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Hindustani Flute Concert - Rupak Kulkarni

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03/02/2007

Hindustani Flute Concert - Rupak Kulkarni
Tabla - Aditya Kalyanpur

Rupak Kulkarni is a disciple of the world-renowned bamboo flute Maestro Pundit Hari Prasad Chaurasia. The biggest difference between Indian and Western Classical Music is that the former is based largely on improvisation, with emphasis on the creativity of the performer rather than on the exact reproduction of a composer’s work. “I think flute is the easiest instrument to reach out to people. When I perform abroad, I don’t have a problem connecting with the audience. In fact they know the Western flute and when they see me play the Bansuri (bamboo flute), they know what other sounds can be derived from it. We introduce more staccato beats to keep them interested, of course, improvising only within the raga being played,” says Rupak. (www.rupakkulkarni.com)

Rupak's concerts are a treat, combining the elements of the ancient vocal Dhrupad and more recent genre, Khayal.   His melodious alap and scintillating "Tatkar" (tounging technique used for Jhala (Melody Interpolated in very fast tempo), mesmerizing "Layakari"(rhythm), superb breath control and dexterous finger work are awesome. He has performed in Australia, USA, Russia, Japan, Africa, England, and France etc. His concert at "Asian Super Flautist Festival" in Japan is particularly a memorable one. He has worked with renowned music directors in Bollywood films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, Fiza, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer etc. Rupak has collaborated with many renowned musicians.

•    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 endeavors with fusion music. Besides, he has composed and performed along with his own fusion group "Sonakshi".

Rupak is A Torch Bearer of the Maihar Gharana. The credit for establishing the Maihar School goes to Ustad Allauddin Khan who did not come from a family of musicians. He studied with one of the top beenkars (lute) of his time, Ustad Mohammad Wazir Khan of Rampur Seniya Beenkar Tradition. Ustad Allauddin Khan was a master of 20 different musical instruments. The genius of the Ustad of Maihar has given the world, renowned music celebrities like Sarod maestro-son Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, son-in-law – Legendary Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, pioneer of flute late Pundit Panna Lal Ghosh, daughter Annapurna-Surbahar, and famous Sitarist Pundit Nikhil Banerjee among others.

Aditya Kalyanpur studied with the late legend of Punjab School, Ustad Alla Rakha and now continues with the one and only ustad Zakir Hussain. His teachers performed with Pt. Ravi Shankar for over two decades. Aditya has performed with great maestros of music such as Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr. Prabha Atre, Dr. Mrs. N. Rajam, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Kathak dancers Shama Bhate, Sunaiyana Hazarilal, Carnatic musicians, Jazz musicians and other international artists. Aditya has performed solo for the ‘Rolling Stones’ inaugural concert in Mumbai, India. His style consists of bold and clear execution of syllables, pinpoint precision in rhythm coupled with a colossal repertoire of compositions and improvisational techniques, making his concerts a sheer joy.
This concert is partially funded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and co-sponsored by Indian organizations and Businesses of RI.

Date: 03/24/2007
Location: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
Time: 7.00 pm

Organized By: Raagmaala, Inc.

Cost: General Admission $15, Students with ID $10

Tickets: are sold at the cosponsoring Indian restaurants of RI “Kabob and Curry” 401-273-8844, “Rasoi” 401-728-5500 and the venue.

Contact: Arun: 401-433-1409

Web: www.riverfolk.org
Email: raagmaala@gmail.com
Directions: www.riverfolk.org



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