The Rubin Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar)
Ehren Hanson (tabla) + Abhik Mukherjee (sitar)
Ehren Hanson began learning tabla when he was 15 years old under Misha Masud of New York City. In 2000, he was accepted as a disciple by the great Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and has developed into an exciting performer and a dynamic teacher. Ehren then went on to teach rhythm as an assistant professor at Bard College in 2002 and in 2005 he received the prestigious Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has had the honor of accompanying great musicians such as Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri, Steve Gorn, and others. In 2012, The Time of India described his tabla solo performance as "enthralling." Ehren currently lives in New York where he is an active performer and teacher. He is also the director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla.
Abhik Mukherjee was born in Calcutta in a family that has a rich musical and educational heritage. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father Sri Tarit Kumar Mukherjee. His father took training of Vishnupur gharana from Sri Gaurhari Kabiraj ji and Abhik inherited some of his father’s rich treasures of Vishnupur gharana.
Abhik is a gold–medalist from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, with a Master’s in Musicology and a visiting-faculty member at the famous Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation, Tampa, Florida. He received a national scholarship in sitar by the ministry of culture, India and a scholarship from the West Bengal board of Secondary education for his board exams. He is also a first-class degree holder in Masters in Computer Application.
Currently, a resident of New York, Abhik has performed all over the globe. He also shared the stage with legends like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Washington DC, in the presence of U.S. president Barack Obama.