Indian Music From New Jersey
This Chhandayan Baithak Concert is a presentation by the New Jersey chapter of Chhandayan.
Tabla Solo – Dibyarka Chatterjee
,with Manav Khurana (also Tabla)
This will be preceded by a student performance
Sitar – Galen Passen
Tabla – TBD
Note that this concert will be available for streaming not only at the time of the performance but for several weeks after, so you can view it if you miss the initial showing.
Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).
Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata’s Children’s Section (National Radio – Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in ‘South African Suite’), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album “Rishte”) etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen’s Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.
Galen Passen is a sitarist, composer, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. His devotion to training within the traditional formats of hindustani music have provided him with respect and love for the ever unfolding wisdom of sound. He lived in New Delhi between 2009 and 2017 where he received training from Dr. Gopal Krishan Shahji. Since returning to New York he now continues training under masterful sitar exponent, Abhik Mukherjee
Besides hindustani music he performs experimental compositions, And regularly collaborates with various music forms and artistic mediums. He has had the privilege to work with the Pittsburgh Opera, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and now the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music. He was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from The Saratoga Arts Council which he used to conceive and launch Folk Song, an emergent ensemble inspired by the forms of hindustani and Irish Trad.