform regularly. He has joined University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) as a music faculty since 2014.


Nritya Arpan – A Kathak Repertoire Presentation of Nritta, Nritya and Natya by Kathak Rhythm ensemble accompanied by live music

Sunday, October 16, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland, Texas 75040


Kathak Rhythm Ensemble   Kathak Dancers
Pt. Shantilal Shah   Tabla
Vatsal Dave   Sitar
Devki Pande-Bam   Vocals
Amit Kelkar   Vocals / Harmonium
  

ICMC of DFW and Kathak Rhythms have together embarked on a mission to spotlight, promote and institutionalize the Kathak form of Indian Classical dance. Kathak has evolved into its present rich and beautiful form absorbing style, music and culture over the ages from Hindu, Mughal and regional Indian Folk styles, making it into a true representation of our culture. Your support is sought for the unique presentation, to help preserve our culture, art and heritage, by encouraging our talented local artists trained in this beautiful dance. The offering of pure Kathak Nritya, Nritta and Natya set to live music will enthrall you.

Events Tickets, Donor and Sponsor Information: (1) Kathak Rhythms, (469) 443 – 8225; www.kathakrhythms.com or (2) ICMC, (214) 336 - 3459


Hindustani Flute Recital – Magical Bamboo Flute
This concert is in part sponsored by Texas Instruments, Inc.


Sunday, October 02, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Rakesh Chaurasia   Flute
Aditya Kalyanpur   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself , as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style , he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too. The most accomplished of disciples of his uncle, however, shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights. Rakesh has already globe trotted many times over, enthralling audiences at classical and non-classical concerts .He is also an accomplished studio musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry. Rakesh has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the Indian Music Academy Award, presented by the Honourable President Of India, Dr..A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2007, the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar in 2008, the Guru Shishya Award in 2011, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award in 2013 and the Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar 2013. Recently Rakesh toured as a duo for classical concerts as well as for The Masters of Percussion with legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain at some prestigious venues globally. Rakesh has also had the priviledge of performing with some international names such as Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Redman. Rakesh's most recent venture is his fusion band Rakesh and Friends(RAF) which creates music that appeals to the young without sacrificing the essence of classical music. He is destined to carve a niche for himself in the realm of Indian Classical Music with the simple yet extremely challenging instrument, the Bansuri.

Aditya Kalyanpur is a talented tabla player and percussionist beyond his years, who has made a distinguished career working with some of the most prestigious names in Indian classical, jazz, and fusion genres such as Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, AR Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Pandit Jasrajji, Larry Coryell, George Brooks, Kenwood Denard, Boston based jazz band Natraj, Mickey Hart, John Mclaughflin. Kalyanpur was first seen with his Guru Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. Having the honor of being recognized as an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his guru. Since then he has lent the enchanting music of his tabla to numerous commercials. Honored with the title of Taal - Mani, Aditya Kalyanpur is the recipient of ITC's prestigious Vidyasagar Award as well as the Sangeet Visharad. A commerce graduate, Aditya Kalyanpur has also achieved the distinct title as a Music Diplomat from Mumbai University. He has received scholarship from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training in New Delhi. In addition to many awards given in India and the United States, Kalyanpur is one of the first tabla players ever to be invited to Estonia for the prestigious Orient Arts Festival. As a soloist and accompanist, he has performed at other prestigious music festivals in India and abroad including the Edinburgh festival in Scotland, the Earagal Arts Festival in Ireland, and the Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India.On a more local scene, Kalyanpur has also appeared at the Great Lakes Folk Festival held every year in Lansing, Michigan, and many other festivals and competitions held across the United States. As a mark of his true versatility as a musician, Kalyanpur has performed solo for many bands and instrumental groups, including the world famous The Rolling Stones and also recorded for their saxophonist, Tim Ries. Aditya Kalyanpur is currently the leader of his fusion band Fuzikk, and a member of the world renowned group Bombay Jazz comprised of jazz legends Larry Coryell, George Brooks and Indian Flute Maestro Pandit Ronu Mazumdar.


Shaam-e-Qawwali - Farid Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Ensemble – Live in Concert
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, August 27, 2016
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, TX


Farid Ayaz   Qawwal
Abu Muhammad   Qawwal
Others   Vocals / Percussion
  
  
  

Qawwali is an ancient musical tradition that integrates spiritual, philosophical, religious, musical, and poetic elements to create an atmosphere that facilitates a spiritual connection between participants in a mehfil-e-samaa – a gathering of listeners of qawwali – and the ones they truly love. Qawwali has existed in a number of forms – samaa, zikr, Vedic chants and many others – for at least thirty-two centuries. The form of qawwali practiced today was invented by Hazrat Amir Khusrao in the thirteenth century. A poet, scholar, philosopher, politician, and musician, Khusrao defined, documented and established the tradition of Khusravi qawwali. He trained twelve young men – the Qawwal Bachay – in the art of qawwali to help propagate qawwali. Miyan Saamat Bin Ibrahim was the leader of this first group of qawwali performers. The tradition thus established has been preserved for more than eight centuries by the descendants of the Qawwal Bachay. It is followed by performers of qawwali in Pakistan, India and the rest of the world today. Farid Ayaz Qawwal & Abu Muhammad Qawwal are direct descendants of Miyan Saamat Bin Ibrahim and represent the twenty-seventh generation of the original qawwali performers trained by Amir Khusrao. Masters of music, poetry and rhythm, heirs to the original tradition of Khusrao's qawwali, expert musicians, and the torchbearer's of the tradition of Khusravi qawwali, the brothers are considered to be the foremost qawwals in the world today. They are known for their tremendous loyalty to Khusravi qawwali, their immense knowledge of Hindustani Sangeet, and for the remarkable fidelity and purity of their song; the qawwali that they perform is the same one that was practiced more than eight hundred years ago. Nothing has been allowed to change.


Hindustani Violin Recital – Singing Strings

Sunday, June 05, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pandit Milind Raikar   Violin
Yadnesh Raikar   Violin
Pandit Shantilal Shah   Tabla
  
  
  

Pandit Milind Raikar is a renowned Violinist in today's generation. He is mainly Disciple of Padmashri Pandit D.K.Datar and Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar. Today, Milind has devised his unique style of playing violin. He has evolved a way peculiar to him of wielding the bow. The listeners rejoice his soothing, scintillating, brilliant and soul touching performance having a very different style. Initially he studied Hindustani Classical Music under the able guidance of his father Late Shri Atchut Raikar. Thereafter, Milind learnt from Pt. B.S.Math (Dharwad) and Pt.Vasantrao Kadnekar ( Goa). He has also learnt Violin in the Western style and has passed Grade Four of the renowned Trinity College of London, under the tutelage of Prof A. P. De Costa. He feels lucky that since 1997 He started learning from Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar who taught him all the nuances of the Raag performance, approach of raag, its delicacy, better way of developing the notes, and many more. He has been accompanying Kishoritai on Violin in her concerts and recordings, in India as well as Abroad. He has provided Music Direction to a documentary film, "In Search Of Truth", in which he also has played the role as a singer. He has received numerous prestigious awards in India and abroad. He has performed extensively not only at major festivals in India, but also at various fine venues in Germany, Italy, USA, Switzerland, etc.

Master Yadnesh Raikar started learning violin at the age of 1 year and started performing at the age of 4 years under the guidance of his Father Pt. Milind Raikar. He is studying in 10th grade in high school (SSC) at Bombay Cambridge School (Andheri, Mumbai).He is lucky to have guidance from Ganasaraswati KishoriTai Amonkar. He has given his first solo recital at the age of 4 At Karnataka sangh in front of a crowd of 600 people. He has also given his performances in Delhi, Nagpur, Dharwad, Goa as well. He is such a versatile musician that apart from violin he also avidly plays the keyboard, guitar and tabla very often. Has a very gifted voice and learns vocal from Shri Anand Pednekar and Pandit Vasantrao Kadneskar, Goa. He has sung in a album song along with Hariharan and Asha Bhosle. At present he is learning to play accordion from Amar Swamy. Has played a role of Young Pt.D.V.Paluskar in the documentary 'Gaanyogi – Suvarna Yug' where he sang and played Violin in the film too. He has performed his recitals in front of Honorable President Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Chief minister Maharashtra Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Governor of Maharashtra, chief of Army, Navy and Air force Chief.

Pandit Shantilal Shah was born and raised in the culturally and artistically vibrant city of Banaras, India. His basic taalim was under Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Banaras Gharana. He is a worthy disciple of Taal-Yogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Shantilal remained a gold medalist from the Sangeet Natak Academy of Lucknow and also won the National Talent Scholarship awarded by the Govt. of India as well as the Sangeet Prabhakar award from the Prayaag Sangeet Samiti of Allahabad. Over the years he has performed with Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Laxmi Shankar, Ud. Sujaat Khan, Bhajan Sopuri, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Padma Talwalkar, Arati Ankalikar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Shama Bhate, etc. Additionally, Shantilal Shah has been effective at branching out from his roots in Indian Classical Music and brought his unique sound and style to the world of Western Music. One of his initial forays into Western music was as a featured performer in the 2004 Hollywood Film Dancing in Twilight, which received a Gold Medal of Excellence for a feature film score from the Park City Music Festival. He has concluded in March 2014 a series of performances with the Houston Grand Opera, in their unique presentation, River of Light, receiving high acclaim. This extremely successful and one of a kind program exposed Tabla to sold out audiences in a new artistic medium, blending Indian Classical Music with the classical style of Western Opera.


Gundecha Brothers – Live In Concert

Saturday, May 14, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Umakant Gundecha   Vocals
Pt. Ramakant Gundecha   Vocals
Akhilesh Gundecha   Pakhawaj
  
  
  

Pandits Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are the leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active performers in Indian and international circuits. They were conferred “Padmashri” in 2012 by the Govt. of India for their contribution in the field of Dhrupad and Indian Classical Music. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents. Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) under guru shishya paramapara in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal. The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style . They have recorded about 50 cassettes and CDs by H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Times Music, Sony, Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec London. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio as well. As well as being an integral part of all of India’s prestigious music festivals, the Brothers have also performed and conducted workshops at many important international music festivals and institutions in about 25 countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E and Hong Kong. They have received M.P. Govt. Scholarship from 1981 to 1985, National Fellowship from 1987 to 1989, Ustad Allauddin Khan Fellowship in 1993, Sanskriti Award in 1994 and Kumar Gandharva Award in 1998 by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Dagar Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation in 2001. Rajat Kamal – National Film Award for the Best Music Direction ( 2006), Puttaraj Gawai Award 2010 from Puttaraj Gawai Pratishthan, Dharwad.

Akhilesh Gundecha has learned Pakhawaj playing from Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh Ju Deo. He is post graduate in music and graduate in Law. Has also got scholarship from Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Academy,Bhopal and Govt. of India. He has accompanied many of the Dhrupad Maestros like- Ustad Z.F. Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. Siyaram Tiwari, Shrimati Asgari Bai, Dr. Ritwik Sanyal and Bahauddin Dagar. He has also played solo recitals in Tansen Festival-Gwalior, Haridas Sangeet Samaroh Mumbai, Dhrupad Samaroh Bhopal and many other festivals. He has toured, USA ,Europe, Japan, Australia. He is regularly featured on Radio and Television. ''Sur Mani'' award from Sur Singar Samsad received by Akhilesh Gundecha in 1990. He also achieved Gold medal from Dhrupad Mela, Banaras in 2008. Akhilesh Gundecha founded 'Madhya Laya' - a north Indian taal vadhya kachahari that has performed all over India and USA. He is currently teaches the pakhawaj at Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal.


Hindustani Vocal Recital - Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, April 23, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Arshad Ali Khan   Vocals
Uday Kulkarni   Harmonium
Harshad Kanetkar   Tabla
  
  
  

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.

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.

Uday Kulkarni had started training in music from his father Late Shri. Govind Kulkarni. After that he started taking advance lessons from Shri.Pramod Marathe. Uday has done "Sangeet Visharad" from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He has accompanied many artists all over India. He is also a graded artist on All India Radio (AIR). He has accompanied many artists like Pandit Ajay Pohankar, Devaki Pandit, Shounak Abhisheki, Manjiri Alegaonkar etc. He has also accompanied in light music programs with renowned artists.


Sarod Recital – Divine Strings

Saturday, April 02, 2016
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Abhisek Lahiri   Sarod
Subrata Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  
  
  

One of the youngest President Award Winning "A" Grade Sarod artiste of All India Radio & National Television - Kolkata, Abhisek Lahiri has won the hearts of discerning audiences worldwide with his maturity, depth & perfection already at the age of 29. Abhisek was initiated in Sarod at an early age of 5 and trained under the tutelage of his father as well as Guru, eminent Sarod maestro Pandit Alok Lahiri & became one of his premier disciples. Abhisek’s Sarod recital has a blending of three major Gharanas of Sarod playing: Shajahanpur, Senia Maihar & Senia Bangash Gharana (Gwalior). Abhisek’s playing reflects the subtlety, aestheticism and nostalgic spirituality while combining it with resonant power & intensity to captivate the listener with the beauty and originality of his Sarod playing. Abhisek possess the dignity of being the First Indian Musician along with his eminent father to perform in “Europe Parliament” in France and also in "Canada Culture Days" in Hamilton, Canada on invitation of The Malhar Group. Abhisek is an empanelled member artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. Abhisek took part in the “World Kinder Festival” in Holland & enthralled the audiences as a ‘Wonder Child Sarod Player’ in 1997. The Dutch Television network telecasts his recitals countrywide even now. Abhisek has some CD albums released to his credit: His two solo albums “Sparkling Sarod’ and "Mood of Puriya Kalyan" released by Bihaan Music received nominations in Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) of Mumbai in “Best Hindustani Classical Album- Instrumental” category for the year 2010 & 2014 respectively. His latest release “IONAH Trio” CD album along with Japanese Guitarist Hideaki Tsuji is also getting world wide appreciation. Abhisek has performed extensively within India and across the world in countries like USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka etc.

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.


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


Saturday, March 19, 2016
2:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall - University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


  
  
  
  
  
  

ICMC presents its annual event presenting a medley of several short vocal, instrumental and dance performances, by performing 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.

Art Stage 2016 musicians include:

Vocals - Manjusha Hardikar, Chittranjan Gupta, Suparna Ukey, Sai Hardikar, Divya Ruikar, Shreya Date, Anita Barsode, Laxman Subramaniam, Neena Sharma, Chetan Moghe, Tanvi Deshpande, Varenya Shrikant, Samhita Kumar Shibani Sinha, Ksheera Jalkam, Sumeesha Gupta, Sidharth Kumar, Diya Nariani, Renuka Khopade, Maitri Mirpuri, Aarushi Sen, Krushna Shinde, Vanshika Srivastava, Prisha Agarwal, Venuka Srivastava & Sidharth Bhat. Kathak - Meerambika Kulkarni, Ruchi Kale, Ishani Kale, Ritu Trivedi, Juhi Agarwal, Rishika Prakash, Ria Bhasin, Komal Redkar, Amita Satish, Swarangi Potdar, Manju Sharma, Sejal Patel, Sapna Ganeshan, Shivani Patel, Meenakshi Mohan, Arti Gupta, Sapna Adhikari Koli, Nivedita Mukherjee, Maya Garg, Neya Kichambre, Shakshi Bolar & Ashwini Kulkarni. Harmonium - Anshu Saran, Surendra Mistry, Chetan Moghe & Aloknanda Saha Tabla - Shantanu Bhattacharya, Surendra Mistry, Swapnil Ukey, Atul Joshi, Emad Siddiqui, Ayan Kichambare, Manoj Patel, Omkar Magi, Anwar Anjani, Param, Ila Bhattacharya, Krishna Virani, Rishi Virani, Naren Pullela & Mahesh Ruikar. Flute - Vilas Kulkarni & Sohan Date


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


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.


Music Festival 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


Pt. Debojyoti Bose   Sarod
Sandip Bhattacharjee   Vocals
Pt. Abhijeet Banerjee   Tabla
Amit Kelkar   Harmonium
  
  

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.

Sandip was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Krishna Bhattacharjee at the age of four and he continued his talim under Smt. Amita Dasgupta later. At the age of sixteen, Sandip began his training at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) under the distinguished guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, sons and disciples of the late legendary Sarangi Maestro Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan. In 2003 he joined ITC-SRA as a residential scholar and in 2013 he became an acknowledged musician at the academy. Under both his gurus, Sandip was nurtured in the true guru shishya parampara system of training in the Kirana Gharana. Sandip has accomplished a rare feat: he has lived up to the promise and talent he showed as a child prodigy. He has performed on stage with many renowned musicians, including Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Sultan Khan, Vidushi Girija Devi, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Pandit Shiv kumar Sharma ,Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia, Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra, Pandit Jasraj, and Ustad Zakir Hussain. He has been honored to share the stage with the Kathak Legend Pt Birju Maharaj at John Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, USA. Sandip holds a Bachelor's degree from Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata) in classical music.He ranked First Class First. He is also skilled in singing numerous semi-classical forms like Bhajans, Ghazals, Nazrulgeeti, etc. Sandip is today one of the most promising young classical artists and perform regularly across India and abroad (United States, Europe and Bangladesh). A recipient of the Title Surmani from Sur Singar Sansad Mumbai, Sandip also broadcasts regularly over the All India Radio as an “ A “ Grade artist.

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.

Amit Kelkar's musical education began at a very young age at home from his mother Smt. Suniti Kelkar and her father Shri. Narayan Gadgil. Amit taught himself to play the harmonium and performed for the first time on stage at the age of 14. He has provided harmonium accompaniment to several renowned artists over the years, including Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Dr. Prabha Atre, Smt. Minoo Purushottam and Prasad Khaparde. Amit is also a versatile singer and music composer. He is currently learning hindustani vocal music from Dr. Mohankumar Darekar. Amit performs ghazals and light music frequently in the DFW metroplex. Amit holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and also has released three CD-albums released in the United States.


India Dance Festival
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, August 29, 2015
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater - University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Anuj Mishra   Kathak Dances
Sharmila Sharma   Kathak Dances
  
  
  
  

Anuj Mishra belongs to the famous traditional family of musicians gharana of Varanasi. Anuj is thirteenth generation of artists in his traditional musical family. His forefather Late Shri Shivkishore Mishra was renowned Sarangi player . His grandfather Late Sbhri Nanhu Mishra was a famous Tabla mastero and his father Pt. Arjun mishra is very famous and renowned kathak guru, dancer and choreographer learned under Late shri Ramnarayan Mishra in Kolkata and then by great legend Padamvibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. The training of Anuj Mishra started at age of 17 after his high school as he was busy in studies at early age and his father was touring all over the world for performances. Anuj also learned Tabla under the guiedence of Pt. Ravinath Mishra and some vocal by Ustad Gulshan Bharati. Anuj performed kathak in all major dance festivals and events in India and abroad. He worked with many dance companies and renowned choreographers as Karine Saporta, Mallika Sarabhai, Kumudini Lakhia, Rukmini Chaterjee, Lata Pada and more . Anuj won several national and international dance competitions he is a national gold medalist, he also got prestigious title of Shringarmani, Nritya Kawomudhi also Anuj got very prestigious and one of the biggest award "Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar" from Sangeet Natak Academy, National Academy of music, dance and drama from India, performed in big festivals like Sawai gandharva, lucknow mohatsava, Taj mohatsava, Kathak mahotsava, Taj Mahotsava, Konark dance festival, Kalaghoda festival etc and also performed in Many countries as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Norway, England, Canada, Israel, Lebanon, Martinique, Guadalupe etc. He is getting more and more opportunities for more performances in India and abroad. Anuj had done Masters in Kathak from Khairagarh university, Madhya Pradesh and now perusing his P.H.D in Kathak. Anuj is presently Artistic director of Kathak Academy and president of Anuj Arjun Mishras Dance Company [AMC] and also impaneled as establish artist in ICCR [Indian council for cultural relation] and main member of CID [International dance Council] from Europe.

Sharmila Sharma belongs to a family of artists. Her first stage experience, at the early age of only three. This debut performance captivated the hearts of the audience an she won the first prize After initial training in folk dances, as well as in kathak from her mother Tara Sharma, Sharmila joined the renowned Kathak Kendra in New Delhi Sharmila’s talent blossomed under the tutelage of Pandit Rajendra Kumar Gangani latterly from the guidance of renowned Pandit Birju Maharaj She became A professional dancer at the age of fourteen, and she has been performing in national and international Festivals ever since. Sharmila established herself in Paris, where she began teaching Kathak and She conducts workshops and gives Kathak recitals on a regular basis A tireless dancer, she travels and performs, flitting between Europe and India, where connoisseurs and general audiences alike appreciate her art In this classic art form which is technically rigorous with a lot of virtuosity, Sharmila is constantly on the look out to find new ways of developing her creativity in beauty, with her intelligence and delicate sensitivity. She has done solo performances in prestigious festivals in India at Taj Mahotsav Agra, Khajurao Dance Festival Khajurao, Chakradhar Samaroh in Raigarh, Bharat Bhavan, BhartiyaVidhya Bhavan Chennai, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, “Chal Man Ganga Yamuna Teer” Festival Allahabad, Naad Niranjanam festival at Tirupati balajee mandir, and many others. She performed and choreographed Ballet "Geet-Govind" for National Television Channel Delhi Doodarshan, Matri Udbodan Ashram Patna.


