foremost Hindustani vocalist to perform in the Twin Cities!
Ustad Rashid Khan (Hindustani Vocal)
Pandit Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay (Tabla)
July 17, 2005, 5:00 pm
This concert is supported,
in part, by funds received from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Councilís Arts Activities Support
(AAS) Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the American Express
Foundation's Global Volunteer Action Fund (GVAF) Grant, the Minnesota State Arts Boardís Series
Presenter Support (SPS) Grant, and the COMPAS/United Artsí General Fund Grant.
This concert is co-sponsored by the Department of Music at the University of Saint Thomas,
Saint Paul and KFAI "Fresh Air" Radio
(90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7FM in Saint Paul).
The OEC Auditorium
University of St. Thomas
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| About the artists:
Ustad Rashid Khan is
one of the torch bearers of the new generation of vocalists, carrying
on with rare poise and aplomb, the tradition of excellence in Hindustani vocal music. Born in 1966, he was trained
under the Gurukul system (the tradition of the student
living with the Guru
for several years for undergoing rigorous training) by his grand uncle,
the great maestro of
the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana (stylistic school or tradition), Ustad
Nissar Hussain Khan -
the young Rashid studied with the Ustad from the age of six, first at
home and subsequently at
the Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata.
His musical development and prowess have been nothing short of
Rashid’s Alap (free form solo improvisation) is highly imaginative,
his Layakari (polyrhythmic play) pulsating, and his powerful,
lightning-swift Taans (ultra-fast musical passages) emerge like
His Raga (melodic template - the basis of Indian classical music)
delineation in the
Alap is traditional in its finely etched detailing; in the Firat
he has an uncanny ability to execute movements that are complex and
While maintaining the grammatical contours of the Raga, its ethos and
colors are brought to
life with rare artistry. Little wonder, then, that Rashid has been
hailed as a worthy successor
to the great voices of the past. Ustad Rashid Khan was famously
described by none other
than Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (India’s most well known vocalist from the
previous generation) as
"an assurance for the future of Indian vocal music."
Pandit Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay is from a family of musicians of the Vishnupur Gharana
of West Bengal. His grandfather was
the state musician of Manipur. After receiving
his initial training from his father, Pandit Bandopadhyay became the
disciple of Pandit Mahadeo Prasad Mishra of the Benares Gharana. He
started playing professionally when he was thirteen.
Pandit Bandopadhyay was associated with the All India
Radio and later with Delhi University for about seven to eight years.
Jyoti Goho had his intial training under the guidance of Late
Sanat Bannerjee and, thereafter, under Shri Biren Bose. Later, he
became a disciple of Shri A.T.Kanan. Sri Goho developed the art of
playing harmonium under the tutelage of Shri Deb Kumar Bannerjee. Aided
by his knowledge of vocal music, he bloomed into a competent and
sensitive harmonium accompanist. The legendary Hindustani vocalist,
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi regards "very highly as an artist" who is
"extremely supportive as a harmonium accompanist." His ability to
understand and adjust according to the mood and spirit of the
performance has made Jyoti popular amongst all the eminent vocalists of
the current generation. He has performed extensively in India and
enthralled audiences in USA in ten different tours with ITC-SRA. Sri
Goho is a fulltime senior faculty of SRA, and has recorded six CDs.
Directions and parking:
is located in the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in Saint
Paul on Cleveland Ave, in the block between Ashland and Portland
Avenues. Parking lot H, located at the intersection of Cretin and
Summit Avenues is the best bet for free weekend parking.
of the Saint Paul Campus of the University of Saint Thomas.
The OEC Auditorium is
Building 4 in the campus map. Please use parking lot H only, for free
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