Krishna Bhatt

    Live Music
    Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

    Price: $25.00
    Member Price: $22.50

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    “Great melodic beauty…Mr. Bhatt created textures of extraordinary richness and definition.”
    - The New York Times

    “Exceptional craftsmanship and artistry."
    - San Francisco Chronicle

    It is widely known that the roots of a number of Indian classical ragas performed today lie in folk melodies. A majority of popular ragas such as Mand, Sorath, Des, Sarang, Khamaj, Kafi, Bhairavi and Pahari originated from regional folk melodies.  While many ragas are known and played today, other important ones have been forgotten or lost. Several of Rajasthani obscure ragas, known only from treatises, poetic couplets and paintings survive in their most basic forms as folk-melodies.

    This concert presents a premier of rare Rajasthani folk ragas and traditional Mand bandish-compositions

    About the Musicians

    Krishna Mohan Bhatt represents the Maihar-Senia Gharana of Ustad Allauddin Khan, father of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. A disciple of Bharat Ratna, late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Krishna Bhatt’s innovative style of music combines a rich blend of Khayal Gayaki (vocal) compositions and Dhrupad Tantrakari (instrumental) techniques. In particular, his repertoire includes a wide variety of traditional compositions from legendry master musicians - Nikhil Banerjee, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, and vocalists Amir Khan, Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Shobha Gurtu and Begum Akhtar.

    Krishna Bhatt comes from a prominent family of musicians in Jaipur. His father was the late Pandit Shashi Mohan Bhatt, a sitarist of great repute and a professor at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Krishna Bhatt’s forefathers were Sanskrit scholars, poets, and musicians migrated from the south of India (Andhra Pradesh) to the princely state of Rajasthan.

    Krishna Bhatt has demonstrated his versatility by composing and performing with Western and Indian musicians of different genres since the early 1980’s. His pioneer works include recordings with Zakir Hussain (Essence of a Raga), Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Garden of Dreams), Kronos String Quartet, a film score sound-track with American composer Terry Riley for Alain Tanner’s film “No Man’s Land”, “Rasa” with Jody Stecher, “Lasting Impressions” with saxophonist George Brooks, “Four Moons” with Kathrina Krimsky, and works with Langa and Manganiyar musicians from Western Rajasthan.

    Nitin Mitta is a highly sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians. Born in Hyderabad in 1975, Nitin received his early training in Hyderabad from Pandit G. Satyanarayana. Blessed with raw talent, he gave his first solo tabla performance at the age of ten. During his studies he won many accolades, including first prize in the All India Competition held in Calcutta. To expand his repertoire of tabla compositions, he sought the guidance of Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai, one of the most highly respected mentors of his generation. He has performed many times at the Rubin Museum, and also the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Weill recital Hall/Carnegie Hall, the UCLA Royce Hall, the Indian consulate in New York, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C, the Music Academy in Chennai, and the Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

    Presented with Harrice Miller Entertainment