Sitar Concert with Anupama Bhagwat, Monir Hossain: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7.30 pm

We are delighted to welcome Anupama Bhagwat, Sitarist, and Monir Hossain, on Tabla, to the Vedanta Center on the evening of Saturday, November 12. The concert will begin at 7.30 pm. Light refreshments at 9 pm. Suggested donation: $16. (Free for attendees of weekend retreat with Swami Yogatmananda)

Anupama Bhagwat

(From her website): Anupama Bhagwat, a refreshingly versatile sitarist of the current generation, has performed to critical acclaim in India, USA/Canada, UK, Italy, France, and Brazil. One of the leading disciples of the world-renowned Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre, while remaining true to tradition. She has imbibed the vigor that is a hallmark of her Gharana: scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap and brilliant fluency of melody (raag bhava), all the while maintaining her technical virtuosity.

Anupama (b. 1974 in a musically inclined family in Bhilai, India) has established herself with performances at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide, including: Ustad Amir Khan Smriti Samaroh (Indore), Assisi, Turin (Italy), Nice (France) Swami Haridas Samaroh, Saptak (Ahmedabad), Sankat Mochan Samaroh (Varanasi), India International Center (New Delhi), Sangeet Research Accademy (Kolkata), Lotus World Music Festival (USA), MIT Fall Concert Series (USA), Baba HarBallabh Samaroh-Vasant Utsav (Jalandhar), and Basant Bahar (California).

Monir Hossain

Monir Hossain

(From his website): Monir Hossain hails from a musical family, grandson of researcher and performer Ustad Kader Buksh of West Bengal, India. Born in Bangladesh, Monir was musically influenced at an early age by his father, well-known vocalist Ustad Hafiz Hossain, as well as his uncle Ustad Hamid Hossain, a well known Hindustani classical music teacher on the East Coast of the United States. His long term Guru is Pandit Samar Saha of Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), Kolkata, India, trained primarily in Benares style. Monir also received extensive talimfrom his Guru tabla stalwart Pandit Nayan Ghosh of Bombay as well as Pandit Anup Ghosh of Delhi. Another notable tabla maestro who briefly taught Monir is (late) Ustad Shawkat Ali Khan of Kolkata as well as a very brief tutelage from legendary (late) Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh of Kolkata.

Monir has established himself as a dynamic tabla performer both as a soloist and as an able accompanist with numerous prestigious performances to his credit. Some of his notable performances are with Sarod Maestro Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Legendary (Late) Ustad Villayet Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Lakshmi Shankar, Ustad Fateh Ali khan, Pandit Rajiv Taranath, recently with sitar Maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez and numerous other musicians.