Hindustani Vocal Recital - Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, May 30, 2015
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar   Vocals
Milind Kulkarni   Harmonium
Ajinkya Joshi   Tabla
  
  
  

Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, the maestro from the Mewati Gharana, is an artist of international acclaim in the field of Hindustani Classical Music and devotional music. An extremely popular artist, he is the inspiration for the young generation. Blessed with an exceptionally sweet voice, his vocation in life was clear right from the age of 3. Born in 1969, Sanjeev started learning Hindustani Classical Music, from the tender age of eight. He has been groomed by his mother Smt. Shobha Abhyankar, Pandit Pimpalkhare ji and Padmavibhushan Pandit Jasraj ji. Though his aim had been to pursue a career in music since childhood, he has acquired a bachelor's Degree in Commerce. Sanjeev rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai, at the age of 11. Since then, he has traveled extensively all over India, performing in all the prestigious conferences and art circles, several times. He has spread the fragrance of Indian Classical music in USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has received many awards which include the President's award from the All India Radio in 1990, the prestigious F. I. E. Foundation National Award 1996, The coveted National Award 1998 as the best male playback singer, for the Hindi film 'Godmother', the title 'Sur Ratna', Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2002 and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar, to name a few. He has also given playback for films such as ' Maachis', 'Nidaan', 'Sanshodhan' , 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar' and 'Banaras'.

Milind Kulkarni's natural flair for Harmonium reflects the eternal essence of Hindustani Classical Music as handed down in the true “Guru Shishya Parampara”. Milind took his initial training from Pandit Vsantrao Gurav and later on he has been taking the lessons from Pt. Pramod Marathe from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Milind earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music, specializing in Harmonium at Centre for Performing Arts, Pune University, Pune. He has accompanied many prominent vocalist, instrumentalist and Kathak Dance performers. Milind is a regular performer of All India Radio & Doordarshan (T.V.) network.

Ajinkya Joshi started his initial training in music at the age of seven from Shantilal Shah, one of the senior disciples of well-known tabla player Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. At the age of sixteen, Ajinkya moved to Mumbai and underwent intensive training in tabla for more than ten years from Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Ajinkya is the recipient of the Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Award (1999). He has accompanied his guru in various tabla solo concerts all over India. He has been awarded the National Scholarship for young artistes by the Government of India. He has accompanied various artists in India and has also toured Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Canada and USA for concerts.


Due to unforeseen reasons; delayed artist visa; ICMC has reschedule Niladri Kumar's Sitar recital to May 10th instead of May 2nd. This will be a special event for Mother's Day afternoon.

Singing Strings


Sunday, May 10, 2015
3:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Niladri Kumar   Sitar
Aditya Kalyanpur   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Niladri Kumar is the most popular Indian classical and fusion musician of the current generation and leading sitarist of India . He performed on the sitar from a young age and toured and released albums as an adult. He created a unique instrument, a modified sitar, which he named zitar. Born to sitar player Pandit Kartick Kumar, a disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar he was considered a child prodigy. He started learning sitar under his father at the age of four. Kumar gave his first public performance at the age of six at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. Niladri Kumar began his career with great musiciansLaxmikant-Pyarelal in the late 1980s. He was a part of the Masters of the Percussion tour alongside Zakir Hussain. Kumar has also worked with Jonas Hellborg and V. Selvaganesh on their album Kali's Son and with John McLaughlin on album Floating Point. Kumar has also worked with various music directors in Hindi cinema, including A.R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pritam. Niladri was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, awarded to young musicians, in March 2007. Niladri has also won MTV Immies award for the Best Classical/Fusion Instrumental for his album If. Kumar has created a unique instrument, the "zitar", which is a combination of sitar and guitar. The concept initiated from a traveling sitar, which was modified by Kumar to create rock guitar sound out of it. Kumar reduced the number of strings on the instrument from 20 to five. He also added an electric pickup inside the instrument so that it would sound more like a guitar. His first full album composed using the instrument, titled Zitar, was released in 2008. Kumar wrote the first track for the album Priority in 2003. Over the next five years he improved the track and subsequent track by gauging audience reaction during live performances. He improvised the tracks adding components from various genres such as rock, electronic and lounge. He also won the MN Mathur Award in the 51st Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Samaroh for his contribution to Indian classical music in March, 2013. He has also performed on several popular hindi film songs track including Bunty Aur Babli (Chup Chup Ke), Gangster (Na Jaane Koi), Omakara (naina thag lenge), Life In Metro (Alvida), Dhoom 2 (Crazy Kiya Re), Dabangg 2 (Tere naina bade dagabaaz re), Maazii (Mora Jiya) and several others. He has perfomed traditional classical concerts at all major festivals in India and all prestigious venues all over the world.

Aditya Kalyanpur is a talented tabla player and percussionist beyond his years, who has made a distinguished career working with some of the most prestigious names in Indian classical, jazz, and fusion genres such as Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, AR Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Pandit Jasrajji, Larry Coryell, George Brooks, Kenwood Denard, Boston based jazz band Natraj, Mickey Hart, John Mclaughflin. Kalyanpur was first seen with his Guru Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. Having the honor of being recognized as an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his guru. Since then he has lent the enchanting music of his tabla to numerous commercials. Honored with the title of Taal - Mani, Aditya Kalyanpur is the recipient of ITC's prestigious Vidyasagar Award as well as the Sangeet Visharad. A commerce graduate, Aditya Kalyanpur has also achieved the distinct title as a Music Diplomat from Mumbai University. He has received scholarship from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training in New Delhi. In addition to many awards given in India and the United States, Kalyanpur is one of the first tabla players ever to be invited to Estonia for the prestigious Orient Arts Festival. As a soloist and accompanist, he has performed at other prestigious music festivals in India and abroad including the Edinburgh festival in Scotland, the Earagal Arts Festival in Ireland, and the Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India.On a more local scene, Kalyanpur has also appeared at the Great Lakes Folk Festival held every year in Lansing, Michigan, and many other festivals and competitions held across the United States. As a mark of his true versatility as a musician, Kalyanpur has performed solo for many bands and instrumental groups, including the world famous The Rolling Stones and also recorded for their saxophonist, Tim Ries. Aditya Kalyanpur is currently the leader of his fusion band Fuzikk, and a member of the world renowned group Bombay Jazz comprised of jazz legends Larry Coryell, George Brooks and Indian Flute Maestro Pandit Ronu Mazumdar.


Ustad Nishat Khan – Live in Concert

Saturday, April 04, 2015
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Ustad Nishat Khan   Sitar
Gouri Shankar   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Ustad Nishat Khan transcends musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. Undeniably the foremost virtuoso of the sitar, he is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year old tradition of India's most renowned musical family. Maestro Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach. The son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, Nishat has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of the instrument is unparalleled. The explosive passion of his music envelops the mind and the soul in blissful harmony. Maestro Khan's virtuosity has been compared to such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix (Chicago Sun Times) and J.S. Bach (Washington Times) because of the ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of his rich musical heritage. Exemplifying the humanity and universality of music, Maestro Khan has mastered not only the North Indian classical idiom but also realms as diverse as Gregorian chant, Western classical music, abstract jazz, and Flamenco. His sensitive phrasing and remarkable intuition for other musical traditions illustrate the freedom and versatility that has led to collaborations with the world's leading performers and composers such as John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Pena, Evelyn Glennie, and Django Bates. He has performed at major venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York , and the Royal Albert Hall in London . In January 2004, the President of Croatia received Maestro Khan in Zagreb , where he performed "Meeting of Angels" with Gregorian chant. Later that year, he was invited to perform alongside Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and others at the Crossroads Festival in Dallas , Texas . In Summer 2007 he toured across India in a fiery fusion with violinist Vanessa Mae. In 2008 he toured Europe with his pioneering project, "Spirit & Passion" featuring Flamenco guitar great Paco Pena, and in the Fall he will perform a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London . Nishat Khan is dedicated to preserving and teaching his family's musical tradition; he has taught at UCLA and many other prestigious universities, and he routinely conducts master classes internationally. Future projects will continue to showcase his remarkable foresight as a composer and artist, integrating the brilliant complexity of his North Indian heritage with his refreshing and unprecedented innovations on the sitar.

Gourisankar, a leading Tabla maestro of the present generation, studied Tabla under the able guidance of his father Pandit Shiv Sankar Karmakar. Since 1979, he has been under the tutelage of the tabla maestro Pandit Sankha Chatterjee. Gourisankar is an "A" Grade artist of All India Radio and Television. His talent and creativity are manifest in classical performances, experimental East-West World Music collaboration and North-South musical interactions. He has performed numerous solos and has accompanied most of India's eminent artists, as well as many famous artists from around the world. In 2008, Gourisankar established the "School of Indian Percussion and Music" (SIPM) in Austin, Texas. Many of his students perform regularly and have benefited greatly from his teaching expertise and dedication.


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


Saturday, March 21, 2015
2:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall - University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


  
  
  
  
  
  

ICMC presents its annual event presenting a medley of several short vocal, instrumental and dance performances, by performing 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.

Art Stage 2015 musicians include: Vocals - Chittranjan Gupta, Devki Pande, Drishty Mistry, Vrashank Shukla, Surendra Mistry, Seema Bhattacharya, Kiran Sathaye, Diya Nariani, Arushi Sen, Sumeesha Gupta, Neha Bidnurkar, Suparna Ukey, Chetan Moghe, Tanvi Deshpande, Varenya Shrikant, Samhita Kumar & Shibani Sinha. Kathak - Ruchi Kale, Ishani Kale, Ritu Trivedi, Sanika Bhave, Amrita Mahendra, Juhi Agarwal, Meghna Thakur, Rishika Prakash, Mrinmayee Wadekar, Shreya Rajhans, Ria Bhasin & Komal Redkar. Sitar - Neena Sharma & Usha Shrivastava Harmonium - Kalindi Sathaye & Surendra Mistry Tabla - Neerav Dalal, Shantanu Bhattacharya, Surendra Mistry, Emad Siddiqui, Shahrukh Taj, Shreyas Dravekar, Ayan Kichambare, Prakash Shrivastava & Mahesh Ruikar. Violin - Aastha Trehan, Sohni Patel & Mihir Patel.


Riyaaz Qawwali – Live in Concert

Saturday, December 06, 2014
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble  
  
  
  
  
  

Riyaaz Qawwali is an ensemble that represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s 8 musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and also represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds. Trained in eastern and western classical music, the members have been professionally performing qawwali for the past eight years. With conservative growth and heightened attention to quality, Riyaaz Qawwali has performed across the continental U.S., as well as internationally in Panama. Riyaaz Qawwali’s mission is to expose qawwali to new audiences, while still paying homage to traditional qawwali that has been in existence for 700+ years. The ensemble wants to expand the reach of the genre to new stages and people of other faiths and traditions. The founding members of Riyaaz Qawwali chose the qawwali genre of music because it houses unique musical elements in its repertoire that are not found in any other form of South Asian music. Riyaaz Qawwali combines this with poetry from famous South Asian poets of multiple linguistic and religious backgrounds to create a universal message of oneness. Riyaaz Qawwali incorporates works from poetic giants like Mirza Ghalib, Amir Khusrow, Bulleh Shah, Mir Taqi Mir, Sant Kabir and Guru Nanak, and in doing so, hopes to expose these poets’ works to new audiences and younger generations. Riyaaz Qawwali also uses numerous languages to represent the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists in South Asia. These languages include Urdu, Punjabi, Persian, Gujarati, and Hindi.


Hindustani Vocal Recital – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, November 08, 2014
8:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Kumar Mardur   Vocals
Satish Kolli   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 Musician Tutor at ITC-SRA. An approved artiste of Akashwani and Doordarshan, Kumar has had numerous performances across the length and breadth of the country, including the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav in 2011 and a highly successful 3 month USA tour in 2008. 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.

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.

Satish Kolli is a popular harmonium accompanist from Karnataka. He is the disciple of the late Pandit Vasant Kanakapur. He is currently under the tutelage of Shri Vyasmurti Katti. He has accompanied various prominent vocalists, supported percussionists with his "Lehra" and also played for movie tracks.


Music Festival of India: Medley Two Great Recitals
This concert is in part sponsered by Texas Instruments, Inc.


Saturday, September 20, 2014
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya   Slide Guitar
Pritam Bhattacharjee   Vocals
Pankaj Mishra   Sarangi
Subhashish Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  

Guitar maestro Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya evolves into a global inspiration in the arena of contemporary musical uprising. The musical journey is a counterpart to what remains a fond reminiscence of a child’s fancy with a Hawaiian lap guitar at the age of four. The multi-dimensional intrigue of invention became a passion with the making and widespread recognition of the patented Chaturangui (a 24-string hollow neck guitar), Gandharvi (a 14-string guitar which holds the longest glissando) and Anandi (a 4-string slide Ukulele ) which not only excels in sound variety and quality but has become the designer’s choice. With the lineage of Gurus like Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty the inspiration has gone beyond performance. Born to musician parents Pt Debashish Bhattacharya, a child prodigy, was initiated into Indian classical singing, but was drawn to the guitar because of the ability to emulate the human voice by using the slide. Past performances of Debashish have include John McLaughlin and his latest incarnation of Shakti, Bob Brozman that resulted in the album Mahima. Led Kaapana, Martin Simpson are the others. The uncanny ability of sliding like a voice and mesmerizing tantrakaari ang put Debashish Bhattacharya as a leading slide guitarist of the world. This extremely personable and gifted artiste takes us on a timeless journey through the history of Indian Classical Music, bringing it into the 21st century, with detours into the Blues and Hawaiian music as well. His work has earned him president of India award in 1984, The Asiatic Society Gold Medal in 2005 and BBC Planet Award for World Music in 2007.

Blessed with a mellifluous voice and exceptional versatility, Pritam Bhattacharjee is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed Indian Classical vocalists of his generation, who has performed at most of the prestigious festivals around the world. He is a leading exponent of the illustrious Mewati Gharana. In addition to being a renowned vocalist, Pritam is also a brilliant and an acclaimed composer, who has written and composed over 400 compositions in different Ragas (melodic patterns), which he has presented at many festivals. Pritam has also experimented with different genres of music through his own compositions and performances. Hailing from Silchar, Assam in India, Pritam is one of the foremost disciples of the legendary Mewati Maestro Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, and has received rigorous training under Pandit Jasraj’s tutelage since he was 12 years old. Pritam had earlier begun his initial training at a tender age of 4 years from his mother Mrs. Manjushree Bhattacharjee and then under other Gurus including, Shri Sundhanshu Deb, Shri Vijay Chakraborty and Shri Amarendra Chakraborty. Pritam has performed at many concerts and prestigious festivals in India and abroad, including Aarohi Festival (Mumbai), Pandit Motiram Maniram Sangeet Samaroha (Hyderabad), Harivallabh Music Festival (Jalandhar), Saptak Music Festival (Ahmedabad), Avishkar Smriti Samaroha (Goa), Ustad Alladiya Khan Music Festival (Mumbai), Sudarshan Sangeet Sabha (Pune), LearnQuest Festival (Boston, USA), South Asian Performing Arts Foundation (SAPAF),etc.. He has also traveled extensively and performed with his Guruji, Pandit Jasraj ji, in prominent music festivals. Currently he is faculty at the Pandit Jasraj school of music in Atlanta.

Subhashish Bhattacharya is one of the most prominent name in the younger generation Tabla artists. He belongs to Rampur Farukhabad schooling of Tabla, as he has been studying under Late Pandit Shyamal Bose, Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya, and Pandit Samir Chatterjee and now he is disciple of maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. At the age of thirteen he has performed in Jadubhatta Music Conference. Since then he has performed almost every music festivals and conference in India like ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Bishwa Banga Sammelan (Kolkata), Swati Thirunal Music Conference (Trivandrum), Music Today Swar Utsav (Delhi), Spicmacay (Virasat, Delhi), Chennai Music Academy, Pracheen Kalakendra (Chandigarh), NCPA (Bombay), Uttar Para Sangeet Chakra (Kolkata) and The Dover Lane Music Conference to name a few. Abroad He has performed in USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Greece, South Africa and Quait to participate in innumerous number of concerts and Festivals. Subhasis has performed in the 50th anniversary of India Independence Day at the United Nations (NY). Subhasis is the participant artiste of the International Band "SILK AND STEEL", and "THIEVES OF SLEEP". He is a member of Calcutta Cene Music association. He has scored rhythm as background music in many Films and T.V.Serials.

Pankaj Mishra is born into an exceptional Musician-lineage. Being the son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Great Grandson of Sarangi virtuoso Late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra and Grandson of Late Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra. Pankaj was trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi player of Banaras Gharana late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra. Pankaj created a distinct style of playing & has performed both as a Solo artist and an accompanist at several prestigious events in India including the Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Festival , Indo Occidental Symbiosis, The Salt Lake Music Festival more. He has toured extensively in USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, Bangladesh and more. He has accompanied with highly regarded Tabla players like late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhury, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Pt. Kumar Bose, Ud. Sabir Khan, Pt.Samar Saha, Subhankar Banerjee, Ud. Tari Khan, etc. He has also accompanied vocalists like Girija Devi, Purnima Chaudhury, Pt. Dinanath Mishra, Kathak exponents like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt Rammohan Maharaj, Pt.Vijay Shankar, Ghazal Maestro Ghulam Ali & Sabri Brothers of Pakistan, more on list


India Dance Festival
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, September 06, 2014
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater - University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Kaustavi Sarkar   Odissi
Prerna Deshpande   Kathak
  
  
  
  

India Dance Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Odissi and Kathak styles. Kathak, the dance style from north India has the charm and subtlety associated with miniature paintings. Nurtured in the holy precincts of the Hindu temples Kathak was further enhanced with Persian influence during the Mogul reign in India. Over the centuries, it has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas. Odissi, a recognized form of Indian classical dance, is from the eastern state of Orissa. Odissi dates back to 2nd century B.C. and is well known for its grace, fluid movements and strong footwork. Odissi postures can be seen in the sculptures of ancient Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist temples and caves of Orissa.

Kaustavi Sarkar; winner of prominent awards including Singar-Mani, Nalanda-NrityaNipuna, Odissi-Jyoti and researcher at Ohio State University; is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, dance-scholar and educator, performing and teaching well over the past decade. Recognized as one of leading Odissi dance exponents, she is nominated as an Indian national fellow working on meaning-making processes in dance studies as pertaining to South Asian dance. She is the Artistic Director of an organization called Multicultural Center for Embodied Aesthetics, International Outreach and Social Activism (MCCA) and founded the initiative called Odissi at Ohio State (O2). Kaustavi regularly presents her scholarly work as well as her creative work in dance conferences, festivals and conducts master-classes/ lecture-demonstrations across universities in Europe and America. Currently, Kaustavi teaches Odissi at the Ohio State University. Actively involved in the diasporic Indian community, Kaustavi is dedicated to a life engaged in scholarship, performance, pedagogy, leadership and activism. She has an Master of Science in Economics with specialization in Finance and has worked in New York, Kolkata and Mumbai as a financial analyst for over eight years.

Acknowledged by connoisseurs as a solo dancer of repute and a creative choreographer of rare calibre, Prerana Deshpande is among the leading complete solo Kathak dancers of her generation. Internationally acclaimed as a creative dancer whose work reveals the perpetually expanding horizons of the traditional form, Prerana is regarded for her exquisite command over the fundamentals of Kathak - Rhythm, Grace, & Expression and for her creativity rooted in the tradition of this dance form. Greatly appreciated by all audiences for her expertise in Kathak, she is regularly invited to perform as a solo artist at all major venues and festivals in India and abroad. Her evolving body of work of choreography and collaborative productions, which includes music of varied genre, highlights her keen awareness about musical aesthetics. Prerana believes it to be divine blessing that the great maestro, Guru Dr. Rohini Bhate accepted her as a disciple and thought fit to impart one-to-one teaching of Kathak. Prerana is a first student of Rohiniji who passed Master of Arts (M.A.) form University of Poona and stood first in the Dance. Before learning from Rohiniji for past 22 years, she learnt for about 8 years from Smt. Sharadini Gole. Recipient of numerous awards, Prerana has been felicitated by legendary Pt. Birju Maharaj with 'Gaurav Puruskar'. Prerana has also been honoured with the title of 'Nrityashri' and was conferred the title of 'Singar Mani' by the Sur Singar Samsad of Mumbai.


Hindustani Vocal Recital – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, May 17, 2014
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Dr. Prabha Atre   Vocals
Dr. Chetna Banawat   Tanpura
Sameer Kotasthane   Harmonium
Vikas Naregal   Tabla
  
  

Padmabhushan Dr. Prabha Atre is perhaps the only performer who has also excelled as a brilliant thinker, academician, author, composer and teacher of music. She is the senior most front ranking vocalist in the country representing the Kirana gharaanaa, today. A Science and Law graduate, she also holds a Doctorate in music. A former Assistant Producer with the All India Radio, former Professor and Head of the Department of Music, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, and former Producer-Director of the recording company ‘Swarashree’, devoted only to Classical Music, Dr. Prabha Atre has a rare blend of skill and insight. She has displayed constant innovation and creative endeavour which has distinguished her from other vocalists, both in the classical and light classical idioms. Dr. Prabha Atre was trained in the traditional `guru-shishya paramparaa' system by the late Sureshbabu Mane and his famous sister, Padmabhushan Hirabai Badodekar, both stalwarts of the Kirana gharaanaa and drew much inspiration from the styles of renowned maestros, Amir Khan and Bade Gulam Ali Khan. Dr. Atre has authored academic books on the various aspects of music that are especially relevant to the present day performance. She is a ‘Top’ Grade artist of the All India Radio. Whether it is khyaal, tarana, thumri, dadra, ghazal or bhajan, she has a distinct style and typical ingenuity in design and presentation. Dr. Prabha Atre has been honored with the National Awards - ‘Padmashree’, ‘Padmabhushan’, ‘Kalidas Samman’, ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi’ award and ‘Tagore Akademi Ratna’ in recognition of her exceptional creativity, highest artistic excellence, outstanding achievement and distinguished life time services in the field of classical vocal music.

