Sitar Performance by Abhik Mukherjee Accompanied by Monir Hossain

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Golden Lotus Temple next to the Gandhi Memorial Center
4748 Western Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816

Gandhi Memorial Center

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.
Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); with the New York Philharmonic (New York City); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); at the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); on Doordarshan (Kolkata); and on tours in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Suriname, and Argentina. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.

Monir Hossain, tabla soloist, accompanist, and teacher, was born into a musical family including his father, classical vocalist Ustad Hafiz Hossain, and his grandfather, North Indian classical vocal and tabla researcher Late Ustad Kader Buksh of West Bengal. He is a senior disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Samar Saha of Kolkata. Monir has performed in North America and Canada, India and Bangladesh, along with the Late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and others. His performance venues have included the Washington Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute, the Smithsonian Institute, M.I.T., and the Public Library in Toronto. He has taught at University of Pennsylvania and currently teaches at India School in Bethesda, MD. Monir received special citation from the Sangeet Piyasi Music Institute at Uttam Manch in Kolkata.

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