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Rajeev Taranath, sarod; 05/06/2013

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Monday, May 6, 2013
7:30 PM; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Rajeev Taranath, sarod
Anindo Chatterjee, tabla

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Internationally acclaimed performer Rajeev Taranath is one of the world's leading exponents of the sarod, and a distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. His performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity. Anindo Chatterjee is recognized as a tabla master, and one of India’s most eminent tabla players. He is a highly popular performer and in-demand collaborator. 

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This Performing Arts Series event is made possible through support from 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. Free; no tickets required.

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Internationally acclaimed performer, Rajeev Taranath is today one of the world's leading exponents of the Sarod. A distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, his performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity.

Hailed a prodigy in Hindustani vocal music, he had been earlier trained by his father Pandit Taranath and other eminent musicians and was a concert and radio artist before he was twenty.

Rajeev has toured extensively as a performer in India, Australia, Europe, Yemen and throughout the U.S. He has also composed music for several nationally and internationally honored Indian films. He is the recipient of the Indian Government's highest award in the arts, the Sangeet Natak Academi Award for 1999-2000, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Hindustani Instrumental music. In 1998 he received the prestigious national Award, 'Chowdiah Award for Music' from the Government of Karnataka in India for excellence in the field of instrumental music. He has also received awards from the Indian State Government of Karnataka for his contribution to music,- the Sangeet Nritya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Karnataka Rajya Prashasti in 1996. In 1980 he was the subject of a documentary made for the television in Eden, Yemen, entitled Finnan Min-Al-Hind (Artist from India).

Rajeev Taranath's distinctive musicianship demonstrates striking imaginative power, technical excellence and emotional range. He is respected for the clarity of musical understanding which he brings to the unfolding of a raga and the beauty of the tone he evokes from the sarod. The New York Times (April 14, 1982) described his music by commenting with great enthusiasm about the exuberance and versatility of his playing, which ranged from the spiritual to the spirited.

Rajeev was a Ford Foundation scholar (1989 to 1992) and researched during this period on the Teaching Techniques of the Maihar-Allauddin Gharana. Rajeev has also received guidance from Pandit Ravi Shankar and Shrimati Annapurna Devi. From 1995-2005 he was a member of the music department faculty at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California.

Rajeev Taranath frequently performs and tours throughout India and internationally with concert engagements for major Indian music conferences, Universities, western chamber music series, world music festivals and Indian cultural organizations dedicated to the presentation of high caliber Indian classical music.

 

Anindo Chatterjee is recognized as one of India’s most eminent  tabla players. He was inspired to take up tabla by his uncle, the sitar  player Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee, when he was just four years old. At  five he was All India Radio’s youngest artist.  At six Anindo became a disciple of Padmabhushan Gyan Prakash Ghosh and studied with him for well over thirty years, some of which ran simultaneously with his extensive international concert career.  Gyan Prakash Ghosh was well known for his extensive  knowledge of all tabla gharanas, as well as his own Farukhabad gharana furthering this Anindo also studied the Lucknow Tabla gharana with Ustad Ahfaq Hussain Khan.

Anindo has a seemingly endless list of achievements: In 1990 he became the first tabla player to perform in the House of Commons.  In 2003 the President of India crowned him with the prestigious sangeet natak akademi award.  The All India Critics Association adjudged him as the ‘Best Performer of the Year 1997’ and at the tender age of 16, The Government of India recognized his prodigious talent by awarding him the ‘gold medal’ in the All India Radio Music Competition.

Anindo has carved out a niche for himself for his tabla solos for which he is one of the most popular and in-demand performers.  He has achieved the most aesthetically satisfying combination of tradition and innovation. As an accompanist, he is  known for his sense of balance and proportion, crisp tonal quality,  modulation of sound production and rapport with soloists. Anindo has  accompanied all of the top musicians and has toured with them all over the  world.  Anindo enjoyed a long international touring career with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.  His ability to seamlessly blend in with the musician he is accompanying has brought him to share the stage with Pandit. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan,Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma to name only those who are the pillars on which Indian Classical Music today rests.

Anindo’s ability to weave the most intricate textures with tabla bols and to remain uncompromising with crispness and clarity at virtually and speed has seen him adding new dimensions to his instrument.  He is a trendsetter for many generations to follow.