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|Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya
Tarun is one of the leading santoor players of India
today. He has studied with his father, Shri Robi Bhattacharya and Pt.
Dulal Roy. For the past fourteen years he has been under the tutelage
of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Wedded to the santoor from as young
an age as eight, Pt Bhattacharya had picked up the art form from his
father Pt Ravi Bhattacharya during the initial years. After presenting
his first stage show at eight years of age, he went under the tutelage
of Pt Dulal Roy, further refining him self on the instrument. His stint
as a student under Pt Ravi Shankar helped him the most. As the
artiste admits, "Although Pt Ravi Shankar's discipline is sitar, he is
well-versed with the nuances of santoor. He passed on to me the
invaluable knowledge of the principles of music, its ideals and
disciplines. Ever since childhood, I was reared in an ambience filled
with music. It was natural for me to become a musician."
In order to be able to play the meends (gliding tunes) in a better way,
Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya equipped his instrument with thicker strings.
This modification meant one further step on the way towards the
shatatantri veena, described in classical texts as the
"hundred-stringed veena". Over and above, he developed a technique to
tune the more than one hundred strings of his instrument in a quick and
He is regularly featured at the Doverlane Music Conference in Kolkata,
already played twice in the Royal Albert Hall in London and once in the
Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya´s album "Nomad Christmas" was nominated
for the Grammy.
Press Review - Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor):
Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya is one of the best Santoor players of the
world. On his dulcimer-like instrument he plays classical Indian
melodies. - tz Munich, April 19th, 2004
In April Tarun Bhattacharya will elicit from his Santoor, an instrument
related to the Bavarian dulcimer, a firework of rhythms and tunes at
the Ayurveda Centre Kreuzberg. - KGS Berlin, April 2004
Links to performances:
Mayookh Bhaumik began performing on television,
radio, and on stage from the age of five. He was acknowledged as a
child prodigy by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in 1981 at the age of four.
Mayookh returned to India to train under Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and
Ustad Sabir Khan of the Farukhabad Gharana. He also studied under
Kathak legend Padmabhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj. Currently he is a
student of Ustad Zakir Hussain and also studies the mridangam and
carnatic (south indian percussion) with Vidwan S. Sekhar. At age seven,
he won the NY State ‘Under 18 Science Award’ for creating an original
string instrument. Mayookh entered the music industry very early and
was a studio musician by age twelve. He has played with various
artistes of global repute including: Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad
Ali Khan, Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Birju
Maharaj, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit V.G. Jog, Pandit Monilal Nag, Tarun
Bhattacharya, Niladri Kumar, Kala Ramnath, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and
(late) Farukh Fateh AliKhan, Derek Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge,
Dinuk Wijeratne, Kinan Azmeh etc.
Currently managed as a recording artiste by Jon
Waxman Associates, he is a nominated associate of the GRAMMY AWARDS
COMMITTEE. He is featured on over numerous released and internationally
marketed albums, including two solo albums "The Beginning" on Gathani
Records and 'Ancestors' on rageshwari music. Mayookh and brother
Mainak, a noted filmmaker of Kolkata, are the founders of Black Coffee
Productions, a grassroots organization that brings classical arts to
the youth of India through open public performances, a first in the
history of the Indian classical music scene. His public performances
include two appearances in the Doverlane Music Conference with Kala
Ramnath and Madhuboni Chatterjee, Uttarpara Sangeet Sammelan with
Sanjeev Abhyankar, and at universities in the US including Harvard,
MIT, Cornell, UCLA. He has also composed music for films in India and
the United States including feature films like 'Eeshwar Mime Company',
'Herbert', 'Amra', 'Podokkhep', 'London Bridge is Falling Down',
'Vola's Ticket', 'Aashi'. He also composes for Dance theatre
|About the Venue:
is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in
University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint
Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall
is Building 24 in the campus map (see
- From I-94 going E: Take
Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East
(left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph.
Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
- From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit.
(left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to
Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on
- From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph
Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
- From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue
South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland
Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
Gate 3 is located between
Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph
and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better
known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on
Click here for a campus map of St. Catherine
here for other general maps and directions to
St. Catherine University.
Fall 2010 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds
provided by the Metropolitan
(MRAC) Arts Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by
the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers”
Grant, the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, and IMSOM members and
donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in
Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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