Sun, Jul 14, 2019 06:00PM
Price: $50, $40, $30 (10% Member discount)
Join Raag-Mala Toronto and Sarathi, in associate partnership with the Aga Khan Museum, for a concert with legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Bose.
The genius of Pandit Kumar Bose is his ability to evolve a distinctive style without diluting the sanctity of tradition. Besides being a brilliant soloist, he is highly sought after for his nuanced accompaniment of both instrumental and vocal musicians, including such luminaries as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Begum Parween Sultana.
For this special concert, Sri Pankaj Mishra will play lehra on sarangi, and the evening’s program will conclude with a vocal recital by Sri Sandip Bhattacharjee.
Pandit Kumar Bose first performed in public as a child, and in the six decades since then has been on stage with many legendary Indian classical musicians and has played on more than 150 recordings. Born into a musical family in Kolkata, he was initiated into the art of tabla playing by his father, Pandit Biswanath Bose, and his mother, Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan. Pandit Kumar Bose later came under the tutelage of Pandit Kishan Maharaj, maestro of the Benares school of tabla. Pandit Kumar Bose assisted Pandit Ravi Shankar in the music direction of Genesis, filmmaker Mrinal Sen’s art-house classic, and is himself the subject of an acclaimed documentary film by his nephew Rohen Bose.
As the great-grandson of sarangi virtuoso Pandit Saraju Prasad Mishra, Sri Pankaj Mishra was born into an impressive musical lineage, and was trained from an early age by Pandit Mahesh Prasad Mishra, the renowned Sarangi player of the Banaras gharana. He was awarded the first position in sarangi playing by the State Music Academy of West Bengal, has performed as an accompanying and solo artist all over the world, is an accompanist on the soundtracks of movies made in both India and Hollywood, and tours regularly around Asia, Europe, and North America. In 2002, he established a school for Indian classical music in Germany.
Sri Sandip Bhattacharjee was a child prodigy who is now a respected proponent of the gayaki Indian vocal style, although he is also skilled in singing numerous forms of semi-classical music. Gifted with a robust voice, he broadcasts regularly on All-India Radio as an “A” grade artist, has performed on stage and in recordings with many renowned Indian classical musicians, and is considered one of India’s most promising young classical artists.
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