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 . . .