A Tribute to Ustad Bismillah Khan!

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan (Hindustani Shehnai) with
Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla)

Sunday, April 26, 5:00 PM


Recital Hall
College of St. Catherine,
St. Paul
Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain KhanSubhen Chatterjee

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About the Artists:

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan, son of late Ustad Ali Jan Khan of Allahabad is the acknowledged premier Shehnai maestro of Eastern India. He is from a family of renowned shehnai exponents from Benaras. His grandfather the late Ustad Wazir Ali Khan of Benaras Gharana was an eminent musician who was the first Indian to demonstrate Indian Classical Music on Shehnai. Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan received his training from his maternal uncle Late Ustad Nazir Hussain Khan & his paternal uncle Late Ustad Imdad Hussain Khan Of Benaras Gharana. He also took training from Late Pandit Tansen Pandey in vocal under Saini Gharana.
Soft,Subtle & sweet tone presented in a melodious manner are some of Ustadji's salient features. The purity of the raga also depicts his solid traditional background. Ustadji is known for his innovative style and mastery over the classical, semi-classical and folk music repertoire.
Over the span of his career, Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan has received a multitude of awards. Prominent among those are the All Bengal Music Conference Award, Gavati Devi Music award, Tansen Samaroh Gold Medal and the Bishwa Banga Sammelan Award to mention as few. Ustadji has been extensively recognized by premier cultural organizations in India and abroad for his superlative contribution to Indian music.

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan has toured the globe, including performances in Belgium, Russia, Switzerland, France, Tunisia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hongkong and the Philippines. He has participated in severl music festivals abroad such as North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Bath Music Festival In London, the Indo-German Festival in Germany and the World Music festival for Christian Armenia.

Subhen Chatterjee, one of the most sensitive tabla players of today, has indeed blossomed into an able and energetic tabaliya who genuinely enjoys his art. He bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana-Subhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing & which has made his style of playing so unique & distinctive.

Sri Chatterjee has already accompanied outstanding musicians such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Smt. Girija Devi, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Sobha Gurtu, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Ashish Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Sri Ronu Mazumder and many others and has earned a very good name both from the audience as well as the press. Subhen is also a very fine soloist.

Subhen Chatterjee has had the distinction of being one of the very few tabla players to have been participating regularly for the past few years in WOMAD (World Organisation of Music & Dance, founded by renowned guitar player Mr. Peter Gabriel) by collaborating with such distinguished artistes such as Paul Horn (Flautist), Mr. David Cosby (of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young famed) etc. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, (in the year 1985) which is still the only of its kind from the easter part of India.

His recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS (F.O.D) whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones. F.O.D. has also planned for supporting old and handicapped musicians (financially or otherwise) who had served the music world for years. 
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 Honeywell Foundation's "Dollars for Doers" Grant, IMSOM Members and Donors. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

For further information contact:
Durgesh Manjure
Ameeta Kelekar



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