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Rhythm Festival 2018

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Rhythm Festival 2018With
A Vocal Classical Performance
May 12th, 2018 (Saturday) 11 AM to 2PM
Shivalaya Temple, Medford

Tabla Solo Performances by the Students of
Sonwalkar Institute of Indian Rhythms
Finale Performance by
Smt. Indrani Mukherjee and Sagar Vilas Tayde
Accompanied by Pt. Nishikant Sonwalkar (Tabla)
Venue - Shivalay Temple, 407R Mystic Ave, Medford, MA 02155

For GPS please use 313 Mystic Avenue, Medford MA (Avellino's Restaurant). At the Restaurant take Hicks Ave and drive about 50 yards and make left. The temple is at the end of the 1st building with blue roof (2nd floor).

For more details contact 
Sanjeev Kumar (617-820-6041) or 
Dr. Nish Sonwalkar (617-642-1767)
Concert is free, and all donations will go to Shivalaya Temple – light refreshments will be served after the concert.

About the Artists:

Smt. Indrani Mukherjee
Smt. Indrani Mukherjee is an accomplished Hindustani Classical Music vocalist from the Kirana Gharana She learnt classical music at the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata under the tutelage of the maestro of Hindustani Classical Music Late Pandit A.T.
Kanan from the Kirana Gharana. Indrani has performed at several concerts across the US and India. She has published several ragas, thumris and bhajans. She has also composed innovative pieces based on fusion of Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet. She has a background in Economics and is also an accomplished interior designer.

Sagar Vilas Tayde
Sagar has been singing and playing Harmonium since childhood on Indian television channels and in several concerts in Mumbai. He received the initial training as a singer in Hindustani classical music under the guidance of Smt. Sumati Lele and Dr. Ram Deshpande. He has also been a devoted student of legendary music director Pt. Yashwant Deo for 8 years and advocates his 'Shabd- pradhan Gayaki' philosophy. Since 2016, he has started to take harmonium lessons from Shri Kedar Naphade, a leading exponent of the art of Harmonium Solo and Accompaniment. After moving to Boston in 2013, Sagar showcased his skills as a singer, harmonium accompanist and music  director/arranger in New England Marathi Mandal (NEMM) hosted events like 'Lakh Lakh Chanderi', 'Amchi Uchalegiri', 'Gaata Rahe Mera Dil' and 'Sur Kavita’; Prabasi of New England Durga Puja 2016; Center for Arts and Wellness' Bhajan Sandhya ; Raganjali School of Music's Upaasanaa series ; New England School of Music (NESOM) recitals etc. He had featured in Zee Marathi Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (2007) and he was the winner of Hindi Manch Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (2017). Sagar works in a travel technology company Amadeus North America as a Software Engineer.

Pt.  Nishikant (Nish) Sonwalkar (Sc.D.)
Pt. Nishikant (Nish) Sonwalkar (ScD, MIT) is an accomplished Tabla and Tabla tarang performer in the North Indian Classical style. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music under the supervision of the renowned Pundit Kiran Deshpande and Pundit Khargoankar of Indore Gharana. He regularly performed Tabla at All India Radio and Doordarshan (TV) as a solo performer/accompanist. He came to the US to pursue doctoral degree in Engineering at  MIT. Nishikant has performed on two Jazz Fusion CDs with Abby Rabinovitz (Flute Stories and We Used to Dance). He has given invited lectures on Indian Classical Rhythms at MIT, Berklee, and New England Conservatory. He is beloved Tabla Guru in Boston areas and has trained large number of students. He teachers India Rhythms at Burlington. He is also founder and CEO of IntellADAPT, an educational software company. He was Music Producer and Host of a monthly Multicultural Music Magazine at Arlington Public Access TV and has published a Solo CD (Rhythm Improvisations) available through iTunes.

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