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Concert by Warren Senders
Warren Senders (Cosponsored jointly with Hindustani-Karnatic Music Circle) (Accompanied on the Tabla by Nikhil Tikekar and the Harmonium by Preeti Chakravarty)

Warren Senders Warren Senders has studied Hindustani vocal music since 1977 in India and the US and has been performing professionally in India, Europe and North America since 1991. His background includes extensive training in the Gwalior and Kirana gharana styles of khyal singing. His first teacher was Smt. Kalpana Mazumder, a disciple of Amir Khan's Calcutta shagird Pt. Usha Ranjan Mukherjee. After eight years he went to Pune and worked for one year under the auspices of the Kirana gharana's leading light, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. In 1986, Mr. Senders became a disciple of Pt. S.G. Devasthali, a senior disciple of the innovative Gwalior gharana maestro, vocalist/ violinist Pt. Gajananrao Joshi. Pt. Devasthali also learnt from Pt. Anant Manohar Joshi, Pt. Gangadhar Shreedhar Joshi and Ustad Mohammad Hussain Khan, developing an original gayaki which included elements of Gwalior, Agra, Jaipur-Atrauli and Bhendi Bazaar gharana styles, all of which he passed on to Warren in extensive and detailed daily taleem. Reflecting his Guru's eclectic background, Warren Senders' singing is an engaging synthesis of various gharana traditions, with the most emphasis on his Gwalior-Jaipur lineage. He has received grants and fellowships including the Indo-American Fellowship, the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Scholarship for Indian Music, a Senior Research Fellowship and a Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, support for music composition from Meet the Composer, and travel awards from the Fund for U.S. Artists. A prolific contributor to the USENET group rec.music.indian.classical, his writings on music has been published by Rhythm Magazine, Bansuri, the New England Conservatory Journal for Learning Through Music, and World Rhythm. Also a jazz musician, he has released two CDs of his own original instrumental music recorded by an ensemble of Indian musicians under his direction, and is a core member of Boston's Jazz Composers' Alliance. An internationally recognized educator, Mr. Senders has given hundreds of lecture-demonstrations, master-classes and clinics, for interested learners from kindergarteners to elders. He has developed extensive course material on the structure and aesthetics of Hindustani music, and has introduced students at colleges and universities all over the United States, Canada and India to aspects of Indian music. He is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Nikhil Tikekar Nikhil Tikekar received his training of tabla under Guru Walmik Dhande of Benaras Gharana. Over the years, Nikhil has gained recognition in the New England area for his Tabla accompaniment. It is his ability to maintain balance and good rapport with each artist that makes Nikhil remarkable in his craft. Nikhil continues his music studies to broaden his repertoire and sharpen his skills from visiting artists like Sandip Burman and Aditya Kalyanpur. Nikhil frequently performs in local area music events and has accompanied several accomplished artists such as Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Babanrao Haldankar, Pt. Mukesh Desai, Swami Gokulatsav Maharaj, and Vidushi Sumitra Guha. Currently, Nikhil teaches Tabla at LearnQuest Academy and is also a teaching associate at the Brown University School of Music. He has given lecture-demonstrations on tabla at Rhode Island College, M.I.T., Carnatic-Hindustani Music Circle, and Brown University. Nikhil is the president and founder of Indian Concert Series, an organization directed at preserving and promoting Indian music, www.indianconcertseries.org

Date: 07/16/2005
Location: LearnQuest Academy of Music, Waltham, MA
Time: 6:30 pm


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