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A Musical Feast At NEKK's Ganeshotsava Featuring Kadri Gopalnath And Nagaraj Havaldar

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Mandaara New England Kannada Koota (NEKK) is celebrating Ganeshotsava on Saturday, Sep. 21 at Keefe Tech Auditorium in Framinghan, MA. It is going to be a feast for music lovers! Padmashree Kadri Gopalnath will present Carnatic music on Saxophone and Pandit Nagaraj Havaldar will present an array of Hindustani vocal, Bhajans, Daasavani, Khayals and light music. The event is open for general public.
A native of Dakshina Kannada, Kadri Gopalnath was born to Sri Thaniappa and Smt Gangamma. Music was part of his everyday routine as his father was a Nagaswaram vidwan. Sri Kadri ji began training in Nagaswaram at an early age, but destiny had a different story for him. He saw the saxophone being played at the Mysore palace band set. Thrilled on hearing the vibrant tone of saxophone, he decided to master it. It took twenty years for Kadri to conquer the complex wind instrument and he was eventually crowned as “Saxophone Chakravarthy”!  He has been performing for more than 30 years and has given concerts all over the world including many Jazz festivals. You can hear his Saxophone in all the songs from the movie "Duet" for which the legendary music composer A.R. Rahman scored the music.

Dr. Havaldar is a disciple of Pandit Madhava Gudi, himself a prime disciple of the Kirana scion Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He is also a disciple of Pandit Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti, a senior disciple of Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. He holds with distinction, "Sangeetha Ratna", a degree in Hindustani Classical Music from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He is also a gold medalist M.A. in History and Archaeology  and holds a Doctorate in Music from Karnataka University. Dr. Havaldar has performed at many prestigious venues in India including the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsava in Pune. Dr. Havaldar tours the U.S. regularly and has given lectures on music in several universities in the U.S. as a visiting Professor. His lecture-demonstrations on Indian classical music appreciation and stress management through music are very popular among multinational corporations. His recent project was on recording all 700 shlokas of Bhagavadgeete in Kannada, where he lent his voice for Shri Krishna.

Music lovers are encouraged to reserve their tickets at the earliest. You may buy tickets right here on Lokvani. Please check this link for details.

You may also reach the organizers via email - koota@nekk.org. or by phone at 508-667-7963.

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