Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Ravi Shankar Tribute – Ragas Live Festival # 1 Podcast 195

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itunes-button1The blazing first set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Comprising of members of Brooklyn Raga Massive – Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Michael Gam (bass), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) – the Ravi Shankar Tribute ensemble inaugurates the Brooklyn Ragas live festival by playing several of Pt. Ravi Shankar’s compositions.

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Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

Recorded by James Clark, mixed by Sameer Gupta.

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Samarth Nagarkar, Abhik Mukherjee, Vivek Pandya Ragas Live Festival 2015 #11 Podcast 155

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Samarth Nagarkar (vocal); Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) played a rare and new development in the music with a sitar vocal jugulbandi,  they gave a chance to the young man Vivek Pandya (tabla) who recently turned 11, to accompany them.

 

Samarth Nagarkar, Arun Ramamurthy and Sameer Gupta – Brooklyn Raga Massive @ Art Cafe Podcast 113

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10014569_10152116563073382_1980766578_n Samarth Nagarkar, Arun Ramamurthy and Sameer Gupta – Live! Brooklyn Raga Massive at Art Cafe 9/2014

Last Wednesday was another legendary evening at Art Cafe.  First,  virtuosos Andrew Mendelson and Ehren Hanson on sitar and tabla tore it up.  Then sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Bhatt  and San Francisco based saxophonist George Brooks wowed the crowd with Michael Gam on bass, Sameer Gupta on drums and Jay Gandhi on bansuri.  Jaws were dropping at the level of musical conversation these great players were exchanging, a vocabularly from raga to Coltrane.   I hope to share this if I can get the recording close enough to honor the music.  Finally the evening was capped off with this performance from the Godfather of the Brooklyn Raga music scene, Samarth Nagarkar who was joined by Arun Ramamurthy on violin and Sameer Gupta on tabla.   It was an electrifying evening.

brm-logo-copy-1Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to the Indian Classical Musicians of Brooklyn hosts weekly concerts followed by jam sessions every Wednesday at 8pm  at Art Cafe, 
884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.

 

 

Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) Amod Dandawate (tabla) Arun Ramamurthy (violin) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 107

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Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) Amod Dandawate (tabla)  and Arun Ramamurthy (violin) performed raga Kausi Kanada (Nayaki ang) from 11pm-midnight to conclude the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Samarth Nagarkar is acknowledged to be one of today’s foremost and prolific artists representing Hindustani classical music traditions. He is known for his eclectic, captivating performances reflecting extensive training and an artistic vision encompassing tradition and modernity in a rare balance.

 

After years of rigorous training under the celebrated performer and guru, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, he graduated as a Grade-A scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata in 2009. Prior to this, he trained under the eminent late Pt. Dinkar Kaikini in Mumbai, following an inspired early initiation into music by Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya in his hometown Bangalore. By virtue of intense and extensive guru-shishya parampara training Samarth’s performance repertoire encompasses styles, ragas and compositions of three prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

 

Samarth performs regularly in most reputed concert platforms and venues in India and the USA, as well as frequently features in television and radio programs across the world. Some of his recent concerts in the US include the Ali Akbar College of Music and Basant Bahar, CA, Chhandayan All Night Concert, New York, Woodstock 2012, and Universities of Stanford, Indiana, Penn State and UPenn, to name only a few. In India he recently performed at several top ranking music festivals and venues including the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata, Saptak and D. U. Yuva Sangeetotsav, Bangalore, The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and India Habitat Center, New Delhi, among others.

 

He is a recipient of prestigious national awards including the President’s award for the AIR competition in 2000, which also made him a graded artiste of the AIR. The Government of India awarded him a fellowship in 2009 for his research and documentation of the music of Gwalior gharana through the past century.

 

He has composed and continues to record music and soundtracks for international and cultural conventions and films. Samarth also authored his first book ‘Raag-Sageet’ published in 2013. He has two CDs/Albums titled ‘Pravah’ and ‘Pranali’ to his credit.

 

Former head of the K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy, Lucknow, Samarth has been conducting very successful and popular lecture demonstrations and music workshops across India and the USA. Samarth also spearheaded an Indian Music Choir.

 

Samarth currently divides him time between the US and India pursuing an active career as a leading performer, composer, teacher and author.