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Ragamala presents its 2nd Annual Online Summer Festival - Three concerts on July 17th! 

The event will be free for all - see below for more information!

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About the event

Shakir Khan

Sitar

Shakir Khan is one of the most promising young exponents of the legendary Etawah Gharana, energetically following in the musical footsteps of his prodigious father and guru — the sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Indeed, Shakir represents the eighth generational link in an unbroken chain of musical talent and tradition poured exclusively into the sitar and surbahar. A chain that includes, besides Ustadji, the musical legacy of Ustad Aziz Khan (Shakir’s paternal grandfather), and that of the patriarchal surbaharist Ustad Wahid Khan (Shakir’s great grandfather). Great Ustad Vilayat Khan is his grand uncle.

Unmesh Banerjee

Tabla

Unmesh was initiated into the world of Carnatic rhythm under the mridangam stalwart Vidwan S.Sekhar. Unmesh was also fortunate to receive guidance from the legend Acharya Pandit Shankar Ghosh and from Pandit Bickram Ghosh. He has received taalim in raaga music from his mother Smt. Bharati Banerjee Nanavati. This broad training has made him a fine soloist as well as a sensitive accompanist. Unmesh also holds a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science.

Invocation by the Students of Pacific School of Indian Music, run by Sampada Bhalerao.

Accompanied by students of Poetry On Drums School of Tabla, run by Chaz Hastings. Both of these schools operate in the Seattle area as well as online.

  • Sitar Students: Avni Muraka, Hamsini Ramanathan, Maya Goli, Kush Gupta, Khalil Somani, Nisha Naik and Srika Sriperumbudur

  • Tabla: Sharvani Kondamuddi

Sitarvaadan by Shakir Khan with Unmesh Banerjee (Tabla)

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Mitali Bhawmik

Vocal

Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik is an exponent of Hindustani Classical Vocal music. She started her training in music at a very early age from Sri Ajit Dutta, followed by extensive training from Late Shree Biren Phukan in Guwahati, Assam. Later, she came under the tutelage of Smt. Meera Banerjee and the noted violinist the late Padmabhushan Pandit V. G. Jog. Currently she is expanding her repertoire in semi-classical (Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Hori, etc.) music from Smt. Dahlia Rahut. She is director and teacher at Ethnomedia Music Studio in New Jersey.

Amod Dandavate

Tabla

Amod Dandawate's training has primarily been in the Farrukhabad style of Tabla playing. In his early years, he was groomed by his father Dr. Vasantrao Dandawate, a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. He had also received guidance on the accompaniment side from Shafaat Khan Saheb and lessons from Ustad Zakir Hussain. Since 2001, he has been a disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee in New Jersey. Amod also holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

Kedar Naphade

Harmonium

Kedar Naphade received his early training in Hindustani Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar. Since the age of nine, he has been a disciple of Late Pt. Tulsidas Borkar, arguably the greatest harmonium player of our times. Kedar has also had the privilege of training with Late Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. She played a pivotal role in his musical development and deep sensitivity for Khayal gayaki.

Invocation by the Students of  Swaranjali School of Music under the tutelage of Vasu Sundarraj, a disciple of Pandit Jasraj and Narain Prasad . 


Swaranjali School was established in 1999. Students perform regularly in many venues in the Greater Seattle area.

  • Brindavani Saarang - Singers: Anusha Sharma, Prarthana Mishra, Prisha Bhatia, Saumya Soni and Sonali Dash 

  • Bihag Hori - Singers: Janhavi Barpande, Mahima Uliyar, Rayna Bhattacharyya, Sameeksha Sharma and Sonali Dash

  • Accompanists:Tabla- Ravi Albright; Harmonium - Ayush Das

Khayal and Thumri Gaayan by Mitali Bhawmik (Vocals) with Kedar Naphade (Harmonium) and Amod Dandavate (Tabla)

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Pt. Uday Bhawalkar

Vocal

Uday Bhawalkar is among the foremost Dhrupad vocalists and has been a strong force in its growing recognition, popularity and resurgence worldwide. He spent over 12 years living and studying in the traditional guru-shishya parampara with Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Vocal) and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra-Veena), the towering pillars of the Dhrupad tradition. In addition to concert stages around the world, he has also taken Dhrupad to the soundtracks of films such as Mani Kaul's Cloud Door, Aparna Sen's Mr & Mrs Iyer, Amol Palekar's Anahat among others. His connection to Seattle was forged when he served as Visiting Artist in Residence at the University of Washington's Ethnomusicology program. He is also one of the gurus at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata and Bengal Parampara Sangeetalayon in Dhaka.

Pratap Awad

Pakhawaj

Pratap Awad began learning pakhawaj at the age of twelve under Subhash Maharaj Deshmukh, in Parali, Maharashtra. Later, he received advanced training from Uddhavji Aapegaonkar at Ambajogai, and Vasantrao Ghopadkar in Pune. Pratap is an artist on the roster of  All India Radio, Aurangabad. He plays solo, accompaniment and is open to cross-cultural experimentation.

Invocation by Nirguni Ensemble of Seattle. Vibhuti Kawishwar, Sanket Joshi, Suchitra Iyer, Sanchit Agrawal and Spandana Battula, have learnt classical music since childhood, and are now guided by Srivani Jade in Seattle. They are accompanied by Shri Manoj Deshpande on the Tabla. 

Dhrupad Gaayan by Pt. Uday Bhawalkar (Vocals) with Pratap Awad (Pakhawaj)

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