Indian Classical Music Circle 
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

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

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

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

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

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