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A The journey that started from home under the
tutelage of mother Chandana Chakraborty and father
Ajoy Chakrabarty lead to her first major concert
at the age of 16 at the India Habitat Centre in
Delhi. The audience comprised a few of the
greatest names in Hindustani music, including
Zakir Hussain, Alla Rakha Khan, Sultan Khan, Amjad
Ali Khan et al. The verdict of that evening was
unanimous: the next big phenomenon in Hindustani
music has arrived.
Kaushiki remained a scholar of ITC SRA till 2004
and graduated with ‘A Top’, the highest grade
given by the academy. The grade was a vindication
of what her audiences already knew. By then, she
was the leading female vocalist of her generation,
having had performed at all the leading music
festivals in the country and with several foreign
tours under her belt.
Given that there were not many formidable female
vocalist from the Patiyala Gharana in her
generation there was the added expectation of
filling that void. Kaushiki more than delivered on
both fronts: as a deserving inheritor of her
father’s mantle and as torchbearer of the Patiala
She chose to adapt the tenets of the Patiala
gayaki to suit her own voice and temperament. She
tempered down the strong aakars and the weighty
gamaks to adhere to a more feminine sensibility.
Her understanding of femininity is a balance
between lilt and power. Her gayaki adequately
expresses this balance, as it strides effortlessly
across khayal and semi-classical genres and
At a time when all young classical musicians are
involved in collaborative music, Kaushiki has been
a rather late entrant. But she has more than made
up for lost time. Over the last 3 years, she has
sung in films and has been part of the hugely
popular MTV Coke Studio project.
(Biography sourced from http://kaushikichakraborty.com)
Kedar received preliminary training in Hindustani
Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri
Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind
Gajendragadkar. For over 15 years, he has been a
leading disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, arguably
the most acclaimed harmonium player in India
Kedar has also had the privilege of training from
Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer
of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. She played a
pivotal role in his musical development and sowed
in him the seed that developed into a passionate
love for the vocal art form. As such, like his
guru, Kedar's music derives inspiration from the
stylistic genius and dexterous wizardry of P.
Madhukar as well as the character of the
traditional hindustani vocal art form.
In addition to classical music, Kedar also plays
the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet
(Stage Music), Bhajans, Thumri, Dhun etc.
Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has
accompanied vocalists at numerous concerts in
India, Europe and in the U.S. including
prestigious festivals and venues such as the
Alladiya Khan Smruti Samaroha, Dadar Matunga
Cultural Center in Mumbai, The Lincoln Center in
New York, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington
D.C etc. He has also been featured on NPR. He has
shared the stage with luminaries such as his guru
Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Jasraj, Smt.
Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Smt.
Prabha Atre, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Phiroz Dastur
Kedar continues to train from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar
and maintains an active concert schedule in the
(Biography sourced from http://www.kedarnaphade.com)
Sri Subhajyoti Guha, a highly
talented, young tabla player from Kolkata, India,
is one of the NEW GENRE of tabla exponents who are
taking this world pleasing North Indian percussion
instrument to greater heights in the 21st century.
Coming from an educated and musical family,
Subhajyoti was introduced to tabla at an early age
of five by his father Dr. Smriti Ranjan Guha, a
disciple of late Ustad Keramatullah Khan of
Farukkabad Gharana. Few years later the
internationally well-known tabla maestro and
trainer Pandit Sankha Chatterjee, also a disciple
of late Ustad Keramatullah Khan and late Ustad
Allarakha Khan of punjab Gharana, took Subhajyoti
under his tutorship and Subhajyoti has been the
disciple of pandit Chatterjee since then.
Subhajyoti's intense dedication and love for his
art has won him quite a few laurels. Namely, THE
PRESIDENT'S AWARD from ALL INDIA RADIO in 1989,
THE DOVER LANE TALENT SEARCH AWARD in 1990-91, THE
HIRENDRA KUMAR GANGULY AWARD , from WEST BENGAL
STATE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, in 1993, TAAL
MANI AWARD from SUR SRINGAR SAMSAD of mumbai in
1996 and the degree of SANGEET VISHARAD from
PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA of CHANDIGARH in 1997. At
present he is a grade 'A' tabla player of All
India Radio & T.V.
Subhajyoti's firstpublic performance was in 1992
at PARAMPARA - a prestigious festival of Indian
Music, in Berlin, Germany with his Guruji Pandit
Sankha Chatterjee, where he enthralled his
audience by his solo performance. Since then he
has never looked back as a performer and is
performing regularly in India and also abroad in
USA, Canada and Europe both as a soloist and an
accompanist. Subhajyoti has rendered his musical
accompaniment to various young and senior leading
musicians of India .To name a few Pandit Buddhadev
Dasgupta, Pandit Manilal Nag, Late Pandit
A.T.Kanan, Pandit Ram Narayan, Ustad Aashish Khan,
Pandit Barun Pal, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Brij
Narayan, Ustad Irshad Khan, Smt Sisirkana Dhar
Chaudhury, Vidushi Purnima Chaudhuri, Smt Jaya
Biswas, Smt Kankana Banerjee and many others.
Through these performances Subhajyoti has won the
hearts of his listeners and his talent has also
been acknowledgement by maestros like Pandit Ravi
Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Alongwith his
music, Subhajyoti has also excelled in academics
by obtaining an M.Sc. degree in Applied
Mathematics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
However, he has infused all his academic education
for fulfilling his mission of preaching Indian
(Biography sourced from http://www.subhajyoti.com
|About the Venue:
Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th
Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center,
University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis.
Ave Ramp is also convenient.
of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University
of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis
To get to the 19th
Ave Parking Ramp:
- 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave S). East
on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar
Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
- I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to
3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank.
Exit on Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to
3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
IMSOM’s Spring 2013
Concert Series has been made possible,
in part, by funds provided by the Arts
Activities Support (AAS) Grant,
through an appropriation by the
Minnesota State Legislature, the
Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a
matching grant from US Bank, and the
generosity of its members and donors.
These concerts are co-sponsored by
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