Jugalbandi Sitar & Carnatic Violin

Shahid Parvez (Sitar)
Lalgudi Vijaylakshmi (Carnatic Violin)
Anubrata Chatterjee (Tabla)
Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam)

Sunday, May 21, 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

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 Vijayalakshmi (Carnatic Violin)

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, daughter and disciple of the great maestro has been a worthy torch bearer of this great parampara. She has over the years contributed not only to the continuation of these unique bani, but has made it flourish further. The fifth generation musician in the family, Vijayalakshmi grew up in an atmosphere of reverberating, rich music. Early signs of her musical inclinations were apparent, when she was only two years old when even then, she could identify the solfa syllables in any musical phrase. These early trends were nurtured further when she commenced her lessons at the age of six under the watchful eyes of her perfectionist father. At the age of thirteen she went on stage for the first time with her father. Since then, she has been performing regularly in violin duets and trios with her father Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and brother Krishnan. Over the years she has grown into a mature artiste and a violinist in her own right. She, along with her brother, Lalgudi Krishnan, is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering to tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition.

Her musical excellence , melody ,rhythm style and technique and the diligence with which she has gone about maintaining and the stylistic grandeur is a corner stone of her success
She does have the unique distinction of also being a vocalist, again groomed under the Lalgudi tradition, and has made a mark for herself as one. In recent years, she also has provided superb violin accompaniment to several leading musicians. She has rendered several performances as a soloist on the violin, thereby making it possible for the today\92s audience to get a glimpse into the great tradition and bani, established by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Vijayalakshmi also has the credit of leading a music ensemble of the Violin, the Venu or flute and the Veena.

She has travelled widely on concert tours both in India and abroad, and has performed in countries all over the world, including the U.S.A, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia and Middle East.

The demands of her profession notwithstanding, Vijayalakshmi has acquitted herself creditably in academics as well. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and followed it up with a Diploma in Music. Vijayalakshmi has reached the top rungs in the ladder of recognition only because of the inborn talent, command over music, focus and dedication.

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Anubrata Chatterjee (Tabla)

Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Anubrata Chatterjee was nurtured from a very tender age to be a tabla player. He had the rare fortune of being the youngest and the last "Ganda-Bandh" disciple of the great guru, Padmabhushan - Deshkottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Subsequently, Anubrata continued his training under the gifted tutelage of his father focusing on Farukhabad Gharana along with Lucknow & Ajrada Gharana styles.

He made his debut as an accompanying artist with the legendary Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia and since then, has gone on to successfully accompany living legends of Indian Classical Music such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pt.Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Sh. T.H.Vikku Vinayakram, and other respected musicians all over the world. Anubrata has proved himself both as a soloist and as an accompanist, by his consummate tabla renditions.

He has also given numerous memorable duet performances along with his father. Taking the \91parampara\92 forward, he has built upon his father's style and expanded his own repertoire to display an amalgamation of power, grace, skill, and superb tonal clarity. Internationally, he marked his debut with a solo performance at the B.B.C. World Radio, U.K. in the year 1991. Since then he has performed worldwide. Anubrata has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious International festivals held across the globe, such as : The Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre Of Performing Arts, Washington DC; The Esplanade Theatres, Singapore; World Percussion Festival, Chicago; The Jerash festival, Jordan; Corfu festival, Greece; Dubrovnic Festival, Croatia; Namaste India Festival, Japan; Reit Burg Museum, Zurich; etc. In a very memorable performance in Paris along with France's National symphony orchestra called the 'Orchestre National d'lle de France. And, in the year 2012, he also had the privilege to perform for the then-P.M. Dr.Manmohan Singh at Grand Hyaat, Mumbai.

Taking after his father, Anubrata gives great importance to imparting quality training to his students. He holds regular workshops in New York at MATRA (Music Academy for Tabla Research by Anindo Chatterjee) In the past, he has conducted numerous workshops in Japan, making many students to undertake advanced training under him. While being deeply rooted in the traditional style of playing, Anubrata also understands the need for his art to be contemporary.

He actively collaborates on projects that are traditional yet new age, which especially strike a chord with the youth. Based on this thought, he formed a unique percussion group named Taal- India wherein every region of the country was represented by a percussion instrument. He has also been a part of various fusion bands and has had the opportunity to share a stage with prominent artists such as Shankar Mahadevan, Ranjit Barot, Rahim al Haj (a renowned Oud player from Iraq) etc. Currently, Anubrata has created his band named, LayaCurry and Beats & Pieces T20 of Classical Music is being appreciated all over my musicians are music lovers all over the world. His institution, Music Academy for Tabla Research by Anindo Chatterjee( MATRA) focuses on teaching the art all over the world. Anubrata has been conferred with the Basavaraj Rajguru Award in 2014 and prestigious, Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Award, 2016.

Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam)

The much sought after mridangam artist from India, Patri Satish Kumar was born into family of musicians.  He was initiated into the art of percussion by his mother Padmavathy, a renowned violinist and had his debut at the tender age of 7.

A fine performer, composer and with a deep interest to innovate and explore the art form, his specialization is his precise fingering technique and the fine balance of sounds between the treble and base heads of the Mridangam.  Trained by Gurus Sree Ramachandramurthy, V.A.Swami and V. Narasimhan, Satish Kumar  continues to evolve a style of his own that is distinctly his own.

Satish Kumar has been a regular feature in  prestigious venues and festivals across India and around the world including BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall - London, The Music Academy - Chennai, Saptak Festival - Ahmedabad, Theater De La Ville - Paris, Villa Cardova - Cardoba - Spain, Rashtrapathi Bhavan - New Delhi, Pablo Festival in France,  Harbor Front Festival - Toronto, Madrid Jazz Festival, to name a few.

Satish Kumar\92s name features in scores of CD and DVD productions as a soloist and also as part of other Ensembles from Classical and other musical productions in various genres all over the world.  He has been enthralling audiences in India, The Persian Gulf, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, USA and Canada.  An \93A-Top\94 ranking artiste of the All India Radio, Satish Kumar continues his journey in the world of percussion.

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


IMSOM's Spring 2023 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Support also comes from UHG "Dollars for Doers" Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, generous donations from Dr Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors.  All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM) and

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