Classical Sangeet & Nritya Sabha Festival

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Country and Region IndiaWest Bengal
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Festival Description

Kaishiki Arts, Kolkata’s esteemed music academy known for promoting traditional classical music, presents a tribute to late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Smt Kamaladevi through — ‘Classical Sangeet & Nritya Sabha’, the top most music festival of Kolkata in Delhi. The music concert organised by Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre will be promoting the next generation of classical vocalists and musicians through a platform that is both elevating and dignified. Kaishiki Arts has been working on promoting budding talents providing them the much needed inspiration and impetus through such special events thereby also actively preserving the rich cultural heritage of our country.

Festival Dates November 18 - 19, 2011

Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • Friday, November 18, at 6:00pm
    • Mohiniyattam - Mom Ganguly
      A tremelo by Pt. Rupak Kulkarni (Flute)
      Pt. Hindole Majumdar (tabla)
      Pt. Somnath Roy (Ghatam)
      Rahul Sharma(Santoor)
  • Saturday, November 19, at 6:00pm
    • Mohan Veena - (Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt) Grammy Award winner
    • Bhanusingher Padavali by Centre for Mohiniyattam led by Padmasree
      Guru Smt. Bharati Shivaji in Mohiniyattam style
Artist features 2011:
  • Rupak Kulkarni
    • The “Classical” Rupak: with music blown into his breath by father Late Pt. Malhar Kulkarni, Rupak has blossomed under the finest tutelage of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to become an outstanding exponent of “Maihar Gharana”. As a “Ganda Bandh” shagird of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia since the tender age of 12, Rupak with arduous training and hard work, has mastered “Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari ang” (style) equally well. In fact, his recital is always a rare treat combining Dhrupad and Khayal gayaki, melodious alap and scintillating “Tatkar” (tounging technique used for Jhala) innovative improvisation with mesmerising “Layakari”, superb breath control and dexterous finger work. Rupak has had the rare distinction of having connoisseurs and music maestros such as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in his audience, who have lauded his music. With concerts across the globe in countries such as Australia, America, Russia, Japan, Africa, England, France and others, Rupak has acquired a dignified maturity in his playing at an enviably early age. His concert at “Asian Super Flautist Festival” in Japan is particularly a memorable one. In India, Rupak has performed at almost all prestigious music conferences. Be it, Sawai Gandharva, Pune; Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior; Vishnu Digamber Paluskar Samaroh, New Delhi; Times of India 150 years celebration concerts and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkatta; Hirabai Badodekar Smruti Samaroh and Gunidas Sammelan, Mumbai. The “Filmi” Rupak: Rupak has lent his musical prowess to many melodies hitting the chart busters. Has worked with renowned music directors from Bollywood. Films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (K3G), Fiza, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer etc. have him playing in not just the main songs but also in the background scores, arousing emotions varying from pathos to exuberance. The “Fusion” Rupak: Rupak has collaborated with many renowned musicians from the West to create scintillating music. Some of them being — Piano - C. C. Kreusch (Germany); Oola Melander (Sweden) Drums - Trilok Gurtu; Taufiq Qureshi; Reto Weber and Stephen Rigert (Switzerland); Guitar - Marc Liebeskind (Switzerland); Saxophone - Philip Harpen (France); Djembe - Adama Drame (West Africa); “Monsoon Magic” and “Unwind” are Rupak’s bold and successful endeavours with fusion music. Besides, he has composed and performed along with his own fusion group “Sonakshi”.
  • Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
    • Creator of the MOHAN VEENA and the winner of the GRAMMY AWARD, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. It is due to Vishwa’s maiden mega effort that he rechristened guitar as MOHAN VEENA, his genius creation and has established it at the top most level in the mainstream of Indian Classical Music scenario, thereby proving the essence of his name VISHWA (meaning the world) and MOHAN (meaning charmer) and indeed, a world charmer he is. Being the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Moughal emperor Akbar’s court musician TANSEN and his guru the Hindu Mystic Swami Haridas. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques, by giving it a evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument MOHAN VEENA to unbelievable heights. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide player s in the world. Being a powerhouse performer, Vishwa’s electrifying performance always captivates the audience whether in the United States of America, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland India. Vishwa Mohan has become the cultural ambassador of India by carrying the Herculean task of glorifying and popularizing Indian culture and music throughout the world. Outstanding features of Bhatt’s baaj (style) are his natural ability to play the ‘Tantrakari Ang’ and incorporate the ‘Gayaki Ang’ on Mohan Veena which is the greatest advantage of this instrument over traditional Indian instrument like sitar, sarod and veena. It was no surprise that Vishwa Mohan with his sheer virtuosity and limitless supply of melodies won the highest music award of the world, the GRAMMY AWARD IN 1994 along with Ry Cooder for their World Music Album, ‘A MEETING BY THE RIVER’ enhancing his celebrity status not only as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer. Vishwa Mohan has performed extensively in the USA, USSR, Canada, the Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, then scaling the Gulf of Dubai, Al-Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat, Abu Dhabi etc. and throughout India.


Practical Info:

  • Satya Sai Auditorium
    Lodhi Road
    New Delhi


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