Two Masters Will Share Remarks and Ragas in a Free Educational Recital
Middlebury, VT—Internationally-acclaimed sarod player Rajeev Taranath will bring the mesmerizing sounds of Indian classical music to the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series in a free concert on Monday, May 6. He will be accompanied by one of India’s most revered tabla players, Anindo Chatterjee. This educational recital is free and open to the public.
Rajeev Taranath is one of the world’s foremost players of the sarod, an instrument often described as an Indian lute, smaller in size than a sitar and frequently featured in classical Hindustani music. Taranath is a prominent ambassador of this musical genre. He was hailed a sarod prodigy at an early age, and was initially trained by his father Pandit Taranath, but later studied with important musicians such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Shrimati Annapurna Devand, and the legendary sarod virtuoso Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Taranath was awarded the Indian government’s highest honor in the arts, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, in 1999–2000. Taranath has been a Ford Foundation scholar and has taught at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California.
Taranath’s touring takes him around the world to Australia, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. In addition to giving concerts, he also works as a musical director in the Indian film industry, and has won awards for his musical scores. Taranath is hailed consistently for his musical strength, imaginative power, emotional range, and technical skill. “His tone is radiant and rich, charged with the sensitivity of his soul,” wrote a reviewer for the Indian publication The Hindu. Reviewing Taranath’s performance, Edward Rothstein of the New York Times remarked, “Rajeev Taranath’s sarod improvisations mixed the spiritual and the spirited...the raga began with introspective meditation and proceeded into an exuberant rhythmic celebration.”
Anindo Chatterjee is one of India’s finest tabla players, and an in-demand musical collaborator. When he was just four years old, Chatterjee was inspired to take up the tabla (a pair of small hand drums) by his uncle, the sitar player Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee. At five, he was All India Radio’s youngest artist. At six, he became a disciple of Padmabhushan Gyan Prakash Ghosh and studied with him for well over 30 years, some of which ran simultaneously with his extensive international concert career. Chatterjee has a seemingly endless list of achievements: In 1990, he became the first tabla player to perform in the House of Commons. He was recognized as the All India Critics Association’s Best Performer of the Year in 1997. In 2003, the President of India crowned him with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award, that country’s highest honor in the arts. Chatterjee has an extraordinary ability to blend seamlessly with the musicians he accompanies. This collaborative excellence has led him to share the stage with world-renowned artists Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.
This concert is an educational recital supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, which supports opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experience in the performing arts. Audiences can expect Taranath and Chatterjee to offer remarks about their instruments and the elaborate ragas they will play.
Rajeev Taranath and Anindo Chatterjee will perform on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/Main Street. Ample free parking is available. The concert is free; no tickets are required. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.