RAVI PANDITA – VIOLINIST
Born in the beautiful valley of Srinagar (Kashmir), India, from early age of about 5, I showed interest in, and started learning music. Used to play Indian Banjo for a number of years as a kid. In Kashmir, initially I learned classical music from Santoor maestro Padmashri Pt. Bhajan Sopori and family. Later on, took onto the journey of moving from Kashmir to Kolkatta and have had the privilege of learning Indian Classical music from the legendary violinist Padmabhushan Pt. V. G Jog, in the typical Guru Shishya Parampara for more than 12 years. I would accompany him in concerts here and in India. Played for AIR (All India Radio) for a number of years from early teens. Have won inter College and University competitions at the national level.
Currently, I live in Sacramento, CA area and continue to play and teach music.
MADHABIKA NAYAK – VOCALIST
Madhabika Nayak was born and raised in New Delhi, India and currently lives and works in the bay area. A Clinical Psychologist and public health research scientist by profession, Madhabika has nursed a love for music from the age of 5 years. As a teenager, she trained for 7 years in Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal music under the guidance of Pandit Ram Chandra Keshav Moghe, disciple of the famed Pandit Balakrishna Rao Ashtekar of the Gwalior gharana.
Madhabika’s family hails from Orissa and inculcated a love for various forms of music and for Orissa’s culture and art forms. She received a few months of training in Odissi classical music as a young child from Shri Bankim Sethi, disciple of Suramani Balakrusna Das.
Madhabika has performed various forms of Indian music, including North Indian folk, bhajans, geet, and ghazals, and music from Orissa. She has performed across different U.S. states. Madhabika has collaborated with local Indian non indian musicians in the bay area and most recently with artists in Delhi, including violin maestro Sharat Chandra Srivastava who performed at Surmaala in April 2017.
Samples of Madhabika’s music can be found at https://soundcloud.com/madhabika-nayak
MANJEEV SINGH – HARMONIUM
I have been practicing Hindustani Sangeet and Gurmat Sangeet for roughly 18 years now. I started my journey with tabla in Punjab Gharana, and now on Jori / Pakhawaj under Ustaad Prof Ranjit Singh. In 2004 I started learning dilruba which I primarily play till this day. I’ve been under the guidance of Prof. Dalbir Singh for the past 18 years for vocal and Hindustani Sangeet. I’ve performed and competed in competitions nationally and won, as well as performed at the Ali Akbar College in San Rafael.
TEJAS VENKATESWARAN – TABLA
“Tejas Venkateswaran is currently a Senior at Milpitas High School. He have been learning tabla from Guru Arshad Syad Ji who is Disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha Ji over a decade. He have performed at national conventions and have won many Tabla competitions regionally and nationally. He is also a regional tabla artist and a tabla accompanist in the Bay Area. He currently started teaching Tabla for Students @Milpitas, CA. ”
Vishan Menon has been a student of tabla since 2009. He began his musical journey as a student of Shri. Satish Tare, and is blessed to continue his study of tabla as a disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, renowned maestro of the Farrukabad Gharana. Vishan also receives guidance in accompaniment from Pt. Partha Chatterjee, accomplished sitarist of the Maihar gharana. Vishan is currently attending San Jose State University, where he is pursuing a degree in Computer Science.