Kaivalya Kumar Gurav (Hindustani Vocal)
accompanied by:

Sanatan Goswami (Harmonium)
Abhijit Banerjee (Tabla)

May 14 2017, 5:00 PM

Dr V Premanand Theater & Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Kaivalya Kumar Gurav Sanatan Goswami
                              Abhijit Banerjee

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About the Artists

Kaivalya Kumar Gurav

Pt. Kaivalyakumar's is a blue blooded Gharanedari. His grand father Pt.Ganapatrao Gurav was a first batch disciple of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, the founder of Kirana Gharana. Training under Pt.Ganapatrao Gurav, Pt. Sangameshwar, Kaivalyakumar's father and guru is a doyen, well known for singing in the true Kirana tradition. Father has groomed Pt.Kaivalyakumar into an outstanding vocalist of the country.

Gifted with a naturally high pitched, mellifluous voice, Pandit Kaivalyakumar’s rendition of Raagas are marked by natural phirat, murki, rigorous tans, infallible rhythm, imaginative content and aesthetic approach to raagas. Pt. Kaivalyakumar is the youngest hindustani classical vocalist to get a top grade by 'All India Radio' and 'Doordarshan', a national television, at an age of 35.

(Biography sourced from the artistes' website

Sanatan Goswami

A Sanatan Goswami was born in Nabadwip and belongs to the famous Traditional Family,and is the fourteenth generation of Lord Chaitainya Mahaprabhuís wife Sreemati Bishnupriya devi. He is one of the regular[Shebaiet] of Dhameshwar Mahaprabhu whose idol had been established by Sreemati Bishnupriya Devi five hundred years ago in Nabadwip.

Sanatan is now an outstanding luminary in the stardom of musical galaxy of India.He was introduced to Vocal music by his Uncle Late Manindra Goswami who was the student of Late Sangitacharya Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri. Later on he started taking his talim from Pandit Dinanath Mishra. He took his talim in Harmonium from Pandit Maharaj Banerjee the son of Late Pandit Montu Banerjee, and took his further talim from Late Padmabhusan Pandit V.G Jog.

In addition to being a reputed solo Harmonium player and Vocalist Sanatan is among the few choicest accompanists of most prominent celebrities of our country like Pt.Jasraj, Pt.Rajan Misra, Pt.Sajan Misra, Girija Devi, Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, and Tabla Maestroes like Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Pt.Swapan Chowdhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Anindo Chatterjee, Pt.Gobindo Bose, Pt. Samar Saha, Sree Bikram Ghosh,Sree Subhankar Banerjee and many other renowned artists.

He has performed in almost all major music conferences in all over India like Dover lane Music Conference, Spic Macay, Swar Ganga Sammelan, Jalsaghar, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra, Saptak of Ahmedabad, Sangeet Piyasi and many others. He has also made his performances in U.S.A, Canada, all over Europe and Middle East. He is also regular artiste of A.I.R and T.V.

Abhijit Banerjee

Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world. He is known for his sensitivity,skill and deep sense of musicality.  Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer.

Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four.  Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him.   He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh.

Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few.  As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad.

Abhijit has toured extensively in USA, Canada, U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, South East Asia and Mexico as well as performing in all of the major classical music festivals in India. International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany, Paleis in Brussels, Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris,BBC whole night music series. Souht Bank, London.  Abhijit also had had the honor of representing India in the Granada Festival of Music, Puerto Rico world percussion Festival, Bratislava World Percussion Festival.

In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu, Jon Santos, Keny Endo and many other. He has also collaborated with Balinese Gamelan Artiste Dewa Barata of CUDAMANI group and produced Rabindranath Tagore's AMI CHITRANGADA which was first staged with Balinese and Indian Dancers and later was released as music Album. Abhijit founded his own ensemble TARANG performing his original compositions.

Abhijit has scored music for TV serieals, Documentaries, Puppet shows, Dramas and short films such as The Tales of Tista, About Ram (a prodution of KATKATHA group) Gulbadan, Ephigenia and 13 sisters (a Production of Whittier College, Los Angles) Dik Darshan & won the National Award for Documentary Music for the film about Calcutta ‘The Trail’, which screened in the Munich and Amsterdam film festivals.
Abhijit founded & established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles and KOlkata attracting talented students from around the world. He has conducted workshops and educational performance seminars on the intricacies of Indian music in universities & cultural centers in  The US, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Japan & Mexico.

In his academic life he is a graduate in English literature and post graduate in Journalism and  worked as a journalist and music critic for major publications in India like The Telegraph, Calcutta, Amrita BAZAR Patrika, and others.

(Biography sourced from the artistes' website
About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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 IMSOM ’ s Fall 2017 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by the Honeywell and UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St Paul). IMSOM, established in 1980, is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Minneapolis - St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities Metro Area.

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