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MITHAS Fund Raiser Event - A North Indian Classical Khayal Concert By Pandit Jasraj

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04/09/2014

MITHAS Fund Raiser Event
A North Indian Classical Khayal Concert by Pandit Jasraj
April 13, 2014     4:00 pm
MIT, Cambridge, MA
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Pandit Jasraj is a renowned classical singer, celebrated for his rich, soulful, and sonorous voice, capable of singing all in 3½ octaves. The traditional music that India is known to us, today, has been vocalized by this legendary singer, thereby carving a niche and name for himself. Amongst all the contributions that he has made to the music world, the most eminent one is his unique conception of a novel jugalbandi, based on the ancient system of moorchanas. The concept of singing at different scales and ragas is regarded as one of the most prominent contributions that Pandit Jasraj has given to Indian music. It was after this evolution that connoisseurs of music bestowed the art form with 'Jasrangi Jugalbandi' in his honor. His rich compositions are heard with much enthusiasm by music lovers all over the world. Jasraj can effortlessly sing across three and a half octaves and has contributed his unique conception of jugal bandi to Indian music. He has composed numerous beautiful 'bandish' and has also conducted extensive research in Haveli Sangeet. He performs on a wide range of rare raags, such as Gyankali, Abiri Todi, Dhanashree, Patdeepki, Purba, Bhavsakh, Devsakh, Gunji Kanada, and Charju Ki Malhar. His songs are soul stirring and can inspire anyone listening to them. He has carved a niche for himself in the field of classical music.

During the program, he will be accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on Tabla. Swapan Chaudhuri is an Indian tabla player, who has accompanied several musicians of Indian classical music, including, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Jasraj. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama in 1997. Swapan's music reaches beyond the scope of classical music to include performances and recordings with musicians such as L. Shankar, John Handy, and the African drum master Malenga. He has participated in many international music festivals such as Bath, Perth, Sydney, Tokyo, San Francisco, Kuala Lampur, Stuttgart, and Berlin. He has composed for several percussion ensembles, which have received much appreciation from both western and Indian audiences. He is currently the director of percussion at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California and in Basle, Switzerland. He is also a member of the teaching staff at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California




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