Dr. Chetna Banawat is the disciple of internationally renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist of Kirana Gharana Padmbhushan awardee, Honorable Dr. Prabha Atre. She has been taking lesson on Indian classical vocal and light classical since 1999. Born in a Musical family in Udaipur, Chetna received her internal training in music from her mother Smt. Madana Banawat and her father Shri Ramnarayan Banawat. She has been fortunate to receive lessons on Tappa Gaayki from Pt. Bala Saheb Poochwale, the maestro from Gwalior Gharana. Chetna has given music program, concerts, lecture-demos all over India. She has received many awards like Surmani Award, Dagar Award, Master Madan Award, Sangeet Surnandan Award, Shastriya Sangeet Kala Ratna Samman, Sangeet Natak Academy Yuva Purskaar, etc.

Vikas Naregal from Bangalore, a Graded artist of AIR Bangalore, started showing interest towards the art of Tabla at the age of 8. He was motivated and highly encouraged by his parents Mohan Naregal and Anuradha Naregal. Vikas comes from a family of musical background. His maternal grandfather, Late. Ramachandra Desai was a famous Harmonium player, vocalist and a noted music teacher at Hubli. Vikas Naregal started his initial tutelage under Pt. Hire Gowdar, continued with Pt. Vishwanath Nakod, Pt. Sheshagiri Hangal, and Pt. M. Nagesh. Presently, under guru Pt. Ravindra Yavagal he is learning skills to inculcate Ustad Tirakhwara style of Tabla playing for the past 12 years. Vikas has accompanied several famous Hindustani vocalists like Pt. Vinayak Thoravi, Pt. Parameshwar Hegde, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt. Jayateertha Mevundi, Vid. Sangeetha Katti Kulakarni and upcoming hindustani vocalists like Sri Kaushik Aithal, Kum. Anagha Bhatt, Kum. Amrutha Rao, Sri. Balachandra Prabhu and many others. He has also participated in many Tabla Ensembles with renowned artists and solo performance with Tabla Maestro Pt. Ravindra Yavagal. He has actively participated in many commercial audio/video recordings and also performed at several major music festivals in India.

Sameer Kotasthane learnt classical vocal music under the guidance of Pt. Vijay Koparkar and Pt. T D Janorikar – he is currently training under Dr. Ram Deshpande, a senior disciple of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar and Pt. Yashwantbua Joshi. He received the National Cultural Talent Scholarship and several dozen awards in India. All India Radio and National Television have aired his performances. He has been invited to conduct lecture demonstrations by Central Texas organizations such as ICMCA and SPICMACAY. He has accompanied distinguished artists like Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Vidyadhar Vyas, Dr. Ram Deshpande and Prasad Khaparde.


Due to unforeseen circumstances Ud. Shahid Pervez will not be performing.

Sarangi & Mandolin Jugalbandi


Saturday, April 19, 2014
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Ramesh Mishra   Sarangi
Snehashish Mozumder   Mandolin
Gourisankar Karmakar   Tabla
  
  
  

Mastering over one of the most difficult string instruments ' Sarangi', Pandit Ramesh Mishra is today acclaimed as an outstanding artist of India. Son of great sarangi maestro Pt. Ramnath Mishra, he started his initial intensive training at very tender age from his father and acquired further knowledge and training from finest musicians of Banaras Gharana Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra and late Pandit Gopal Mishra. Later on he went under the tutelage of the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Besides a recipient of India's most prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2008 for his outstanding contribution in the field of music (sarangi), Pt. Ramesh Mishra also received of Sangeet Natak Award of Uttar Pradesh 1992, honored with Geetanjali, Uttam, Dishari Award, Jhadhu Bhatta award from West Bengal in 2007 and various other awards from different musical organizations. Both as soloist and accompanist, Pandit Ramesh Mishra traveled all over the world accompanying internationally reputed artists. In addition he has produced numerous recordings including his own solo records and earned a niche in the hearts of millions of music lovers. He is an asset to the music world and his mesmerizing melodies produced by his sarangi can be heard in many music productions including Ravi Shankar's 'live in Kremlin' and the Grammy nominated album 'Legacy' produced by the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. He was also a participating artist in the production of the "Concert for George" at Royal Albert Hall in London, November 2002. Pandit Mishra is one of the recording artist in Aero Smith's much acclaimed album " Nine Lives ".

Snehasish Mozumder is among those few established musicians in India who has mastered the art of playing Mandolin, and has blended it perfectly into the style of Hindustani Indian Classical Music. He started his initial training at the age of four with Tabla and then Mandolin under the guidance of his grandfather late Sri Bibhuty Ranjan Mozumder and then he took training under his father Sri Himanshu Mozumder and his uncle late Sri Ranjan Mozumder. Gradually he switched over to his cousin Tejendra Narayan Majumdar who is a well-known sarod player. He continued his study under late Acharya Ajoy Sinha Roy who was a beloved disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan Saheb, the founder of Maihar Gharana and he takes lesson of laykari under the guidance of Pandit Anil Palit who is a senior most disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Finally he came under the tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Snehasish, has performed many major festivals in India like Sankat Mochan Utsav of Varanasi, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sanmelan of Mumbai,Indian Habitat Centre of Delhi, Bhowanipur Sangeeet Sanmelan, GolPark Ramkrishna Mission of Kolkata and Saltlake Music Conference of Kolkata etc, and also he has toured Europe, UK and USA and made a very good name amongst the music lovers. He is the recipient of Surmani and Jadubhatta Awards.

Gourisankar Karmar, the grandson of famed dhrupadiya (vocalist) Jotindra Mohan Karmakar, began studying and playing tabla at the young age of three years old under the guidance of his father, Mr. Shib Shankar Karmakar - a noted disciple of the tabla maestro, the late Ustad Keramatulla Khan. In conjunction with his studies, Gourisankar pursued the art and technique of tabla seriously and soon developed superb control over the instrument. Since 1979, he has been under the tutelage of the Tabla Maestro Sankha Chatterjee. Gourisankar is an "A" grade Artist with All India Radio and Doordarshan/ Televison. He has been touring extensively internationally for the past 20 years and has a unique combination of playing styles reflecting the Farukhabad and Punjab Gharanas. He has conducted several concert tours in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He has accompanied eminent artists such as Pt V.G. Jog, Pt A.T. Kannan, Pt Muneswar Dayal, Pt. Manilal Nag, Lakshmi Shankar, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee, Ud. Shahid Parvez, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Kushal Das and Indrajit Banerjee. In addition to his yearly tours, he has made great progress in promoting Tabla/Indian Classical Music through teaching and has many students worldwide.


Padmabhushan Pandits Rajan & Sajan Mishra Live in Concert – A Rare Afternoon Concert

Sunday, March 02, 2014
2:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra   Vocals
Vyasmurti Katti   Harmonium
Pt. Ashis Sengupta   Tabla
  
  
  

PADMABHUSHAN Pandits Rajan & Sajan Mishra hail from the holy city of Banaras (Varanasi), which is home to some of the world’s best vocalists, instrumentalists, percussionists and dancers. They belong to a family of eminent musicians of the Banaras Gharana. A family of maestros that comprises of legends such as Pandit Ganeshji Misra (Great Grandfather), Pandit Sursahai Misra, Pandit Bade Ram Dasji Misra (Grandfather), Pandit Hanuman Misra (Father), and Pandit Gopal Misra (Uncle). Highly regarded as the most successful duo of our times, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra are known for their extensive repertoire of Khayal. Endowed with sonorous and sensitive voices, the Misra brothers have also excelled in rendering light classical forms such as Tappa, Tarana and Bhajan. With rich and well cultivated voices that complement each other extremely well, these brothers have raised the duet form of singing to new heights of spiritual sublimity. The hallmark of their style is the superb intonation, beautiful imagination and their traditional approach which blends the old compositions with their own creations, using an amazing vocal range and technique. The legendary Mishra Brothers have been performing regularly in most major music festivals all over the world for the past 30 years.& have won many major awards such as Padma Bhushan (2007); Sangeet Natak Academy; Kumar Gandharva; Sangeet Ratna (Allahabad); Sangeet Bhushan (Varanasi); Kashi Gaurav (benaras),Sangeet Nayak (Chandigarh) & many others.

Vyasmurti Katti was initiated into music at a very young age by his sisters. Later, he went on to take systematic training in harmonium under the able guidance of Ramacharya Bagewadi of Solapur. Presently he is learning vocal music under the tutelage of Indudhar Nirody, a senior exponent of the Agra Gayaki. Katti is equally adept in harmonium accompaniment and in playing harmonium solo. He has accompanied several eminent artistes and has also given vocal concerts. He plays nagma with Tabla solo and Kathak performances. Having performed in India and overseas, Vyasmurti Katti has given up a career as an Electronics Engineer (B.E.-Electronics), to pursue music full time.

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.


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


Saturday, February 22, 2014
2:00:00 PM
Venue: DFW Hindu Temple - Youth Center 1605 N. Britain Rd, Irving TX 75013


  
  
  
  
  
  

Performing musicians:
Vatsal Dave (Sitar),
Sohni & Mihir Patel (violins),
Neena Sharma (Sitar),
Neel Bhatt (Tabla),
Shantanu Bhattacharya (Tabla),
Aditya Paranjape (Tabla),
Surendra Mistry (Tabla/Harmonium),
Rishul Ravi (Tabla),
Chittranjan Gupta (vocals/harmonium),
Drishti Mistry (vocals),
Chetan Moghe (vocals),
Tanvi Deshpande (vocals),
Varenya Shrikant (vocals),
Anand Amarnani (vocals),
Vrashank Shukla (vocals),
Seema Bhattacharya (vocals),
Rajshree Gore (vocals),
Meerambika Kulkarni (Kathak),
Ritu Trivedi (Kathak),
Neha Gampala (Kathak) and
Priyanka Parikh (Kathak).

ICMC presents its annual and unique event presenting a medley of several short vocal, instrumental and dance performances, by performing and amateur musicians of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This event is arranged in a baithak style concert format, where one will truly enjoy wide variety of musicians in an intimate manner. 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.


Vocal Recital – Khayal, Thumri & Bhajans

Saturday, November 16, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Sanhita Nandi   Vocals
Ramchandra Joshi   Harmonium
Pt. Shantilal Shah   Tabla
  
  
  

Smt Sanhita Nandi is a prominent exponent of Hindustani Classical Vocal, Kirana Gharana in the Khayal genres. After initial training, Sanhita was later groomed by Late Pandit A. Kanan, the senior most guru of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. After years of practice, and greatly influenced by Gharana maestros, she has assimilated the distinctive features of the Kirana Gharana. She has been praised as brilliant exponent and ruminates on the 'Aalaap' and Sargam taan the pillar of this gharana. To further enrich the most important aesthetic improvisations of the Kirana lineage and traditional compositions, Sanhita is currently under the able guidance of Ud. Mashkoor Ali Khan. She has received great recognition and reviews for her recent performances in prime music festival at the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Sammelan in Pune, Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar, the Annual Saptak Sangeet Sammelan in Ahmedabad, Laxmi Narayan Sangeet Samaroha in Amritsar, Parampara Music Festival in Chennai, Ud. Rahmat Khan Sangeet Sammelan in Dharwad, Glimpses of Kirana Music festival in Hyderabad, Samrat Sangeet Sammelan in Goa, Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, SPICMACAY concert series, Chandayan All Night concert in NY, LearnQuest Music conference in Boston, Rag Samay Festival in Philadelphia, Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha in Bangalore and many others.

Ramchandra Joshi is an accomplished vocalist as well as an established harmonium player. Inducted to the world of music at the tender age of 8 years by his mother Smt. Anjani Tilak from Mumbai, later he got trained with Smt. Tulika Ghosh who is disciple of legendary late Pt. Gyanprakash Ghosh from Kolkata, and Smt. Sraboni Mukherjee in classical vocal, light classical music (thumri, ghazal) respectively at Sangeet Mahabharati Music academy Mumbai founded by late Pt Nikhil Ghosh. He received guidance in Indian Classical Vocal from renowned vocalist Dr. Veena Sahasrabuddhe from Pune. He has toured extensively in India, USA, UK and Switzerland. As Harmonium accompanist Ramchandra has accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts.

Shantilal Shah was born and raised in the culturally and artistically vibrant city of Banaras, India. His basic taalim was under Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Banaras Gharana. He is a worthy disciple of Taal-Yogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. During his initial years as a Tabla player, Shantilal Shah remained a gold medalist from the Sangeet Natak Academy of Lucknow, and also won the National Talent Scholarship awarded by the Govt. of India. A Sangeet Prabhakar from the Prayaag Sangeet Samiti of Allahabad, he is also a graded artist of the All India Radio & Television. Shantilal Shah has been performing all over India and many western and Asian countries. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the greatest names in Indian Classical music, like Sangeet Martand Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jeetendra Abhisheki, Rohini Bhate, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Ud. Sujaat Khan, Bhajan Sopori, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Padma Talwalkar, Arati Ankalikar, Shama Bhate and others. Shantilal Shah has proven himself to be one of the most successful Tabla-Gurus of the present generation. He began teaching in Pune in the early 80s under the banner of one of the leading performing art organizations of the city, Nad-roop. Later he moved to Tampa, Florida, USA to join the faculty of the Pandit Jasraj School of Music as the resident Tabla Guru. In 2003, Shantilal Shah moved to Houston, TX to join the Anjali Center of Performing Arts, and present he is the Tabla Guru with Swaralayam Arts Forum.


Music Festival of India - Swarsudha – A Hindustani and Carnatic Music Jugalbandi

This concert is in part sponsered by Texas Instruments, Inc.


Saturday, October 26, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Neyveli Radhakrishna   Double Violin
Indrajit Banerjee   Sitar
Rohan Krishnamurthy   Mridangam
Subrata Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  

Born in Andhra Pradesh and raised in Neyveli, Radhakrishna began his vocal stream of musical education at the age of eight under Sri C.S. Anandamani and simultaneously trained under Neyveli S.Vimala for violin. Violin virtuoso Sri M.N.Ganesa Pillai took Radhakrishna under his wing for over a decade. Later violin maestro, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri M.Chandrasekaran groomed him, honing his concert skills. Radhakrishna holds Master's Degree in Indian music with distinction. Radhakrishna has teamed up with the cream of Carnatic musicians, notably Dr.N.Ramani, T.V.Gopalakrishnan, T.K.Govindarao, T.N.Seshagopalan, O.S.Thiagarajan, Ravikiran, Kadri Gopalnath, etc. Radhakrishna was privileged to participate in the musical odyssey of Bharat Ratna, legendary Pt Ravi Shankar's Festival of India II and III across US and Canada, performing in most prestigious halls. Radhakrishna plays the rare, creative and unique ten string, stereoscopic DOUBLE VIOLIN, the only one of its kind in Asia among a handful in the world. His version of "nouveau" DOUBLE VIOLIN is a recent addition to the world of string instruments. Incorporating the range of violin, viola, cello and double bass, it showcases that music transcends the barriers of time and has a unique, universal appeal.

Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music. Some of these family members include his guru, Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy (Surbahar). He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Indrajit's training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. All of this training developed a strong foundation for Indrajit's music, and creative individuality. Indrajit has a special touch on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and sensitivity.

Acclaimed an "international performer and promoter" of the South Indian pitched drum, the mridangam, by USA Today in its "All-College Academic Team," and "Pride of India" by India's leading newspaper, Times of India, Rohan Krishnamurthy is considered a young musical ambassador in the Indian music scene. Having initially received mridangam training with Damodaran Srinivasan and continuing advanced training from the mridangam maestro Guruvayur Dorai in India, Rohan has performed in hundreds of concerts in North America and India since the age of nine with leading artists including Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Dr. N. Ramani, R. K. Srikantan, T.N. Seshagopalan, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, S. Shashank, T. M. Krishna, and S. Sowmya. He has spearheaded numerous cross-musical ventures with well-known symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, and distinguished musicians including Grammy Award-winners Glen Velez and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Anoushka Shankar, Jamey Haddad, and Ayano Ninomiya.

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.


Vocal Concert - Khayal, Thumari and Bhajans

Saturday, September 21, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Sandipan Samajpati   Vocals
Hindole Majumdar   Tabla
Roberto Paolo Riggio   Harmonium
  
  
  

A disciple of Pandit Manas Chakraborty and Late Pandit Ram Ashraye Jha, Sandipan has developed a distinctive style of his own, which primarily embraces the nuances of the melodious Kirana Gharana. Gifted with an extremely mellifluous voice, Sandipan Samajpati is exceptionally adept at creating soulful improvisation of each raga which lends his renditions a rare emotional content and thoughtfulness, making him stand out amongst his peers. Recognizing this musical brilliance, numerous awards and accolades continue to come Sandipan’s way. He is the first recipient of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Puraskar 2006, awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the apex institution of performing arts in India. Very recently, the artist received the Sangeet Ratna Puraskar (2011) from the Salt Lake City Music Conference (Kolkata) in acknowledgment of his creative contribution. An “A-Grade” vocalist of Doordarshan (Indian National Television) and the All India Radio. He has extensively toured Europe, U.K., Australia, USA, Sultanate of Oman (Muscat) and Singapore, and has successfully catered to the global audience with his rich musical repertoire. Sandipan is also actively engaged in grooming the younger generation of music-learners through his scientific voice training methods, and rigorous musical discipline.

Hindole has had his training from Sri Shibsankar Karmakar, a worthy disciple of late Ustad Karamatullah Khan and has been taking advanced talims from the Tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha Chatterjee of the Punjab Gharana. He has also been receiving training in the South Indian Rhythm style from Bidwan Pandit S. Shekhar, the great Mridangam exponent. Hindole has been appreciated by Tabla Maestros like Pandit Swapan Chowdhury, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, to name a few. He is a regular artist of the All India Radio and Television (India). He has accompanied eminent musicians like Ud Shahid Parvez, Ud Shujaat Khan, Sri Partha Bose, Pandit Ganesh Mohan, Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ud Aashish Khan, Pt Kamal Mallick, Pt Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Alam Khan; Veena Sahasrabudhe, Tanima Thakur, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Sandipan Samajpati and several others. He has travelled extensively throughout India and abroad. He has travelled to countries like Singapore, Malayasia, Sultanate of Oman (Muscat), Germany, France, and England to name a few. He has also been regularly travelling to the USA and Canada for teaching assignments and concerts. Hindole has rendered performances in the different prestigious classical music conferences.


India Dance Festival

This concert is in part sponsered by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, September 07, 2013
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater - University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Madhu Natraj   Kathak
Rita Mitra Mustaphi   Kathak
Anurag Sharma   Kathak
  
  
  

India Dance Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Kathak styles. Kathak, the dance style from north India has the charm and subtlety associated with miniature paintings. Nurtured in the holy precincts of the Hindu temples Kathak was further enhanced with Persian influence during the Mogul reign in India. Over the centuries, it has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas.

Madhu Natraj is a performer, choreographer, educator and leading arts entrepreneur in Kathak and contemporary Indian dances. Madhu was chosen as one of India's 50 young achiever's by ' India Today'. She has received several awards, recent amongst which are the 'Bismillah Khan Yuva puraskar' from the central Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Mohan Khokar award for excellence in dance. She studied Kathak from her mother Dr Maya Rao and from Smt. Chitra Venugopal. Although she trained in contemporary dance in New York, Madhu returned to India with a vision to create a unique dance company with its own distinctive contemporary Indian dance identity – the Natya STEM Dance Kampni. A graduate of commerce, journalism & choreography, She has also trained in Indian martial arts, ritualistic/folk dance traditions, pedagogy and Yoga. She believes dance is a potent medium for change in the public domain. Ranging from education, social issues, creativity, documentation to healing, her projects aim to materialize this philosophy. Madhu has created over 75 choreographic works (short pieces & productions) in the 16 years of the Kampni's existence. She is also a Panellist at important Design, Cultural and Academic institutions and is often invited to perform, design programs and Choreographic works for prestigious cultural institutions and festivals.

Rita Mitra Mustaphi has been teaching and performing dance in the Twin Cities since 1978. A graduate of Rabindra Bharati University of Performing Arts in Calcutta, India she is a disciple of the living legend Pandit Birju Maharaj in Kathak style of Indian classical dance. Mustaphi, in her 27 years of professional dance, has choreographed more than 50 new works and performed locally, nationally and internationally. Her selected awards include two McKnight Fellowships for choreography, dancer fellowships, and cultural collaboration awards from Minnesota State Arts Board and leadership award from the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans, 2011 Lifetime achievement award from the India Association of Minnesota and 2012 Education Award from the Ordway Center of Performing Arts in the category of Excellence in Vision. In 1997, Mustaphi has performed as a troupe member of Pandit Birju Maharaj at Carnegie Hall, New York. She performed at the prestigious international Kathak Dance Festival, New Delhi, India in 2003 organized by the Kathak Kendra, the National Institute of Kathak dance in India. Her presentation of Sudha's Story, a poetry enactment was reviewed by India Today, the newsmagazine as ‘poetry in motion - the piece de resistance'. Hindustan Times in India writes 'From Minnesota with magic in her steps she creates a spirit that sets her apart at the festival'. Mustaphi is also a roster artist for Minnesota State Arts Board and COMPAS, the organizations that promote global education of multicultural arts.

Anurag Sharma has a passion for dance that inspired him to start learning from Rita Mustaphi in September of 2004. Anurag attended International Kathak Festival at Chicago in October 2004 and attended Kathak workshops from Pandit Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen, Pandit Chitresh Das, Smt Anjani Ambegaokar and Smt. Kumudini Lakhia. His performance credits with Katha Dance Theater include The Ramayana Project, Black Candle, Sadhana to Sufism, Dots & Feathers, Katha – The Story, Soul to Sole, and Retrospect. He also performed as a lead male dancer for Anila Sinha Foundation in th production of Raj-Nartaki.


