Pandit Jasraj: The Hindustani Legend

Harvard Sangeet Proudly Presents...The One...The Only...The Inimitable...

Benefit Concert for South Asian Music

When: Sunday: September 24, 2006 @ 5:30 PM
Where: Sanders Theatre at Harvard University
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Ticket Price: Harvard Students: $3, General Public: $7

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Thank you for your interest in Sangeet's Pandit Jasraj Benefit Concert. We have closed online ticketing due to high demand. We will be selling our remaining quota of tickets at the door. If you would like to purchase tickets at the door, please arrive no later than 4:30 pm. Thank you!
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Harvard Sangeet's Marquee Concert of the Fall features Renowned Hindustani vocalist PANDIT JASRAJ, live in concert in Boston AFTER 12 YEARS, with expert accompanists ANURADHA PAL on tabla, Rajendra Vaishampayan on Harmonium and Sougata Banerjee providing vocal support.

A benefit concert, Sangeet will be using the proceeds to promote South Asian music in a new and trailblazing manner! The initiative we look forward to unveiling at the concert, will introduce and sustain South Asian musical programming on a regular basis on television. We are proud to be able to spread our love for the art to others!

Come experience the spiritually uplifting and musically moving Mewati Gharana through the voice of the master PANDIT JASRAJ and his ensemble !


PANDIT JASRAJ --- The contemporary doyen of North Indian vocal music, Pandit Jasraj needs little introduction. Endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over three and a half octaves, Panditji has enthralled audiences all across the globe for six decades now. Panditji's vocalising is characterised by perfect diction, clarity in sur (pitch) and tunefulness, complete mastery of laya (rhythm), felicitous choice of composition, and an inimitable intertwining of notes with lyrics that evokes the desired mood and feeling.


ANURADHA PAL --- The first and only female professional Tabla player in the world, Anuradha Pal has been internationally acclaimed as an accomplished soloist and a versatile and sought after accompanist. A disciple of the World-renowned Tabla maestro's, Late Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Anuradha has performed extensively in India, USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Japan and the far- east with top ranking musicians like Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shahid Parvez, Sultan Khan, and Smt Veena Sahasrabuddhe amongst others.


RAJENDRA VAISHAMPAYAN --- Rajendra Started learning Tabla at the age of five. About twelve years thereafter, he came in contact with Pandit Manohar Chimote - who improved the harmonium to play solo performances, created his own style of playing and renamed the instrument as 'Samvadini'. Rajendra's mission is to continue popularizing Samvadini as solo performing instrument, an initiative which his Guru adopted as his life mission. He has toured India and United States for solo performances of Samvadini, and has had the privilege of accompanying his Guru in various concerts on Samvadini. He has also had the honor of accompanying various acclaimed artistes worldwide.


SOUGATA BANERJEE - Hailing from the rich and glorious heritage of the Bishnupur Gharana, Sougata Banerjee, was very fortunate to start his training at an early age under the able tutelage of his illustrious grandfather, the late Sangeetacharya Satya Kinkar Bandhopadhyay, the doyen of this Gharana. His "talim" continued under his uncle, Dr. Amiya Ranjan Bandopadhyay, and then his father, Sri Nihar Ranjan Bandopadhyay, both of whom are "A" grade artists and professors at the Rabindra Bharati University in Calcutta. At present, he is indeed fortunate to receive his advance training under Padma Vibhushan Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj.