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.

 

Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Arun Ramamurthy (violin) Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 103

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Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Arun Ramamurthy (violin) Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) perform from 6-7 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Shobana Raghavan (vocal) Rangashree Varadarajan (violin) Aparaajit Sriram (mridangam) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 100

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Shobana Raghavan (vocal) Rangashree Varadarajan (violin) Aparaajit Sriram (mridangam) perform from 3-4pm for the 24 hour Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Sanjoy Banerjee (vocal), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla) Andrew Shantz (harmonium) and Harry Einhorn (vocal) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 99

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Andrew Shantz (harmonium) and Harry Einhorn (vocal accompaniment) perform  ragas  Bhimplasi and Patdeep from 2-3pm for the 24 Hour Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Kanika Pandey, Arun Ramamurthy, Samir Chaterjee – Ragas Live Festival 2013 #2 (Podcast 60)

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Kanika Pandey, (Vocals) Arun Ramamurthy (Violin) Samir Chaterjee (tabla)

The second set of the Ragas Live Festival 2013 featured vocalist Kanika Pandey.

Kanika belongs to the new generation of musicians who believe in developing and evolving a personalized musical idiom while still maintaining the authenticity of the Hindustani classical music.  Kanika has a rich and mellifluous voice and a very eloquent style of singing. She carries with her a rare artistic blend of Kirana and Banares gharana. Her training is very evident in her shruti shuddha swara, gradual unfolding and development of the raga, combining the poetry and its expression into singing. Her music emerges not only from her own virtuosity and versatility as a performer but also from her intellectual and diligent eclecticism as a student of Hindustani classical music. Besides maintaining the technical aspects, Kanika also gives a lot of focus on the aesthetics and the mystical/spiritual aspect of Hindustani music, thus resulting in a unique style that is technically fine and yet very soulful and aesthetically appealing.