Shaam-e-Ghazal: Ustad Tari Khan Live in Concert

Saturday, June 22, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Ud. Tari Khan   Vocals
Azim Khan   Violin, Guitar
Jason Taj   Tabla
  
  
  

A disciple of legendary Ustad Mehdi Hassan and Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan, Ustad Tari Khan has captured audience imaginations worldwide as a both a ghazal and tabla maestro. Raised by a classical vocalist father and groomed by two legendary Ustads during a golden era of music, he represents a unquie product of melodic and rhythmic pedigree. As Tariji was a rising star in the early 70s and touring with Mehdi Hassan as an accompanist, he was under continuous talim, from the ghazal legend. Once established as one of the foremost percussionists in India and Pakistan, Tariji turned his performance prowess to ghazals and quickly established himself as a leading vocalist. His rendition preserves Ustad Medhi Hassan’s depth and feeling while displaying his unique innovation, leaving audiences spellbound. Tariji has received the highest global accolades for the better part of four decades, including Pakistan’s coveted Pride of Performance, her highest award for artistic excellence. In the last several years he has given many vocal concerts in prestigious sold out venues across India, Pakistan, Europe, Australia, US, and Canada and drawn critical acclaim. In recent years, Tariji has continued to evolve, as a composer, by crossing generas with film and with western artists, and as an ambassador of eastern music with the Doris Duke foundation.

Azim Khan is a prominent musician and singer who has been performing in the US for the past 25 years. He comes from a family of accomplished musicians notably his father, a well known music arranger of Pakistan, Mr. Namdar Khan. Azim is a class A violinist, however he is also very talented at playing other instruments, such as guitar and percussion. He offers music classes for guitar and violin in western classical, Indian classical and popular Indian movie music.

Jason Taj, a disciple of Ustad Tari Khan, excels as a tabla player and guitarist. Jason started his formal training in music at the age of seven. With his father being a ghazal singer, and his older brother, also a tabla player and disciple of Ustad Tari Khan, he naturally followed their lead and absorbed the art very quickly. Jason’s taiyari and virtuosity during his pre-teens earned him the nickname “machine gun”. At the age of 12 he had already accompanied artists such as Pervez Mehdi, Fida Hussain, Ghulam Abbas, and Hariharan. He quickly established himself as a sought after accompanist and has becoming sought after internationally. Along with accompanying his Ustad, he has performed more recently with Talat Aziz and Ustad Ashish Khan. Following in the footsteps of his Ustad, Jason has also collaborated across generas and worked with various DJ’s, western light and jazz musicians. He is also a sought after dhol player. Jason is a business administration major at University of North Texas.


Magic of Mohan Veena

This concert is in part sponsered by Encore Enterprises, Inc.


Saturday, May 18, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt   Mohan Veena / Slide Guitar
Pt Subhen Chatterjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Creator of the Mohan Veena and the winner of the Grammy Award, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. Being the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Moughal emperor Akbar's court musician Tansen and his guru the Hindu Mystic Swami Haridas. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful indianization of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques, by giving it a evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument Mohan Veena to unbelievable heights. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide player s in the world. Being a powerhouse performer, Vishwa's electrifying performance always captivates the audience whether in the United States of America, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland India. Vishwa Mohan has become the cultural ambassador of India by carrying the Herculean task of glorifying and popularizing Indian culture and music throughout the world. It was no surprise that Vishwa Mohan with his sheer virtuosity and limitless supply of melodies won the highest music award of the world, the Grammy Award in 1994 along with Ry Cooder for their World Music Album, 'A Meeting By The River' enhancing his celebrity status not only as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer.

Subhen Chatterjee will accompany on Tabla. Subhen Chatterjee bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana-Subhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing & which has made his style of playing so unique & distinctive. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, which is still the only of its kind from the eastern part of India. Subhen’s recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones.


Singing Strings – Sitar & Violin Jugalbandi

Saturday, April 20, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Nayan Ghosh   Sitar
Praveen Sheolikar   Violin
Ishaan Ghosh   Tabla
  
  
  

Pandit Nayan Ghosh is acclaimed in India and around the world as one of India's foremost musicians, with an unusual dimension – the only maestro with superlative command on two diverse instruments the Sitar and the Tabla. Artistic brilliance, rich repertoire and a magnificence of tone are his hallmarks. Deeply loved by the senior most stalwarts of the music scene like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Ud. Vilayat Khan, the legendary Ud. Ahmedjan Thirakwa and many others besides enjoying an unusually high level of respect from all his contemporaries and younger musicians, he is already held as an important reference source for a whole new generation of music seekers. Son and disciple of the 20th century Tabla wizard Pt. Nikhil Ghosh and nephew of Pt. Pannalal Ghosh, “the Father of Indian Classical Flute”, Nayan has inherited the rich and learned legacy from his five or six predecessors and carries it with a dignity and grace that is rare. His sitar recitals sparkle with intense melodiousness and rich delineations, bringing out the depth and the true spirit of the raga. He has performed at all major festivals in India and toured extensively US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Far East, North Africa, etc. Presently, as Director of India’s leading music academy, the SANGIT MAHABHARATI in Juhu, Mumbai, Nayan is imparting advanced training to numerous young aspiring musicians. He is also presently a Distinguished Guest Professor at IIT-Bombay, teaching tabla, sitar, vocal and musicology at the Cell for Human Values. Nayan has played a vital role in the completion of his late father’s magnum-opus THE OXFORD ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE MUSIC OF INDIA, which was published worldwide in 2011 after a full 50 years of intensive and extensive research.

Praveen Sheolikar an exceptionally talented violinist of India. Steeped in Gayki-Ang, in Praveen's hands the violin expresses itself in an utterly sensitive and emotive manner. Praveen hails from a family with a musical tradition. His granfather Pt. Rambhau Sheolikar of Raipur was a great musician and his father Pt. Vasantrao Sheolikar is a well known violinist of Madhya Pradesh and a recipient of the coveted “SHIKHAR SAMMAN” which is the highest award conferred by the M.P. government in the field of performing art. Praveen started taking lessons from his grandfather at the age of 9 years and then mastered the technique and subtleties of violin under the watchful eyes of his father. Praveen has given many successfull performance all over India and Rome (Italy). He is an 'A' Grade artist of All India Radio. He has also performed in prestigious Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan held in Udaypur 2006. He has presented his diverse repertoire at numerous music concerts at many prestigious music festivals.

Born in 2000, in a family steeped in music, Ishaan Ghosh took to Tabla naturally and gave his first brief solo tabla performance at the age of 2-1/2. In 2008, Ishaan played Tabla Jugalbandi concerts with his father and Guru Pandit Nayan Ghosh in Switzerland, France and Spain at International Music Festivals. At 9, he was invited to perform along with his father in the Indo-Occidental Symbiosis “Jugalbandi Festival” at the Kala Mandir in Kolkata and the Sangeet Natak Academy-organized “Tabla Samaroha” in Kolhapur. In 2010, he accompanied his father on an extensive concert tour of USA, Hawaii and Mexico. Of recent in 2012, Ishaan has also performed at prestigious venues in India like the Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), the 150th birth anniversary of Ustad Allauddin Khan in Maihar, the Pannalal Ghosh Birth Centenary Celebrations at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre auditorium. It is rare to see a child of this age with an unusual level of musical instinct and maturity in musical thought. He continues to pursue the study of the Tabla and devote time to its practice, in addition to academic studies at Mumbai’s prestigious Jamnabai Narsee School. He is simultaneously receiving training in Sitar and vocal music from his father.


Vocal Concert - Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, March 09, 2013
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Anand Bhate   Vocals
Suyog Kundalkar   Harmonium
Bharat Kamat   Tabla
  
  
  

Anand Bhate is recognized as one of the top vocalists of the younger generation of the great Kirana tradition. Anand has been a disciple of the great classical vocalist, Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, doyen of the Kirana gharana. Anand has performed all over India and abroad in many prestigious music conferences like Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Samaroha, Learnquest Music Conference, etc. Recipient of numerous awards he has many published albums to his credit. He won the National Award for Best Playback Singer for the movie Balagandharva. He shows a remarkable versatility in presenting a wide variety of music, from the Khayal gayaki to the semi-classical exponents like Thumri, Natyageet and Bhajans/Abhagas. Anand was a gifted child prodigy. Connoisseurs were spellbound by Anand’s luminous rendering of Balgandharva’s gayaki and affectionately conferred on him the ‘title’ Anand Gandharva at an early age of 10. Meanwhile, Anand had also begun his initial training in classical music with Pandit Yashwantrao Marathe. Anand became a disciple of the great Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in 1988. Under Bhimsenji’s guidance, Anand has emerged as a notable Khayal-singer of the younger generation is the torch bearer of the Kirana gayaki.

Suyog Kundalkar is an established harmonium player of the younger generation. He studied under the guidance of Smt.Ranjana Godse initially and since 1997 he has been a devoted student of the renowned harmonium soloist, accompanist and musicologist Dr. Arawind Thatte. He has accompanied maestros like Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Balasaheb Poochwale, Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar, Girija Devi, Dr. Prabha Atre, Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ud Rashid Khan, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Pt.Mukul Shivputra, Pt. Madhup Mudgal , Arati Anklikar-Tikekar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Jayateerth Mevundi, Manjiri Asanare, Anand Bhate and others. He has toured extensively all over India and abroad. He is recipient of many awards; among them are the prestigious “U.Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” given by Sangeet Natak Academy and “Rasikagrani Dattopant Deshpande Puraskar”. He is a graded artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from ''Lalit Kala Kendra'' (Centre for Performing Arts- Pune University) and is on their panel as a Guru.

Bharat Kamat is well known for his sensitive Tabla accompaniment that reflects his deep musical understanding. Born in a family steeped into the tradition of music, Bharat is the grandson of the late Master Shantaram Kamat who was an accomplished singer and a famous ‘Natya Sangeet’ artist. He was introduced to the tabla at the age of four by his father, Pt. Chandrakant Kamat before coming under the tutelage of the well-known tabla maestro, Late Pt. Samta Prasad. Over the years, Bharat has accompanied several eminent artists of Hindustani music including the late Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, late Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Vi. Kishori Amonkar and Pt. Jasraj. He has extensively accompanied Pt. Bhimsen Joshi to whom he attributes his musical refinement and maturity. Winner of the Akashvani Music Competition award (1991), Bharat has several recordings to his credit. Bharat has performed in leading music festivals in India and has toured abroad.


The Art Stage 2012
A novel program featuring a medley of performances by performing and amateur ICMC member musicians


Saturday, December 01, 2012
3:30:00 PM
Venue: DFW Hindu Temple - Youth Center 1605 N. Britain Rd, Irving TX 75013


  
  
  
  
  
  

Performing musicians: Sohni & Mihir Patel (Violin duet), Amie Maciszewski (Sitar), Ritu Trivedi (Kathak), Meerambika Kulkarni (Kathak), Chittranjan Mohan Gupta (Vocals), Himanshu Koshe (Vocals), Rajshree Gore (Vocals), Kiran Sathaye (Vocals), Kalindi Sathaye (Harmonium), Mahesh Ruikar (Tabla), Neel Bhatt (Tabla), Neerav Dalal (Tabla) and Shantanu Bhattacharya (Tabla).

Complimentary dinner & refreshments will be served at end of the concert.

ICMC presents a unique program presenting a medley of several short vocal, instrumental and dance performances, by performing and amateur musicians of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This event is arranged in a baithak style concert format, where one will truly enjoy wide variety of musicians in an intimate manner. This event is FREE to general public. If you have interest in performing at this or similar events in future, please send an e-mail to webmaster@icmcdfw.org. All participants are required to have an active ICMC membership through June 30, 2013.

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.


Music Festival of India - Vocal & Santoor Recitals
This event is in-part sponsored by Texas Instruments, Inc.


Saturday, September 29, 2012
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Shantanu Bhattacharya   Vocals
Kunal Gunjal   Santoor
Durba Bhattacharya   Harmonium
Pt Samar Saha   Tabla
  
  

Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya is foremost among the young maestros of Hindustani classical vocal music. President’s Gold Medal winner Shantanu is a Top graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Possessing the rare feat of having won simultaneous top positions in Khayal and Thumri at All India Radio music competition, Shantanu Bhattacharyya’s singing has been described by senior maestros including Guruma Vidushi Meera Banerjee, as a true reflection of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Shantanu groomed in music first by his mother Ira Bhattacharyya and then Sri Amalendu Pal, Sri Bhismadev Bhattacharyya, Sri Sukhendu Goswami and Sri Sudhir Banerjee; Shantanu in subsequent years learned expansively from worshipped names of the Patiala-Kasur Gharana; Pandit Prasun Banerjee, Vidushi Meera Banerjee and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Associating also with other great artists while a scholar at Kolkata’s ITC Sangeet Research Academy in the ‘90s, he perfected himself into a musician aiming to combine the best of all styles, focusing centrally on the gayaki of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Shantanu has performed at numerous festivals & venues in India, United States, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Germany and Singapore.

Kunal Gunjal is a young and promising santoor artiste of the young generation. Having a musical background from his father, Shri.Ulhas Gunjal who is a disciple of internationally renowned santoor exponent, Padmavibhushan Pt.Shivkumar Sharma, Kunal started learning santoor from Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar (Senior Disciple of Pt.Shivkumar Sharma).Kunal is now learning under the guidance of Pt.Shivkumar Sharma and is his Youngest Disciple, striving to make a name amongst the Cognoscenti who have made invaluable contributions to the metamorphosis of Indian Classical Music. Besides having performed with Pt. Shivkumar Sharma on stage, Kunal has performed in various prestigious music festivals and conferences like Pune Festival, 17th Devnandan Ubhyakar Yuva Sangeet Utsav, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and MUSIC TODAY to name a few. Kunal’s outstanding mastery over melody and rhythm has helped him leverage the uniqueness which the Santoor can offer to create a unique experience for eclectic audiences. Effortlessly and deftly, Kunal draws out a wide range of emotions from the 100 strings of the Santoor ranging from the introspective to the resounding.

Durba Bhattacharya is promising vocalist and accomplished harmonium artist. Imbibing music from her parents, her mother Tapati Banerjee being a vocalist, Durba Bhattacharyya was nurtured in the basics of Hindustani vocal music at a very early age by Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan of Patiala gharana. She joined ITC-SRA in 1987, aged 12, receiving tutelage from Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, first as a general class student and later as a scholar between 1992 and 1996. Durba also took specialized lessons from Vidushi Meera Banerjee, the veteran musician who was a shagird of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Since her marriage in ’97, she has been learning from Shantanu Bhattacharyya, her Gurubhai-turned-husband, who was also a former scholar here.

Rhythm represents life. Music also becomes lively and enjoyable with the help of the rhythm. The slow and fast tempo in soft or bold tones brings tremendous variety to an otherwise monotonous musical event. A matured musician therefore needs a matured percussionist without whom his recital does not bloom. One such percussionist is Pandit Samar Saha. Numerous musical performances by renowned artists started throbbing with life with the magical touch of his fingers on the tabla. He belongs to the Benaras gharana. Born in Calcutta, Samar's initial training started at very tender age under the guidance of his father Shri Sudhanga Bhusan Saha and brother Shri Tarak Saha - a tabla player of repute. His formal training started under the tutelage of Shri Satchidananda Goswami and then flowered under the able guidance of Shri Krishna Kumar Ganguly (Natubabu) of Banaras gharana. At a very young age Samar showed to be a performer of great promise. Frequently featured on Radio and TV in their musicals, Samar has participated in almost all the prestigious music conferences in India, USA, Canada, various countries in Europe and Asia. Samar Saha is a full time faculty member of Sangeet Research Academy since its very inception in 1978.


India Dance Festival
This event is in-part sponsored by the University of Texas at Dallas


Saturday, September 08, 2012
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson TX


Shibani Patnaik   Odissi
Sunaina Rao   Kathak
Anjali Magi   Kathak
  
  
  

India Dance Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Odissi and Kathak styles. Kathak, the dance style from north India has the charm and subtlety associated with miniature paintings. Nurtured in the holy precincts of the Hindu temples Kathak was further enhanced with Persian influence during the Mogul reign in India. Over the centuries, it has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas. Odissi, a recognized form of Indian classical dance, is from the eastern state of Orissa. Odissi dates back to 2nd century B.C. and is well known for its grace, fluid movements and strong footwork. Odissi postures can be seen in the sculptures of ancient Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist temples and caves of Orissa.

Shibani Patnaik is flourishing as one of the leading dancers in her generation today. She is an energetic dancer with a strong technical background who strikes the perfect combination of power and grace. Shibani has been extensively trained in Odissi by the Late Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Aruna Mohanty, Manoranjan Pradhan, and Yudhistir Nayak from Orissa Dance Academy in India. Shibani has performed extensively throughout North America and India. She has also performed and given lecture demonstrations at various dance festivals, fundraisers, universities, libraries and museums. Shibani and her sisters, known as the “Patnaik sisters” helped superstar Madonna choreograph a piece in Odissi style for the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards which was broadcasted to millions of viewers throughout the world. They also collaborated with Ricky Martin on an Odissi piece for his 2007 world tour. Shibani was awarded the 2006 Devadasi award in Orissa. Stanford University presented Shibani with the 2001 Asian-American Performing Arts Award, and the Chapell-Lougee Scholarship to conduct research in Orissa. In 2002, while Shibani was a student at Stanford University, she organized and introduced a four year Indian classical dance program to the official curriculum.

Sunaina Rao has been training in the field of Kathak since the age of six. Her mother and guru, Akhila Rao, is a disciple of Guru Sri. Ganesh Hiralal and Guru Smt. Asha Joglekar of Mumbai. Sunaina has performed extensively in the United States as well as the in India at prestigious shows and venues. Sunaina was awarded the title of "Singaar Mani" by the Sur Singaar Samsad for her performance at the prestigious Kal-Ke-Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan in 2010 and "Natya Pravina" by Yuva Bharati. She has also attended workshops conducted by various Kathak maestros - Pandit Birju Maharaj, Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, Smt. Archana Joglekar and Nirupama Rajendra to name a few. She has completed her Upantya Visharad in Kathak with honors from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, India. She is a partner and an assistant teacher at her mother's dance school, Kathak Rhythms, based in Plano, TX. Besides pursuing her passion through Kathak, professionally, Sunaina is a 2013 Pharm.D. Candidate at The University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

Anjali Magi has done her Kathak Nrityalankar (Masters in Kathak) from the prestigious Gandharva Mahavidyalaya under able guidance of guru Smt Radhika Sathe. She runs her own dance school called "Nrityanjali" and the motto of her school is to promote Kathak in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex. She has performed at various prestigious events in the DFW metroplex area like the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Discover India festival, Kalamaalika, World dance conference conducted by the ICHF, and several others. She was actively involved in a project 'Young Audiences' where she visited various schools in Dallas and surrounding area to introduce the American kids to Indian dance culture. She has performed at various festivals and event in the US such as classical dance annual festival at Omaha, Nebraska; the Hindu temple in Oklahoma City, etc.. Anjali and her students perform at various charity events that sponsor various under privileged children in India. She has judged various dance competitions at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.


Vocal Concert – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, May 12, 2012
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Vinayak Torvi   Vocals
Shantilal Shah   Tabla
Amit Kelkar   Harmonium
  
  
  

Pt. Vinayak Torvi is a well known artist for Hindustani vocal music, who has carved a niche for himself in the realm of music. Gifted with powerful resonant voice with rare rhythm and rich melody , he has been capturing music lovers all over. Born in the family of Keerankaars, he absorbed the 'Sanskaaras' of music. A child prodigy, blessed with parents loving encouragement and deep involvement in music, Vinayak began early lessons at a tender age of nine, from Vidwan Tammanna Gurav and then continued with Vidwans Narayanachar Dandapur and Narayan Rao Muzumdar of Dharwad. What groomed him into this perfect singer are his twelve years of gurukulavasa under Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande who was the doyen of 'Gwalior Gharana'. He absorbed the intense, intricate treasures of classical music in the Gwalior as well as Agra Gayaki, from Gururao. Torvi acquired Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music securing first rank, from Karnatak University, Dharwad. As a post graduate student at the university, he had the rare fortune of tutelage of stalwarts like Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Basavaraj Rajaguru and Pt. Mallikarjuna Mansoor. Talented Torvi well utilized this exposure to various styles of music and molded his singing to emerge as a versatile full-fledged musician. With his unique voice culture, he is proficient in presenting varieties of raagas with due justice. He has composed many Bandish and Taranas. He also excels in light classical music and bhakti sangeet in Kannada, Marathi and Hindi. He is an acclaimed AIR (All India Radio) and Doordarshan artist. He has participated in major music conferences and festivals all over India and toured abroad.

Shantilal Shah was born and raised in the culturally and artistically vibrant city of Banaras, India. His basic taalim was under Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Banaras Gharana. He is a worthy disciple of Taal-Yogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. During his initial years as a Tabla player, Shantilal Shah remained a gold medalist from the Sangeet Natak Academy of Lucknow, and also won the National Talent Scholarship awarded by the Govt. of India. A Sangeet Prabhakar from the Prayaag Sangeet Samiti of Allahabad, he is also a graded artist of the All India Radio & Television. Shantilal Shah has been performing all over India and many western and Asian countries. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the greatest names in Indian Classical music, like Sangeet Martand Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jeetendra Abhisheki, Rohini Bhate, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Ud. Sujaat Khan, Bhajan Sopori, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Padma Talwalkar, Arati Ankalikar, Shama Bhate and others. Shantilal Shah has proven himself to be one of the most successful Tabla-Gurus of the present generation. He began teaching in Pune in the early 80s under the banner of one of the leading performing art organizations of the city, Nad-roop. Later he moved to Tampa, Florida, USA to join the faculty of the Pandit Jasraj School of Music as the resident Tabla Guru. In 2003, Shantilal Shah moved to Houston, TX to join the Anjali Center of Performing Arts, and present he is the Tabla Guru with Swaralayam Arts Forum.

Amit Kelkar's musical education began at a very young age at home from his mother Smt. Suniti Kelkar and her father Shri. Narayan Gadgil. Amit taught himself to play the harmonium and performed for the first time on stage at the age of 14. He has provided harmonium accompaniment to several renowned artists over the years, including Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Dr. Prabha Atre, Smt. Minoo Purushottam and Prasad Khaparde. Amit is also a versatile singer and music composer. He is currently learning hindustani vocal music from Dr. Mohankumar Darekar. Amit performs ghazals and light music frequently in the DFW metroplex. Amit holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and also has released three CD-albums released in the United States.


