Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concert Series 2018
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Ustad Surinder Mann – Sitar
Smt. Saneyee Purandare Bhattacharjee – Vocal.
Shri Satish Tare on Tabla with Mann Saheb,
Shri Ashish Tare on Tabla and Shri Vijay Ghaskadvi on Harmonium with Smt. Saneyee Ji
Free for Members (Walk-in: $5)
$5 For Non-Members (Walk-in: $10)
Music is an integral element in the Indian lifestyle. 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.
Ustad Surinder Mann-
Ustad Surinder Mann has been playing since the age of six. Then he became a student of world-renowned tabla player late Ustad Alla Rakha in 1963 in Jullunder city Punjab India. Surinder Mann is from Ferozepore, India. He has been playing since the age of six. Also studied vocal and sitar and holds a Masters degree in both. Surinder has performed with Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, G.S. Sachdev, Lakshmi Shankar,
Malvika Kanan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and many more. He came to the United States in 1980. Surinder Mann’s remarkable style of Tabla playing stems from his deep understanding and love for music.
His Tabla skills enhance the joy of music and the ease of rendition. Bol(the diction), Bolon ki safai (the clarity of enunciation), Lab-o-Lehja (the accent) and Bol Chal (conversation) are reminiscent of his Guru Ustad Alla Rakha. Beyond the realm of accuracy and knowledge, there is another dimension to Tabla playing. It is the crispness of treble, the mellowness of the bass, relative pressure of the hands which regulates the balance between the highs and lows, tonal clarity, versatility in solos as well as in accompaniment, and then, of course, the sheer physical stamina, the confidence, the intuitive alertness, and concentration. Surinder Mann has them all.
Smt. Saneyee Purandare Bhattacharjee-
Saneyee began her musical education at the age of six under the tutelage of Smt. Prabha Bakshi in Pune. After moving to the US as a teenager, she continued her learning first with Smt. Usha Sathe and then with Pt. Arun Dravid in Orange County. In 2011 she moved back to Pune to learn with Vidushi Padma Talwalkar and has been her student since then.
In 2013 she founded the Swaraswati School of Music in the Bay Area to spread the knowledge of Hindustani music among students. Her students, both adults and children, greatly appreciate her friendly and encouraging style of teaching with due importance to Guru-Shishya Parampara and regular Riyaz.
As a performer, Saneyee has been featured in several musical events with the Maharashtra Mandal LA. In 2010 she performed on stage with noted singer and composer Shridhar Phadke. In the Bay area, some key performances include a fundraiser for the San Jose-Pune Sister Cities Foundation, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and more. She has accompanied Kathak icon Shambhavi Dandekar and her troupe at several events. Along with nurturing classical traditions, Saneyee also enjoys collaborating with other world musicians to create an eclectic fusion of music. The Huffington Post wrote regarding her fusion piece with Flamenco music at the SF Ethnic Dance Festival: “The Festival magic transcends genre and time, as in the miraculous entr’acte encounter between flamenco vocalist Azriel Goldschmidt and Indian songstress Saneyee Purandare, which produced an electrifying duet out of the collision between two ancient traditions.”
Saneyee lives in Dublin, CA with her husband and two-year-old daughter.
Shri Satish Tare –
Madhusudan alias Satish started learning Tabla at a very tender age of 5 from his father Late Shri Madhav Tare who himself was a disciple of great legendary Ustad Amir Hussein Khan sahib. Later on, Satish got a rigorous training from Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar ji for almost 15 years in Mumbai. He also got guidance from Pt. Vibhav Nageshkar ji while studying Diploma in Music from Mumbai University. During his stay in Pune, he learned from Shri Vivek Joshi. Currently, Satish is taking advanced training from the world renowned Tabla maestro, none other than Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri ji, in California for last 10 years.
Satish has been consistently giving performances both as a solo artist and as an accompanist to vocal as well as instrumental artists in California as well as all over the USA.
Shri Ashish Tare –
Ashish started learning Tabla from his father, Shri Satish Tare, at the age of 5 and is currently pursuing advanced training with Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri ji at the Ali Akbar College of Music. He is a tabla solo performer and able accompanist and has accompanied numerous artists from the Bay Area and India. Ashish is the 1st Runner Up of Zee TV’s International Indian Icon judged by Bappi Lahiri. Apart from his musical activities, Ashish holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is currently working at Apple.
Shri Vijay Ghaskadvi –
Vijay Ghaskadvi took initial lessons on Harmonium from his father, Shri. Sadanand Ghaskadvi, starting at an early age. Later, he developed his own style of playing the instrument, combining quick taans that are a characteristic of harmonium with a smooth development of raagas with soft transitions emphasized by instruments such as the flute. His area of focus has been solo performances and has received foundational guidance from Dr. Arawind Thatte. For the last several years, he has been learning with Sitar Maestro Pt. Partha Chatterjee, focusing on the art of instrumental performance. Vijay regularly accompanies local and visiting artists in the Bay Area – Shri Gokulotsavji Maharaj, Pdt Laxmi Ganesh Tiwari, and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan to name a few. Vijay is also inclined towards the rhythmic aspect of Indian Classical Music and has been actively learning tabla for several years from Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.
Vijay teaches Indian Classical Music at introductory and advanced levels, covering all aspects of music ranging from aesthetics and appreciation to creation and performance.
Vijay is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and works as a technology leader in Silicon Valley.
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