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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
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,
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.
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:
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
- 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.
(left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to
Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on
- From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph
Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
- From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue
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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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 ).
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