Sitar Recital – Soulful Strings
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Venue: Allen Library Civic Auditorium, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen TX 75013
ICMC Members: Free
Abhisek Mallick Sitar
Subrata Bhattacharya Tabla
Abhisek Mallick stepped into the domain of sitar when he was seven. Under the strict tutelage of his guru, Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay, who is the disciple of the Late Ustad Md. Dabir Khan (the Last descendant of Mian Tansen) as well as the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has also been fortunate enough to have received taalim from the doyen of Vishnupur Gharana, Pt. Manilal Nag. He gave his first public performance at the young age of eight and has been a regular artiste of All India Radio since he was ten. Abhisek has proved his musical acumen by receiving the prestigious “President’s Award” from the Government of India, after achieving the first position in All India Radio (Hindustani Classical Instrumental) Music Competition in Sitar in 2003. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India, has conferred upon him the senior National Scholarship for 2003, in the field of Hindustani Classical Music (Instrumental). His musical career is etched with numerous other awards – the “ ITC Sangeet Research Academy Award”2003, “Rajya Sangeet AcademyAward”, “Pandit Ravi Kichloo Award”, “Saltlake Cultural Association Award” , being some of them. His musical recitals have been widely acclaimed by critics and he has bagged numerous press reviews from notable dailies and magazines. Abhisek is an A-Grade artist of All India Radio, Doordarshan and other media channels. He has been touring extensively across the globe on account of his concerts, which include Chhandayan All night Concert 2010, New York City, Academy of Performing Arts, 2010, Rutgers University, Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Bishwa Banga Sammelan 2010/2018, Atlantic City, Salt Lake Music Festival,2011, and Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra in the years 2009/2011/2014/2019 among others. He has collaborated with world-renowned jazz and classical guitarist Fareed Haque at Boston Guitar Fest 2010, Utah Arts Festival 2010 and Marquette Waterfront Festival 2011. Abhisek has also composed music for and performed live at Farley P. Richmond’s theatrical production of “Mrichhakatikam” at South Asian Theatre Festival 2010, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Abhisek is a regular member of the world famous fusion band Rhythmscape by Pt. Bickram Ghosh and has collaborated with him in playing a number of scores in Tollywood and Bollywood productions and albums, notable among which are the movie JAAL (which got the Oscar long list nomination), “The Vayuputras”,--- the Original Sound Track of “Immortals of Meluha”, “MAYA”. He has been a featured artiste in Pt Subhen Chatterjee’s world music project “Bandish Fusion”. He had the rare opportunity to perform with Ustad Fazal Quereshi on the 99th Birth Anniversary of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan Saheb. He added another significant feather to his cap by performing as well as conducting workshop at Cape Town Jazz Fest 2019, one of the biggest Jazz Festivals in the world, as part of Bickram Ghosh Quartet. He has been invited to perform in Zee Saregamapa as a Guest Artist on special occasions.
Subrata Bhattacharya is one of the leading tabla players in India today. He has received his taalim under Shri Tamal Krishna Chatterjee, Shri Nripen Karmakar and Shri Tapan Kr. Banerjee before he was finally accepted as a pupil of tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh, all of whom honed his talent to the level of refinement now witnessed by audiences everywhere. He has since proved himself a worthy exponent of the Farukhabad Gharana. Recognition of his talent has come in the form of such awards as the Sangeet Prabhankar and the Gold Medal and the Saangeet Praveen from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahadad, and Sangeet Bhushan from the Bhatkhande College, Lucknow. Renowned artists whom he has accompanied in the past few years are Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Dr.N.Rajam, Pt. Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Ud Shahid Parvez Khan, Ud Ali Ahmed Hussain, Chitraveena Ravikiran, Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury, etc. He is a visiting professor at the University of Urbana Champaign,IL. The next milestone of his creativity and innovation is "Naad- The Everlasting Sound", a group he has formed to experiment with fusion music. It seems the next inevitable step in Subrata's career as a mingling and merging of eastern, middle eastern and western styles of music is the trend among makers and lovers of music these days. He is been a part of the Chicago based Indo -Jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since its inception.