Flute and Mandolin Jugalbandi

Saturday, April 21, 2012
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Rupak Kulkarni   Flute
Snehashish Mozumder   Mandolin
Subhen Chatterjee   Tabla
  
  
  

With music blown into his breath by father Pt. Malhar Kulkarni, Rupak Kulkarni has blossomed under the finest tutelage of flute maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, to become an outstanding exponent of Maihar Gharana. As a ganda bandh shagird of Pt. Chaurasia since the tender age of 9, Rupak with arduous training and hard work, has mastered "Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari ang" equally well. With concerts across the world in many countries such as Australia, America, Russia, Japan, Africa, etc. Rupak has acquired a dignified maturity in his playing at an early age. In India, Rupak has performed in all major music festivals -Sawai Gandharva (Pune), Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior), Bharti Vidya Bhavan (Kolkata), Gunidas Sammelan (Mumbai). Rupak has lent his musical prowess to many melodies hitting the chart busters. Has worked with renowned music directors from Bollywood. Films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (K3G), Fiza, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer and many more have him playing in not just the main songs but also in the background scores, arousing emotions varying from pathos to exuberance. Rupak has collaborated with many renowned musicians from the West as well.

Snehasish Mozumder is among those few established musicians in India who has mastered the art of playing Mandolin, and has blended it perfectly into the style of Hindustani Indian Classical Music. He started his initial training at the age of four with Tabla and then Mandolin under the guidance of his grandfather late Sri Bibhuty Ranjan Mozumder and then he took training under his father Sri Himanshu Mozumder and his uncle late Sri Ranjan Mozumder. Gradually he switched over to his cousin Tejendra Narayan Majumdar who is a well-known sarod player. He continued his study under late Acharya Ajoy Sinha Roy who was a beloved disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan Saheb,the founder of Maihar Gharana and he takes lesson of laykari under the guidance of Pandit Anil Palit who is a senior most disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Finally he came under the tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Snehasish, has performed many major festivals in India like Sankat Mochan Utsav of Varanasi, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sanmelan of Mumbai,Indian Habitat Centre of Delhi, Bhowanipur Sangeeet Sanmelan, GolPark Ramkrishna Mission of Kolkata and Saltlake Music Conference of Kolkata etc, and also he has toured Europe, UK and USA and made a very good name amongst the music lovers. He is the recipient of Surmani and Jadubhatta Awards.

Subhen Chatterjee will accompany on Tabla. Subhen Chatterjee bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana-Subhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing & which has made his style of playing so unique & distinctive. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, which is still the only of its kind from the eastern part of India. Subhen’s recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones.


Vocal Concert – Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, April 07, 2012
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Manjusha Patil-Kulkarni   Vocals
Rajiv Paranjpe   Harmonium
Mayank Bedekar   Tabla
  
  
  

Manjusha Patil-Kulkarni trained under Pandit KaneBua in Gurukul system for 12 years. After that she has continued her training under the tutelage of Dr. Ashok D. Ranade and Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. Manjusha has been gifted with a forceful & seasoned voice. Tunefulness, command over lay and taal, purity in exposition of Raga, complex Taan patterns, speed & clarity of taan are a few highlights of her singing. She also excels in Semi Classical Music & Light Music, especially Marathi NatyaSangeet. Manjusha has performed at prestigious platforms such as Sawai Gandharva Music Festival, Tansen Samaroh, Kala Academy, Goa etc. and has toured extensively both in India and outside India. Recipient of many prestigious awards, including Sangeet Natak Academy’s Ustad Bismilla Khan award. Manjusha is a 'A' Grade artist of the All India radio. She will be accompanied on Harmonium by Rajiv Paranjpe. She will be accompanied on Tabla by Mayank Bedekar, a disciple of Pt. Suresh Talwalkar.


Magic of Strings - Sitar & Sarod Recital
This event is in-part sponsored by Encore Enterprises, Inc.


Saturday, March 24, 2012
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Indrajeet Banerjee   Sitar
Partho Sarothy   Sarod
Arup Chattopadhyay   Tabla
  
  
  

Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music. Some of these family members include his guru, Pandit Kartik Kumar (Sitar), Pandit Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy (Surbahar). He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Indrajit's training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartik Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Indrajit has a special touch on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and sensitivity. The use of subtle meends (glide) and chikari Strings towards the end of Jod is quite unique and fascinating. Indrajit is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and television and also an approved artist of I.C.C.R (Govt. of India). He has been awarded several prestigious awards. He is a graduate of Arts from Calcutta University and 'Sangeet Bibhakar' . He has performed in numerous music festivals in India and abroad (Europe, USA, Caribbean, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Brazil, Middle East, etc. ). Presently he teaches in Rhythm and Raag in Chicago for the spring and fall semesters and summer in Samhati (France) and in Kolkata India.

Partho Sarothy's virtuosity on the sarod makes his exploration of the raagas an exercise in harmony and tranquility, and his serious meditative approach makes his music literally soar to unscaled heights of fulfillment. Partho started his musical training under his father, late Sudhamoy Chowdhury, who was a disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Moitra, the great sarod maestro. Then he took lessons for nearly a decade from Ustad Dhyanesh Khan – son and disciple of legendary sarod player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since 1980, Partho has been under the direct guidance of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, India’s greatest musician. He is also fortunate to have the great vocalists Pt. Prasun and Meera Banerjee as his parents-in-law. With this long and illustrious training under these great gurus, combined with an inherent creative sensibility, Partho Sarothy’s music is truly a symphony in serenity. Born in 1960, Partho is based in Kolkata, the cultural Mecca of India. He has been performing for the last 40 years in India and all over the World as a soloist and also with his great guru Pt. Ravi Shankar as an accompanist in the Kremlin Hall in USSR, The Carnegie Hall in USA, The Royal Albert Hall & Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and other numerous places around the World.

Arup Chattopadhyay is recognized as one of the most outstanding and sought after Tabla artists of this generation. As a premier disciple of world-renowned maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh, Arup has established himself as a top-notch accompanist as well as a formidable soloist. He began studying Tabla at age six with his father, the eminent Tabla player, Shri Pankaj Chattopadhyay, and later came under the tutelage of Pt. Shankar Ghosh, with whom he continues to train. Having achieved grade-A status as an artist, Arup's performances are broadcasted on radio and TV throughout India. He has accompanied many of the leading musicians of India such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Nayan Ghosh, Pt. Ajay Chakarbarti, Lakshsmi Shankar, Pts. Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ustad Rashid Khan, the late V.G. Jog, Pt. Manash Chakravarty, Pt. Arun Bhadhuri, Pt. Samaresh Choudhury, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Kushal Das, Partha Bose, Partha Sarathi, and Debashish Bhattacharya, among a host of others. Since 1998 Arup has been honored to accompany the living legend Pt. Ravi Shankar in tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and India, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Barbican Hall in London. Arup is also a highly sought after teacher of Tabla. He was previously a professor of Tabla at Baratiya Vidya Bhavan in London (Institute of Indian Culture) and has been a member of the faculty at UC San Diego since 1999.


The Art Stage 2011
A novel program featuring a medley of performances by performing and amateur ICMC member musicians


Saturday, November 12, 2011
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


  
  
  
  
  
  

ICMC presents a unique program presenting a medley of several short vocal and instrumental performances, by performing and amateur musicians of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This event is arranged in a baithak style concert format, where one will truly enjoy wide variety of musicians in an intimate manner. 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. This event is FREE to general public. If you have interest in performing at this or similar events in future, please send an e-mail to webmaster@icmcdfw.org. All participants are required to have an active ICMC membership through end of the year.

Vocals:
Amit Kelkar, Manasi Singh, Rhea Parikh, Malvika Nangia, Aria Abhyankar, Vibha Godse Gore, Kiran Sathaye and Anandamayee Majumdar

Instrumental:
Mihir Patel (violin), Amit Kelkar (Harmonium), Kalindi Sathaye (Harmonium), Anshu Saran (Harmonium), Divya Kasety (violin), Sohni Patel (violin), Sruthi Tekkalur (violin), Divya Samy (violin), Rajal Shah (violin), Neerav Dalal (Tabla), Shantanu Bhattacharya (Tabla), Parth Kuntawala (Tabla), Ranaq Alam (Tabla), Yash Vyvharkar (Tabla), Birinder Singh Nijjar (Tabla), Mahesh Ruikar (Tabla) and Uttiya Chowdhury (Tabla)

Dance
Meerambika Kulkarni (Kathak) and Megna Murali (Kathak)

Music Festival of India
A Medley of Sitar and Vocal Recitals


Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Anupama Bhagwat   Sitar
Pritam Bhattacharjee   Vocals
Prithwi Bhattacharjee   Tabla
Amit Kelkar   Harmonium
  
  

Anupama Bhagwat, a refreshingly versatile sitarist of the current generation, has performed to critical acclaim in India, USA/Canada, UK, Italy, France, and Brazil. One of the leading disciples of the world-renowned Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee - a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana, her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre, while remaining true to tradition. She has imbibed the vigor that is a hallmark of her Gharana: scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap and brilliant fluency of melody (raag bhava), all the while maintaining her technical virtuosity. Academically she has completed the Sangeet Visharad and obtained her Masters in music from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya. During this span of time she had successfully completed the M.A. (music) and obtained her B.Sc. in mathematics. Anupama has established herself with performances at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide, including: Ustad Amir Khan Smriti Samaroh (Indore), Assisi, Turin (Italy), Nice (France) Swami Haridas Samaroh, Saptak (Ahmedabad), Sankat Mochan Samaroh (Varanasi), India International Center (New Delhi), Sangeet Research Academy (Kolkata), Lotus World Music Festival (USA), MIT Fall Concert Series (USA), Baba HarBallabh Samaroh-Vasant Utsav (Jalandhar), and many others.

Hailing from Silchar in Assam, Pritam Bhattacharjee is a young rising star in the Hindustani music firmament. Pritam began his initial training under his mother Smt. Monjushree Bhattacharjee at the tender age of three. He was then trained under Shri. Amarendra Chakraborty of Kirana Gharana. His lifelong ambition of learning under the Mewati Maestro Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasrajji realized, when the living legend accepted him as his disciple. Pritam has performed solos in many a concerts and prestigious festivals in India and abroad. Prominent among them being the Motiram Sangeet Samaroha in Hyderabad, Harballabh Music Festival in Jalandhar, and many festivals. He has also traveled extensively and performed with his Guruji all over India and abroad. Prominent among them being the Doverlane Music conference in Calcutta, Gunidas Sangeet Samaroha in Delhi, Saptak Music Festival in Ahmedabad, Swar-Utsav in Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Mumbai etc., in India and at the ICCR’s 50th anniversary celebrations in South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg), Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Mauritius and the United States. In 2001 Pritam has composed more than 200 compositions in different forms of music .He has several CD’s released in his credit. Currently he is faculty at the Pandit Jasraj school of music in Atlanta.(USA)


Santoor Concert
This event is in-part supported by Texas Instruments, Inc.
Due to visa related issues flute artist will not be performing on Sept 10th and thus concert will be a Santoor and Tabla duet


Saturday, September 10, 2011
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Tarun Bhattacharya   Santoor
Subrata Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Tarun Bhattacharya has been a pioneering and revolutionary musician who has changed the face of Indian classical music, he has been truly an unparalleled music ambassador of India. The famous Maihar Gharana’s only Santoor player, Tarun Bhattacharya has revolutionized Santoor, the instrument, as well as it’s style of play. He displayed for the first time ever (1980) that one could 'meend' or glide notes at the lower octave in a hammered instrument like Santoor. He changed the art of playing santoor for ever. Tarun Bhattacharya is the inventor of "mankas" or fine tuners that help in the tuning of this 100 stringed instrument fast, with a long lasting effect and a very high degree of accuracy. His improvisations on the shape and string arrangements have resulted in deeper and more classical sound for the Santoor.

A tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scenario, Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata 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, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain, Tarun Bhattacharya, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Chitraveena Ravikiran, and Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury. He is a visiting professor at the University of Urbana Champaign ,IL.


Kathak Dance Festival
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, August 27, 2011
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, TX


Prashant Shah   Kathak
Yogini Gandhi   Kathak
Rupal Patel   Kathak
Dancers from Arya Dance Academy   New Jersey
  
  

Kathak Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Kathak style. Kathak, the dance style from north India has the charm and subtlety associated with miniature paintings. Nurtured in the holy precincts of the Hindu temples Kathak was further enhanced with Persian influence during the Mogul reign in India. Over the centuries, it has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas.

Prashant Shah is one of the most promising male Kathak dancers of India. Since last two decades, Prashant has been training under the tutelage of Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia, a world renowned Kathak exponent, Choreographer and founder of the Kadamb Centre for Dance and Music in Ahmedabad, India. Prashant’s virtuosity in Kathak technique, especially ‘takkaar’ (rhythmic footwork) and ‘chakkar’ (pirouettes) and his excellent understanding of ‘taal’ and ‘laya’ (rhythm and meter respectively) make him a versatile dancer and enable him to perform a vast repertoire with masculine grace without flowery affectations. Prashant has toured extensively in India and other countries like USSR, UK, USA, France, Holland, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and others as a solo dance artist as well as a leading dancer of Kadamb performing unit. He has also been part of various dance compositions choreographed by Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Few of the prestigious organizations based in India like Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi has also invited Prashant to perform in their prestigious festivals. Prashant’s ‘Independence’ -dance production with Nina Rajarani (Bharata Natyam dancer based in UK) , ‘Kathak Pravas’-dance production with Kelly Verma (Kathak dancer based in Holland) and ‘Anokha’ -a joint production of Hip-Hop, Bharata Natyam and Kathak with Kader Attou (Hip Hop dancer- choreographer based in France) are some of the productions which have been successfully performed, toured and critically acclaimed extensively in India and Europe.

A rare combination of talent, intellect and beauty, Yogini Gandhi is amongst the very few dancers who perform two Indian classical dance styles - Kathak & Odissi with equal dexterity and virtuosity. She has received guidance from India’s legendary dance maestros Pt. Birju Maharaj and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Yogini has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in India like the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Ellora Festival, Kathak Kendra Mahotsav etc. Through the years her performances have received critical acclaim as also appreciation from audiences in India and abroad. She has presented dance concerts and lecture demonstrations in the USA, Australia, Sweden, Denmark etc. Yogini has a unique command over both the rhythmic as well as emotive aspects of dance. A noteworthy feature of her exposition is that she creates an instant rapport with the audience through her articulate oratory. This has also resulted in Yogini becoming a much sought after compere. She has been bestowed with a number of awards and honors to name a few The Rotary Vocational Excellence award, The Shingaar Mani, Outstanding Young Person Award. She is also empanelled with the I.C.C.R. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, A Govt. of India organization in New Delhi and Member of the International Dance Council – UNESCO To share her love and joy of dance, Yogini established ‘Kalanidhi’ an institute where she imparts training in Kathak & Odissi. She is also a visiting faculty at the Centre of Performing Arts, Pune University.


Vocal Recital

Sunday, May 22, 2011
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar   Vocal
Rohit Mujumdar   Tabla
Tanmay Deochake   Harmonium
  
  
  
Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, the maestro from the Mewati Gharana, is an artist of international acclaim in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. An extremely popular artist, he is the inspiration for the young generation. Blessed with an exceptionally sweet voice, his vocation in life was clear right from the age of 3. Born in 1969, Sanjeev started learning Hindustani Classical Music, from the tender age of eight. He has been groomed by his mother Smt. Shobha Abhyankar, Pandit Pimpalkhare ji and Padmavibhushan Pandit Jasraj ji. Though his aim had been to pursue a career in music since childhood, he has acquired a bachelor's Degree in Commerce. Sanjeev rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai, at the age of 11. Since then, he has traveled extensively all over India, performing in all the prestigious conferences and art circles, several times. He has spread the fragrance of Indian Classical music in USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has received many awards which include the President's award from the All India Radio in 1990, the prestigious F. I. E. Foundation National Award 1996, The coveted National Award 1998 as the best male playback singer, for the Hindi film 'Godmother', the title 'Sur Ratna', Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2002 and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar, to name a few. He has also given playback for films such as ' Maachis', 'Nidaan', 'Sanshodhan' , 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar' and 'Banaras'.

CALCUTTA QUARTET
A unique quartet of North Indian Classical music with a blend of North & South Indian Rhythm


Saturday, May 07, 2011
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Davidson Auditorium, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080


Dev Shankar   Violin
Jyoti Shankar   Violin
Pt. Shubhen Chatterjee   Tabla
N. Shankar   Mridangam
  
  
Calcutta Quartet is a unique quartet of North Indian Classical Music with a blend of North and South Indian rhythm. Four master musicians join hands to make one of India's best known Quartet on North Indian Classical Music with wonderfully rich blend of North/South Indian rhythm. Dev Shankar and Jyoti Shankar, senior students of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan/popularly known as violin brothers, provide rich traditional ragdaari and contemporary melodies. Violin brothers have done doctorate from Trinity College of Music, London and are proficient in both Eastern & Western Classical Music. They have worked in major recordings with Pt.Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Oscar winning film director Late Mr.Satyajit Ray, etc. They have also been certified as finest violin players by none other than Mr.Zubin Mehta. They have played in such major music festivals as Dover Lane Music Conference, Salt Lake Music Conference etc. and travelled in US, Europe, UK & other countries quite successfully. Some of the press comments about violin brothers: "Those present were just stunned by their performance" - Times Of India. "Create magic with their nimble fingers on the strains of the violin" - The Telegraph. The brothers Jyoti and Deb today are much involved violinists, tuneful and clean with precise articulation - Business Standard. Violin Brothers will be accompanied on Mridangam by N. Shankar and on Tabla by Pt. Subhen Chatterjee. Subhen Chatterjee bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana-Subhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing & which has made his style of playing so unique & distinctive. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, which is still the only of its kind from the eastern part of India. Subhen’s recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones.

Madhya Laya - A Taal Vadya Ensemble presenting Rhythms and Ragas of India


Saturday, April 23, 2011
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Akhilesh Gundecha   Pakhawaj
Dr. Brian Silver   Sitar
Himanshu Mahant   Tabla
Manoj Singh Boraliya   Duff
Anoop Singh   Dholak, Matka, Angklung, Dufli, Hudka
  
Madhya-Laya is a group of young percussionists with various instruments. It is a dailogue between various performers creating a new dimension in the field of Tala Vadya. This group consists of both folk and classical instruments like Pakhawaj, Tabla, Dholak, Harmonium, Sarangi, Hudka, Daff (with stick), Madal, Dafali and Matka. Madhyalaya creates new aspects of Tala Vadya Kachahari where instruments crafts innovative rhythms and sounds by floating with each other. This is a group led by Akhilesh Gundecha. Sarwar Hussain (Sarangi); grandson of late sarangi maestro Ustad Abdul Latif Khan; adds mystic touch of beautiful melodies and also present some solo raga presentation. . The conception, planning, preparation, coordination and execution have received very high praises among music lovers and artists circle. This group has performed at Saptak Music Festival, Ahmedabad; World Trade Fair, New Delhi; Shivpuri Festival, Shivpuri; Shravan Mahotsava Ujjain;Chakradhar Festival, Raigarh; Ustad Allauddin Khan festival, Maiher; The Rotary Music Festival, Aurangabad; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal;Bangalore Habba and Sawai Gandharva Festival- Pune. The conception, planning, preparation, coordination and execution have received very high praises among music lovers and artists.

Ustad Shahid Parvez (Sitar) – Live in Concert

Sunday, April 10, 2011
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Ustad Shahid Parvez   Sitar
Gouri Shankar   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is privileged with both belonging to an illustrious musical family, and for achieving success in not only preserving the tradition but in pushing its boundaries to even greater heights of aesthetic beauty. He is one of the most brilliant musical gems of the famous Etawah Gharana and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. His family has produced the most revered and influential figures in Hindustani Classical Music including the likes of Sahabdad Khan, Imdad Khan, Enayet Khan, Waheed Khan and Vilayat Khan. A very young Shahid Parvez was initiated into the rich music of the Gharana by his illustrious father and Guru Ustad Aziz Khan, a famous musician and a noted composer and the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khan. As is the custom, Ustad Aziz Khan first initiated his son into vocal music and tabla, before training him on the Sitar over many years with all the intensity and rigor that had made this Gharana famous. The young Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and had started performing in public by the time he was only eight years of age. For Ustad Shahid Parvez, the Sitar and Self are identical entities, and music is not just a discipline but life itself – vibrating and pulsating and full of color. Few instrumentalists have enjoyed so much of love and admiration as Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan has, from the music loving fraternity worldwide. He is a Top Grade artist of All India Radio (AIR). and a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere. With numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs, numerous awards and accolades, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is widely recognized as one of the greatest sitar-players of the world.

Vocal Recital

Sunday, March 13, 2011
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Shounak Abhisheki   Vocal
Harshad Kanetkar   Tabla
Uday Kulkarni   Harmonium
  
  
  
Shounak Abhisheki is the gifted son and disciple of the Maestro Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. Shounak a leading vocalist of young generation has a beautiful combination of Agra and Jaipur styles of Hindustani Classical Music. Already considered a young maestro , this sought after young vocalist had the privilege of training under Smt. Kamaltai Tambe of the Jaipur Gharana and of course under his illustrious father. Shounak has carried forward his father’s musical legacy, giving it new dimensions. Shounak’s voice is a great combination of power and emotion which is enhanced by his impressive diction. He also performs special programs like Swarbhishek, Tulsi ke Ram & Kabir and Marathi Abhangwani. Not only has he performed in all the major music festivals in India,but also for a series of concerts in USA, UK, USSR, the Arabian Gulf, Thailand, etc.. Shounak has been recorded by reputed recording companies.

