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February 13, 2021
7:00 pm: Fusion concert by Naad - Subrata Bhattacharya and group
February 13, 2021
NAAD-The Everlasting Sound
Music is the universal language that can make even silence eloquent, evoking moods of togetherness effortlessly. Musical instruments, of any culture and tradition, of the West and the East, can blend their different sounds in a way that melts away differences. Fusion music was born with this in mind, a desire to do away with differences, to share and exchange ideas and concepts which could discover common ground across national borders. Exchange has been occurring among musicians of various nations for years now.
The newness that is in fusion music is the conscious effort to bring together cultural consciousness and sensibilities. A growing number of musicians are experimenting with new combinations of world music styles. World fusion music has become a standard term for this innovative music. It has become a passion and life's work for many musicians. So it is with Subrata Bhattacharya, tabla player and composer, whose creation is Naad (mellifluous sound). Naad, an Indian fusion group, specializes in blending the evocative sounds of the eastern instruments with the stimulating notes of western instruments. The sounds of Indian classical and Western classical, traditional and popular, fuse in one harmonious arrangement in the group's music.
The mind behind the group as well as its chief inspirer, Subrata is one of the leading tabla players in India today with a proficiency in the art which belies his age and humble approach to life. He has performed in various concerts in India and abroad. Subrata is an accompanist of choice of the best known musicians and is acknowledged as an accompanist and soloist who is able to combine knowledge with creativity. Music means much to him and it is this meaning which he wants to spread as a binding force among the youth. Together with him on this musical mission are equally talented musicians in their own right.To say the least, this talented group is trying to add an entirely new dimension to the concept of fusion music. It is the perfect combination of tradition and the individual talent, creating a musical experience of rare beauty. Dream Shanti, a musical project released in 2019 in the USA . A collaboration with renowned and Grammy winner Saxophone player Jeff Coffin and percussionists Roy Futureman Wooten got very well response from the musicians and critics as well .
Subrata Bhattacharya-- Tabla.
Abhishek Mallick-- Sitar --
One of the most talented Sitar players from Kolkata ,who has been performing Solo and collaborated with lots of musicians ,Band and performed all over the world as a soloist and as a band member .
Arshad Ali Khan-- Vocal
He descends from the family lineage of Abdul Wahid Khan and Abdul Karim Khan, the founders of Kirana Gharana.He got education in music from his maternal uncles Mashkoor Ali Khan and Mubarak Ali Khan . At the age of 9, he was described as the biggest sensation of Sawai Gandharva Sammelan, following his performance on a special invitation by Bhimsen Joshi on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Performed at most of the prestigious Sangeet Sammelan in India and abroad.
Soumyajyoti Ghosh- Flute
Started his musical quest at the age of only twelve years under the able guidance of Sri Sudip Chatterjee, a senior staff artist of the All India Radio. In the course of his melodious journey, Soumyajyoti got the privilege of the guidance of many acclaimed artists and musicians such as Pt. Debaprasad Banerjee, Sri Debapratim Roy and Dr. Rajib Chakraborty. Finally, his musical horizon got illuminated by the celestial light of his gurus 'Pt. Ronu Majumdar', the flute Maestro of the famous ‘Maihar' Gharana, and Pt. Ajoy Chakraborti. Performed all over the world.
Satyajit Mukherjee-- Drums
have been playing since the year 2000 and have shared stages with Ustad Rashid Khan, and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and lots of other bands .
Mongopal Dhar-- Bangla Dhol,Darbuka,Kanjira
He is one the senior disciples of Maestro Pt Shwapan Choudhury and one the most talented percussionists in the music industry today. Performed with lots of renowned artists in India and abroad and been part of NAAD since its inception.
Pulak Sarkar- Keyboards
He is one of the senior disciples of Late Maestro V. Balsara. He has been performing with lots of renowned artists for the last 35 years and is one the most popular and sought after musicians in the industry today. Also performed a lot in India and abroad .
Indradip Mulherjee -Guitar
He is a versatile and dynamic guitar player, teacher and performer from Kolkata. His guitar playing is strongly influenced by the Indian Classical Music, Folk music to the Western Blues and Rock. Being a scholar from Trinity College London and ABRSM. His fascination for both eastern and western forms of music has created an unique Fusion style of music through his guitar playing.
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February 28, 2021
4:00 pm: General Body Meeting
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