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Anupama Bhagwat (Sitar)
with
Nitin Mitta (Tabla)

October 19, 2014 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul


Anupama BhagwatNitin
                              Mitta
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About the Artists:


Anupama Bhagwat   

Anupama, a refreshingly versatile sitarist of the current generation, has performed to critical acclaim in India, USA/Canada, UK, Italy, France, and Brazil.  One of the leading disciples of the world-renowned Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre, while remaining true to tradition.  She has imbibed the vigor that is a hallmark of her Gharana: scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap and brilliant fluency of melody (raag bhava), all the while maintaining her technical virtuosity.

Anupama (b. 1974 in a musically inclined family in Bhilai, India) has established herself with performances at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide, including: Ustad Amir Khan Smriti Samaroh (Indore), Assisi, Turin (Italy), Nice (France) Swami Haridas Samaroh, Saptak (Ahmedabad), Sankat Mochan Samaroh (Varanasi), India International Center (New Delhi), Sangeet Research Accademy (Kolkata), Lotus World Music Festival (USA), MIT Fall Concert Series (USA), Baba HarBallabh Samaroh-Vasant Utsav (Jalandhar),  and Basant Bahar (California).

Anupama began her musical training in Bhilai with Shri R. N. Verma at the age of nine, having received her uncle's sitar as a gift.  At the age of thirteen, she commenced her tutelage with Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana which is justly renowned for its fluency and grace. Under her Guruji’s inspiring guidance, Anupama has acquired the finesse and technical nuances of the Gayaki style, while bringing out its lyrical beauty with the emotive cadences of the sitar.  During this time, Anupama has been conferred the title Surmani, by Sur Sringar Sansad, Bombay (1995); she won First Position in the All India Radio Music Competition (1994), as well as a HRD Scholarship from the Government of India (1993-1996).  Now as an established artiste, besides her concert appearances world-wide, Anupama conducts sitar workshops and lecture-demonstrations.  She has also collaborated on World-Music performances in Global Rhythms and Shanti.  Anupama has also received grants in 2000, 2002, and 2004, from the Ohio Arts Council (USA).

Anupama obtained her Masters in music from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya (Khairagarh), India. She has appeared on All India Radio, Doordarshan National Television (India), WDPR (Dayton Public Radio), WEFT (Champaign, IL), Mood Indigo (California Arts TV).

(Biography sourced from http://www.anupama.org/ )

Anupam Bhagwat, in her own words:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXrs7QVkT-w


Nitin Mitta

Nitin Mitta is one of the most accomplished and distinctive tabla players of his generation, with a reputation for technical virtuosity, spontaneity, clarity of tone, and sensitivity to melodic nuances.

Apart from being a dynamic soloist, he is a highly sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians, including Pandit Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Ustad Shahid Parvez, as well as many Carnatic musicians, such as Lalgudi G.J.R Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi.

Nitin has also made a mark as a versatile collaborator in other spheres. He recently joined forces with 2010 Grammy Nominee Pianist Vijay Iyer and electric guitarist R. Prasanna to produce a studio album titled Tirtha that blends elements of contemporary jazz with the North and South Indian traditional ragas and compositions. Another collaboration with R. Prasanna can be heard on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning documentary Smile Pinky. He has also performed and toured with singer and Juno Award nominee Kiran Ahluwalia.

Born in Hyderabad in 1975, Nitin received his early training in Hyderabad from Pandit G. Satyanarayana. Blessed with raw talent, he gave his first solo tabla performance at the age of ten. During his studies he won many accolades, including first prize in the All India Competition held in Calcutta. To expand his repertoire of tabla compositions, he sought the guidance of Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai, one of the most highly respected mentors of his generation.

Under Mulgaonkarji’s tutelage, Nitin not only broadened his tabla vocabulary, but sharpened his understanding of how to bring the material to life in performances through interpretation, improvisation and respect for the dynamics between instrumentalist and rhythmic accompanist. Both of Nitin’s gurus are disciples of the late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan Saheb, legendary doyen of the Farukhabad Gharana.

After moving to the United States in 2002, Nitin received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on Arts. He was a member of the faculty at the Learn Quest Academy of Music in Waltham, MA. He maintains a busy schedule of performances and tabla workshops, traveling throughout the U.S, Europe, Canada and India. He has performed at several prominent venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Weill recital Hall/Carnegie Hall, the UCLA Royce Hall, the Indian consulate in New York, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C, the Music Academy in Chennai, and the Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

(Biography sourced from http://nitinmitta.com )


About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • 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. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. 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 weekends.

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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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Ameeta Kelekar ameeta@imsom.org

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