An Evening of Indian Classical Music

An Evening of Indian Classical Music


Sunday, August 28, 2022 – 5pm

Join us for a traditional Indian classical music concert on Sunday, August 28 at 5pm in our Concert Hall. Sameer Gupta will open with a solo tabla performance followed by vocalist Samarth Nagarkar. Both performers will discuss the music on the program. Rohan Prabhudesai will accompany both artists on harmonium.

Doors open at 4:30pm. Limited standing room available, only in the back of house.

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Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drum set and Indian classical music on tabla. Sameer completed his Western Classical Percussion Performance degree at Santa Clara University in California and his Jazz studies learning from elders like Bishop Norman Williams and his peers on the bandstands in San Francisco and Oakland to the world’s greatest musicians in Harlem and Brooklyn.

His own interests and love of tabla helped guide Sameer to become a co-founder of the non-profit collective Brooklyn Raga Massive, which helps redefine the raga-inspired landscape. Sameer is a faculty member of BKCM’s Community Music School.

Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical musician, vocalist, educator and author. He trained under two distinguished masters, Ulhas Kashalkar and Dinkar Kaikini, in the guru-shishya system where the disciple lives with the guru for several years and acquires deep insight and mastery in the art form through complete immersion. Samarth has earned the rare distinction of being proficient in three styles or gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

Samarth regularly features in music festivals and venues around the world including Lincoln Center (New York), ITC Sangeet Sammelan (Kolkata), LearnQuest Music Conference (Boston), Chhandayan All Night Concert (New York), World Music Institute (New York), Chicago World Music Festival, The Continuum Festival (San Francisco), Ragas Live Festival (New York), Dakkhini Music Conference (Kolkata) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

He has recorded several solo and collaborative albums and is the author of the book “Raga Sangeet.” Samarth formed Raga Sangeet Creative, an initiative that curates concerts, organizes workshops, publishes books and albums and more.

Rohan Prabhudesai began his training in Indian Hindustani classical music on the harmonium on one of his trips to India at the Goa Kala Academy. Later, he continued this musical pursuit under the guidance of Dr. Kedar Naphade, a senior disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar. As he started learning the harmonium, Rohan studied classical piano with Mr. Edwin Lopez, the concert master and conductor of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church music program. He has studied classical contemporary composition at NYU Steinhardt and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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