September 2020 Events

SONGS OF BANARAS AND STRINGS OF CALCUTTA

Benaras and Calcutta are two prominent hubs of Hindustani Classical Music. In this specially commissioned concert, SIA takes you on a journey that represents the best of both. In the three-segment evening performance you will experience Songs of Benares – a vocal performance by Dr. Manasi Majumder with musical accompaniments; Colors of Calcutta – a Sarod jugalbandi featuring Pandit Tejendra Majumder and Indrayuth Majumder; Finally, Benares and Calcutta come together in a Sarod/Vocal jugalbandi with the entire ensemble.

Dr. Mansi Majumder has trained for 18 years under the tutelage of late Padmavibhushan Girija Devi, the doyen of the Benares Gharana who put thumri, dadra, kajari, jhula, chaiti, holi on the musical map, all of which will be included in the repertoire Manasiji presents for Houston audience. One of the foremost icons of Indian Classical Music, Pandit Tejendra Majumder is a Sarod player par excellence. Having trained under Sarod maestros like the late Ustad Bahadur Khan and the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Tejendra is one of the best-equipped musicians to carry on the Senia Maiher mantle. Indrayuth, trained under his father Tejendra Majumder, is similarly a young ambassador of Senia Maiher gharana.

When     Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 8 pm

Where   MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

October 2020 Events

ADITYA PRAKASH ENSEMBLE

Aditya Prakash is an award-winning American-born Indian classical vocalist best known for his powerful and emotive voice. Although firmly rooted in South Indian Carnatic music, Aditya’s style is heavily inspired by North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical, Jazz, flamenco, and hip hop. And, he brings this influence out in his collaborative projects.

You will be profoundly impressed by the ability of Aditya and his ensemble to bridge the gap between the rich, sacred and ancient art forms and today’s interconnected diverse environment.

When     Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 8 pm

Where    MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

L. SHANKAR, NEEL AGRAWAL, S. SELVAGANESH

Master violinist L. Shankar is renowned for his deeply soulful performances of Indian Classical Music. In the 1070s, with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain, Shankar founded the Indo-Jazz group SHAKTI. In the 1980s, Shankar introduced a 10-string double violin capable of covering the whole range of the orchestra’s string section. Since then, he has continued to expand international audience for Indian music.

Shankar will be accompanied by multi-percussionist Neel Agrawal on tabla and darbuka, and on kanjira by Swami Selvaganesh, grandson of Vikku Vinayakram – an original member of the SHAKTI band.

To the best of our knowledge, this would be the first-time ever appearance of the legend L. Shankar in Houston.

When     Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 6 pm

Where    MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

November 2020 Events

NITIN SAWHNEY QUINTET

British Indian musician, producer, and composer Nitin Sawhney is internationally known for eclectic mix of global sounds drawing from electronica, flamenco, Indian classical music, and Indian commercial music. Nitin has also scored extensively for theater, dance, and video games. As a touring musician, Nitin has performed extensively at sold-out houses at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall.

With over 20 international awards, 60 films, 20 studio albums, Nitin Sawhney is a “paradox, at once inside and outside of the classical and contemporary genres, straddling several mediums that most artists can only dream of mastering.” In the Houston performance, Nitin Sawhney and his quintet will present a retro of Sawhney’s most celebrated albums.

When     Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8 pm

Where    Stafford Centre (New), 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477