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Fall 2012 workshop/outreach programs

Spirit: An Indian Music Experience featuring
Shashank and The Manganiars

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Spirit – The Indian Music Experience featuring internationally renowned classical Bamboo Flautist from India Shashank Subrahmanyam in a collaboration with the Anwar Khan Manganiyar and Feroze Khan Manganiyar.  The Manganiars represent a folk tradition of the deserts of Rajasthan  that has remained strong, vibrant and evocative through the years. The Manganiar community comprises of generations of professional musicians, to whom music has been bequeathed as legacy. The double percussion of the Dholak (hand drum) and the castanets-like Khartaal, accompanying the powerful vocals creates the unique sound of this rich tradition.  They will be accompanied by Purbayan Chatterjee on the sitar and Patri Satish Kumar on the mridangam.
Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m.

Venue: Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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$25 (General Admission)
$20 (for Sruti members)
$15 (Seniors/Students)
$5 (Child)

This program is supported by Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project


Shashank Subrahmanyam, Bamboo Flute:
Maestro Shashank stormed into the music world at the age of seven. He was the youngest musician to have been invited by The Music Academy, Chennai to perform the senior most slot of The Music Academy, (often performed by Legends of Indian Classical Music), at the age of 12 - a record yet to be broken in the history of South Indian Music.
Trained by father Subramanyam and vocal maestros R.K. Srikantan and Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, he is presently considered one of the best Bamboo Flute artists and is hailed so by the Indian and international media alike. The BBC World TV telecast a documentary on Shashank titled “Destination Music” recently. Shashank often collaborates with legendary musicians from India and around the world including Guitarist John McLaughlin, Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborthy to name a few. With scintillating, primal tones he truly sings through the most organic and ancient of all instruments. His logic-defying virtuosity is the result of a magical innate talent coupled with the best possible training. Shashank has propelled the Bamboo flute into an enviable position by his playing techniques of which “the multi flute transposed fingering technique” and the dual octave production have won him world acclaim.
Shashank is one of the youngest recipient of the “A Top” ranking in the All India Radio and TV. A recipient of the “Kalaimamani” from the Tamil Nadu Govt, “Kuzhal Arasar” from the prestigious Kellogg School of Management, North Western University, Chicago and the prestigious Grammy Nomination for the year 2009, Shashank has over 50 CDs and several DVDs to his credit. Shashank currently pursues Hindustani music from the legendary vocalist Pt. Jasraj.


Anwar Khan Manganiyar, Vocals:
One of the leading vocalists of the community, Anwar Khan Manganiyar is known best for his deep throated renditions of folk music in the classical style. With a strong base in Indian classical music, this Manganiyar can scale ragas with as much ease as he can sing the earthy notes of a fast tempo folk song. He has to his credit, performances with many leading maestros of Indian music, traveling the world, telling the simple folk tale.

Feroz Khan Manganiyar, Dholak:
He is perhaps the most sought after dholak player in the country. In his hands, the dholak, an otherwise traditional instrument relegated to only folk or light music, has been elevated to a position of a prime percussion instrument. Feroz Khan plays the dholak for not only his Manganiyar troupe but also for greats such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and others on his many international collaborations.


Purbayan Chatterjee, Sitar:
Purbayan has learnt Sitar from his his father Pandit Parthapratim Chatterjee- disciple of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Purbayan's music is inspired by the sound of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style.and a contemporary touch of his own usbane style. Purbayan is also a vocalist in his own right.
Purbayan is the mastermind behind Shastriya Syndicate, the one of a kind Indian classical music band. With five friends, each an exponent of a traditional instrument he has tried to bridge the gap between classic and continous time.

Patri Satish Kumar, Mridangam:
Patri Satish Kumar played his first concert when he was seven, and today is considered one of the most talented Mridangists. His performance is steeped in tradition and classism. He is a disciple of Sree Ramachandramurthy, V.A.Swami and V.Narasimhan. Satish Kumar is one of the youngest ‘A-Top’ artists of All India Radio and has been awarded many titles. He has toured around the world and has performed at many prestigious venues and Jazz festivals.