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Chhandika In cooperation with MITHAS and the MIT Department of Music and Theater Arts Presents “SANGEET – Music/Dance/Rhythm/Drama”
GEORGE RUCKERT, sarod GRETCHEN HAYDEN, kathak dance Accompanied by two exceptional guest artists Pandit. Ramesh Misra, sarangi Aditya Kalyanpur, tabla

A two part concert: Sarod Solo with Tabla Accompaniment Known for his sparkling, melodic, soulful and rhythmically innovative music, George Ruckert masterfully renders ragas in the style of his guru, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Kathak Dance with Musical Accompaniment From the classical stories and gestures of Indian tradition to the exciting rhythms and movements of modern kathak, Gretchen Hayden breathes new life into this ancient art form. Following the footsteps of her guru, Pandit Chitresh Das, her kathak performances combine the depth of classical tradition with sparks of improvisation and elements of surprise.

Saturday, September 15, 2007, 7:30 pm MIT’s Little Kresge Theater


GEORGE RUCKERT George Ruckert is a senior disciple of the legendary sarod master, Ali Akbar Khan. He has studied and played the classical music of North India for more than thirty years, both in India and at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California. He has performed to great acclaim in India, Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. In addition, he has composed scores for dance and film, and accompanied many of India’s greatest vocalists in concert and recording. He has written four books on the music of the Baba Allauddin gharana, and holds a PhD degree in ethnomusicology from the University of California at Berkeley. He presently is a Senior Lecturer at MIT. He is a founder and Artistic Director of MITHAS—MIT’s Heritage of the Arts of Southasia.

GRETCHEN HAYDEN Gretchen Hayden, founder and Artistic Director of Chhandika, is a disciple of the renowned and innovative Kathak dance master, Chitresh Das, with whom she began her Kathak training in 1972. A principal soloist and teacher at the Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, Gretchen appeared in solo recitals and performed extensively with the Chitresh Das Dance Company in the United States, Europe, and India. She has initiated accredited Kathak Dance courses at Tufts University and Wellesley College. Through her work as a dancer and teacher, she has contributed significantly to fostering the art of Kathak in the West.

PANDIT RAMESH MISRA Ramesh's high aesthetic sense and artistic sensibilities, along with his inner soft nature, have brought him international recognition as an eminent soloist, as well as an adept accompanist. His music enthralls the global audience. Ramesh started his initial intensive training at a very tender age from his father Pt. Ramnath Misra and acquired further knowledge and training from some of the finest musicians of Benares Gharana such as Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra and Pt. Gopal Mishra. Presently he is under the tutelage of the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has received the prestigious Sangeet Natak award and has traveled all over the world accompanying internationally reputed artists. In addition to his appearance in major music festivals world over, he has been featured in numerous recordings, and has won the hearts of millions of music lovers.

ADITYA KALYANPUR Groomed under the vigilance of late Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain from the age of five, Aditya is considered as one of the most promising torchbearers of the Punjab Gharana. At a young age he lived up to the reputation of his teachers, mastering the intricacies of the tabla to smoothly accommodate himself to the requirements of the main artist. 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.

Date: 12/15/2007
Location: MIT Kresge Little Theater
Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $25, $18 (MITHAS members and students with id)

Contact: Anjali Mitter Duva 617-797-4612

Email: info@chhandika.org

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