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Kala Ramnath (Hindustani Violin) 
Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla)
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Shubhankar Banerjee (Tabla solo)
Vikas Falnikar (Harmonium)

May 11 2014, 5:00 PM

Dr V Premanand Theater and Concert Hall
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

  Kala RamnathSubhankar BanerjeeVikas
                              Falnikar
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About the Artists

Kala Ramnath

Grammy nominated for her album ‘Miles from India’, Album ‘Kala’ recognized as one of the fifty best recordings of the world, selected as one of the 50 best instrumentalists of the world by the prestigious Songlines magazine, the first Indian violinist to be featured in the violin Bible ‘The Strad’,  a solo essay in the ‘Encyclopedia – Rough Guide to World Music’ for her contributions in the field of violin in Indian music, frequently featured in Hollywood soundtracks including the Oscar nominated “Blood Diamond” and many more such recognitions, Maestro Kala Ramnath with her ‘Singing Violin’ stands among the foremost instrumentalists of the world.

Born into a family of prodigious musical talent, which has given Indian music such violin legends as Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam, Kala’s genius with the violin manifested itself during her childhood. Recognizing her innate talent, her astute grandfather, Vidwan A. Narayan Iyer took her under his tutelage. Thus began her journey on the road to astounding renown and acclaim worldwide.  She then went on to become a pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. During this mentorship Kala revolutionized the violin technique and produced a sound so unique, evocative and akin to classical Indian vocal music that today her violin is called ‘The Singing Violin’.

Today a virtuoso of staggering proportions, Kala has performed at all the major music festivals in India, as well as the most prestigious stages throughout the world, including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall to name a few.  Kala is at the vanguard of the present generation of Indian instrumental super-stars. Due to her rigorous training in the classical tradition she comfortably forges musical alliances with artists of renown from different genres around the globe incorporating elements of Western Classical, Jazz, Flamenco and traditional African music into her rich and varied repertoire.

Kala is a sought after artist to work and experiment with orchestras like the London Symphony and London Philharmonic and world music legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Kai Eckhart, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Terry Bozzio, Abbos Kossimov, Ayrto Moriera, Giovanni Hidalgo and rock legend Ray Manzarek of the Doors to name a few.   ‘Raga Afrika’, ‘Global Conversation’ and recently ‘Elements’ are all bands Kala has founded along with her fellow world music artists.

Along with being a stellar performer, Kala is also a sought after teacher. She regularly lectures and conducts workshops all around the world. A few worth mention are the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music in Netherlands, University of Giessen in Germany and the Weill Institute in association with the Carnegie Hall in New York.   An  ‘A Top’ grade performer of All India Radio and television, Kala is one of the youngest artists to have achieved this honour. She is the recipient of many awards, most notable among them being the ‘Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Sanman’, ‘Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar’ and the ‘Sur Ratna’.

Out of her several recordings best selling albums, Kala’ and ‘Samvad’ were ‘Top of the World’ in the charts for the year 2004, ‘Yashila’ for 2006 and ‘Samaya’ for 2008.  An established name in the world music scene, Kala today is keen to enrich the lives of under-privileged children through music in the form of her foundation, ‘Kalashree’.


Subhankar Banerjee

At the age of five, the musical wonder kid was placed under the tutelage of Shri Swapan Shiva celebrated artiste and teacher of Farukhabad Tabla Gharana and over the years he has been dedicating himself for learning other Gharanas from different maestros.  He received awards in his early age from celebrities like Satyajit Ray in the year1977, Pandit Ravi Shankar  in the year 1985 and from President of India in 1987.Training in vocal music from his childhood made him a competent vocalist as well. In addition to being a reputed soloist Subhankar his one of the few choicest accompanist of most prominent celebrities of our country like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma..Pandit L.Subramanium,Dr.M.Balamuralikrishnan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit M.S.Gopalkrishnan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Pandit V.G.Jog, Ustad Imrat Hussian Khan, and many others.

He performed in the prestigious "NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT" in Oslo along with a duet of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia  where Indian classical music was presented for the first time of this occasion in 1999.The Govt. Of Pakistan invited him to perform for the 50th anniversary of Pakistan in 1997 in Islamabad & Lahore. The President Of India took him to perform in Brazil for the "Festival of India" in 1998 and he was invited by the govt. of South Africa and Govt. of Mexico to show his musical brilliance as their guest artist.

Apart from having played over hundred recordings published all over the world as accompanist and soloist he has been experiencing and sharing the greatness of India Classical Music along with other renowned musicians of the world as well.
He joined Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia to play with the symphony orchestra in London(Royal Festival Hall) and in Paris (Theatre de la ville). The most famous Greek clarionet   & Saxophone Player Petrolucas Halkias and Lira player Ross Dally have been regularly playing with Subhankar the Greek ethnic music and Indo Greek fusion band in different parts of Greece since 1998 in Jazz (womad) and other festivals.
He was invited by Prince Charles to perform in London with John Mc. Laughin and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in February 2001.He was the only Indian percussionist to be invited in Tokyo to compose an orchestra with famous musicians from five other Asian countries for the best known festival in Japan., "Asian Fantasy Concert" and perform in 1996.

(Biography Sourced from Subhankar Banerjee's website http://www.subhankar.net/biography.html)


Vikas Falnikar

Vikas Falnikar is a harmonium accompanist from Chicago and has accompanied several local as well visiting vocalists and tabla artists from India.
About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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Acknowledgments:

IMSOM’s Fall 2014 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio (90.3 in Minneapolis/106.7 FM in St. Paul).
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