Five great concerts coming up . . .

I have some nice singing opportunities ahead of me.  On April 8 I’m singing some Dhrupad at the Wayne Public Library with my friend and colleague Dibyarka Chatterjee.  Dibyarka is Pandit Samir Chatterjee’s son.  Samir-ji is one of the top tabla drummers in the world, and also an inspiring composer, teacher, and impresario.  He has been a major inspiration for me for many years and even though I never studied tabla with him (because I was studying with Pandit Sharda Sahai), Samir-ji’s deep musicianship and beautiful spirit have always inspired me.  Dibyarka takes after his father and is a wonderful young man who plays tabla very, very well.  I’m honored that he is joining me for this concert and I hope it is the first of many to come.

Then, on April 26 I’ll be singing my Dhrupad trance music at the Shastra Festival.  I am the Co-Artistic director of Shastra and I’m very honored to share the stage with some incredible musicians, including Rajna Swaminathan, Michael Harrison, Rez Abbasi, and many other top artists.  I hope to see you all there.

On May 3 I’m planning another midnight show at William Paterson University of my Dhrupad trance music.  Stay tuned for details about that . . .

Then, on May 16 I will be in Seattle for a week as part of the Dhrupad Days of Seattle.  My beloved Gurujis the Gundecha Brothers will be there performing, as well as Pandit Uday Bhawalkar.  I am also singing a concert and presenting a lecture on Indian/Western fusion music.  It is my greatest honor to sing with Gurujis and Uday-ji in the audience.  I’m praying for the strength to be strong and honor the teaching they have generously bestowed upon me.

Finally, on May 23 I will present a Naad Yoga and Dhrupad concert at Yoga Montclair.  More details about that later . . .


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