Surmala Hindustani Classical Music Concert
AMRITA RAO – Vocalist
Amrita Rao, began her tryst with Hindustani classical music at the tender age of eight. She was introduced to Hindustani music by Mrs Lalitha Hegde. She then sought the tutelage of renowned artiste and Guru Pandit Parameshwar Hegde in Bangalore. He sculpted and refined her vocal abilities; she seeks his expert guidance to this very day.
● B-high graded artiste of All India Radio in both North Indian classical music and light music genres
● Recipient of Young artistes’ Scholarship from HRD ministry and CCRT Scholarship for Hindustani music from Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India)
● Has performed at noted venues in various Indian cities (Pune, Bhopal, Kochi, Bangalore, Hubli, Dharwad, Sirsi, Honnavar, Udupi etc.)
● She has performed in Los Angeles (Avartan Music Festival, UCLA), SF Bay Area,Toronto
● She is a post graduate in Behavioral Science. Has been associated with Shankar Mahadevan Academy and Indian Raaga as a music teacher in the past.
Currently afaculty at Raaga school of music in Bay Area.
TEED ROCKWELL – Touchstyle Veena
Teed Rockwell is the only person in the world who performs traditional Hindustani music on a newly customized instrument called the touchstyle veena, which has a guitar-like fretboard played by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands. Because each hand can play an independent melody with a distinctly different tone color, this enables him to play Jugalbandi with himself.
Teed had over a hundred classes with Ali Akbar Khan, and dozens of classes with Sitar Maestros Shahid Parvez and Habib Khan.
For this Surmala event, he will be performing Raga Megh, accompanied by Omkar Bhave on tabla. According to tradition, Raga Megh has the power to produce rain and put out fires. You can hear Teed’s music at www.bollywoodgharana.com
VIVEK DATAR – HARMONIUM (accompanying Amrita)
- Learnt from (late) Pandit Vinayakrao Kale who was a Gwalior Gharana vocalist. Vivek Datar currently learns from Vidushi Seema Shirodkar, who hails from Mumbai.
- Vivek Datar has keen interest in tuning theory and its applications in harmonium.
- Vivek Datar and Hinge brothers from Mumbai have created a unique, changeable-reed harmonium that has received wide acceptance, and being used by leading harmonium players.
- Prit Singh is a tabla player of the Punjab Gharana and have been practicing and playing with artists since his childhood.
- He grew up in a musical family tabla players and Indian classical vocalists.
- Prit has had the privilege to learn from many instructors, one of which is Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri out of San Rafael, CA.
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