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Mita Nag (Sitar) and Hassan Haider (Shehnai)
Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla)

Sunday September 23 2018, 5:00 PM

Lorenz Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Mitali Nag Hassan Haider Subhen
                              Chatterjee
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About the Artists

Mita Nag


Mita Nag, daughter of veteran satirist, Pandit Manilal Nag and grand daughter of Sangeet Acharya (a master musician) Gokul Nag, belongs to the Vishnupur Gharana of Bengal, a school of music nearly 300 years old. In terms of lineage, Mita is the sixth generation sitar player in her family, the tradition having begun with her fore fathers. It was with her grandfather Gokul Nag, who had become the Guru of a noted zamindar (feudal lord) family of Uttarpara, a Northern suburb town of Kolkata, that the music of the Nag family came into limelight. With her illustrious father Manilal, the sitar tradition of Vishnupur gharana was made known to the world.  This Gharana follows the Dhrupad style of song and the instrumental recital too, imitates the dhrupad style in the Alap phase.

Mita (born,1969) was initiated into music at the tender age of four . She had shown rather early gestures of her love for music. Toddling with her tiny sitar Mita began her early training under the guidance of her mother who was also a disciple of Gokul Nag. Her grandfather’s encouragement and instructions through singing had much influence on her early reception of music, most noticeably, associating the instrument with song. Her tutelage under her father started at the age of six.  Mita appeared for her debut performance at the age of ten years, the year 1979 being observed as the International Year of the Child. The same year Mita won the Junior National Talent Search Award of the Govt .of India.

Mita has performed in a number of concerts, solo as well as duet recitals with her father in major cities of India and in many cities of the US, Canada, Japan and Europe. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship Award by the Human Resource Development, Govt of India, for her research project on Vishnupur Gharana.

As a soloist Mita has been performing  in numerous cities of the country and has participated in famous Sangeet Festivals such as The Doverlane Young Talents, The Doverlane Music Conference, 2013, The Uttarparha Sangeet Chakra Conference 2013, Salt Lake Music Festival ( a number of times), Sangeet Piyasi, Kolkata, Khyal Trust, Dadar Matunga, Swar –Yatra in Mumbai .  Darbar Festival, London, 2015.  She has also performed at many cities and towns of Germany, Belgium and Netherlands.

Mita has founded the Gokul Nag Memorial Foundation, a Trust for the promotion of Indian Classical Music, in the fond memory of her grandfather.  Mita is a Masters in English Literature and an M.Phil. in English from The University of Kolkata.


(Biography sourced from artists' website: http://www.mitanag.com/)


Hassan Haider

Hassan Haider is an acknowledged Sahnai player. His family hails from Allahabad, and he was born in Kolkata (Calcutta) on April 6th 1985. His father Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain was a famous Sahnai maestro. His family has been representing this art form for generations.

Hassan Haider received his training in Benaras and Senia Gharanas from his father. He also learned from Pt. Arvind Parikh, the famous sitar maestro from school of Ud. Imdad Khan, Ud. Enayat Khan and Ud. Vilayat Khan. Hassan’s great grandfather Ud. Wazir Ali Khan was a musician of distinction who was the first musician to ever perform the Sahnai at the Buckingham Palace in London, England in 1910 and was awarded by Pt. Motilal Nehru, the father of India’s first Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru.

Even at this young age, Hassan Haider has already performed at many important music festivals, venues and occasions in India, such as The Autumn Festival of Dance and Music in celebration of India’s 50th year of independence, Dover Lane Music Festival in Kolkata, Harballav Festival in Jalandhar, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra in West Bengal, Sri Ram Shankarlal Festival in Delhi, Ud. Alauddin Khan Academy in Bhopal, Sangeet Natak Academy in Pune, only to name a few. All of his performances have been well reviewed in newspapers and magazines.

He had toured and performed with his father in several countries outside India. Those include the USA, Canada, U.K., France, Switzerland and Belgium. He is regularly featured on Indian radio and television.


Subhen Chatterjee

Subhen Chatterjee bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana-Subhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing & which has made his style of playing so unique & distinctive.

Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Smt. Girija Devi, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Sobha Gurtu, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Ashish Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Pt. Ronu Mazumder, Pt. Chitresh Das and many others and has earned a very good name both from the audience as well as the press. Subhen is also a very fine soloist.

WOMAD(World Organisation of Music & Dance, founded by renowned guitar player Peter Gabriel) by collaborating with such distinguished artistes such as Paul Horn (Flautist), David Cosby (of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young famed) etc. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, (in the year 1985) which is still the only of its kind from the easter part of India.

Subhen’s recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS (F. O. D) whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones. F. O. D. has also planned for supporting old and handicapped musicians (financially or otherwise) who had served the music world for years.

His album BANDISH FUSION was nominated for JPF Music Awards (one of USA's leading music awards) in 2006.

Subhen's latest albums "BANDISH FUSION: Redefind" & "BANDISH FUSION: the lasting legacy" are already in the charts, both in India & abroad. For more details on this, please log on to: www.bandishfusion.com

Artists' website: http://www.subhenchatterjee.net


About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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Acknowledgments:

 IMSOM's Fall 2018 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St Paul).
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