Sangeetkar Album Release
Hello friends and all interested in coming to Sangeetkar's album release event,
I will be introducing briefly all guest artists who will be participating in our event and joining with Sangeetkar on that occasion.
The artist I introduce today is Sri Anjaneya Sastry, the well known master percussionist and loved tabla player from Atlanta.
Anjaneya ji is a disciple of the eminent tabla maestro Pandit Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee. For over 14 years, Anjaneya has also been attending tabla workshops offered by Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Anjaneya ji regularly performs at Hindustani classical concerts and has accompanied several luminaries such as Ustad Shahid Pervez, Pandit Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Pandit Deepak Ram, Pandita Shubhangi Sakhalkar, Pandit Nand Kishor Mooley etc. In addition, Anjaneya ji has also given many traditional tabla solo performances across USA and India. He was a featured artist at the recent Taj Mahotsav festival at Agra, where he played a tabla solo with the backdrop being the Taj Mahal itself!
He also enjoys performing for dance dramas, semi-classical music, ghazal and Carnatic-Hindustani fusion concerts and has accompanied eminent light music artists such as Smt. P. Susheela, Smt. Dhanashree Pandit, Smt. Preeti Uttam, Sri Vishal Vaid, Sri Sudhir Narayan, etc.
I have performed with Anjaneya ji for over ten years and he has played tabla in a couple of tracks in my CD album "Cholo Na Shey Swapner Bhubone." We are honored to have him join with us on November 10, 2018.
Both Apala and Surojit are students of Pandit Pritam Bhattacharjee at the Pandit Jasraj School of Music in Atlanta, where Surojit is also taking tabla lessons from Pandit Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee.
Apala had learned Indian classical vocal music from renowned classical singer Subhra Guha. Apala has interest in all genres of Indian music. She sings new and old Bollywood film songs, ghazals, semi-classical, Rabindra Sangeet, and Bengali modern songs.
Surojit sings a variety of songs, but his favorites are Kishore Kumar songs. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and equally adept at guitar, banjo, keyboards, and several percussion instruments.
I have had a wonderful experience with both of them in the group "Madol," a Bengali folk band formed last year and spearheaded by Surojit. In this program, Apala will present some songs written and composed by me as well as classical and semi-classical pieces. Surojit will be accompanying on the guitar. We are honored to have them join with Sangeetkar for this event.
As you will notice, our event will celebrate "Sangeetkars" or "music makers" -- not only singers & performers of cover songs and popular music. Most of the pieces of music you will hear are composed by one of us, or classical/semi-classical compositions, which are improvised based on Hindustani raags.
Today I introduce Madhuri Jadhav. She is an accomplished singer, composer, and harmonium player, and is already quite well-known in Marathi and other non-Bengali circles in Atlanta.
She holds Master's degree in Indian Classical Music & is a Graded Artist at All India Radio. She is also Natya Sangeet Visharad & Visharad Gold Medalist. Her guru was Dr. Haribhau Khandare.
Some of her accomplishments include being a finalist in the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2006 on Zee Marathi & presenting several performances at Doordarshan, Akashwani & Zee TV.
* Finalist of Sansui Antakshari on ZEE TV Mumbai
* Composer at Nagpur Akashwani
* Mumbai and Pune Doordarshan Performer - Kill Bill, Balchitrawani,
* Raag Ek Rang Anek Finalist on DD Sahyadri
* Color Coat holder at Inter University Competition multiple times
* Performed along with Sudhir Phadke, Anandji Bhai, Shri Arun Date & list goes on
* Performed in India and US (Chicago, NY, Atlanta, Milwaukee, etc.)
* Performed with Kaushal Inamdar on Kaushal Katta
Maiphal Shabda Suranchi with Rahul Ranade & Guru Thakur
* Performed on several occasion for Temples in USA & India
It will be an honor for us to have Madhuri ji join with Sangeetkar and perform a semi-classical piece in this event.
Watch for more information in the coming days on these other guest participants:
Anjaneya Sastry (already posted), Surojit Bandyopadhyay and Apala Sen(already posted), Chandra Dutta, Dipanka Dutta, Richa Sarkar.
I'm honored to introduce Richa Sarkar, who will introduce all the artists in our program. She is a former All India Radio FM talk-show host who has staged hundreds of performances in India/USA as emcee or recitation artist. I was fortunate to work with her in several of her productions in Atlanta.
Richa started her career in "Bachik Shilpo" (speech artistry) with advertisement voice-over for different radio channels. She has performed recitation and shruti-natak in various stage shows. She was a regular artist in Akashbani Kolkata (FM talk show host) and has conducted many programs for different TV channels, which attracted attention and admiration all over. She was an invited emcee in almost all the leading programs of West Bengal which includes Rabindra-Sadan and Jorashanko Kobijoyonti, Sangeet-Mela, Kobita-Utsab, Yubo-Utsav, Dover Lane Music Conference, Bishwa Banga Sammelan, Kolkata Book Fair, and many more. She has also staged various performances in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, Atlanta, Chicago, Richmond, and Nashville. Richa was official emcee in Rabindra Utsav in NJ, Bangamela 2009/2010, RBC (Regional Bengali Conference) 2011/12, and Banga Sammelan 2014. She was one of the very first artists to conduct a workshop on Announcement in West Bengal. Richa learned recitation from Rama Basu (a disciple of Pradip Ghosh) and Amitava Bagchi. All her programs are much in demand.
Watch for more information in the coming days on these other guest participants, in the discussion for our event:
Anjaneya Sastry (already posted), Surojit Bandyopadhyay and Apala Sen(already posted), Madhuri Jadhav (already posted), Chandra Dutta, and Dipanka Dutta.
Today I introduce brothers Dipanka Dutta and Chandra Dutta from Chattogram (formerly Chittagong), Bangladesh.
Both learned classical vocal at the Arya Sangeet Samiti, Chittagong, one of the earliest music institutions in the Indian subcontinent, under Ustad Nirod Baran Barua.
Dipanka Dutta was a radio artist before coming to the United States. He sings semi-classical, ghazals, and thumri, and is the cultural lead of Atlanta Bengali Forum.
Chandrasekhar Dutta, composer and music director, formerly Bangladesh Betar (Radio) and TV artist, performed at Channel I and Baishakhi TV, was an organizer of National Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan in Chattogram. He was a student of Mihir Kumar Nandi, Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet singer and classical vocalist, and Mihir Lala. He was also trained by Waheedul Haq, journalist, writer, musicologist and an expert and teacher of Tagore songs and an organizer of several cultural institutions and events.
I have participated in several wonderful programs in Atlanta organized by Chandrasekhar Dutta, who is now the director of Lilabati Sangeet Niketan (formerly Atlanta Sangeet Bidyaloy). In our event he will be presenting modern Bengali songs, including his own composition, and a classical piece. Dipanka da will be singing a thumri.
We are honored to have them as guest artists for our Album Release Event on November 10.
Read more information on these other guest participants, in the discussion for our event:
Anjaneya Sastry (already posted), Surojit Bandyopadhyay and Apala Sen(already posted), Madhuri Jadhav (already posted), Richa Sarkar (already posted).