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Sarod Recital – Divine Strings

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


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
Abhisek 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.


Vocal Recital – Khayal Sangeet

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


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
Devki Pandit   Vocals
Tanmay Deochake   Harmonium
Prashant Pandav   Tabla
  
  
  

Devaki Pandit's musical work spans over 3 decades across multiple genres ranging from classical to fusion and across multiple mediums from cinema to television as well. She has won numerous accolades and has received recognition on the national and international stage. Beginning from Balgeet recorded in 1977 when Devaki was just 12 years old, to her performances in the last decade at prestigious musical festivals and sammelans like Malhar festival, Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav and Tansen Samorah at Gwalior Devaki's has truly been a very memorable journey. Devaki was introduced to music at the age of two, and is a third generation musician from the Pandit household. She received her initial music training from her mother Usha Pandit. She trained under Vasantrao Kulkarni for 10 years, Jitendra Abhisheki for twelve years and from Kishori Amonkar for four years. Since 2003, she has been training under Babanrao Haldankar. Devaki Pandit gave her to her first stage performance at age nine. In 1986, she recorded her first playback song for the Ardhangi which went on to win her the Maharashtra State Award for "Best Female Playback Singer". She is well known for her several Marathi serial title songs especially Abhalmaya of Zee Marathi. Besides Marathi, she also sang songs in Hindi. For cinema she has rendered memorable songs in the role of a playback singer, both for Hindi and Marathi feature films. Some of the Hindi movies she has sung for are Astitva, Saaz, Water, Monsoon Wedding, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa among many others. Some of the Marathi films that she las lent her voice to are Ardhangi - that won her the Maharashtra State Award for "Best Playback Singer" - Saavli, Ek Hota Vidushak, Me Sindhutai Sapkal, Ai Shapat and many more.

Tanmay Deochake started learning harmonium at the tender age of five and started accompanying well established musicians ever since he was eighteen. Since then, he is one of the most sought after harmonium players in the country. He accompanies India’s leading artists like, Padmashree Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ud Taufiq Qureshi, Aarti Ankalikar and others on a regular basis. He has performed in all the major classical festivals in India. He has been playing synthesizer in many fusion concerts. He has accompanied on harmonium in various musical concerts held at Jaipur, Kochin, Baroda, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune and has also travelled abroad to Bangkok (Thailand) with Pt.Suresh Talwalkar and Shri.Shaunak Abhisheki. He has also toured to USA, UK, Holland, Belgium, Dubai etc.

Prashant Pandav was born into a musical environment. His father Prabhakar Pandav is a vocalist and harmonium player and his grandfather Ambadasrao Deshmukh was also a vocalist and instrumentalist. At the age of nine, Prashant was initiated into the kirtan form of religious music from Maharashtra. He continues to pursue this form and has been felicitated by the Pune Municipal Corporation with the 'Young Kirtankar' award. His tabla training began under Pandurang Mukhade for a period of eight years. He now studies under Yogesh Samsi, a disciple of renowned tabla maestro Alla Rakha. He received a scholarship from the Government of India. Prashant provides accompaniment to vocal music and Marathi theatre music and plays other percussion instruments too. He has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Sangeet Visharad degree in vocal music and tabla.


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


Admission:
ICMC Members: Free
General: $30
Student: $20
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.


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