A Concert of Hindustani Vocal Music
(classical and semi-classical)
A Co-Presentation of the University of Minnesota's School of Music and IMSOM


Dr. Pooja Goswami

accompanied by

A. Pavan (Tabla) and Ravi Prasad (Harmonium)

RaviPooja GoswamiA. Pavan
About the Artists:

Pooja Goswami, Ph.D. (Music)

Dr. Pooja Goswami was born in a musical family and received her early training in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music (vocal) from her father Sri. Surendra Goswami.

She received her M.Phil from the University of Delhi and completed a Ph.D. in Music in 2005, also from the University of Delhi. The subject of her Ph.D. thesis was the life and music of Pandit Amarnath, one of the prime disciples of Ustad Amir Khan - an icon in Hindustani vocal music.

Dr. Goswami is also trained in semi-classical music from the eminent vocalist Smt. Shanti Hiranand, the reigning queen of Thumri and Ghazal (semi-classical vocal genres) and the universally acclaimed successor of the legendary vocalist, the Late Begum Akhtar. The versatility in Dr. Goswami’s repertoire is evident in her ability to sing Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, Bhajan and various folk genres (e.g. Chaiti, Kajri) besides Khayals.

Dr. Goswami has received the prestigious National Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resources. The many prestigious venues she has performed at include the India Habitat Center (New Delhi), the Sopan festival (New Delhi), Vietnam International Tourism Festival (Hanoi) and the Sankalp music society (Jaipur). Dr. Goswami recently co-composed the score for Pangea World Theater’s “The Partition Project” staged in June 2006 in Minneapolis. She has performed widely within the USA, including performances at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis (MN), Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM) - Minneapolis (MN), Amherst College - Amherst (MA), East Indian Music Academy - Queens (NY) etc.

 Presently Dr. Goswami is a visiting faculty at the School of Music, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, teaching courses in Indian music and culture.

Dr. A. Pavan

Dr. Pavan is a regular figure in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN) music circles as an accomplished Tabla player and teacher. Dr. Pavan has trained in Tabla under several masters including Sri G. Laxmiah, Sri Ambika Prasad Mishra, Sri Gopal Mishra, Pandit Vijay Shankar and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Presently he trains with Sri. Rajendra Nakod in Bangalore and Ustad Shabbir Nisar in Hyderabad. Over the years he has performed for Katha Dance Theater, Abhinaya Theater, Minnesota Dance Alliance, Pangea World Theater and Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM) in several productions and concerts. Dr. Pavan also appears on recordings of world/fusion music with MN based artists. Since 1999, Dr. Pavan has been providing instruction to a number of Tabla students.

In 2002, Dr. Pavan co-composed and performed (with MN based Veena artist and vocalist, Nirmala Rajasekar), the score for Pangea World Theater’s production “Partitions”, at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis. More recently, in June 2006, he co-composed the score for Pangea World Theater’s follow-on play “The Partition Project” with Pooja Goswami. Dr. Pavan will be performing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Dec 2006.

A Principal Research Scientist at Honeywell Labs, Pavan is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota from where he received his Ph.D in Computer Science. Dr. Pavan has served in IMSOM as a member of the Executive Committee for several years and finally as President of the Society from 1997 – 2001. He continues to be very active in IMSOM and presently serves as an advisor.

Sri Ravi Prasad

Ravi Prasad is an accomplished musician and a graded artist of All India Radio. Ravi holds a Master’s degree in Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. He has performed several times locally and internationally and has won the President's Award in New DelhiRavi plays half a dozen instruments and is at home in several musical styles.

In his college days, Ravi has won various prizes for solo performances in Harmonium, Banjo and Singing. Over the years he has matured into a harmonium player of technical virtuosity and sensitivity. He has performed with some of India's most celebrated and honored musicians – such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Mukul Shivaputra, Pandit Siyaram Tiwari and others. Ravi’s accompaniment – at once dexterous, supportive and spontaneously inventive - combined with the rich repertoire that he has inherited from his guru-s, and the inspiration that he draws from his peers has won him the admiration of music lovers and connoisseurs. He takes special interest in Global Fusion Music and is also a founding member of the fusion band Jantri.

About the venue:

Directions to the venue may be found here.
The 21st Ave Ramp is the most convenient parking area.


This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, and the College of Liberal Arts ’ Scholarly Events Fund at the University of Minnesota , the Honeywell Foundation's "Dollars for Doers" Grant, and IMSOM Members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis / 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

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For further information contact:
  Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
  Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497



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