Arts from India invites you to yet another splendid evening of music, dance, material culture and cuisine. This time, we bring you the allure of Eastern India.
Our event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at The Nyack Center in Nyack, NY (58 Depew Ave @ the Corner of S Broadway & Depew) from 4-8:30 pm.
4:00 - 5:00 pm: "Cocktail Hour"
Drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and appetizers will be served alongside an exhibition from Eastern India.
5:00-7:30 pm: "Cultural Presentation"
Various genres of traditional singing with prominent footholds in Eastern India (Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, and Baul Gaan) will be performed with innovative orchestration by the instrumentalists. As an extra treat, the musicians will also perform ghazals and popular film songs. And, there will be an instrumental section of hindustani classical and semi classical music featuring the Sitar and Santoor.
Prepare to be charmed by a diverse selection of Eastern Indian dance performances of Manipuri, Bihu and Odissi dances by talented artists.
7:30-8:30 pm: "Light Dinner"
To conclude, there will be an impressive spread of delicacies from Eastern India to delight every palate. We look forward to your participation in making this a truly unique event.
The foundations of my musical identity owe to masters of traditional South Asian vocal music - the Senior Dagar Brothers, Begum Akhtar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sumitra Mitra, and Firoza Begum to name a few. In more recent years, I have been taken by the choral/vocal works of Franz Schubert, Gyorgy Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, and Morten Lauridsen, jazz musicians Sarah Vaughan, Bud Powell, Johnny Hartman, and Ornette Coleman, and modern Arabic music stars including Mohammad Abdel Wahab, Asmahan, and Umm Kulthum. In the realm of produced and popular music, MF Doom, Radiohead, Flying Lotus, and Kendrick Lamar deserve special mention.
Tomal holds degrees in computer science and music from Amherst College (‘17) and a certificate in ethnomusicology from the Five College Consortium. In the fall of 2019, Tomal will begin a PhD program in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago."
Film Song: Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Main
Nazrul Sangeet: Prothom Prodip Jalo
Ghazal: Aaj Jaane Ke Zid Na Karo
Original Composition: Kundalini Rising
Paromita was born in a family that is greatly prominent in Bangladesh for its contribution and involvement in Bengali music. Her interest in vocal music originated from observing her mother, Kaberi Das’s music classes. She started taking music classes from her grandfather, the Late Pandit Ramkanai Das, and mother in Rabindra Sangeet at first. Her interest in classical music came from the many Indian classical concerts that took place at her hometown, New York. She performed Rabindra Sangeet and classical in many states around the U.S and Bangladesh. She recently trained under Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in Classical music. Her Rabindra Sangeet CD “Ekoda Tumi Priye” was released in Bangladesh.
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Vinay received knowledge in vocal/harmonium/tabla from Shafiq Rahman in his teens. After completing his college in both Pre-pharmaceutical science as well as Pre-Law in Delaware, Vinay sought out to learn Santoor in India. In 2011, with blessings and direct guidance of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Vinay began his studies under Takahiro Arai. He later moved back to USA to learn from Kunal Gunjal. To expand his knowledge in music, Vinay has learnt from different Maestros.
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Shraman Sen is a senior undergraduate at New York University. Shraman was first introduced to the Imdadkhani Gharana of sitar by Hidayat Khan, younger son of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Presently Shraman takes guidance from Sri Abhik Mukherjee. He has been fortunate to take talim from Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Ustad Shujaat Khan as well. Shraman has performed in various venues in India and the US, including Kolkata Rotary Club ( India) , Tripura Governor House ( India), and Symphony Space (New York).
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Dr. Krishnakali Dasgupta is a Senior National Scholarship, Govt. of India recipient exponent of Classical Manipuri Dance and has been training and performing the form for the last 25 years. She is also co-founder of Mitradheya, a dance collective that produces original dance-drama productions on global themes for the last 13 years performing regularly in Calcutta and abroad.
