Violin-Sarod Jugalbandi featuring..

Ambi Subramaniam (Carnatic Violin)
Abhisek Lahiri (Sarod)
Subrata Bhattacharya (Tabla)
A Anantapadmanabhan (Mridangam)

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 PM CST

The Plymouth Playhouse
(Inside The RAMADA HOTEL Plymouth)
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth MN 55441


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About the Artists

Ambi Subramaniam
(Carnatic Violin)

Hailed as “India’s Itzhak Pearlmann” by Ozy Magazine, Ambi Subramaniam has been trained by his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam since he was three years old, and gave his first performance at the age of seven. He has received the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, two GiMAs (Global Indian Music Award for Best Fusion Album and Best Carnatic Instrumental Album) and Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album). He received a ‘Golden Violin’ from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18.

Along with his sister Bindu Subramaniam, he runs SaPa – the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts – which trains young children to grow into performing musicians. He also runs the SaPa in Schools program, which helps children develop 21st century skills using music as a gateway. So far, the program impacts over 30,000 children a year.

Ambi plays as part of contemporary world music band SubraMania, which he formed with Bindu. He has performed extensively with his family and collaborated with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel and Shankar Mahadevan. Ambi was a featured soloist at the Violins for Peace concert series which featured Mark O’ Connor, Loyko and others. He also plays as part of the Thayir Sadam Project, a Carnatic fusion collective he formed with Bindu Subramaniam, Mahesh Raghvan, and percussionist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan.

He co-hosts the SaPa Show on Sankara TV, which teaches Indian music to children from the comfort of their homes. The program is broadcast to millions of viewers across the world.
Ambi is a youth delegate at the United Nations for the Sri Chinmoy Peace Meditation group. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management, an MBA, and a Ph.D.

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Abhisek Lahiri (Sarod)

Abhisek Lahiri started performing in public at an early age of eleven and got his first break in the national level in 1997 when he was invited by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to play at "Saath Saath Festival". That year he also gave his debut performance abroad in Holland at the "World Kinder Festival" where he was named as an "Wonder Kid". He has performed extensively through Europe, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Africa, Sri Lanka, Japan, Singapore and Bangladesh apart from India. He and his father Pandit Alok Lahiri were the first Indians at the EUROPE PARLIAMENT in France, Cannes World Music Festival as well as in Canada Culture Days in Toronto.

Abhisek has created an amalgamation with the Japanese Guitarist Hideaki Tsuji and his group Ionah which represents world music and has received worldwide recognition. He was twice nominated for the GiMA Awards in Best Classical Instrumental CD album of India for his album "Sparkling Sarod" and later, his album "Mood of Puriya Kalyan", respectively.  Abhisek’s awards include a National Scholarship for outstanding performance in Sarod,  from the Ministry of Human Resources & Development and Tourism & Culture, Govt of India, New Delhi Anun Lund Rej Memorial Award from the Norwegian Consulate,President’s Award in Sarod through All India Radio Music competition, Rashtriya Gaurav Award from New Delhi and the Sangit Visarad & Sangeet Ratnakar from Sarbabharatiya Sangit of Sanskriti Parishad.

Subrata Bhatacharya (Tabla)

A Tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scene, Subrata’s talent and achievements in the field of percussion music have made him one of the leading Tabla players in India today, and a worthy exponent of the Farukhabad Gharana. He trained under Shri Tamal Krishna Chatterjee, Shri Nripen Karmakar and Shri Tapan Kr. Banerjee before he was finally accepted as a pupil of Tabla maestro Pt.
Shankar Ghosh. All his teachers honed his talent to the level of refinement now witnessed by audiences everywhere.

He has accompanied some of the most renowned classical musicians, including Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Dr.N.Rajam, Pt. Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Chitraveena Ravikiran, and Pt.Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury. He has to his credit numerous performances at some of the most prestigious venues in India and abroad. Subrata has performed in the USA, the Middle East, and Europe, as well as at prestigious festivals and venues in India, such as Sparsh, Lucknow, the National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai, and the India International Center, Delhi, to name a few.

Subrata has been a visiting professor at the Universty of Urbana Champaign, IL. He founded "Naad- The Everlasting Sound", a group experimenting with fusion music. Subrata has also been a part of the Chicago based Indo -Jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since its inception.

A Anantapadmanabhan (Mridangam)

Akshay Anantapadmanabhan is a reputed and sought after mridangam artiste. A senior disciple of Sangita Kala Acharya Sri. T.H. Subash Chandran, Akshay has performed with most of the leading names
of Carnatic music. He has also given collaborative performances with Hindustani, Latin jazz, American jazz and rock musicians in unique showcases of South Indian percussion.  His latest solo production: ‘Re-imagining Indian Rhythms’ pushes the boundaries of Indian rhythms bringing together the mridangam, kanjira, konnakol and bharathanatyam with digital loopers and visual graphics.

Akshay is also a core member of the viral Indian Classical fusion bands ‘The Thayir Sadam Project’ and ‘Carnatic 2.0 Reloaded.’ He has also published several academic papers on the mridangam and Indian rhythms in international music technology journals. He continues to work on research collaborations on generative approaches of Carnatic rhythms with NYU Abu Dhabi.

Akshay is the recipient of many awards including recognition for his latest discovery of the "spotless mridangam", the ‘Best Mridangist’ award from the Music Academy Madras, Maharajapuram Youth
Excellence Award, C.S. Murugaboopathy award from Krishna Gana Sabha, 2015 North America Young Musician Award and many others. He is also an educator of Carnatic percussion, teaching both
classical and multi-genre musicians.
About the Venue:
Plymouth Playhouse is located at:  2705 Annapolis Ln N, Plymouth MN 55441


This concert has been made possible by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  IMSOM's Concert Series is made possible, in part, by the  UHG "Dollars for Doers" Grant, matching grants from Honeywell, US Bank, 3M, Wells Fargo and Winnebago, generous donations from Dr Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors.  Media partners for all concerts are  KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM) and

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