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Sitar Bansuri Jugalbandi featuring..

Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar)
Rakesh Chaurasia (Bansuri)

with

Ojas Adhiya (Tabla)

Saturday, October 09, 5:00 PM CST

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


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About the Artists

Purbayan Chatterjee 
(Sitar)

Purbayan learnt Sitar from his father Parthapratim Chatterjee.  His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style and a contemporary touch of his own urbane sensitivity.  He is also an astounding vocalist in his own right.   He has performed across the globe at prestigious venues. 

He has conceptualised the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate - the first Indian Classical Band - Indian Classical band with a contemporary touch.  His band has performed all over the world.  The album "Lehar" released by Times Music in 2008 has remained the best-seller for a year and a half.  Eminent artistes like Shankar Mahadevan has performed the title song "Dwo" in Purbayan's super-hit fusion album, "Stringstruck" released by Times Music. The number has also been compiled in the album "Aman ki Asha", an Indo-Pak peace project released by Times Music and has also received the Palm IRAA Award for the Best World Music Album of the Year.  Purbayan's music has been internationally appreciated by jazz greats like Chick Corea, Bella Fleck and Pat Metheney.

Rakesh Chaurasia (Bansuri)

Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself , as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style , he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too. The most accomplished of disciples of his uncle, however, shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights.

Rakesh’s flute has matched note and rhythm with wind instruments of other cultures as well as having performed ‘jugalbandis’ with Carnatic and world famous instrumentalists . Rakesh’s forte is in blending his flute without really losing its identity in mixed instruments’ concerts. Rakesh has already globe trotted many times over, enthralling audiences at classical and non-classical concerts .He is also an accomplished studio musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry.

Rakesh has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the Indian Music Academy Award, presented by the Honourable President Of India, Dr..A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2007, the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar in 2008, the Guru Shishya Award in 2011, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award in 2013 and the Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar 2013.

Despite his experimental work, Rakesh has never deviated from his main goal of becoming a full-fledged classical musician. He has regularly appeared in prominent festivals such as the WOMAD festival in Athens, Womad Earthstation in Europe, the ‘Festivals of India’ in Russia , Japan , USA , and Europe, His growing maturity and status has brought him invitations to perform solo at major events within India and abroad, including the Festival of Saint-Denis in Paris and the Leicester International Music Festival in England. Most notably, Rakesh was invited to conclude the twenty-four hour live BBC Radio broadcast celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee, reaching audiences worldwide.

Recently Rakesh toured as a duo for classical concerts as well as for The Masters of Percussion with legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain at some prestigious venues globally. Rakesh has also had the priviledge of performing with some international names such as Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Redman.

Rakesh's most recent venture is his fusion band Rakesh and Friends(RAF) which creates music that appeals to the young without sacrificing the essence of classical music.

Modest Rakesh is the first to admit that he has a lot to learn, not just from his legendary uncle and maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, but his peers too. He is destined to carve a niche for himself in the realm of Indian Classical Music with the simple yet extremely challenging instrument, the Bansuri.


Ojas Adhiya (Tabla)

Ojas, a child prodigy in Music born in Chikhli, Maharashtra State. His father, Dr. Yogesh Adhiya, spotted his child’s keen interest in percussion at a tender age of 2 years at Siddha Yoga Guru Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s chanting and meditation center.

Padmashree Kalyanji recognizing the boy’s talent, Ojas’s father put him under the care of Shri Kalyanji-Anandji Music maestros. Ojas at the age of 5 was sent through Shri Kalyanji bhai to one of his close family friend Shri Mridangraj ji, for Ojas to learn traditional niceties of table playing including accompaniments, thus Ojas became the Gandaa Bandh Shaagird-Disciple of Shri Mridangraj ji.

Ojas’s father decided that he would one day do well in tabla playing and would accompany in future all the top notchers in time to come including solo performance.Ojas was fortunate to travel and perform in ‘Little-Wonders’ programs of Shri Kalyanji-Anandji’s Kalavir Academy for almost 500 stage shows globally with very many distinctions to his credit, few of them to be mentioned are The Limca Book of Records (as the youngest tabla player of India)-1993, Kalavir Academy’s Certificate, Shri Amitabh Bachchan-ji’s Certificate-1995, Recognition from Council Member Mr. Martha J. Wong of Houston Texas-1997, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre’s Certificate-1998, Pandit V.D Paluskar Award-1998, First-class-First State level Music Competition Award conferred by the Governor of Maharashtra Shri. S.M Krishna-2006, young deserving tabla player award by ITC Kolkata , Promising artiste award by ITC SRA , received Ustad Bismillah khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Academy -2015 & many more.

Ojas is fortunate to be heard by the living legends Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma ji, the Santoor Maestro and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia ji, the Flute Maestro, and was also fortunate to play with them. More so, he is also fortunate in accompanying the living legends in Classical and Ghazals viz. Begum Parween Sultana ji, Ustad Rashid Khan Saheb , Pandit Satish Vyas ji, Ustad Rais Khan Saheb, Ustad Shujaat Khan Saheb, Dr. N. Rajan ji , Pandit Bhudhaditya Mukherjee ji, Anoushka Shankar, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Purbayan Chatterjee, Asha Bhosle ji, Pandit Channulal Mishra ji , Pandit Ajay Pohankar ji, Ustad Hussain Baksh from Pakistan , Shri Hari Haran ji , Shri Pankaj Udhas ji , Shri Anup Jalota ji , Shri Talat Aziz ji , World famous percussionists Vikkuvinayakram ji, Trilok Grutu ji, Sivamani ji, Selva Ganesh ji and many others.  He also performed with world renowned fusion band SHAKTI with Maestros John Maclaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan, Selva Ganesh and Ganesh Rajagopalan.

Ojas’s mission is to give his excellence in performance and has an esteem to be ‘second to none’ in the field of Indian classical and light music.

About the Venue:
Plymouth Playhouse is located at:  2705 Annapolis Ln N, Plymouth MN 55441

Acknowledgments:

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 Localfiles.com.
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Abhinav Sharma
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