About the Program
Songs of Benares, the second event of Sangeet Millennium’s 2018 series “South Asian Music for the World,” is a tribute concert in remembrance of Hindustani vocal diva Vidushi Girija Devi (1929-2017) featuring two of her longtime disciples, vocalist Rupan Sarkar-Samanta (from Dehradun, India) and sitarist Amie Maciszewski, accompanied by Uddalak Samanta on tabla and Amit Kelkar on harmonium. The artists will perform select items from the Benares style repertoire, which they learned from Girija Devi.
There will be a Q & A and Meet & Greet immediately following the concert.
This series is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. We count on the support of the community to make this a success, so please be there! As in our previous concert, the musical energy created in the gorgeous, intimate Arts Mission Oak Cliff will be exceptional!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-benares-tickets-46600479288.
Group discounts available for 6+. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. In addition, furthering Sangeet Millennium’s mission to increase access to world-class performing arts and invest in under-served communities, we offer you a special opportunity. For every Patron ticket you purchase at $50, you will get one preferred seat for yourself, and you will sponsor one refugee Bhutanese student’s (or family member’s) ticket to the show. Thank you in advance for helping enrich these young people’s lives!
For more information about our outstanding guest artists Rupan Sarkar-Samanta and Uddalak Samanta, please visit www.rupansamanta.com and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd_ESfuNOFHDsiyHpcBNyyQ/featured
$20 -adv /$25- door
$15 students/seniors with ID
Rupan Samanta is an established and highly acclaimed professional Classical Vocalist. of North Indian. She is well appreciated by her audience and critics for the tonal quality and sensuousness of her voice. Having pursued and perfected music of the Banaras Gharana, Rupan’s talent is vast and varied. She has mastered several musical forms ranging from khayal to Tappa,Thumri, Chaiti,Kajri, Jhula, Dadra, Hori and Bhajan. Rupan has a mellifluous voice the effect of which holds the audience spellbound, irrespective of age or experience!
She started learning vocal music under the guidance of her father, Birendra Nath Sarkar at the age of four. Thereafter, she was fortunate in receiving training from the legendary Vocalist of Banaras Gharana Padmabhushan Smt. Girija Devi in the Guru Shisya Parampara. One gets to savour the remarkable features and flavour of this Gharana in the rendition of her songs.
Rupan has had the honour to share the stage with Smt. Girija Devi at a number of musical conferences in Mirjapur, Allahbad, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahemdabad, Kolkata, Benares and many other places in all over India and abroad. Rupan has also made a mark in the international arena. She has had several musical items broadcast on France Radio and has had the proud privilege to perform at the Royal Festival (London), Paris, Switzerland and many more. She has carved a niche for herself the field of music at the U.S.A. where she has performed at Los Angels, Austine, Chicago, New Jersey, Arvana Shampane and Sandiago.
Dr. Amie Maciszewski
Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning musician, teaching artist, ensemble leader, and scholar. Audiences describe Amie’s traditional sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “magical” and “elegantly vibrant.” She is deeply committed to leading persons of various backgrounds, generations, and abilities in the exploration of the diversity of performance traditions in the world through sharing the traditional and new music culture of South Asia. She has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting all-ages workshops on the music of South Asia, particularly Hindustani music, as well as on world fusion music.
She was awarded the Gandharva Puroshkar 2014 by Hindustan Arts and Music Society in Burdwan, India, for her contribution to Indian music internationally. Her brainchild, the critically acclaimed Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Austin Chronicle Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011), seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary defying sound.
Pandit Uddalak Samanta
Pandit Uddalak Samanta , an eminent tabla player known for his clarity of playing and tonal excellence, has established himself as both soloist and accompanist. Born to a family of genuine music connoisseurs, he received training in tabla for twenty years under the guidance of PANDIT SHANKAR GHOSH in the Farukhabad Gharana style.
Uddalak has had the opportunity and good fortune to accompany some eminent instrumentalists, vocalists and Kathak dancers on table during his career spanning more than two decades. He is also a television artist.
Uddalak has participated in many prestigious music festivals and concerts in India, such as ‘’Virasat-2008’’ and ‘’Virasat-2012’’ in Uttarakhand, Fagotsav-2018; at the Art and Cultural Department of Shruti Mandal in Jaipur, Jawahar Kala-Kendra in Jaipur, IIT College of Roorkee, Pillani BITS Engineering College’, the International Yoga and Music Festival in Rishikesh, the Imamuddin Khan Dagar Music Festival’ in Jaipur, Bhatkhande College of Dehradun, Jaganath Temple of Puri etc. is an empaneled SPIC-MACAY artist.
Uddalak Samanta received the Badya Visharad diploma and Badya Nipun post-graduate diploma from Bhatkhande College of Hindusthani Music, Lucknow. He also received the degree of M.A. in tabla from ‘Indira-Kala Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Khairagah. He is an empaneled artist of SPIC-MACAY. He has been teaching tabla at Welham’s Girls’ School, Dehradun, for over two decades.
Appreciation and accolades has come his way from distinguished artistes like Padmabibhushan Smt. Girija Devi, Pandit Rajan Mishra, and others.
Uddalak’s classical tabla skills, deep knowledge of techniques and compositions, and consistently brilliant, versatile and exciting performances have earned him a prominent position among the highly accomplished and unique artists in the Indian classical and international music world.