Music has been an integral aspect of the Indian way of life and over the years, it has transformed itself into a form that has the power to entertain, control mood swings and lift the soul to an entirely different level.
Hindustani Classical music is a popular genre of Indian music. The origin of this music dates back to Sam Veda times (3-5 centuries ago). Indian classical music is an integral aspect of Indian heritage. It has evolved through different ages of the history and has now become a blend of ritualistic, folk and cultural expression of the sub-continent.
India Community Center introduced Hindustani Classical Music as one of its significant cultural programs from January 2017.
The first concert was held on on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. The performers were versatile vocalist Anupama Chandratreya & Santoor Maestro Madan Oak.
The next concert (Third in the series) - Range Barse Melodies will be held on March 18, 2017
Profile of Artists Performing Are:
Prasad Bhandarkar, flute maestro is a Musician by passion and Engineer by profession with Post Graduate degree in Management. He started learning Hindustani Classical Music from his Mother when he was 8 years old. His initial training was in Harmonium and Vocal music. He received training in Bansuri, from Shri. Anantrao Patwardhan of Mumbai. Later, he had the opportunity of learning Flute from Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chourasia. He is based in San Francisco Bay Area where he has been performing both in solo Bansuri Classical Music concerts and in light Music Concerts, as accompanist. He also teaches students in Bansuri playing.
Nachiketa Yakkundi is from Dharwad. A student of Pt. Basavraj Rajguru, he is a Hindustani vocal musician, performer and founder-director of the the Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan school of music. He has performed all over India and North America, as well as composed and directed music for numerous plays, shows and events in various languages."
Anand Karve, a Bay Area based harmonium player, grew up in a musically rich environment of Bhajan and Keertan. Anand received training from renowned harmonium player, Late Shri Vishwanath Pendharkar in later years.He was initiated into classical music by Late Shri Narayanrao Deulkar. He continues to receive guidance from Shri Vivek Datar. He has been enjoying opportunities of accompanying leading vocalists.
Ravi Gutala began learning the tabla in India at the age of 8. He continues to receive advanced training from Guru Swapan Chaudhuri, his guru for the past twenty years, at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music is San Rafael. Ravi was a 2010 participant in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program with apprentice Saurabh Davala. Their apprenticeship developed Saurabh’s technical proficiency in playing speed and clarity, skills to accompany vocals and instrumentation, and understanding of taals & rhythmic cycles and improvisational ability, all within the Lucknow gharana (school or family) of tabla-playing.