|K. Sridhar with Anindo Chatterjee
Web site: http://www.sridhar.org/
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K. Sridhar’s music is a unique blend of both the sacred structure and rhythmic complexity of South Indian temple music and the improvisational styling and tonal magic of North Indian classical music. At the age of 12, K. Sridhar became the youngest member ever of Ravi Shankar’s orchestral group. He started touring out of India in 1982, particularly under the auspices of Peter Gabriel’s non-profit, W.O.M.A.D. Presently, he is the senior most disciple of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, a lineage bearer of the Dhrupad style, performing in the West today. Also influenced by Ali Akbar Khan, K. Sridhar has woven together from all of these influences a universally appealing sound.
K. Sridhar has made 12 recordings on European, Middle Eastern, and American labels as well as composed numerous soundtracks for film. His musical fluency has allowed for exciting explorations into other musical cultures, a few of which have been recorded. His lifelong dedication to classical Indian music has flowered into a rare ability to bring the music and the audience into an awe inspiring unity. His music is often described as the kind that “opens our hearts and probes deep into our souls” (Telerama, France).
Anindo Chatterjee is one of the most sought after tabla players of the world. He started studies at the age of five under Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan of Lucknow gharana (a system of social organization in Hindustani music, in which groups of musicians are linked by lineage and/or apprenticeship and adhere to a particular musical style). He has also had thirty years of training under the famed Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Today, Chatterjee leads his generation of representatives of the Farrukhabad Gharana of tabla founded by Haji Vilayat Khan Saheb. His performances are marked by clarity of tone, and an intuitive sense of meter and melody.
What sets Chatterjee apart, is that he is respected as one of the most important tabla makers, as well as being a teacher, researcher and a formidable performer. Many of his students have achieved national and international recognition. Among them are Bhooshan Munja, Anindo Gangopadhyay, Sanjay Jhalla and Anil Datar.
Since 1972, Chatterjee has performed solo as well as accompanied leading artists all over the world. Among those are Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (sitar), Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta (sarod), Ali Akbar Khan (sarod), Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur (voice), Budhaditya Mukherjee (sitar), Ustad Rais Khan (sitar), Gangubai Hangal (voice), Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (santoor), among many others.