Sruti is proud to present a Grand Sitar Concert by Purbayan Chatterjee accompanied by Gayathri Asokan Vocal & Ojas Adhiya on the Tabla
About this Event
BIO OF PURBAYAN CHATTERJEE
Purbayan Chatterjee is one of the topmost sitar maestros of the world which belongs to the Senia Maihar Gharana founded by Baba Allauddin Khan. His gurus are his father Pt.Parthapratim Chatterjee, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, vocal training from Pt. Ajay Chakraborty and training in table from Pt. Arindo Chatterjee. He is a recipient of Indian president awards, Aditya Vikram Birla award, Rotary international award and many other prestigious awards. Purbayan's music is inspired by the sound of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee
His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style and a contemporary touch of his own urbane sensitivity. He has conceptualized the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate - the first Indian Classical Band - Indian Classical band with a contemporary touch, which has performed the world over... The album "Lehar" released by Times Music in 2008 has remained the best-seller for a year and a half.
Purbayan regularly collaborates with the like of Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Zakir Hussain and the jazz legend Pat Metheny.
Purbayan has several international albums to his credit, apart from many classical albums from top record labels of the world. His album “Leher” and “Stringstruck” are awarded and on the charts.
Today he is one of the most sought-after musicians in the country and a global ambassador for Indian classical music.
BIO OF GAYATHRI ASOKAN
Gayathri Asokan is a singer who has made her mark in Indian film music , Hindustani classical and ghazal genres . She started training in Carnatic music at a very young age from Sri Nedumangat Shashidharan, Sri Mangat Nateshan and Sri Vamanan Namboodori . After finishing her Masters in Literature , she started training in Hindustani classical music under the tutelage of Vidushi Alka Deo Marulkar in Poona . After three years of of intensive training , she got her big break in playback singing under the music direction of the great Ravindran master . Her debut was a duet with Padmabhushan Sri K. J .Yesudas for the movie Arayannangalude Veedu. The song Deena Dayalo Rama went on to become a big hit . Very soon ,she got the chance to work with Maestro Ilayaraja for the movie Kochu kochu santoshangal . Gayathri became a unique presence in Malayalam film industry with her individual style of singing . She has recorded for eminent music directors of South like Vidyasagar , Ramesh Narayan , Johnson, Ouseppachan, Gopisundar ,Bijbal , Rahul raj , to name a few . She has won many coveted awards including the Kerala Government state award for best playback singer in 2004 , Amrita film award , World Malayalee council award . Along with playback singing she has also pursued her classical career with dedication . She is a B high artist for AIR in Hindustani classical and regularly broadcasts from AIR Bangalore . She has performed for many renowned sabhas all over the country and abroad . She has also judged many TV reality shows including Amrita super star. She is regular presence on TV with her Ghazal show Khayal and also music mojo in kappa tv where she dapples with experimental genres . Gayathri has five solo spiritual albums to her credit , for one of which she has composed the Bhajans. The album Sankirtan , Smaran , Vishuddhi , Anahata , Shivasahsranamam is widely popular all over the country and are available online . She has performed in the prestigious Shanghai world music festival in the fusion repertoire . She has done fusions shows with maestros like Ustad Fazal Qureshi , Shankar Mahadevan , Purbayan Chatterjee , Gino Banks and many others . Her solo Hindustani classical album was released by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in Bangalore under the banner of the prestigious sabha Gururao Deshpande sangeet sabha. Gayatri is presently training under the doyenne of Kirana gharana Pt.Vinayak Torvi . She is also trained in ghazal and tumri gayaki under Vidushi Shubha Joshi . Her new Ghazal album ‘Ghazal Gaze’ was launched by times music at Khazana Festival 2017. Its all available on online portals including iTunes. She has also performed in Uttar-Dakshin Jugalbandi Sangeet Utsav festival arranged by Sangeet Natak Akademi, in March 2018.
BIO OF OJAS ADHIYA
Ojas, a child prodigy in Music born in Chikhli, Maharashtra State. His father, Dr. Yogesh Adhiya, spotted his child’s keen interest in percussion at a tender age of 2 years at Siddha Yoga Guru Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s chanting and meditation centre. Padmashree Kalyanji recognizing the boy’s talent, Ojas’s father put him under the care of Shri Kalyanji-Anandji Music maestros. Ojas at the age of 5 was sent through Shri Kalyanji bhai to one of his close family friend Shri Mridangraj ji, for Ojas to learn traditional niceties of table playing including accompaniments, thus Ojas became the Ganda Bandh Shagird-Disciple of Shri Mridangraj ji at the age of 5.Performances and Prominent Concerts
Ojas’s father decided that he would one day do well in tabla playing and would accompany in future all the topnotchers in time to come including solo performance.Ojas was fortunate to travel and perform in ‘Little-Wonders’ programs of Shri Kalyanji-Anandji’s Kalavir Academy for almost 500 stage shows globally with very many distinctions to his credit, few of them to be mentioned are The Limca Book of Records (as the youngest tabla player of India)-1993, Kalavir Academy’s Certificate, Shri Amitabh Bachchan-ji’s Certificate-1995, Recognition from Council Member Mr. Martha J. Wong of Houston Texas-1997, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre’s Certificate-1998, Pandit V.D Paluskar Award-1998, First-class-First State level Music Competition Award conferred by the Governor of Maharashtra Shri. S.M Krishna-2006, young deserving tabla player award by ITC Kolkata , Promising artiste award by ITC SRA , & many more received Ustad Bismillah khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Academy -2015.Ojas is fortunate to be heard by the living legends Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma ji, the Santoor Maestro and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia ji, the Flute Maestro, and was also fortunate to play with them. More so, he is also fortunate in accompanying the living legends in Classical and Ghazals viz. Begum Parween Sultana ji, Ustad Rashid Khan Saheb , Pandit Satish Vyas ji, Ustad Rais Khan Saheb, Ustad Shujaat Khan Saheb, Dr. N. Rajan ji , Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee ji, Asha Bhosle ji, Pandit Channulal Mishra ji , Pandit Ajay Pohankar ji, Ustad Hussain Baksh from Pakistan , Shri Hariharan ji , Shri Pankaj Udhas ji , Shri Anup Jalota ji , Shri Talat Aziz ji , world famous percussionist Sivamani ji , Vikkuvinayakaram ji and many others.Ojas’s mission is to give his excellence in performance and has an esteem to be ‘second to none’ in the field of Indian classical and light music.