Our mission is to raise awareness of and appreciation for the traditional and new music and dance culture of the Indian subcontinent. We do so by presenting highlights of Amie Maciszewski’s performance, scholarship, teaching, and the collaborative production of it. Amie seeks to use her music (and its co-creation with others) to promote intercultural understanding and concern for those whose lives are vastly different than ours. Sangeet Millennium is an initiative that presents mainly traditional, but also new music and dance of the Indian subcontinent through collaborative and interactive performance, workshops, classes, festivals, and sometimes films. Amie Maciszewski is a sitarist, teaching artist, and ethnomusicologist who founded and runs Sangeet Millennium.
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2018-06-29 8:00 pm - 2018-06-29 11:30 pm
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!
$20 -adv /$25- door
$15 students/seniors with ID
Advance tickets are available online through EventBrite.
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.
2018-07-21 All day
About Moving Towards Light
In July, the third presentation of South Asian Music for the World will feature a joint performance from Austin Dance India and Sangeet Millennium Ensemble. Together, these groups will will showcase their joint multidisciplinary, multimedia fusion performance piece “Moving Towards Light.”
Austin Dance India
Austin Dance India is one of the City’s premiere organizations and resources for Indian classical Bharata Natyam dance. Under the Artistic Direction of independent dancer/choreographer, Anuradha Naimpally, ADI offers classes in traditional technique, arts in education, public performances, advocacy, and more. Mayor Steve Adler declared October 22nd as Austin Dance India in honor of the service that ADI has provided to Central Texas for over two decades.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2016, ADI has engaged the community to participate in several first time endeavors. ADI produced its first ever Dance-A-Thon and Community Fair in April. ADI also co-produced, for the first time a multi-art form play entitled Living on the Hyphen at The Long Center. This is a project about the universal humor and challenges of straddling various worlds and identities, a theme that Naimpally has been passionately interested in.
The entire ADI student ensemble, including alumni performed at the same venue with an original work entitled, Girl Power!, a multi-art presentation featuring spoken word, dance, music, and video. Highlighting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations, Girl Power! brought Gender Equality and Quality Education to the forefront.
Austin Dance India conducts ongoing classes in Bharata Natyam technique and trains students from beginner to professional level. ADI’s mission is to empower through dance.
Sangeet Millennium grew out of the Society for India Music, a non-profit organization founded in Albuquerque in 1990 and relocated to Austin in 1993. In 1999, Amie renamed the organization Sangeet, and in 2003, Sangeet Millennium. Amie and Sangeet Millennium’s programs and projects were supported from 2000 to 2003 and 2004-2013 by the City of Austin Cultural Contracts, sponsored under the non-profit umbrella of One World 2004-2012 and Women and Their Work 2012-2013.
Amie and Sangeet Millennium has been a selected artist of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster since 2008 and the Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2010. Since her move to Dallas, Amie has set up Sangeet Millennium/Dallas in 2013, continuing to offer periodic activities in Austin. The mission of Sangeet Millennium includes a strong educational component, through workshops offered by some of the distinguished visiting artists, as well as Amie’s ongoing classes, presentations of sitar and Hindustani vocal music, and community education and outreach events.
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