Music Series: Celebrate Spring with a Jugalbandi of Indian Classical Music

Sunday, Apr 7, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

World- renowned musicians Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Apratim Majumdar (sarod), and Ranendra Das (tabla) will take you on an extraordinary journey with a Jugalbandi of North Indian classical music. Experience the transcendent power of this art form, steeped in centuries of tradition and history, as we welcome spring.

This concert compliments the year-long study of Indian culture and arts in the public schools. Through its annual Global Arts Initiative, the Westport Public Schools Music & Visual Art Department selects a specific global culture and partners with community and various school disciplines to provide students with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of global cultures.  

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Location: Kings Highway Elementary School, 125 Post Road West

Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Ranendra Das began learning tabla from his father at the age of 3. After immigrating to the United States in 1995, he began studying tabla with Pandit Samir Chatterjee and Dr. Shouri Lahiri.

Ranendra has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Symphony Space in New York City, and has participated in renowned jazz and music festivals such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival in Mystic, Connecticut, and the Arts and Ideas International Festival in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2010, Ranendra was honored to performed for President Barack Obama at the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Dedication in Washington, DC. Ranendra Das have been teaching World Music at University of Bridgeport.

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.

Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.

Sarod virtuoso Apratim Majumdar is the most thinking and creative Sarod Player, a composer and a brilliant performer. Apratim (born in Kolkata) was initially tutored and groomed by Prof Rabin Ghosh, disciple of Ustad Alauddin Khan in strict discipline and style of Senia Maihar Gharana. He also received training from Shree Partho Sarothy, disciple of Ustad Dhyanesh Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Presently he is under training of Dr. Pradip Kumar Chakraborty, one of the senior most disciples of Pt. Ravi Shankar.

Apratim is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Govt. of India was awarded “SUR MANI” Title by Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai). He is recipient of JADUBHATTA AWARD(Kolkata) and NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY AWARD (NEW YORK). He is performing throughout India and regularly traveling on concert tour to Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Austria , Netherlands and USA. (www.apratimmajumdar.com)
 

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