Kolkata, India


Mt Baldy, California

Winter Intensive Music Workshops in Kolkata, India
Hindustani classical vocal, instrumental and
Ragajazz Music!
December 28th-January 10th

For intermediate and advanced level musicians of all instruments!
Workshops classes taught by: (additional guest artists TBA)

Partho Sarodi ~ sarod
Abhijit Banerjee ~ tabla
Partha Chatterjee ~ sitar
Sangeeta Bandopadhay ~ vocal
Paul Livingstone ~ ragajazz ensemble

Additional vocal & instrumental guest artists will teach special workshops.
Weekend trips to Tagore's Santiniketan and special concerts.

Cost (all inclusive)
$3,000 dollars approx for single room
$2,650 dollars approx for shared room (2 people)

Fees include: flight (LA-Kolkata), local transportation, events, teachers fees, accommodations and food for the 2 weeks residing at Ramakrishna Mission.

Daily Instrumental Classes (sitar, sarod and western instruments)

Daily Vocal Classes

Daily Tabla and Percussion Classes

Daily Raga Jazz Ensemble (creative contemporary music for all instruments)

Additional classes in raga theory, practical application and improvisation
+ optional yoga & basic spoken Bengali (language)

Daily Schedule (Mon - Fri ~ 2 weeks/10 days)

6am - Riyaz session (optional)

7 am - Yoga (optional)

8am - Breakfast

8:30 - Bengali

9am - Vocal workshop

9am - Tabla/percussion workshop (overlaping)

11am - Instrumental Workshop

1pm - Lunch

3pm - Guest Artist workshop

6pm - Dinner

7pm - Raga Jazz Ensemble

Confirm attendance before Sept 9th 2009 with $1000 USD deposit to:
Sangeet School of World Music email: Paul Livingstone

Final day for making the complete payment Dec 9th 2009.

Artist/Educators Bios & weblinks

Partho Sarodi is one of the finest classical musicians from India. His music embodies the true heritage of Hindustani raga music. His virtuosity on the sarod makes his exploration of ragas an exercise in harmony, tranquility and his serious meditative approach makes his music literally soar to unscaled height of fulfillment. Partho started his musical training under his father who was a disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra.

Partho then took lessons for nearly a decade from Ustad Dhyanesh Khan- son and disciple of the legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since 1980, Partho has been under the direct guidance of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, India's greatest musician.  With this long and very illustrious training under these great gurus coupled with an inherent protean creative sensibility, Partho Sarathy's music is truly a symphony in serenity. Born in 1960, Partho is based on Calcutta, the cultural mecca of India. He has been performing for the last 30 years in India and all over the world. He regularly performs in Europe and the U.S.A every year. In India, he has given concerts at all the major music festivals like Dover Lane in Calcutta, the Savai Gandharva festival in Pune, Music academy festival in Chennai, Royal Albert hall in London, Cremlin in Moscow and numerous other places in India and abroad.

For more info visit: Partho Sarodi Website
Partho Sarodi Video Link

Partha Chatterjee learned vocal music from his mother Smt Rama Chatterjee. His father Late Sri Prabir Kumar Chatterjee, a sitar player, gave him his initial lessons in sitar and subsequently took him to the sitar maestro Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. For well over twelve years Partha was privileged to remain under the guidance of this great musician of the Senia Maihar Gharana. After the premature exit of his Guru in 1986, Partha was affectionately offered a place at the feet of the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khanshahib. Partha has established himself as a concert artiste and a teacher engaged in promoting the cause of Indian Raga Music all over the world. He has performed at many of the music festivals in India, South Asia, Europe and the United States. For the last several years he has taught music under the auspices of Saraswati Project, Germany and the Ali Akbar Khan College Of Music, U.S.A as a visiting faculty.

For more info visit: Partha Chatterjee Website
Partho Chatterjee Video Link

Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, is amongst the leading vocalists of the present generation in the realm of Indian Classical vocal in India as well as abroad. She is a vocal exponent of Patiala - Indore Gharana. Sangeeta was groomed in a highly musical family, she is the eldest daughter of internationally famed tabla maestro, Pandit Sankha Chatterjee and Late Sujata Chatterjee.

Sangeeta received extensive training from three illustrious Gharanas (schools) of India from great maestros. Since the age of nine she started learning from Late Sangeetacharya Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri of Kolkata training perfect voice throwing and improvisation at a very tender age. She perform together onstage with her Guru at the tender age of fifteen. Sangeeta received rigorous training of Patiala Gayaki of khayal and thumri/dadra from Ustad Munawar Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana (son of the great Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan).

For the past fourteen years she has been studying the essence of Amirkhani Gayaki of khayal singing under her father in law Pandit Kamal Bandyopadhyay of Indore Gharana, the most authoritative disciple and the closest associate of the great Ustad Amir Khan. She is also very much privileged to come in close contact with great maestros like, Ustad Keramattulla Khan, Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit V.G.Jog, Pandit Kishen Maharaj, to name a few and to receive their blessings and priceless musical advices. Hence, her performance encompasses the styles and the compositions established by Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Usatad Bade Ghoolamali Khan, and Ustad Amir Khan.

For more info visit: Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay Website

Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. With 20 years of professional experience Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards from all over the world for his sensitivity, skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has left his mark in a diverse field of crossover music both as a performer and composer.  Abhijit has accompanied nearly all the top ranking luminaries of Indian classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr. Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also made his mark in numerous performances and recordings in India & abroad.

He has performed for all of the major classical music festivals in India . and touring extensively in USA , Canada , U.K. , Europe , Japan , Australia , South Africa , South East Asia and Mexico giving concerts, conducting workshops in the universities. International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany , Paleis in Brussels , Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris , South Bank, U.K. & Granada Festival of Music in Spain.

For more info visit: Abhijit Banerjee Website
Abhijit Banerjee Video Link

Paul Livingstone has studied sitar rigorously for the past 24 years in India & US.  A disciple of the living legend Pt. Ravi Shankar, Paul is also a composer and educator and has performed around the US, Europe, Latin America, South East Asia & India on sitar and unique fretless guitars of his own design.  Paul began his studies of Hindustani music at the age of 15 in Mussoorie, and has also learned from Amiya Dasgupta, Rajeev Taranath, Partha Chatterjee & Partho Sarodi.   In his 2008 spring Tour in India he was recognized as "an Indian soul in white skin".

Paul has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships for musical innovation and education in Los Angeles.  He has played and recorded with a number of world music, jazz & popular artists including Swapan Chaudhuri, John Bergamo, Geetha Bennett, Ravi Kiran, Glen Velez, Pedro Eustache, Kenny Burrell, Wadada Leo Smith, Miroslav Tadic, Jagan Ramamoorty, Abhijit Banerjee, the Liän Ensemble, Ozomatli & Alanis Morissette.  He composes creative world music for his group Arohi Ensemble and for film, television & live theater.  Paul's has self produced 3 of his own cds, was on the faculty of Cal Arts for 5 years and is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Sangeet School of World Music in North East Los Angeles.

For more info visit: www.tanpura.com
Paul Livingstone Video Link
Live concert video of India/US Jugalbandi Trio in the World Festival of Sacred Music
Paul's music blog: RagaJazzMusic

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