Hindustani Violin Concert by
Kala Ramnath with
Mayookh Bhowmick on the Tabla

Sunday, 21 October, 4 PM

Kala RamnathMayookh Bhowmick

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About the Artists:

Kala Ramnath, the contemporary torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana, stands today amongst the most outstanding instrumental musicians in the North Indian classical genre. Born into a family of prodigious musical talent, which has given Indian music such violin legends as Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam, Kala's genius with the violin manifested itself from childhood. Kala began playing the violin at the tender age of three under the strict tutelage of her grandfather Vidwan. Narayana Iyer. Simultaneously she received training from her aunt Dr. Smt. N. Rajam. For fifteen years she put herself under the training of Mewati vocal maestro, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. This has brought a rare vocal emotionalism to her art. Kala’s violin playing is characterized by an immaculate bowing and fingering technique, command over all aspects of laya, richness and clarity in sur. All this innate artistry and technical brilliance combined with a rare and exquisite emotional quality are the hallmarks of the style. She has taken this instrument so close to vocal music that today her violin is called "The Singing Violin."

Kala has performed at all major music festivals in India, prominent among them being Shankarlal Festival-Delhi, Tansen Samaroh-Gwalior, Saptak- Ahmedabad, Sawai Gandharva Music Conference-Pune, Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh-Varanasi, Doverlane Music Conference-Kolkata, Ustad Amir Khan Sangeet Samaroh-Bhopal, to name a few. In 1984, she won the President’s award in the prestigious  AIR music competition. In 1988, she became the first ever-Hindustani musician and violinist to record for CBS India Ltd. Besides being a brilliant and charismatic musician; Kala has also an outstanding academic record. She is also an A-grade artiste in Radio and Television. Her She also has won many prizes and awards include Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar, Sur Ratna, and Sur Mani. She has performed in some of the most prestigious international festivals internationally including World Music Festival in Montreal Canada, Rhythms of India in Ottawa- Canada presented by the Canadian Arts Council, Celebrations of India’s fiftieth year of Independence in Europe by ICCR, North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, Bath Festival in Bath, England and the South Asian Heritage Festival in Toronto Canada. She has also extensively throughout the world including at prestigious venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall London and Sydney Opera House. 

Of late Kala has been experimenting with several types of genres of music - both within the traditions of Indian Classical music and also crossovers to other types of music. Her violin-vocal duets with Sanjeev Abhyankar and violin-sitar duets with Purbayan Chatterjee have been highly acclaimed by critics and connoisseurs.After having worked and experimented with some world famous musicians like Ray Manzarek of the Doors who plays the keyboards in the genre of Rock music, Eduardo Niebla who plays Spanish Flamenco music on the Guitar, with Eyvind Kang and his new age music, with the classical orchestra in Bologna, Kala now performs for an unique group called "Raga Afrika" which is a collaboration with some world famous South African musicians - among them are jazz guitarists Odutayo Kunle and Lucas Khumalo and percussionists John Hassan and Frank Paco. 

Mayookh Bhaumik began performing on television, radio, and on stage from the age of five. He was acknowledged as a child prodigy by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in 1981 at the age of four. Mayookh returned to India to train under Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Ustad Sabir Khan of the Farukhabad Gharana. He also studied under Kathak legend Padmabhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj. Currently he is a student of Ustad Zakir Hussain and also studies the mridangam and carnatic (south indian percussion) with Vidwan S. Sekhar. At age seven, he won the NY State ‘Under 18 Science Award’ for creating an original string instrument. Mayookh entered the music industry very early and was a studio musician by age twelve. He has played with various artistes of global repute including: Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit V.G. Jog, Pandit Monilal Nag, Tarun Bhattacharya, Niladri Kumar, Kala Ramnath, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and (late) Farukh Fateh AliKhan, Derek Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, Dinuk Wijeratne, Kinan Azmeh etc.

Currently managed as a recording artiste by Jon Waxman Associates, he is a nominated associate of the GRAMMY AWARDS COMMITTEE. He is featured on over numerous released and internationally marketed albums, including two solo albums "The Beginning" on Gathani Records and 'Ancestors' on rageshwari music.  Mayookh and brother Mainak, a noted filmmaker of Kolkata, are the founders of Black Coffee Productions, a grassroots organization that brings classical arts to the youth of India through open public performances, a first in the history of the Indian classical music scene. His public performances include two appearances in the Doverlane Music Conference with Kala Ramnath and Madhuboni Chatterjee, Uttarpara Sangeet Sammelan with Sanjeev Abhyankar, and at universities in the US including Harvard, MIT, Cornell, UCLA. He has also composed music for films in India and the United States including feature films like 'Eeshwar Mime Company', 'Herbert', 'Amra', 'Podokkhep', 'London Bridge is Falling Down', 'Vola's Ticket', 'Aashi'. He also composes for Dance theatre productions.

About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall 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 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • 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.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. 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 weekends.

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This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council's (MRAC) "Arts Activities Support (AAS)" Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota state legislature, 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 ).

For further information contact:

Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497



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