Shounak will be accompanied on Harmoium by Uday Kulkarni. Uday had started training in music from his father Late Shri.Govind Kulkarni. After that he started taking advance lessons from Shri.Pramod Marathe. He has done “Sangeet Visharad” from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He is also a graded artist on All India Radio. He has accompanied many artists like Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Devaki Pandit, Shounak Abhisheki, Manjiri Alegaonkar etc. Shounak will be accompanied on Tabla by Harshad Kanetkar. Harshad 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. He has accompanied many leading artists like Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ud Shahid Parvez, Veena Sahastrabuddhe, Shama Bhate (Kathak), Aarti Tikekar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ashwini Bhide, etc. in prestigious music conferences all over India. He has traveled and performed extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, China and Middle East. His recordings include solo works and fusion of musical traditions of the East and West.

Santoor Recital

Saturday, December 11, 2010
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Dhananjay Daithankar   Santoor
Sameer Puntambekar   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar is one of the most renowned Santoor artists in the world. At the age of 10, he started learning tabla from Pt. G.L. Samant in Pune, India. Learning Tabla provided him strong foundation of tala and rhythm. While studying Ayurved medicine the scintillating sound of Santoor attracted him. In 1977, he built Santoor for himself and presented it to Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. Looking at his strong desire towards Santoor; Shivji suggested learning initial lessons from Pt. Ratanlal Tikkoo (Disciple of Pt Shivkumar Sharma). In 1981, very much impressed by his devotion, hard work and skills, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma invited him as a disciple and started shaping his musical talent. Since then Dr. Dhananjay is learning Santoor in Guru-Shishya parampara for more than 30 years. Shivji encouraged him to take up Santoor as a career after recognizing his ability and command over the instrument. Representing rich tradition of Banaras Gharana his recitals offer audience a wonderful exemplification of purity of Raga. His extra-ordinary ability to express different emotions through creation of own compositions in different raga, offers music lovers a unique experience. His command over Layakari, improvisation and exploration of raga take audience to musical paradise. Apart from being a national scholarship holder he has been awarded by “Surmani” kitab, Pune ki Aasha Puraskar, Dattopant Deshpande award. For last 26 years Dr. Dhananjay is performing on the most prestigious platforms throughout the world. Concert with Pt. Shivkumarji Sharma, Sawai Gandharva Festival, NCPA, Goa Kala Academy, Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Samaroha New Delhi, Pune Festival, Maniram-Motiram Festival, Kesarbai Kerkar Music festival are few of them. He has also offered rich musical experience to audience in US, Europe, and Middle East.

Kathak Dances by Archana Joglekar

Saturday, November 13, 2010
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Archana Joglekar   Kathak
  
  
  
  
  
Archana Joglekar is a celebrated Kathak Dancer of India. Born a child prodigy, she was schooled in detailed nuances of Lucknow & Jaipur Gharana by her mother and ‘Guru’ Asha Joglekar. This multi-talented dancer was honored with titles “Shringar Mani’ by Sur Singar Samsad and ‘Nritya Bharati’ by Hindi Sahitya Parishad, Prayaag. Her perfection, capacity to perform intricate footwork with unbelievable ease, Abhinaya of par excellence, uncanny ability to move from one character to another within a flicker of an eye has won over the pundits, critics as well as masses at home and abroad. She is the first Kathak dancer to perform at The Elephanta Festival, Mumbai, the first and perhaps the only Indian classical dancer to perform at the Reikjawik Art Festival in Iceland. Besides, various prestigious art festivals in India she has won over applause around the world. She is an accomplished choreographer in the field of live stage shows, feature films and television.Her choreography like “Ritu Rag Dershan”- the ballet, “Saura - Sukta”: based on the Sanskrit verses(Richas) from Rig-Veda, “Ganapathy Atharvasheersha”- Sanskrit Shlokaas praising Lord Ganesha, “Ardha-nari Nateshwar”- the half woman-half man form of Lord Shiva, have been highly acclaimed by the critics. Archana is a well known film actress and has featured in several Hindi films as well as other Indian language films. She has won many awards such as ‘Best Actress Award’ for her performances in feature films as well as TV serials. Behind the camera, she is a successful director, and a producer of TV serials.

Music Festival of India
This event is in-part supported by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)


Saturday, September 11, 2010
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium
Dallas Museum of Arts (DMA)


Pt. Vijay Koparkar   Vocal
Alam Khan   Sarod
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
Rajeev Paranjape   Harmonium
Prasad Joshi   Tabla
  
Music festival of India will present medley of two fine performances including instrumental recital and vocal performance featuring some of the finest musicians of Indian Classical Music; Pandit Vijay Koparkar on vocals and Alam Khan on Sarod. Vijay Koparkar started taking singing lessons at the age of eight. Initially he learned from Madhusudan Patwardhan for eight years, followed by training under renowned artiste of yesteryear, Vasantrao Deshpande for five years and then under Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki for seven years. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering (Metallurgy) from the College of Engineering, Pune and runs a small-scale manufacturing plant. Vijay Koparkar has been trained by gurus belonging to different gharanas (schools of music), and it reflects in his singing. He has received several honors including a scholarship given by Master Sudhir Phadke Through ‘Sulashree Pratishthan’ for six years from 1983 to 1990 and the ‘Pandit Ramkrishna Vaze Puraskar’ by Gandharva Mahamandal. Graded Artist at Akashvani & Television, given many performances at Radio & Doordarshan and E. TV, Alfa TV. Pt. Koparkar also has performed at several major music festivals in India. Vijay Koparkar has performed all over the world, including the USA, Canada, the Middle East, Paris and UK. Alam Khan, twenty-seven year old son of the late Swara Samrat Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, has been studying sarod with his father since he was seven. His first public performance was in 1998 at the Spirit of India Festival that celebrated the Ali Akbar College of Music's 30th Anniversary in America. Alam accompanied his father in several rigorous tours of India and Europe during 1999 to 2003. He has performed at the Jodhpur Palace for the King and Royal Family, Dover Lane Festival in Calcutta and several full-length performances in the United States. Since 2004, Alam has played numerous solo concerts throughout the US, and has established himself as a solo artist in India as well. He has performed alongside some of the greatest tabla maestros such as Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Ustad Zakir Hussain, and Pt. Anindo Chatterjee. Along with performing, Alam teaches at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California.

Ustad Irshad Khan (Sitar) – Live in Concert
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, August 28, 2010
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theater
University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, TX


Ud. Irshad Khan   Sitar
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Ustad Irshad Khan is considered among the world's best Sitar players and the leading Surbahar (Bass Sitar) player of his generation and among the finest instrumentalists of the world. His individual stamp in both these instruments ascends from the distinctiveness of his technique and mental prowess. Is renowned not only for his mastery of these two instruments, but for his unique presentation of the different genres of Indian classical music, and his mastery of the intricate “gayaki-ang”(vocal) and “tantra-ang”(instrumental) styles, makes Irshad Khan one of the most dynamic musicians of today. He is one of the most brilliant musical gems of the famous Etawah Gharana and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. His family has produced the most revered and influential figures in Hindustani Classical Music including the likes of Sahabdad Khan, Imdad Khan, Enayet Khan, Waheed Khan, Imrat Khan and Vilayat Khan. Irshad Khan is son and disciple of Sitar Legends Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Irshad's ancestors had been among the best musicians and leading sitar players of India and are credited for the introduction of the 'gayaki-ang' vocal style on the sitar. His family has been paramount in the evolution of the sitar into its present form. Whether he is performing pure classical, folk, or world-beat/new-age, audiences are stunned by his breathtaking virtuosity and profound musicality. This remarkable versatility allows him to transcend cultural barriers and turn each performance into a spellbinding and unforgettable experience for audiences everywhere. Through his performances and international press accolades and groundbreaking albums, he has proved to be an outstanding World musician.

Vocal Concert - Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, June 12, 2010
5:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, UT - Dallas


Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande   Vocals
Seema Shirodkar   Harmonium
Vishwanath Shirodkar   Tabla
  
  
  
Amongst the vocalists of the current generation of the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition of Khayal singing, Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande is an artiste of great caliber. Ashwini began her training at the age of five under the guidance of Pandit Narayanrao Datar. After graduating with a "sangeet visharad" from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, she started receiving guidance and meticulous attention from her mother, Smt. Manik Bhide, a great Khayal singer herself. Ashwini has inherited all that was best in her mother's style and was able to add a lot to her repertoire with great sensitivity and intellect. Presently she is receiving guidance from Pandit Ratnakar Pai, a veteran of the Jaipur gharana. A resident of Mumbai, Ashwini is a graduate in Microbiology and also holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry. She has recently published a book of ‘Bandishes’ written & composed by herself. She has been performing in a number of prestigious music conferences in India for over fifteen years and has had successful concert tours of Europe as well as of North America.

Surshringar Concert – Ancient Strings

Saturday, May 01, 2010
7:00:00 PM
Venue: TI Auditorium, School of Engineering & Computer Science, UTD, Richardson, TX


Pt. Joydeep Ghosh   Sur Shringar
Pt. Subhen Chatterjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
The Surshringar is a combination of three stringed instruments, namely the ii’ ahati veena, the rabab and the kachchapi veena. The small gourd and the neck to which the strings are attached are features of the mahari veena; the finger-board with the metal plate is very much like the type of rabab; and the main body is similar to that of the kachchapi veena, popularly called the kachchapi sitar, with its flat gourd resembling the back of a tortoise. There are six main strings which are placed on a flat bridge and two additional strings for the drone and the rhythmic accompaniment. Pandit Joydeep Ghosh, a prof of Khairagarh University of India, is hailed as one of India's leading Surshringar artistes of the present generation. He is a foremost torch bearer of the distinctive Sahajahanpur Gharana which was founded by the Great Sarod Maestro Late Ustad Mohammed Ameer Khan. He has developed an unbeatable mastery over his instrument and specialized in maintaining the purity of Ragas while displaying the most rare playable materials which are the assets of his own Gharana. He initiated his training in Surshringar & Sarod under the able guidance of the Maestros like Late Pandit Anil Roychowdhury, Late Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra and Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta all belonging to Shahajahanpur Gharana. Subsequently Pt.Ghosh was under the tutelage of the versatile Master Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana of Sitar & Surbahar. Under his brilliant guidance, Joydeep has adopted the typical aspects and the special features of Imdadkhani Gharana in his own style. In due course, Joydeep has developed the idea and the technique of playing Surshringar under the expert supervision of Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, the rudiments of which trace back to the Great Surshringar maestro, Late Ustad Mohammed Ali Khan of Senia Gharana and traditionally conveyed to Late Kumar Birendra Kishore Roychowdhury of Gauripur and later to his disciple Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee.

Sitar Concert

Sunday, April 18, 2010
5:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Pt. Kushal Das   Sitar
Pt. Kumar Bose   Tabla
  
  
  
  
"Kushal Das is one of those artists who appear once in a generation..", commented tabla virtuoso Swapan Chaudhuri. The critics and connoisseurs have acknowledged Kushal Das as a worthy successor of his idol, the legendary maestro Late Nikhil Banerjee. Kushal Das, sitarist par excellence, is distinguished by his profound understanding of music and the aesthetics of knowledge of raga improvisation. His concerts are marked for their aesthetic appeal and insight with a fine command of technical expertise. Kushal Das, a north Indian solo Sitar & Surbahar artist was born to a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, India. His grandfather late Sri Bimal Das was a renowned Esraj player while his father Sri Sailen Das is a sitarist of high repute. Kushal started his training at age of five and had the proud privilege of having learnt from great musicians - Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Sanjoy Banerjee, Ramkrishna Basu and late Ajoy Sinha Roy. The critic's connoisseurs have acknowledged him as a worthy successor of his idol, the late maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. His concerts are always marked for their aesthetic appeal and insight with a fine command of technical expertise. With maturity as his forte Kushal thus has the predominant virtue of Indian heritage & music. Kushal has participated in most of the major concerts all over the country. His tours abroad since 1987, covered USA, Canada, several European countries and Bangladesh and have been marked with great success and appreciation.

Vocal Concert - Khayal Sangeet

Saturday, March 20, 2010
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Jayteerth Mevundi   Vocals
Guruprasad Hegde   Harmonium
Bharat Kamat   Tabla
  
  
  
Jayateerth Mevundi hails from the land of great vocalists and maestros of Hindustani Classical Music, like Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Dr. (Mrs.) Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Pt. Basavraj Rajguru and Pt. Kumar Gandharva and so on. Born in the year 1972, Jayateerth, according to many connoisseurs and critics of Hindustani Classical Music, is considered to be a torchbearer of Kirana Gharana. Jayateerth received his initial training in music under the tutelage of Sangeet Ratna Pt. Arjunsa Nakod of Gwalior Gharana for about 10 years. Since the year 1994 on wards he has been receiving musical lessons under the able guidance of Pt. Shripati Padegar, who is a disciple of great vocalist Pt. Bhimsen Joshi of Kirana Gharana. Jayateerth Mevundi has won many accolades and awards , to name a few : Second prize in “AIR” Hindustani Classical vocal competition during 1988-89, at Ahmedabad.First prize in the competition held at Dharwad in 1989-90, organized by “Karnataka Kathak Kendra”. First prize in the competition organized by :“Sangeet Research Academy”, Calcutta.He was awarded a scholarship for 3 years (1986-88) by “Karnataka Sangeet Nrutya Academy”, Bangalore and Mrs. Yamunabai Shahane Shastreeya Gayana Shishyavrutti by “Gaanavardhan” in 1993, Pune. He is a recipient of “Pt. Jasraj Gourav Puraskar” for the year 1995. Mewati Gharana Sangeet Gourav Puraskar is also awarded to Jayateerth for the year 2000.Jayateerth has participated in several music conferences including the Mysore Dasara Festival, Sawai Gandharva Music Festival at Pune, Alladia Khan music conference, Kumar Gandharva Music conference etc.

The Art Stage 2010
A novel program featuring a medley of performances by performing and amateur musicians of the D/FW metroplex


Saturday, March 13, 2010
4:00:00 PM
Venue: Neighborhood Arts & Music School (NAMS)
8102 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034


  
  
  
  
  
  
ICMC presents a unique program presenting a medley of several short vocal and instrumental performances, by performing and amateur musicians of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This event is arranged in a baithak style concert format, where one will truly enjoy wide variety of musicians in an intimate manner. 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. This event is FREE to general public. If you have interest in performing at this or similar events in future, please send an e-mail to webmaster@icmcdfw.org. All participants are required to have an active ICMC membership.

Art Stage - performing artists include:
Vocals: Amit Kelkar, Lalitha Tekkalur , Farzana Alam, Yogesh Ratnaparakhi, Richa Purohit, Kavitha Srinivasan and Savithri Pattabhiraman

Instrumental: Matt Gaskins (guitar), Neel Bhatt (Tabla), Shantanu Bhattacharya (Tabla), Amit Kelkar (Harmonium), Kaustubh Dharwadkar (Santoor), Ranak Alam (Tabla), Parth Kuntawala (Tabla), Divya Kasety (violin), Vijay Pattabhiraman (violin), Yaswanth Poondla (violin), Rohin Maganti (violin), Sruthi Tekkalur (violin), Divya Samy (violin), Revanth Poondla (violin), Sohni Patel (violin), Mihir Patel (violin), Jeevan Betigeri (keyboards), Yash Vyavharkar (Tabla), Paras Doshi (Sitar), Birinder Singh Nijjar (Tabla) and Sudhir Dave (flute)

Memorable Thumaris and Bhajans

Saturday, November 21, 2009
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Dr. Vinay Bhide   Vocals
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
Amit Kelkar   Harmonium
  
  
  
Dr. Vinay Bhide is a highly renowned expert in vocal Indian music who has performed and lectured extensively in Europe and North America. After 15 years of rigorous traditional training of vocal classical music, gave public performances in India. He was awarded French Government Fellowship to pursue research in Physics. Besides earning PhD degree in France, he performed all over France in concerts & on the French Radio. He also taught Indian music to French musicians at the Conservatory of Paris, particularly the aspects of voice techniques and improvisation. In Canada and USA he have given lectures and seminars in many universities and have been teaching Indian Music in Ottawa. He composed music for an award winning Canadian feature film “A Passage to Ottawa” which was released in April 2002. Since the fall session of 2002 he has been appointed as Adjunct Research Professor at the Music Department, Carleton University, Ottawa. Two courses on Indian Music that are now part of the curriculum are conceived and taught by Dr. Bhide. He has worked with Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Birju Maharaj and other musicians of high repute on special projects. Vinay has performed in many prestigious music festivals in India and performed on Indian Radio and Television regularly. He has performed many recitals all over France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and other European Countries. Renowned recording companies in India and France have published his CDs, LPs and Cassettes.

Raga Unveiled
A visually beautiful film that brings the artistry and origins of India’s Raga music alive, a film by Gita Desai (film length: 2 hours, English)
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, October 24, 2009
5:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, UT - Dallas


  
  
  
  
  
  
India, unlike any other country in the world, boasts of cradling an art music that has been sifted and refined over 4000 years. With the even flow of evolution and an unshakeable support of theory, raga music is at once vibrant, mesmeric and sublime to this day. At its core is an ambition to profoundly change the performer and the listener at the deepest level. Nothing more nothing less! Raga Unveiled is a most inspiring and sweeping look at the entire " architectural brilliance" of a musical system that gave birth to this most wonderful and profound musical art form. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars, and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating spectrums of sound, and rare archival footage resulting in a grand synthesis to honor this music in its entirety. Raga Unveiled inspires, moves and transports one to a place that you never imagined existed. It is a spiritual engagement second to none!

Music Festival of India
This event is in-part supported by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)


Saturday, September 12, 2009
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pravin Gokhindi   Flute
Charudutta Phadake   Tabla
Sunaina Rao   Kathak
Meerambika Kulkarni   Kathak
Neha Deshpande   Kathak
Srishti Goel   Kathak
Priya Gupta   Kathak

Music festival of India will present medley of two fine performances including instrumental recital and dance performance featuring Kathak style. Kathak, the free flowing dance of North India has the charm and subtelty of miniature paintings.

Sunaina Rao, has been trained in the field of Kathak since the age of six. Her mother and guru, Akhila Rao is a disciple of Guru Ganesh Hiralal and Guru Smt. Asha Joglekar of Mumbai. She has performed in India as well as the in United States at prestigious shows and venues such as the Lotus World Festival- Indianapolis, IN, Dallas International Festival, Texas State Fair, Natyanjali Dance Festival 2003- Outstanding Young Dancers -San Antonio, TX, and Indian American Friendship Council among others. Sunaina has also attended workshops conducted by Kathak maestros - Pandit Birju Maharaj, Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, Smt. Anjani Ambegaonkar, Smt. Archana Joglekar and Nirupama Rajendra to name a few. She was featured in The Dallas Morning News, a leading newspaper of Dallas representing the Dallas International Festival also in the Fort Worth Star Telegram for her performances. She is also doing her Visharad in Kathak from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, India .

Born in a family of musicians, music is divine blessing to Pravin Godkhindi. He is fortunate to have his father Pandit.Venkatesh Godkhindi, an eminent vocalist and Bansuri artist, as his first and only Guru for flute. Pravin started toying with a small flute at the tender age of 3 and gave his first public concert at the age of 6 years and held the audience spellbound. His quest for deeper knowledge about layakaari brought him to his Guru, Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma a reputed Mridangam artist who is providing able guidance to Pravin on the deeper aspects of laya and layakaari. His father has taught him bansuri in Kirana gharana gayaki style. But Pravin added the gatkaari or tantrakaari style by his own efforts. He has been featured on some of the most prestigious music conferences in India and has also toured USA, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Muscat, Qatar, Holland and Portugal for his solo and fusion performances.

Trinity of Guitars - Live in Concert
2009 Grammy Nominated

This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, August 29, 2009
7:30:00 PM
Venue: University Theatre, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, TX


Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya   Trinity of Slide Guitars
Subhashish Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Guitar maestro Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the world’s phenomenon who created a unique Trinity of Slide Guitars. Each takes the slide guitar to new heights of sublimity. First of his invention is the Chaturangui, a 24-string hollow neck guitar, followed by the 14-string Gandharvi, which holds the longest glissando and the Anandi, a 4-string slide Ukulele, played at the end of a performance. All three combine aspects of the western guitar with elements of traditional Indian instrument. Born to musician parents Pt Debashish Bhattacharya, a child prodigy, was initiated into Indian classical singing, but was drawn to the guitar because of the ability to emulate the human voice by using the slide. The highly innovative mind of Debashish has given the Hindustani Slide Guitar a new dimension. Past performances of Debashish have include John McLaughlin and his latest incarnation of Shakti, Bob Brozman that resulted in the album Mahima. Led Kaapana, Martin Simpson are the others. Having studied under Maestro Ud. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod), Pt. Ajoy Chalraborty (Khayal, vocal) and the legendary Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabra, the Godfather of Indian Classical Guitar, there really is no way to describe this astonishing musician short of seeing him live. The uncanny ability of sliding like a voice and mesmerizing tantrakaari ang put Debashish Bhattacharya as a leading slide guitarist of the world. This extremely personable and gifted artiste takes us on a timeless journey through the history of Indian Classical Music, bringing it into the 21st century, with detours into the Blues and Hawaiian music as well. His work has earned him president of India award in 1984, The Asiatic Society Gold Medal in 2005 and BBC Planet Award for World Music in 2007.

