UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 16, 2015

  Sitar master Pandit Kartik Seshadri of the music faculty performs classical Indian ragas accompanied by Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay on tabla, on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 pm at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

Seshadri is a critically acclaimed force in Indian Classical Music. He first made at the age of 6 in India when he performed full-length solos at the age of 6 in India and is now hailed by critics as an "amazingly accomplished" artist noted for his music's "expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy" (Washington Post) and "a show stopper that transported the audience to soak soul deep in his mesmerizing performance" (Times of India).

As an educator Seshadri heads UC San Diego Department of Music's leading Indian Classical Music program and is regularly invited as a distinguished guest faculty member at the Banff Center, the Sangeeth Research Academy (Kolkata), Stanford University and the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, among others Seshadri also founded Raga : Rasa ~ Kartik Seshadri's Center for Indian Classical and Improvised Music.

He has received numerous awards and accolades including his June 2011 nomination as the "Artist of the Month" by the prestigious Sangeeth Research Academy (SRA) and his 2014 honorary award from the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) for his "incredible contributions, vision, leadership and expertise in the creative field... and as a true pioneer" of music and art.

In March 2012, the UK's Songlines magazine (U.K.) named his album Sublime Ragas in its top ten (as with his 2004 Raga:Rasa album), describing him as one of the "world's greatest sitarist players."

Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay is one of the most outstanding and sought after tabla artists of his generation. He has established himself as a top-notch accompanist as well as a formidable soloist. His performances are admired for their exceptional tonal quality, clarity and deep compositional repertoire, all presented with an innate sense of rhythm and melody.

Arup began learning tabla at age 6 from his father, tabla master Pandit Pankaj Chattopadhyay. He then studied with world-renowned tabla player Pandit Shankar Ghosh and is considered one of his premier disciples. He was awarded Top-Grade by All India Radio and Television. Arup has accompanied many of the leading musicians of India such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Pandit Ajay Chakarbarti, Lakhsmi Shankar, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ustad Rashid Khan, the late V.G. Jog, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pandit Kushal Das, among others.

Since 1998, Arup has been honored to accompany the legend Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar in tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and India, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, in US, and Barbican hall in London. He toured the U.K. with the late Pandit Deepak Choudhury several times and with Pandit Kartik Seshadri (since 1997) throughout the USA, Canada, India, Mexico and Australia. Arup is also a highly sought after teacher and since 1999 has been a visiting lecturer with University of California, San Diego; and previously a professor of Tabla at Baratiya Vidya Bhavan in London (Institute of Indian Culture).

Indian classical music known as Raga Sangeeth, is an improvised art form based on the concepts of Raga and Tala. Ragas are the tonal idiom for improvisation and these precise melodic forms while essentially modal in structure, acquire their distinct musical identities from a complex range of factors: the Indian tonal system of perceiving the octave as• microtonal divisions (Sruti); the subtle nu-ances, inflections, and ornamentations associated with each Raga; and the particular emphasis of certain notes (Vadi, Samavadi) within the specific as-cending and descending (Arohana and Avarohana) movement of each Raga. The second aspect of improvisation in Indian classical music pertains to the concept of rhythm known as Tala. A Tala is conceptualized in cycles of beats ranging anywhere from a three beat cycle to a 108 beat cycle. An accomplished musician of Indian classical music has to develop complete mastery and facility over both Raga and Tala to acquire the total freedom of improvisation within the complex constraints that Raga and Tala impose on the performer.

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