Shahid Parvez (Sitar) &
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan (Carnatic Violin)
Shubhajyoti Guha (Tabla) &
Satish Kumar Patri (Mridangam)

June 12 2016, 5:00 PM

Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

 Sitar & Violin Jugalbandi

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About the Artists

Shahid Parvez

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or "family" committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan.

There is an interesting story concerning Ustadji's relationship with his father, who never became a performing sitarist, opting instead to compose film music under the stage name Aziz Hindi. This abdication to popular culture greatly displeased Ustadji's grandfather, the surbahar maestro Ustad Waheed Khan. At the prospect of failing to find an heir to his music, the old patriarch let his displeasure be known and threatened to never forgive Ustadji's father unless his grandson, Shahid, were properly instructed in the classical tradition. Haunted by this threat, Ustadji's father abandoned popular music forever and dedicated the rest of his life to training his only son in the musical traditions of the family. Ustad Aziz Khan actually moved to a small village in order to avoid the many distractions of the city while teaching his gifted progeny.

At the age of three Ustadji began his apprenticeship in this musically cloistered environment. It would be some years before Ustadji was allowed to pick up a sitar however, being first trained in the classical vocal music that forms the foundation of the "gayaki ang" -- a style of sitar which transfers the emotional directness and tonal nuance of the human voice to the instrument.

Ustadji's grandfather was his first vocal teacher. He later worked with his uncle, Bollywood film composer Hafiz Khan (aka Khan Mustana). While still a young boy Ustadji also learned rhythm and tabla from Ustad Munne Khan. This early training has payed dividends for Ustadji, and he is now renowned both for his lyricism and compelling rhythms. When Ustadji finally began playing sitar, he learned exculsively with his father.

Ustadji has now entered the peak of his formidable musical powers. He maintains a rigorous worldwide tour schedule and leaves audiences in awe after each performance. One can safely speculate that Ustadji's forefathers are extremely gratified that their tradition, developed over so many generations of hard-working musicians, is now not only heard but also learned by dozens of students around the world.

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Lalgudi GJR Krishnan

In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G J R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist.

He debuted in 1973 and became popular. He travels extensively on musical tours all over the world. His style like his father's is the gayaka style closest to vocal rendition.  He does a lot of duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, a violin player. The important feature is that one could decipher the sahithya from their performance, whether it was 'Jananipahi' (Ragam Shuddha Saveri), 'Smarasada maanasa' (Bilahari) of Swati Tirunal or 'Aadamodi galade' (Charukesi) of Tyagaraja or 'Govardhanagireesam' (Hindolam) of Muthuswami Dikshitar .

Lalgudi G J R Krishnan has performed in the Violin Trio and Duel format almost in all prestigious venues in India. He has widely travelled the globe in all facets as a musician rendering concerts and captivating audiences across the globe and representing the country in many prestigious International events

Subhajyoti Guha

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 Presidents 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 Singar 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 Classical Music.

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Satish Kumar Patri

SatishKumar Patri is one of the most sought-after Mridangam artists (percussion). His gurus are some of the great Mridangam artists - Sri Ramachandramurthy, V.A.Swami and V.Narasimhan. Satish was inspired into the world of Percussion right from childhood by his mother Padmavathy, a renowned violinist. He played his first concert at the young age of 7. An exponent of Classical, Fusion and Jazz percussion, he is a very innovative artist and has played in many international festivals. Satish has played many recordings with different melodic instruments from India and the West and has also conceived a special Laya Vinyasam (a cascade of rhythms) titled ‘Dancing Drums’. An integral part of the Percussion department of A.I.R (National Radio of India), Satish Kumar has regaled audiences all over the world.

About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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MSOM’s Fall 2016 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, a generous donation from Dr.Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio (90.3 in Minneapolis/106.7 FM in St. Paul).

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