Sarod Recital
A Unique Baithak Style Sarod Concert


Saturday, May 16, 2009
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Neighborhood Arts & Music School (NAMS), Frisco, TX


Pt. Partho Sarothy   Sarod
Shyam Kane   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Partho Sarothy started his musical training under his father late Sudhamoy Chowdhury, who was a disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Moitra, the great sarod maestro. Partho took lessons for nearly a decade from Ustad Dhyanesh Khan - son and disciple of the legendary sarod player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since 1980 Partho has been under the direct guidance of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, India's greatest musician. With this long and very illustrious training under the great Gurus coupled with an inherent protean creative sensibility, Partho Sarothy's music is truly a symphony in serenity. In India he has given concerts at all the major music festivals like Doverlane and S.R.A. festival in Calcutta, the Savai Gandharva Festival, Pune, IMG Fest, Mumbai, the Shankarlal Festival and Vishnu Digambar Jayanti, Delhi, Tansen Sangeet Samaroho, Gwalior and numerous other places in India. Partho has been performing for last 35 years in India and all over the world as a soloist and also with his great guru Pt. Ravi Shankar as a accompanist in the Kremlin hall in USSR, the Carnegie hall in USA, the Royal Albert Hall / Royal Elizabeth hall in London and other numerous places in and out of India.

Vocal Concert
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, May 09, 2009
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, TX


Arati Ankalikar Tikekar   Vocals
Milind Kulkarni   Harmonium
Harshad Kanetkar   Tabla
  
  
  
Arati Ankalikar is endowed with a rich mellifluous voice and is a prodigy in Indian Classical Music. She started her training with Pt.Vasantrao Kulkarni of Agra-Gwalior gharana, thereafter she was fortunate in receiving training from none other than Gaana Saraswati Kishor i Amonkar. She also took advance training from Pt.Dinkar Kaikani. All the gurus groomed Arati to develop her own individual style. Arati’s performances are marked by an excellent command over swara bhaava, raga bhaav, laya and layakari coupled with intricate varied taan patterns which makes her rendering of any raga melodious, rich and at times an experience taking you to the heights of musician bliss. Arati was awarded the National Scholarship (1975-1980). Later the N.C.P.A. awarded the Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar scholarship (1980-1982). She was awarded gold medal in all three categories in Indian Classical music competition by All India Radio. Arati has performed at many prestigious competitions in most of the cities in India. To name a few Savai Gandharva Mahotsav (Pune), Tansen Samaroh (Gwallior), Doverlane (Kolkatta), Shankarlal Music Festival (Delhi). She has performed repeatedly abroad at various venues in countries like USA, Canada, UK and several middle eastern countries. She has to her credit a number of audio cassettes n CDs marketed by HMV, Times and Music Today. Arati was the main playback singer for the Hindi film “Sardari Beghum”.

A Tribute to Ustad Bismillah Khan

Saturday, April 18, 2009
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX


Ud. Ali Ahmad Hussain   Shehnai
Ahmed Abbas Khan   Shehnai
Hassan Haider Khan   Shehnai
Subhen Chatterjee   Tabla
  
  
Ustad Ali Ahmed Hossain Khan is a master of the "shehnai," a double reed wind instrument that is closest in timbre to the Saxophone. A listener who once heard him play for the first time later wrote that he "felt like I had been given a glimpse of heaven." Ustad Ali Ahmed Khan's absolute mastery of the raga form and of his craft makes him an artist who stands alongside Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Ud. Rais Khan, among other great innovators of Hindustani music forms. Ustad Ali Ahmed Khan is also a man of legendary simplicity, which, to those who know him well, springs from his utter devotion to his craft and the complete sublimation of his self in his music. His grandfather, the late Ustad Wazir Ali was the first Indian classical musician to demonstrate the Shehnai at Buckingham Palace and was honored with an award in 1910 by Pandit Motilal Nehru. His father, the late Ustad Ali Jan, and uncles, the late Ustad Nazir Hussain and the late Ustad Imdad Hussain (from whom he learnt) were all renowned Shehnai specialists. Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain is a renowned artiste of All India Radio and regularly features in special Sunday morning recitals and national programs. He is also a regular TV artiste in India. He has participated at every major classical music conference and has been presented with numerous awards. He has performed in several very interesting duet productions, including one with late Ustad Munnawar Ali Khan (vocalist); an east-west piano duet with Peter Michael Hamel at an Indo-German Festival; a violin duet with Pandit V.G. Jog and a sitar duet with Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has also provided Shehnai playback in many Indian films. Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain has toured widely in Europe, South-East Asia, U.S.A. and Canada.

Ustad Nishat Khan - Live in Concert
Legendary Traditional Hindustani Classical Sitar Maestro of Imdadkhani Gharana


Saturday, March 07, 2009
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium
300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013


Ud. Nishat Khan   Sitar
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Nishat Khan transcends musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. Undeniably the foremost virtuoso of the sitar, he is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year old tradition of India 's most renowned musical family. Maestro Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach. The son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, Nishat has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of the instrument is unparalleled. The explosive passion of his music envelops the mind and the soul in blissful harmony. Maestro Khan's virtuosity has been compared to such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix (Chicago Sun Times) and J.S. Bach (Washington Times) because of the ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of his rich musical heritage. Exemplifying the humanity and universality of music, Maestro Khan has mastered not only the North Indian classical idiom but also realms as diverse as Gregorian chant, Western classical music, abstract jazz, and Flamenco. His sensitive phrasing and remarkable intuition for other musical traditions illustrate the freedom and versatility that has led to collaborations with the world's leading performers and composers such as John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Pena, Evelyn Glennie, and Django Bates. He has performed at major venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York , and the Royal Albert Hall in London . In January 2004, the President of Croatia received Maestro Khan in Zagreb , where he performed "Meeting of Angels" with Gregorian chant. Later that year, he was invited to perform alongside Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and others at the Crossroads Festival in Dallas , Texas . Most recently, in Summer 2007 he toured across India in a fiery fusion with violinist Vanessa Mae. In 2008 he toured Europe with his pioneering project, "Spirit & Passion" featuring Flamenco guitar great Paco Pena, and in the Fall he will perform a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London . Nishat Khan is dedicated to preserving and teaching his family's musical tradition; he has taught at UCLA and many other prestigious universities, and he routinely conducts master classes internationally. Future projects will continue to showcase his remarkable foresight as a composer and artist, integrating the brilliant complexity of his North Indian heritage with his refreshing and unprecedented innovations on the sitar.

Sarod & Tabla Solos
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, November 01, 2008
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, UT - Dallas


Sougata Ganguli   Sarod
Ud. Tari Khan   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Sougata Ganguli comes from a family where music has been a way of life for generations – most of his ancestors were proficient musicologists and educationists. Among them Pt Krishna Kumar Ganguli, Pt Hirendra Kumar Ganguli & Pt Shyam Kumar Ganguli were the gems among gems. Sougata started learning Sarod at the age of six from his legendary grandfather, Pt Shyam Kumar Ganguli, and continued for the next fourteen years. After the demise of Shyam Kumar in the year 1990 Sougata was taught by another veteran and proficient musician, Pt Ajoy Sinha Roy, for another ten years and lastly Ud Ali Akbar Khan Sahib. Sougata is a regular and graded artist of the All India Radio and Duradarshan (TV) of Calcutta. He is also an External Examiner of the Department of Hindustani (North Indian) Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University; Calcutta. Sougata has participated in almost all the renowned and prestigious concerts of India and also toured USA and Germany in recent years. Ud. Tari Khan will accompany Sougata and also present tabla solo.

Ustad Tari Khan has captured audience imaginations in a variety of genres over the past few decades and established himself as one of the most versatile tabla players the world has ever known. With a rich pedigree rooted in a musical family and the discipleship of the legendary Ud. Mia Shaukat Hussain Khansahib, Tariji has personified tabla and musical excellence for the generations that follow him. He has been recognized at the highest levels by a series of prestigious awards. In performing ghazals, he has accompanied Hari Haran, Talat Aziz, Mehdi Hassan, and Ghulam Ali. He has also accompanied Pandit Jasrag, Ud. Rais Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Ud. Sultan Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Pt. V.G. Jog and Ud. Shahid Parvez. He has given countless performances in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Europe, Japan and North America.

Music Festival of India
This event is in-part supported by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)

Vocals by Pt. Rajan & Sajan Mishra


Sunday, September 07, 2008
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Rajan Mishra   Vocals
Pt. Sajan Mishra   Vocals
Subhen Chatterjee   Tabla
Sanatan Goswami   Harmonium
  
  
Pandits Rajan & Sajan Misra hail from the holy city of Banaras (Varanasi), which is home to some of the world’s best vocalists, instrumentalists, percussionists and dancers. They belong to a family of eminent musicians of the Banaras Gharana. A family of maestros that comprises of legends such as Pandit Ganesh Ji Misra (Great Grandfather), Pandit Sursahai Misra, Pandit Bade Ram Das Ji Misra (Grandfather), Pandit Hanuman Misra (Father), and Pandit Gopal Misra (Uncle). Highly regarded as the most successful duo of our times, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Misra are known for their extensive repertoire of Khayal. Endowed with sonorous and sensitive voices, the Misra brothers have also excelled in rendering light classical forms such as Tappa, Tarana and Bhajan. With rich and well cultivated voices that complement each other extremely well, these brothers have raised the duet form of singing to new heights of spiritual sublimity. The hallmark of their style is the superb intonation, beautiful imagination and their traditional approach which blends the old compositions with their own creations, using an amazing vocal range and technique. Having performed at major concerts all over India and abroad, Rajan-Sajan Misra's creativity and contribution to the art have won them global recognition.

Music Festival of India
This event is in-part supported by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)

Tarang Percussion Ensemble


Saturday, September 06, 2008
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Abhijit Banerjee   Tabla / Pakhwaj / Kajon
Snehashish Majumdar   Banjo / Mandolin
Somnath Roy   Ghatam / Kanjira / Indian Folk Percussions
Gautam Shome   Keyboards
Raj Shekhar   Morsing
  
Conceived and composed by Abhijit Banerjee, one of the top ranking musicians of India, “TARANG” is a blend of melody and rhythm played by a group of innovative musicians on various percussion instruments some of which are seldom heard. Here the sounds of percussion are transformed into music, blend itself with melody; the inspiring renditions of complicated rhythmical structures are effortlessly flowed into a musical form. The brainchild of Abhijit Banerjee, one of the top-ranking musicians of India, TARANG focuses on Indian percussion. The concepts of mixing popular Indian percussion instruments like TABLA, PAKHAWAJ, and KANJIRA etc. with the other instruments like mandolin, keyboards, etc comes out uniquely. The uniqueness of Abhijit’s compositions lies in using different Indian Rural folk instruments like KHAMAK, EKTARA, MANDIRA, SHRERKHOL etc., from a totally different perspective. The prefect blending of these forgotten rural folk instruments with the modern wide range of sounds and melody creates a new dimension.

Austin Dance India
Fusion & Contemporary Dance Troupe
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Dallas, Texas


Saturday, August 23, 2008
8:00:00 PM
Venue: The University Theatre, UT - Dallas


Anuradha Naimpally   Bharata Natyam/Dance
Oliver Rajamani   Guitar, Sarod, Tabla, Cahon
Bob Livingston   American Folk Music
Richard Bowden   Violin & Mandolin
Bradley Kopp   Guitar & Vocals
  
Austin Dance India to offer a full evening performance of dance and live music that blends different cultural traditions. Based upon the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam, dancer/choreographer Anuradha Naimpally has created pieces set to music that spans from Indo-Jazz to American Pop. Weaving seamlessly with the lyrics and musicality, Anuradha performs classical technique with a contemporary edge. Anuradha also performs with the group Cowboys and Indians, a wild east show of the imagination. This heartwarming musical and dance. The performance consists of two parts. The first half features Indian fusion dance performed to pre-recorded music. Musical pieces include Ravi Shankar, Philip Glass, Tasa, Shankar Mahadevan, and more. The second half features live music and dance with the music of Cowboys and Indians, including traditional Indian music, chants, as well as original American pop music. Anuradha has been performing worldwide for over 25 years. In 1989 she was awarded the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize by the Canada Council, making her the only Indian classical dancer to receive this high honor. She was bestowed the title of Sringar Mani, “Artistic Jewel”, in Bombay after her performance at the Kal-Ke-Kalakar Festival in 1990.

Cowboys & Indians
The multi-cultural group, Cowboys & Indians, defy expectations at every turn. Bob Livingston got the idea for the group while he was in India for a U.S. State Department tour of India. Local musicians, using their indigenous instruments, sat in with Livingston almost every performance. Everyone mixed themes, influences, rhythms, instrumentation, and insights from both East and West. They played songs & yodels from Texas and ragas & chants from India. A newspaper in New Delhi called it “country 'n eastern music” and “the Wild East!” Inspired by these experiences, Livingston wanted to take the sounds and charm of the Indian shows back to his home in Austin, Texas. The concept for Cowboys & Indians began to take shape and some great musicians, drawn from the vibrant Austin international musical community, joined up. The Cowboys & Indians play in theaters, clubs, schools and other venues throughout Texas. Over 40,000 students in Texas have seen the show. Livingston and playwright Bobby Bridger are developing the show into a full fledged musical and plan to present it sometime this year in Texas theaters. This unique combination of eastern & western music and lore is a cultural sharing experience: guitars and sitars, incense and cactus, boots & bare feet, Mahatma Gandhi & Sitting Bull meet Buddy Holly & Ravi Shankar! For more information visit BobLivngston.org

Dhrupad Vocals
This event is in-part supported by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)


Saturday, May 31, 2008
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, UT - Dallas


Ud. F. Wasifuddin Dagar   Dhrupad Vocals
Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma   Pakhawaj
Qamar Dagar   Tanpura
Laurence Bastit   Tanpura
  
  
Dhrupad is the oldest and most profound style of Indian classical vocal music. Dagarvani dhrupad, a genre that was nearly extinct half a century ago has prospered due to the unique dedication of the Dagar family. Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation of dedicated dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, the legendary younger “Dagar Brothers”. Though traditionally his family has always performed dhrupad as a duet, Wasif (shorted form of his name) successfully presents the dynamic of a duet in a solo performance by maintaining the distinct musical approaches and styles of both his father and uncle. Wasif performs regularly and extensively on Indian television and radio, at music festivals, and concerts. He performed for the UNESCO in France, and also toured the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary in 1998, for the United Nations Peace Summit, and the World Festival of Scared Music of the Dalai Lama in 2001. He has also performed extensively in the United States including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, at Harvard University, and several other prestigious venues. He has toured Japan and Europe. His performances have received rave reviews in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other world press. He is very popular with young listeners for his lively lecture demonstrations illustrating old Vedic technicalities through metaphors from daily life.

Legacy - Generations of Sitar & Tabla
In Memory of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee
This event is co-sponsered by the Crow Collection of Asian Arts


Saturday, May 10, 2008
8:00:00 PM
Venue: The Crow Collection of Asian Art


Purbayan Chatterjee   Sitar
Pt. Anindo Chatterjee   Tabla
Pt. Partho Chatterjee   Sitar
Anubrata Chatterjee   Tabla
  
  
Purbayan Chatterjee is one of the most promising young sitar maestros. Purbayan is part of a mega ensemble which celebrates the "LEGACY" of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee – the great sitar maestro who is the idol of many musicians of present years. Purbayan's father Pt. Partho Chatterjee is one of the most prominent disciples of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. Purbayan has been trained by his father and recently by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has also received guidance from vocalist Pt Ajoy Chakraborty and tabla maestro Pt Anindo Chatterjee. Pt. Anindo Chatterjee the tabla maestro is unquestionably one of the greatest living exponents of the Farukkhabad Gharana of tabla. An awardee of the "Sangeet Natak Academy Award" given by the President Of India he has performances with the most legendary of artistes in all corners of the globe to his credit. He spent 20 long years accompanying Pt. Nikhil Banerjee and hence is the most familiar with the subtlest nuances of his style of playing. His son Anubrata Chatterjee is being groomed by his father to best represent this style of playing and to carry the tradition further. Rarely do we see a "LEGACY" being passed on in this fashion right in front of our eyes LIVE on stage.

There will be performances of Pt. Partho Chatterjee accompanied by Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, of Anubrata accompanying Purbayan, a tabla duet between Anindo-ji and Anubrata and then a grand finale of all of them together.

Piya Bawari - Live in Concert
A Contemporary Classical Fusion & New Age Music Ensemble


Saturday, April 26, 2008
7:30:00 PM
Venue: The University Theatre, UT - Dallas


Abhijit Pohankar   Keyboards / Composer
Pt. Ajay Pohankar   Vocal
Kalyan Pathak   Drums
Amit Chaubey   Tabla
Raj Sodha   Saxophone / Flutes
Donald Matthew Gaskins   Guitar
ICMC's 2008 season will open with "Piya Bawari - Live in Concert" presenting Abhijit Pohankar (keyboards/composer) & ensemble. “Piya Bawari - Live in Concert” is a live concert presentation of India’s biggest fusion music album PIYA BAWARI. The album was a trendsetter in this kind of sound and; Piya Bawari and Abhijit Pohankar’s musical vision and Pandit Ajay Pohankar’s heavenly voice made a deep impact on the listeners mind. Piya Bawari went on to become a huge hit. That is what comprises of this concert in which THE POHANKARS (Pt Ajay & Abhijit Pohankar) have created a new sound of Indian traditional music. A sound which have mesmerized audiences young or old. Indian traditional music along with dreamy sounds and rhythmic grooves. A perfect combination of traditional and experienced with the new age and futuristic vision is what is ‘PIYA BAWARI’-A live concert which has the amazingly haunting vocals of Maestro vocalist Pt. Ajay Pohankar along with The only Indian classical keyboard player Abhijit Pohankar who is responsible to have younger audiences get attracted to Indian music presented in a new age style. The concert is a live presentation of power packed music from there albums. This will be their first visit to Texas and make sure you are part of this memorable evening.

Contact: (214) 336 – 3459 or e-mail to webmaster@icmcdfw.org

The Art Stage 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007
6:30:00 PM
Venue: Kalpana & Kishor Fruitwala Residence
3017 Holford Rd., Richardson, TX 75082


  
  
  
  
  
  
Program Details
6.30 pm Reception/Networking (appetizers served)
7.00 pm Art Stage begins
9.30 pm Dinner served
10.15 pm Baithak style concert by assorted musicians
 
Artists
Amit Kelkar Vocals & Harmonium
Rohin Maganti Violin
Sohni Patel Violin
Farzana Alam Vocals
Dinesh Kagal Vocals
Kavitha Srinivasan Vocals
Yash Vyavaharkar Tabla
Vijay Pattabhiraman Violin
Sohan Patel Violin
Rahul Maganti Tabla
Girish Kapshikar Tabla
Deepa Vardarajan Vocals
Swati Risbud Vocals
Dhanashree Ratnaparkhi Vocals
Neerav Dalal Tabla
Divya Kaseti Violin
Yashwanth Poondla Violin
Shantanu Bhattacharya Tabla
Neel Bhatt Tabla
Mihir Patel Violin

Music Festival of India

This event is supported by a grant from the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and corporate sponsership by Texas Instruments, Inc.


Saturday, October 20, 2007
7:00:00 PM
Venue: The Crow Collection Museum


Tejendra Majumdar   Sarod
Subhra Guha   Vocal
Shubhankar Banerjee   Tabla
Humayun Khan   Harmonium
  
  

Tejendra Majumdar was initiated to sarod by his grandfather Shri Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured by his father Shri Ranjan Majumdar and groomed for years under the tutelage of Late Ustad Bahadur Khan. After his Ustad's untimely demise, Tejendra continued his riyaz under the supervision of Sri Ajoy Sinha Roy. He bloomed under the guidance of the greatest sarod maestro of our times, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Tejendra's music sparkles with the very rare combination of virtuosity with classical purity and a deep sense of aesthetics. His style today is a rare fusion of dhrupad, tantrakari and gayaki ang, representing the baaj of Maihar gharana. Tejendra took part in almost all the prestigious concerts and conferences in India and abroad. He has to his credit a number of CDs and cassettes. Today he is one of the most popular classical musicians from India.








Subhra Guha, a competent exponent of the Agra Gharana, is today accepted as one of India's leading female singers. Subhra possesses an extremely melodious voice, full of strength, beauty and grace. She has been trained by Shri Satish Bhowmik, Pandit Sunil Bose, Pt. K.G. Ginde, Pt. D.T Joshi, and Pt. Vijay Kichlu. She has intelligently maintained the balance between the two streams of Khyal and Thumri, keeping intact all the academic excellence with measured blend of aesthetics and musical semantics. Open throated 'akar', her taans and bol-bants are extraordinary features of her gayaki. Her command over laya is outstanding. Today, Guha is acknowledged as one of the finest thumri singers of the Poorab Ang among the younger generation of singers. She is a regular artiste of the A.I.R. and television and has given memorable performances all over India and abroad.


Sitar Concert

Saturday, September 15, 2007
8:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, UT - Dallas


Shakir Khan   Sitar
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Shakir Khan belongs to the 8th generation of the famous Etawah Gharana. He is the eldest son and disciple of Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Shakir gave his first public recital at the age of 11. He has performed in prestigious music conferences in India including the Dover Lane Music Conference (Kolkata), Saptak Music Festival (Ahmedabad), Bombay Festival (Mumbai) and many more. He has also performed in the U.S and Europe. Shakir has had the honor of accompanying his father on stage and has been appreciated as a prodigious talent by great masters such as Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Shakir Khan is a promising and talented young artist with an exquisite sense of sur and laya reflected through his performance. He has distinguished himself by winning a Government of India merit scholarship and first prize at the All India Radio (AIR) Music Competition. Shakir’s academic accomplishments include a Masters in Music from Bhartiya Vidya Peeth.

