Purbayan Chatterjee and Samir Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar)
Pandit Samir Chatterjee (Tabla)

One of India's exciting young Sitar masters with a Tabla virtuoso!

Friday, April 15, 2005, 7:30 pm

This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI "Fresh Air" Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis and 106.7FM in Saint Paul).

Please note: We had earlier announced Subhankar Banerjee as the Tabla artist for this concert. However, due to visa issues Subhankar Banerjee is unable to come and we now have Pandit Samir Chatterjee in his place.


The Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center (LHSC)
4401 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Click on the link above or scroll down this page to see a map and parking information. Please do not call the number listed for the LHSC on the day of the concert to ask for directions. Instead please call one of the IMSOM folks whose numbers are listed below.


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Gate $12.00 $17.00

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About the artists:

Purbayan Chatterjee has been acknowledged by maestros as one of the best young Sitarists of India. His style of playing is the most aesthetically satisfying combination of the best facets of – North India’s two greatest vocal genres, Dhrupad and Khayal; the depth and discipline of the Dhrupad is interspersed with the exuberance and lyricism of the Khayal. In a display of maturity, Purbayan is able to combine technical brilliance and virtuousity of the highest level with depth and serenity. Purbayan comes froma family steeped in the classical music tradition. His father and Guru Partha Chatterjee is a distinguished Sitarist in his own right, having achieved the status of a highly respected teacher and performer in Europe and USA as well as in India. Purbayan had the great fortune to study extensively with one of India’s greatest musicians Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, who holds a profound influence on Purbayan’s approach to music.

Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western traditions. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Sri. Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pandit Balaram Mukherjee, Pandit Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pandit Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pandit Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents. Pandit Chatterjee is an A-Grade artist of the All India Radio. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Pandit Chatterjee has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Brij Bhusan Kabra, Vidwan M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Ud. Sultan Khan, Ud. Munawar Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Smt. Prabha Atre, Pt. Gour Goswami, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao, Pt. G. S. Sachdev, Pt. Raghunath Seth, Ud. Bahadur Khan, Pt. Shyam Ganguly, Pt. Budhhadev Dasgupta, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ashis Khan, Shujat Khan, Ajoy Chakraborty, Rashid Khan, Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar, Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.

Pandit Samir Chatterjee lives in New York, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with Pauline Oliveros, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, William Parker, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz and avant guard musicians. He is a member of jazz trios, SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and MANODHARMA with Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer. He is the composer and director of Nacho Nacho - Gypsy Storyteller and Chhand-Anand, World percussion Ensemble. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist. Pandit Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 25 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture by conducting classes and workshops, organizing concerts, maintaining a library and running a store. Pandit Samir Chatterjee has also a career as a musicologist and journalist, contributing to many different newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination (equivalent to B.Mus.). He has two master degrees to his credit, in English and History.

Directions and parking:
Map of the LHSC location
Outside view of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community CenterThe Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center (LHSC) is located at the Southeast corner of 44th Street and Upton Avenue in beautiful Linden Hills neighborhood in South Minneapolis, just west of Lake Harriet. The map on the right shows the major routes to the LHSC from elsewhere in the Twin Cities area. The LHSC has its own parking lot to the South and East of the building itself, and you can usually find some on-street parking. Another option on the weekends is a school parking lot a block Northwest of the LHSC.

For further information contact:

Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497
Kari Askeland (612) 879-9695


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