Pooja Goswami, Ph.D. (Music)
Dr. Pooja Goswami was born in a musical family and received her early
in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music (vocal) from her father
She received her M.Phil from
the University of Delhi and completed a Ph.D. in Music in
from the University
of Delhi. The
her Ph.D. thesis was the life and music of Pandit Amarnath, one of the
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,
reigning queen of Thumri and Ghazal (semi-classical vocal genres) and
universally acclaimed successor of the legendary vocalist, the Late
Akhtar. The versatility in Dr. Goswami’s repertoire is evident in her
to sing Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, Bhajan and various folk genres (e.g.
Kajri) besides Khayals.
Dr. Goswami has received the
prestigious National Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Human
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
performed widely within the USA,
including performances at the University
of Minnesota - Minneapolis
Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM) - Minneapolis (MN), Amherst College
- Amherst (MA), East
Indian Music Academy
- Queens (NY)
Goswami is a
visiting faculty at the School of Music, University of Minnesota,
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.
Ambika Prasad Mishra, Sri
Gopal Mishra, Pandit Vijay Shankar and Pandit Birju
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.
Pavan also appears on recordings of world/fusion music with MN based
Since 1999, Dr. Pavan has been providing instruction to a number of Tabla
In 2002, Dr. Pavan co-composed
and performed (with MN based Veena artist and vocalist, Nirmala
score for Pangea World Theater’s production “Partitions”, at the
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.
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
IMSOM as a member of the Executive Committee for several years and
President of the Society from 1997 – 2001. He continues to be very
IMSOM and presently serves as an advisor.
Sri Ravi Prasad
Prasad is an accomplished
musician and a graded artist of All India Radio. Ravi holds a Master’s
in Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. He has
performed several times locally and
internationally and has won the President's Award in New Delhi. Ravi plays half a dozen instruments and is at home in
several musical styles.
his college days, Ravi has won
various prizes for solo performances in
Harmonium, Banjo and Singing. Over the years he has matured into a
player of technical virtuosity and sensitivity. He has performed with
some of India's
celebrated and honored musicians – such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Mukul
Pandit Siyaram Tiwari and others. Ravi’s accompaniment – at once
supportive and spontaneously inventive - combined with the rich
he has inherited from his guru-s, and the inspiration that he draws
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.