|About the Artists:
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, a
master sarod player, belongs
to the younger generation of talented and accomplished musicians from India.
performance sparkles with virtuosity as well as classicism. He
Senia Maihar Gharana (or school) of instrumental music.
The most notable exponents of this style are
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Tejendra’s current Guru) and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Born in 1961, Tejendra started his initial
lessons at a very early age. His grandfather, Bibhuti Rajan Majumdar
and his father Ranjan Majumdar were his teachers in instrumental music.
Tejendra also acquired proficiency in vocal music because of the
training he received from Amaresh Chowdhury. At a later stage, Tejendra
became a disciple of Ustad Bahadur Khan, one of the ablest of Sarod
players/teachers. He continued his training with Ustad Bahadur Khan for
almost 18 years, but after his death, Tejendra studied under another
highly respected teacher, Ajay Rai Sinha. Currently Tejendra receives
valuable guidance from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Tejendra, with his own
efforts, has synthesized a style of his own, that blends in Tantrakari
(i.e. instrumental) and Gayaki (i.e. vocal) styles. Tejendra has received many honors and awards
for his artistry, including the President’s
Gold Medal and the Pandit D. V. Paluskar
brilliant and popular classical artiste also composes, arranges and
in other areas of music.
Samsi, a well-known tabla player
younger generation, is equally at ease with solo performances and while
accompanying vocal, instrumental and dance recitals, He had an early
exposure to music. His father the eminent vocalist Dinkar Kaikini
Yogesh at the age of six. His mother Shashikala Kaikini, a vocalist,
was also a
source of inspiration. Yogesh took his early instruction in tabla under
respected teacher H.Taranath Rao for a period of three years. He was
under the tutelage of the tabla maestro Alla Rakha from the age of ten.
Samsi has made a mark for himself as a grade A broadcaster on Indian
television networks. A popular performer at most concerts in India
abroad, Yogesh has also conducted tabla workshops. He has been featured
commercial recordings and has also provided research inputs and
for an instructional CD ROM on tabla.
is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in
the campus of the College of Saint
Catherine (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 23 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.
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(left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to
Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on
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Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
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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
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This activity is
made possible in part by,
the Series Presenter Support Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from
National Endowment for the Arts, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers”
Grant and the Medtronic Arts Access Program Grant. This concert is
by KFAI “Fresh-Air” Radio (90.3FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul).
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