Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concerts

Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concert Series 2018

Upcoming Concert:

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2 pm


Accompanists: Vikas Yendluri on Tabla with Arshad Ji, Mandar Pimpale on Tabla and Prasun Jha on Harmonium with Dr. Bagewadikar.
Free for Members (Walk-in: $5)
$5 For Non Members (Walk-in: $10)
Music is an integral element in the Indian life style. Over the years, it has transformed itself into a form that has the power to entertain and also relax and rejuvenate one’s mind, body and soul.
Hindustani Classical music is a popular genre of Indian music. The origin of this music dates back to Sam Veda era. 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. ICC Surmala aims to spread the grandiose of hindustani classical music and encourage budding as well as accomplished musicians to share their knowledge and gift with the community.
These classical music concerts will be conducted once every other month at India Community Center. You will also get to enjoy the melodies of a variety of classical music instruments like Flute, Violin, Tabla, Harmonium, Sitar and many more.
Our concert will typically be in two segments – vocal and instrumental. We try to bring well known artists from Bay Area to entertain the community and sometimes, if given an opportunity, will present visiting musicians from India.
Arshad Syed –
He is a disciple of the great Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, and has been performing on the santoor in the U.S. and abroad. The Santoor has been gaining in popularity in classical Indian music due to Shiv Kumar Sharma’s immense contribution, and Arshad is keeping up the tradition with his dedication and well-rounded playing. Arshad brings to the Santoor his formidable training and experience as a tabla player, developing his own style of Santoor playing. His performances on the santoor are marked by his tremendous control over rhythm and layakari, and being an accomplished tabla player has helped him achieve the same finesse and dexterity on the Santoor. Arshad Syed first distinguished himself as a tabla player and percussionist, having studied since childhood from the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha. In addition, he has collaborated with many western musicians.
Dr.Prafulla Bagewadikar –
He is a dentist by profession and has been practicing Hindustani Classical Music since 35 years. He has learned from Pt.D.V.Kanebuwa. Pt.Balakrishnabuwa Kapileshwari, Pt.Ramnarayanji, Pt.Basawraj Rajguru and Pt.Dinkar Panshikar. He has performed in many places in India and is also well-known for Natya Sangeet, Bhajans, and old Bollywood songs.

Mandar Pimpale – on Tabla

Mandar Pimpale started his initial training in Tabla from Shri. Govindrao Parab, and Pt. Sapal Jijina. He was fortunate to get the expert tutelage on Tabla from Pandita Dr. Abanji Mistry, a desciple of a legendary U. Amir Hussain Khan. He has been playing Tabla over 25 years, his Tabla solo style shows prominent influence of Delhi, Ajrada and Farukhabad Gharanas. He is Sangeet Visharad from Gandharva Mahavidylaya and is also certified examiner for  Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Mandar has been playing Tabla solo and providing accompaniment to various artists from India and US.  He is based in San Jose and software developer by profession.

Prasun Jha – on Harmonium

Prasun Kumar Jha is originally from Bihar and has learned Hindustani Classical music from Pt. Sukumar Sarkar in Kolkata and done Bachelors in Hindustani Classical Music from “Pashchim Bangal Kala Parishad.” He has performed in various classical and ghazal concerts on Kolkata and later in Hyderabad and has also appeared as a guest artist for the T-News TV channel in Hyderabad in 2011-12. He has performed in various Ghazals, semi-classical and bhajan concerts in Bay Area as well. As a young learner and singer, he was a big fan of Ghulam Ali Saab and that’s when he started to play harmonium along with his ghazals.

Vikas Yendluri – on Tabla

Vikas Yendluri has been a disciple of Sri Arshad Syed since the age of 5, and is honored to be accompanying his Guru today. Vikas has also studied with Ustad Zakir Hussain, and has accompanied some of the most illustrious artists of Indian classical music in concerts across the United States, including Pandit Partha Chatterjee, Ustad Shahid Parvez, and Pandit Rajeev Taranath.

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