Thursday, May 31, 2012

SUNDAY JUNE 3, 6PM... Vocal/Sitar Concert by Devasaman & Nitin Mitta in NYC!

In association with Anamika-Navatman,  
Presents its first concert as part of  

An incredible and unique Hindustani Vocal and Sitar Jugalbandi Concert!
Devasaman May 2010
Vocalist Debapriya Adhikary 
Sitarist Samanwaya Sarkar
Accompanied on tabla by Nitin Mitta   
'Duet' a small word but has its big canvass to draw the musical imagination of two artistes in a single frame. Rather it's a musical conversation between two artistes. May be those two are with different minds, thoughts and opinions but in spite of all differences they have to synchronize a common musical expression if they want to make it a Duet. In fact Duet is something that is not only a combination of two musical mediums but also a confluence of two souls, two minds, two thoughts and opinions. 

Debapriya Adhikary, Samanwaya Sarkar, Nitin Mitta - Raag Parameswari (1) - April 2012
Debapriya Adhikary, Samanwaya Sarkar, Nitin Mitta
Raag Parameswari - Boston - April 2012

Samanwaya Sarkar Raga Hem Bihag Drut & Jhala
Samanwaya Sarkar Raga Hem Bihag Drut & Jhala

Debapriya's enchanting voice merges with Samanwaya's mesmerizing strokes on the Sitar, creating music that makes their audience feel as if these two artists have one soul and one mind!

Venue: Alvin Ailey Theater
405 West 55 Street, New York, NY
Subways: Columbus Circle/59 Street (Trains: A,B,C,D,1)
Tickets : $35, $20 (students/Seniors)  
On-line Tickets (Cash only at door)(Limited space):    
Duet of Vocal and Sitar where Debapriya Adhikary's enchanting ,sonorous voice moving three octaves with ease merges with Samanwaya Sarkar's mesmerizing, sparkling and honey dripped strokes on Sitar creates one music that makes their audience feel as if these young artistes have one soul and one mind  creating the sound from only one genre that finally casts a lasting spell not only in their ears but to their souls. They both are Gandabandh disciples of Padmabhushan Smt. Girija Devi ji. They are accomplished in presenting pure form of Indian Classical music and also the other unique feathers like tappa, tap khyal, thumri, dadra chaiti, holi kajri, etc...

They have been getting worldwide applause since the age of 18 for their solos and duet. Last year August they were invited by the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet where they commemorated the birth centenary of Mother Teresa, where they were the first and ever and only Indian Classical musicians and they performed in the midst of whole Western Symphony. Recently they have also made film music for an Australian film The Sleeping Warrior about to be released in 2012.
Last year in 2011, they performed this Jugalbandi at Sawai Gandharva Sangeet being invited by Bharatratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshiji, Pt. Mallikarjun Music Festival (DHWANI) by Bangalore Kidney Foundation and Gangamahotsav in Varanasi by Ministry of UP along with many other concerts.

They have performed in several international music festivals and other concerts in UK, Spain, France, Denmark, Germany Portugal, US, Australia, Canada to name a few.

Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. He has performed with some of India's most celebrated musicians, including Pandit Jasraj, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Nishat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Nayan Ghosh and Ustad Irshad Khan.
Nitin received his early training in Hyderabad from Pandit G. Satyanarayana and later from Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai. Both his Guru's are disciples of the legendary Tabla maestro representing the Farukhabad Gharana, Ustad Amir Hussain Khan.
Nitin has collaborated with 2011 Grammy Nominee Pianist Vijay Iyer and Guitarist Prasanna in an exciting new trio project called "Tirtha.  

  (Photo courtesy by Marcus Simpson Photography)

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