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Partho Sarothy & Samar Saha and Snehasish Mozumder & Arup Chattopadhyay IMSOM and Cedar Cultural Center
jointly present an evening of
Hindustani Instrumenal Music

by

Partho Sarothy (Sarod)
with
Samar Saha (Tabla)

and


Snehasish Mozumder (Mandolin)

with
Arup Chattopadhyay (Tabla)

Friday, September 10, 2004, 7:30 pm

Venue:

Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Mn 55454


For a map and parking information please see link above.

Tickets:

Advance: Students/Seniors/IMSOM Members: $15.00, General $18.00

Day of concert:
All $20.00
(No discounts on the day of concert)

Purchase tickets in advance at the IMSOM website OR at the Cedar webwite.

IMSOM members can avail of their passes at this concert. Please email or call Kari Askeland (kari@imsom.org or 612-879-9695) to reserve your seat/s if using IMSOM members pass/es.

About the artists:

Partho Sarothy
was born in 1960 in Calcutta (West Bengal, India) in a family of Khayal musicians. His virtuosity on the Sarod makes his exploration of Ragas an exercise in harmony and tranquillity, and his controlled, meditative approach gives his music a rare depth and charm. Partho started his musical training under his father who was a disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra. Partho then took lessons for nearly a decade from Ustad Dhyanesh Khan, son and disciple of the legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since 1980, he has been under the direct guidance of Pandit Ravi Shankar. At the age of sixteen, Partho won the national competition for instrumental music of the All India Radio. This important award allowed him to become a student of the famous Ravi Shankar when he was 18 years old. Still a student of this incredible master, he has toured and played extensively with him in India, Europe, and the USA. Partho Sarothy has performed at major music festivals all over the world. With this long and very illustrious training under these great Gurus coupled with an inherent creative sensibility, Partho's music is truly brilliant. He plays in a very personal style and with great insight. He has also developed a unique fingering style, which gives his music a remarkable quality. Partho has been performing for the last 30 years in India and all over the world. He regularly performs in Europe and the U.S.A every year. In India, he has given concerts at all the major music festivals like Dover Lane in Calcutta, the Savai Gandharva festival in Pune, Music Academy festival in Chennai, Royal Albert hall in London, Kremlin in Moscow and numerous other places throughout the world.

Trained in Benares style of Tabla playing, Samar Saha showed a great promise at a very young age. Samar's initial training started at a very tender age under the guidance of his father Sri Sudhansu Bhusan Saha and brother Sri Tarak Saha, a Tabla player of repute. His formal training started under the tutelage of Sr Satchidananda Goswami and then flowered under the able guidance of Sri Krishna Kumar Ganguly (Natubabu) of Benares Gharana. A highly sought-after Tabla accompanist, Samar has had the privilege of accompanying almost all the top ranking artists of Hindustani vocal and instrumental music. Samar Saha is a full-time senior faculty member of ITC Sangeet Research Academy since its very inception in 1978. He has toured the USA many times with ITC-SRA musicians.

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 Classical Music. Coming from a musically oriented family, he started his initial training under the guidance of his father Sri Himangshu Mazumder. Gradually he switched over to his cousin Sri Tejendra Majumdar who is a well-known Sarod player of the country. He continued his study under Pandit Ajoy Sinha Roy who was a beloved disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan, the founder of Maihar Gharana and Guru of Pandit Ravishankar. Finally he came under the tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Snehashish, besides performing in all the major festivals in India, has toured Europe, the U.K., and the U.S.A. He is a recipient of the Surmani and Jadubhatta Awards. Besides playing Indian Classical Music, he is very much involved in the film industry and arranged music for many award-winning films. Recently Snehasish was invited by Pandit Ravishankar to perform for the George Harrison Memorial Concert held in Royal Albert Hall, London.

Arup Chattopadhyay is recognized today as one of the most outstanding and sought after Tabla artists of the younger generation. As a premier disciple of the world-renowned maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh of the Farukkhabad Gharana (stylistic tradition) of Tabla, Arup has established himself both as an topnotch accompanist and a formidable soloist. Arup started his initial training in tabla at the age of six from his father, the eminent Tabla player, Shri Pankaj Chatterjee and later came under the tutelage of Pandit Shankar Ghosh with whom he continues to train. An affiliated tabla artist with the All India Radio and Doordarshan Televison, Arup records and performs frequently for the Indian broadcasting network. He regularly accompanies some of the leading musicians of India such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ashish Khan, Manas Chakravarty, Arun Bhadhuri, Ajay Chakravarty, and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Arup has toured the U.K. representing highly acclaimed performances and demonstrations with Deepak Choudhury. Most recently, he has toured extensively with sitarist Kartik Seshadri in performances throughout the United States and Canada. Arup also serves as a visiting guest lecturer of Tabla at the University of California, San Diego.

Directions and parking:

Please visit the Cedar Cultural Center website for all information.

Contact:

Shivanthi Sathanandan         (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar                  (
651) 787-0497

Acknowledgement:

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) "Arts Activities Grant" through an appropriation by the Minnesota state legislature, the General Mills Foundation "Celebrating Communities of Color" Grant, and IMSOM members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM Minneapolis / 106.7FM St. Paul).

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