Experience an entrancing performance as tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and his son, Anubrata, summon centuries of their family musical lineage dating back to the Mughul era.
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, one of the foremost masters of the Farrukhabad style, presents crystal-clear melodies and has performed in the British House of Commons and for U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Chatterjees are accompanied by Toronto-based harmonium player, Hardeep Chana.
Opening the evening is Near East, with special guest vocalist Shirshendu Mukherjee. Influenced by the rich cultural diversity of Canada, the local trio bridges Middle Eastern, Mediterannean and South Asian traditions – maqam, raags, jazz and more – to create an altogether new form.
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is an Indian tabla player from the Farukhabad gharana who began playing tabla at the age of five. He was born in a musical family. His younger sister, Keka Mukherjee, is a leading sitar player of All India Radio while their uncle, Pandit Debiprasad Chatterjee, is an eminent Indian sitar player. Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee studied for three decades with Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and has the ability to summon crystal-clear melodies from his drums. He has evolved into one of the world’s greatest tabla players. The recipient of the prestigious President’s Award in 1970, Chatterjee became the first tabla player to perform in the British House of Commons. Chatterjee received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists.
Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Anubrata Chatterjee was nurtured from childhood to play tabla. He had the rare fortune of being the youngest and last disciple of Padmabhushan Jnan Prakash Ghosh. During his first public performance, Anubrata Chatterjee accompanied Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Since then, Anubrata has played many tabla solos and duets with his father and regularly performs around the world with musicians such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and Ustad Shahid Parvez.
The inception of Near East’s music begins in Maqam and Iqa’ of the Middle East and Greece, gives way to the raga and tala concepts of North and South India and ultimately evolves into group improvisation. From those foundations, Near East harvests a fresh sound, familiar yet always surprising. Appearing with the trio for this special performance is vocalist Shirshendu Mukherjee, who began performing at the age of 14 – after being taught from the age of 3 by Smt.Chandana Chakrabarty, and training under his Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, the doyen of Patiala Gharana.