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Dhrubaa Mukherjee is pursuing her PhD in English Literature and Language from Texas A and M University. An avid food blogger with her extremely popular blog NotaCurry , specialising in traditional Bengali recipes , she also writes for the Huffington Post regularly on various topics. Dhrubaa is trained under Guru Giridhari Nayak and Guru Rina Jana in Calcutta and still loves to pursue dance in her spare time.
also known as Jagoi, is one of the major Indian classical dance forms, named after the region of its origin – Manipur, a state in northeastern India bordering with Myanmar(Burma), Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram. It is particularly known for its Hindu Vaishnavism themes, and exquisite performances of love-inspired dance drama of Radha-Krishna called Raslila. The Manipuri dance drama is, for most part, marked by a performance that is graceful, fluid, sinuous with greater emphasis on hand and upper body gestures. Manipuri dance is a religious art and its aim is the expression of spiritual values. Aspects of this performance art is celebrated during Hindu festivals and major rites of passage such as weddings among the Manipuri people.The dance drama choreography shares the plays and stories of 'Vaishnavite Padavalis', that also inspired the major Gaudiya Vaishnava-related performance arts found in Assam and West Bengal. However, the dance is also performed to themes related to Shaivism, Shaktism and regional deities such as Umang Lai during Lai Haraoba. as a part of the original religion- Sanamahism particularly in the ethnic majority of Meitei people.
The Bihu dance is an indigenous folk dance from the Indian state of Assam related to the Bihu festival and an important part of Assamese culture. Bihu is a set of three important non-religious festivals in the Indian state of Assam—Rongali or Bohag Bihu observed in April, Kongali or Kati Bihu observed in October, and Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January. The Rongali Bihu is the most important of the three, celebrating spring festival. The Rongali Bihu coincides the Assamese New Year and with the Indian New Year festivals like Baisakhi, Bishu, etc. as well as with other regions of East and South-East Asia which follow the Buddhist calendar. The other two Bihu festivals every year are unique to Assamese people. Assamese celebrate the Rongali Bihu with feasts, music and dancing. Performed in a group, the Bihu dancers are usually young men and women, and the dancing style is characterized by brisk steps, and rapid hand movements. The traditional costume of dancers is colorful and centred round the red colour theme, signifying joy and vigour.
Uchhal Banerjee is an exponent of the Farrukhabad gharana. He began learning from a young age from his father, Nilotpal Banerjee. Later he had the privilege of studying with the great maestro and educator, Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh. Following this he continued his study of tabla with Pandit Samar Saha and his current guru, Pandit Abhijit Banerjee. Uchhal has performed in prestigious venues such as Birla Sabhaghar (Kolkata), Vedanta Math (Kolkata), Vivekananda Society (Varanasi and Hyderabad) and has been awarded the top rank from the Government of West Bengal (Vivek Chatra Utsav) 2012.
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An avid student of Tabla, Mir has trained in the traditional guru-shisya style of Indian Classical music from Pt. Ashoke Paul, disciple of the great tabla guru Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Now living and working in New York city, he performs regularly with musicians from a wide
variety of other genres, bringing tabla to Jazz, Middle-Eastern music and other contexts. By listening, learning and playing with musicians from around the globe, Mir is developing a unique musical aesthetic bringing together the musical influences of traditional Farukhabad style tabla and 21st century New York. Mir have studied with Pt. Gopal Mishra and Pt. Suresh Talwalkar in past and continuing his talim with the great Farukhabad Mastero Pt Anindo Chatterjee.
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Milan is a disciple of Harmohanrai Mehta from Delhi Gharana. He started learning at the age of 7 and received his Madhyama Purna at the age of 14. When he was fourteen, Milan had the privilege of moving to America. This allowed him the opportunity to share his talents and traditions. The minute he arrived, realized there was a need for Indian Classical music and Tabla to be taught. Milan decided to start teaching tabla at a very young age and has been a successful teacher and a performer since then. Ganatra plays regularly at Indian festivals in the area, and has performed as a vocalist at Lincoln Center.