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.