September 26, 2010 5:00 PM

Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor) with
Mayookh Bhowmik (Tabla)

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Tarun BhattacharyaMayookh Bhowmik

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Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya

Tarun is one of the leading santoor players of India today. He has studied with his father, Shri Robi Bhattacharya and Pt. Dulal Roy. For the past fourteen years he has been under the tutelage of Pandit Ravi Shankar.   Wedded to the santoor from as young an age as eight, Pt Bhattacharya had picked up the art form from his father Pt Ravi Bhattacharya during the initial years. After presenting his first stage show at eight years of age, he went under the tutelage of Pt Dulal Roy, further refining him self on the instrument. His stint as a student under Pt Ravi Shankar helped him the most.  As the artiste admits, "Although Pt Ravi Shankar's discipline is sitar, he is well-versed with the nuances of santoor. He passed on to me the invaluable knowledge of the principles of music, its ideals and  disciplines. Ever since childhood, I was reared in an ambience filled with music. It was natural for me to become a musician."

In order to be able to play the meends (gliding tunes) in a better way, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya equipped his instrument with thicker strings. This modification meant one further step on the way towards the shatatantri veena, described in classical texts as the "hundred-stringed veena". Over and above, he developed a technique to tune the more than one hundred strings of his instrument in a quick and uncomplicated procedure.

He is regularly featured at the Doverlane Music Conference in Kolkata, already played twice in the Royal Albert Hall in London and once in the Kremlin.

Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya´s album "Nomad Christmas" was nominated for the Grammy.

Press Review - Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor):
Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya is one of the best Santoor players of the world. On his dulcimer-like instrument he plays classical Indian melodies. - tz Munich, April 19th, 2004

In April Tarun Bhattacharya will elicit from his Santoor, an instrument related to the Bavarian dulcimer, a firework of rhythms and tunes at the Ayurveda Centre Kreuzberg. - KGS Berlin, April 2004

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Mayookh Bhaumik

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 St. Catherine University (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.

Click here for a campus map of St. Catherine University.

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IMSOM’s Fall 2010 Concert Series has been 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 “Dollars for Doers” Grant, the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, and IMSOM members and donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).

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