Santoor Concert

This concert is in part co-sponsered by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Richardson, Texas


Saturday, August 25, 2007
8:00:00 PM
Venue: University Theatre, UT-Dallas


Pt. Satish Vyas   Santoor
Mukundraj Deo   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Pandit Satish Vyas is one of the most famous Santoor (hammered dulcimer) players of India who is born in the musicians family. Satish was initiated into Vocal Music by his father Pandit C.R. Vyas, India's top-notch Vocalist. Later on in 1978 he took up to Santoor and started learning from Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. The combination of training under both his father and Shivji has given Satish an ability to display gayaki ang as well as layakari / tantrakari ang in his Santoor playing. Pandit Satish Vyas has been performing and recording all over India and the world. He was the only non-Western instrumentalist invited to perform in Venice, Italy at the "Mostra Mozart Festival", organized by the prestigious European Mozart Foundation. Satish Vyas manifested his versatility by performing as a "guest musician" with the Jazz / World Music Fusion Group, "Silk" accompanying the renowned vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, the Percussion maestro Shivamani, well known Composer /Pianist / Keyboard artiste Louis Banks and Karl Peters (Bass Guitar) at a Barbican Centre concert in London. Before taking the decision to make music his profession, Satish Vyas had completed his education with a Bachelor's degree(B.Sc) in Mathematics followed by Master's degrees in Statistics(M.Sc.) and then Business Administration(MBA). He is an "A" Grade Artiste of All India Radio. Satish Vyas has a number of recordings to his credit with labels such as UK-based Navras Records, Sony Music, Music Today, Times Music and BMG Crescendo. He has also carried the tradition of teaching and has a number of disciples in India and the US. Pandit Satish Vyas was honored with Padma Shri award by The Government Of India.

Vocal Concert

Saturday, July 14, 2007
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Ud. Maskoor Ali Khan   Vocal
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
Humayun Khan   Harmonium
  
  
  
Bandish Nawaz Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan has musical blue blood in his veins for generation. A direct descendent of the family of the great Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and the much legendary Sartaj Mousiqui Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan who were the founders of the famous Kirana Gharana. Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan is the son of Padmasri Ustad Shakoor Khan, the great Sarangi-Nawaz. Ustad Shakoor Khan was the grand nephew of Ustad Bande Ali Khan Beenkar who composed numerous Bandishes by his pseudo name “Sabras”. Ustad Mahoob Bahksh Khan and Ustad Aajiz Pia were Mashkoor Ali’s great grand fathers. As such, he has inherited a veritable treasure of compositions and rare knowledge of Ragas which few musicians can boast of. Initiated and trained by his father for fifteen years, young Mashkoor Ali had secured a place for himself in the world of music. Now a Guru of Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, he is nurturing scholars under his able wings. He has performed in numerous festival and conferences all over the country and abroad.

Vocal Concert

Friday, June 01, 2007
8:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar   Vocal
Pt. Suresh Talwalkar   Tabla
Sudhir Nayak   Harmonium
  
  
  
Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, one of the prime representatives of Gwalior and Jaipur Gharanas, has earned wide recognition in India and abroad. He was initiated to music by his father Shri N.D.Kashalkar an able musicologist. He was later on trained by Pandit Ram Marathe and Pandit Gajananbua Joshi, stalwarts of Hindustani Classical Music. Gifted with a melodious voice, with superb flexibility, Pt. Kashalkar's music appeals to every music lover. His gaykee is especially noted for pure traditional rendering with his own aesthetic interpretation. He has performed extensively in India and abroad. Presently, he is associated with Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) of Calcutta as a Guru. SRA is the premier foundation of North Indian Music where he teaches music to rising stars and contributes to the research environment actively.

Geetam, Vadyam, Nrityam

Saturday, May 12, 2007
7:00:00 PM
Venue: University Theatre, UT-Dallas


Pushpen Dey   Sarod
Lalitha Sharma   Vocals
Yogini Gandhi   Kathak / Odissi
Aditya Kalyanpur   Tabla
Rajiv Chakravarti   Harmonium
  
Puspen Dey is one of the foremost among the new generation of sarodists in India. He was initiated into sarod playing by Sri Atanu Rakshit, a senior disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra and thereafter he came under the eminent sarod maestro Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta under whom he received extensive talim. Lalita Sharma is one of the senior disciple of Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Mewati Gharana and also North Indian Classical Music. Lalita received extensive training in both; Hindustani and Carnatic; types of Indian Classical Music. She has performed at various festivals and events of repute in India, Europe and USA. She has also accompanied her guru; Pt. Jasraj; in numerous concerts. Yogini Gandhi is the highly sought after dancer who has achieved the rare honor of being trained by two great maestros in two dance styles: Pandit Birju Maharaj for Kathak and Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra for Odissi. Her performances in Kathak are famous for lightning quick footwork and complex rhythm patterns while she transforms herself into arresting temple sculptures when she is performing Odissi.

Vocal Concert

Saturday, April 14, 2007
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall, UT-Dallas


Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar   Vocal
Pt. Suresh Talwalkar   Tabla
Sudhir Nayak   Harmonium
  
  
  

"April 14th vocal recital has been cancelled due to unforeseen (delayed artists visa) reasons. This event will be rescheduled at a later date after artists' receive their visas. Thank you for cooperation."



Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, one of the prime representatives of Gwalior and Jaipur Gharanas, has earned wide recognition in India and abroad. He was initiated to music by his father Shri N.D.Kashalkar an able musicologist. He was later on trained by Pandit Ram Marathe and Pandit Gajananbua Joshi, stalwarts of Hindustani Classical Music. Gifted with a melodious voice, with superb flexibility, Pt. Kashalkar's music appeals to every music lover. His gaykee is especially noted for pure traditional rendering with his own aesthetic interpretation. He has performed extensively in India and abroad. Presently, he is associated with Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) of Calcutta as a Guru. SRA is the premier foundation of North Indian Music where he teaches music to rising stars and contributes to the research environment actively.

Flute Concert

Sunday, April 08, 2007
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Rupak Kulkarni   Flute
Aditya Kalyanpur   Tabla
  
  
  
  
With music blown into his breath by father Pt. Malhar Kulkarni, Rupak Kulkarni has blossomed under the finest tutelage of flute maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, to become an outstanding exponent of Maihar Gharana. As a ganda bandh shagird of Pt. Chaurasia since the tender age of 9, Rupak with arduous training and hard work, has mastered "Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari ang" equally well. With concerts across the world in many countries such as Australia, America, Russia, Japan, Africa, etc. Rupak has acquired a dignified maturity in his playing at an early age. In India, Rupak has performed in all major music festivals - Sawai Gandharva (Pune), Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior), Bharti Vidya Bhavan (Kolkata), Gunidas Sammelan (Mumbai).

Music Festival of India - Day 2
This event is in part supported by a grant from the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs and Texas Instruments Inc.


Sunday, October 08, 2006
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Shruti Sadolikar   Vocal
Pt. Samar Saha   Tabla
Sandip Bhattacharya   Harmonium
  
  
  
Shruti Sadolikar is the daughter and disciple of Pandit Wamanrao Sadolikar, who was a disciple of Ustad Alladiya Khan Sahib, the pioneer of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana, and his son Ustad Bhurji Khan Saheb. Shruti was also fortunate enough to receive training from Ustad Gulubhai Jasdanwala, the repository of rare compositions and complex Ragas of the Gharana, for a period of 12 years. At present she continues to learn from Ustad Azizuddin Khan, the son of Bhurji Khan Saheb. Shruti is an "A" grade artist of Akashvani and Doordarshan. Shruti has participated in all major Sangeet Sammelans in the country. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Rotterdam Conservatorium in Netherlands and has delivered lecture-demonstration in many Universities in India and abroad. Winner of numerous awards, Shruti has also won several prestigious scholarships as well as the Homi Bhabha fellowship from NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts). The Maharana Mewar Foundation of Udaipur honored her with the Dagar Gharana Samman. She is currently a Guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

Music Festival of India - Day 1
This event is in part supported by a grant from the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs and Texas Instruments Inc.


Saturday, October 07, 2006
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Kushal Das   Sitar
Abhijit Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Kushal Das, a north Indian solo Sitar & Surbahar artist was born to a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, India. His grandfather late Sri Bimal Das was a renowned Esraj player while his father Sri Sailen Das is a sitarist of high repute. Kushal started his training at age of five and had the proud privilege of having learnt from great musicians - Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Sanjoy Banerjee, Ramkrishna Basu and late Ajoy Sinha Roy. The critic's connoisseurs have acknowledged him as a worthy successor of his idol, the late maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. His concerts are always marked for their aesthetic appeal and insight with a fine command of technical expertise. With maturity as his forte Kushal thus has the predominant virtue of Indian heritage & music. Kushal has participated in most of the major concerts all over the country. His tours abroad since 1987, covered U.S.A, Canada, several European countries and Bangladesh and have been marked with great success and appreciation.

Trinity Of Guitars

Saturday, September 23, 2006
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya   Guitar
Subhashish Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Born to musician parents Debashish Bhattacharya, a child prodigy, was initiated into Indian classical vocal but he picked up guitar and got hooked by its musical appeal akin to vocal due to its ability to glide. The intense and rigorous training under the able wings of his guru Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabra chiseled him and he emerged as the most brilliant guitarist of the present generation. The highly innovative mind of Debashish restlessly searched the ways and means to incorporate all the finer nuances of vocal music in his guitar. He has the honor of performing with the renowned maestro musicians of the world: Ustad Zakir Hussain, John Mclaughlin and the great musicians like Martin Simpson, Bob Brozman, Rene Lacile, Takashi Hiriyasu, Lieu Fang, Julian Kytasty and many others around the Globe.

Violin Concert

Saturday, August 12, 2006
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Kala Ramnath   Violin
Prithviraj Bhattacharya   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Kala Ramnath is one of the most important young Hindustani violinists of today and the contemporary torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana. She comes from a family of south Indian violinists, which includes such luminaries as Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam. Her grandfather Vidhwan Narayana Iyer trained her uniquely in both Hindustani and Carnatic traditions. But, what really stands out is her training under the famous vocalist Pt. Jasraj of Mewati Gharana. She has also trained under her aunt, Dr. N. Rajam. Kala is one of the few violinists trained to be a Gayaki violinist. Her violin playing is characterized by an immaculate bowing and fingering technique, command over all aspects of laya, richness and clarity in sur. All this innate artistry and technical brilliance combined with a rare and exquisite emotional quality are the hallmarks of her style. Besides being a brilliant musician, Kala has also an outstanding academic record. A University 1st-ranker in her Graduate and Post-Graduate degrees, she is also the recipient of several scholastic scholarships. She is also a top rated broadcaster and telecaster.

Vocal Concert

Saturday, July 08, 2006
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Kaushiki Chakrabarty   Vocal
Shabaz Khan   Tabla
Projesh Mukherjee   Harmonium
  
  
  
Daughter of renowned vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Kaushiki has music in her blood. Born in 1980, she could reproduce all musical and rhythmic phrases with ease by the time she became two years old. Kaushiki's formal classical training started at the age of seven when she became a student of Padmabhushan Jnan Prakash Ghosh. At present she is learning from her father Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Kaushiki has participated in many concerts and conferences in India and abroad. Her brilliant performances fetched her many awards and raving reviews. Although she is so far known for her performances of khayal and thumri, Kaushiki has also studied South Indian music. And has dabbled in popular music, contributing a song by A.R. Rahman to the soundtrack for Deepa Mehta's film Water. Kaushiki also holds a first class Honors degree in Philosophy, which doubtless colors her approach to singing.

Sitar Concert

Saturday, June 17, 2006
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Ud. Shahid Parvez   Sitar
Aditya Kalyanpur   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Ustad Shahid Parvez is one of the most important sitar players of his generation. He belongs to the great musical family representing the Imdadkhani Gharana. Shahid Parvez is the son of Ustad Aziz Khan, the third generation Imdadkhani maestro. He initiated Shahid Parvez into music, vocal and tabla at the tender age of 3. By the age of four he shifted to Sitar and was soon recognized as a child prodigy. Shahid Parvez has developed a style of his own, combining the Gayaki and the Tantrakari schools of instrument playing. He is now recognized as one of the best sitar players of his generation and is a favorite concert artist both in India and abroad. He has been honored with several awards, both national and international and has numerous LPs, cassettes, and CDs to his credit. He has participated in several major festivals in India and abroad.

Flute Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2006
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Ronu Mujumdar   Flute
Abhijit Banerjee   Tabla
Durga Prasad   Pakhawaj
  
  
  
Pandit Ronu Majumdar, India’s Ace flautist, needs no introduction to music lovers all over the globe. Ronu Majumdar is solidly rooted in the Maihar gharana. Ronu began playing the flute under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, Late Pt. Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale and finally under the revered Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao. Ronu Majumdar’s incredible range of achievements includes innumerable performances in the world’s most prestigious venues such as The Kremlin, Moscow; The Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels and so on. With several hit albums which he has appeared on as a composer, among which are A Traveller’s Tale, Koi Akela Kahan and the musical track for the Hollywood film ‘Primary Colours’, Ronu has created an enviable niche for himself in the field of contemporary popular music which is exemplified by his Grammy Nomination in 1996. He also had a great opportunity to compose music for the first Imax movie 'Mystic India' produced in India.

Dhrupad Vocal Concert

Sunday, April 23, 2006
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Ramakant Gundecha   Vocal
Pt. Umakant Gundecha   Vocal
Akhilesh Gundecha   Pakhawaj
  
  
  
Pandit. Umakant Gundecha and Pandit. Ramakant Gundecha are one of India’s leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both  were initiated  into music by their parents. Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal. The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry  by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, Nirala in Dhrupad style and have also composed music for several documentaries.

Instrumental Duet

Saturday, April 08, 2006
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Rakesh Chaurasia   Flute
Abhijit Pohankar   Indian Classical Keyboards
Pt. Vijay Ghate   Tabla
  
  
  
Rakesh Chaurasia is the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. He is today amongst the front ranking disciples of his guru and shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy into the next millennium. Rakesh possesses the right balance of strength and serenity, very critical factors for an exceptional flutist. Abhijit Pohankar, son of well-known vocalist Pt. Ajay Pohankar, is an eminent classical instrumentalist in his own right. Abhijit plays hindustani classical music on the keyboard. Abhijit received his early training from his grandmother, Dr.Smt.Susheela Pohankar and his father Pt.Ajay Pohankar. Currently, Abhijit is being groomed by the great Santoor maestro Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. Pt. Vijay Ghate is considered by vocalists, instrumentalists, and by classical dancers as one of the best of the young tabla players of India. Vijay learned his art at a very early age under under the tutelage of Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Even at the age of 16 he became well-known for his scintillating solo performance, as well as, accompaniment with vocal and instrumental music and kathak dance. Vijay is known for clarity, dexterity, and purity of various complicated, tabla compositions.

Music Festival of India : Day 2

Sunday, October 02, 2005
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Brij Narayan   Sarod
Abhijit Banerjee -- Tabla  
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Music Festival of India : Day 1

Saturday, October 01, 2005
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Pt. Rajan - Sajan Mishra   Vocals
Pt. Kumar Bose -- Tabla
KantaPrasad Mishra -- Harmonium
Rajnish and RiteshMishra -- vocal support
  
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sitar Concert

Saturday, September 17, 2005
2:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Indrajit Banerjee   Sitar
Gouri Shankar  
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sarod Concert

Saturday, August 20, 2005
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Debojyoti Bose   Sarod
Pt. Kumar Bose   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Vocal Concert

Sunday, July 10, 2005
6:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Ustad Rashid Khan   Vocals

Pt. Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay -- Tabla
Jyoti Goho
   Harmonium
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sitar Concert

Saturday, June 04, 2005
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Anupama Bhagwat   Sitar
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Vocal Concert

Saturday, May 14, 2005
7:00:00 PM
Venue:


Padma Talwalkar   Vocals
Satyajeet Talwalkar   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Violin Concert

Saturday, May 07, 2005
7:00:00 PM
Venue:


Sangeeta Shankar   Violin
Vinayak Netke   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sitar Concert

Sunday, April 17, 2005
6:00:00 PM
Venue:


Kushal Das   Sitar
Abhijit Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Canceled due to unforeseen circumstances

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause


Vocal Concert

Saturday, March 26, 2005
7:00:00 PM
Venue:


Uday Bhawalkar   Vocals
Manik Munde   Pakhawaj
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Classical Guitar Concert

Sunday, October 10, 2004
6:30:00 PM
Venue:


Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabra   Slide Guitar
Kadar Khan   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sarod Concert

Sunday, September 19, 2004
6:30:00 PM
Venue:


Partho Sarathy   Sarod
Samar Saha   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Fall Music Festival

Saturday, September 18, 2004
7:00:00 PM
Venue:


Irshad Khan   Surbahar / Sitar
Partho Sarathy   Sarod
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

9/19/2004 6:30:00 PM . Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Surbahar/ Sitar Concert

Saturday, September 18, 2004
7:00:00 PM
Venue:


Irshad Khan   Surbahar / Sitar
Nitin Mitta   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Vocal Concert

Saturday, July 24, 2004
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium - DMA


Falguni Mitra   Dhrupad Vocal
Tapas Das   Pakhawaj
Pratima Mitra -- Harmonium
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sitar Concert

Saturday, July 17, 2004
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee   Sitar
Samir Chaterjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Vocal Concert

Sunday, June 20, 2004
6:30:00 PM
Venue:


Veena Sahasrabuddhe   Vocals
Shantilal shah   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Santoor Concert

Saturday, June 19, 2004
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Tarun Bhattacharya   Santoor
Abhijit Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Vocal Concert

Saturday, May 15, 2004
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Ulhas Kashalkar   Vocals
Suresh Talwalkar   Tabla
Vishwanath Kanhare -- Harmonium
  
  
  
  
University Theatre - UTD

Flute Concert

Saturday, April 24, 2004
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Deepak Ram   Flute
Nikhil Pandya   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Latino Cultural Center

Sarod Concert

Saturday, April 03, 2004
8:00:00 PM
Venue:


Tejendra Majumdar   Sarod
Shubhankar Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Conference Center - UTD

Taal Tarang

Saturday, November 01, 2003
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Percussion Ensemble  

Abhijit Banerjee
   Tabla and Pakhwaj
Somnath Roy - Ghatam and Kanjira
Snehashish Maj  
  
  
  
Jonsson Performance Hall - UTD

Vocal Concert

Sunday, October 12, 2003
6:30:00 PM
Venue:


Sanjeev Abhyankar   Vocals
Harshad Kanetkar   Tabla
Ajay Joglekar -- Harmonium
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

6th Annual Music Festival of India

Sunday, September 28, 2003
6:30:00 PM
Venue:


Ashwini Bhide Deshpande   Vocals
Vishwanath Shirodkar   Tabla
Seema Shirodkar -- Harmonium
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

6th Annual Music Festival of India

Saturday, September 27, 2003
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Ustad Shahid Pervez   Sitar
Akram Khan   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

The Art Stage

Saturday, September 06, 2003
12:00:00 PM
Venue:


A novel program featuring a medley of performances by performing and amateur musicians of the D/FW metroplex.  
  
Vijay Khade - Vocals
Rajesh Khamankar - Tabla S  
  
  
  
Free for All

Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Hindustani Slide Guitar concert

Sunday, August 31, 2003
7:00:00 PM
Venue:


Debashish Bhattacharya   Slide Guitar
Subhankar Banerjee   Tabla

Special Summer Discount: "Buy one Get one Fre  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Sarod Concert

Saturday, July 26, 2003
7:30:00 PM
Venue: Horchow Auditorium - DMA


Ranajit Sengupta   Sarod
Gauri Sankar   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Shivkumar-Zakir Concert

Saturday, May 10, 2003
7:00:00 PM
Venue: Irving Arts Center


Pt. Shivkumar Sharma   Santoor
Ustad Zakir Hussain   Tabla
  
  
  
  

Vocal Concert

Sunday, April 13, 2003
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Pt. Vinayak Torvi   Vocals
Rajendra Nakod   Tabla
Shirodkar -- Harmonium  
  
  
  
Keertikumar Badseshi - Harmonium

Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Carnatic Flute Concert

Saturday, March 22, 2003
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


S. Shashank   Carnatic Flute
B.U.Ganesh Prasad   Violin
  
  
  
  
Parupalli Phalgun - Mridangam, Khanjira
A.S.Shankar - Ghatam
S.Shantala - Tanpura

Caruth Auditorium

Sitar Concert

Saturday, October 05, 2002
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Purbayan Chatterjee   Sitar
Abhijit Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Aashish - Zakir

Saturday, September 21, 2002
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Ustad Aashish Khan   Sarod
Ustad Zakir Hussain   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Vocal Concert

Tuesday, September 10, 2002
5:30:00 PM
Venue:


Kankana Banerjee   Vocal
Shiv Naimpally   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Nrutyashala Richardson

The Art Stage : Medley of performances by local artists of DFW

Saturday, July 20, 2002
1:00:00 PM
Venue:


Chandu Palnitkar   Vocal
Samuel Pervez-Malik   Sitar
  
  
  
  
Neel Bhatt - Tabla
Mihir Patel - Violin
Yogesh Ratnaparakhi - Vocal
Priyanka Baindur - Vocal
Vatsal Dave - Sitar
Shiv Naimpally - Tabla
Rajesh Khamankar - Tabla
Neerav Dalal - Tabla
Nilendu Jani - Harmonium
Kalindi Sathaye - Harmonium

Carnatic Veena

Saturday, May 25, 2002
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Balakrishna Iyengar   Veena
Poovalur Sriji   Mridangam
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

5th Annual Music Festival of India

Monday, May 13, 2002
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Tejendra Majumdar   Sarod
Subhankar Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

5th Annual Music Festival of India

Sunday, April 14, 2002
9:00:00 PM
Venue:


Kartik Seshadri   Sitar
Subhankar Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

5th Annual Music Festival of India

Sunday, April 14, 2002
7:30:00 PM
Venue:


Subhankar Banerjee   Tabla
Subhra Guha   Harmonium
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

5th Annual Music Festival of India

Saturday, April 13, 2002
9:00:00 PM
Venue:


Subhra Guha   Vocal
Subhankar Banerjee   Tabla
  
  
  
  
Horchow Auditorium - DMA

Indian Classical Music Circle of D/FW
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