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Rajib Karmakar & Ensemble: Essence of India
June 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Rajib Karmakar & Ensemble: Essence of India
presented in honor of outgoing executive director Bill Shpall
Wednesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm PDT
Free and open to the public
Four masters of Indian Classical Music and Dance are assembling at TIOH on June 30th to bring you Essence of India, a unique program mixing tradition, innovation, and passion. Presented virtually, and in celebration of outgoing executive director Bill Shpall, this event features the phenomenal talents of master artists Rajib Karmakar (Sitar), Kamaljeet Ahluwalia (Santoor), Sandeep Das (Tabla), and Antara Bhardwaj (Dance).
This event will be live-streamed. Register here to receive an email the day of the event with the link to watch.
This event is in honor of outgoing executive director Bill Shpall, as he leaves TIOH following 12 years of transformative dedication and service to our community. To leave him a message of appreciation, use this form. All messages will be collected, printed, and presented to Bill as a gift from TIOH.
About the Artists
Kamaljeet Ahluwalia (Santoor) is part of the new wave of Asian musicians emerging from the UK. She began her training at the age of 7 under Sitar Maestro DharambirSingh (MBE). She continued her studies with Santoor Maestro Harjinderpal Singh and is currently under the tutelage of legendary Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. She uses her Indian classical roots to walk an innovative path on the Santoor, a rare and exquisite hammered dulcimer/zither that can simultaneously explore vast sublime melodies and intricate detailed rhythmic patterns. Apart from her live performances she regularly contributes to films, TV shows and commercials that include Disney Jr’s Mira: Royal Detective, Disney’s The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, Apple TV’s series Home, and commercial work for Facebook and Instagram.
Antara Bhardwaj (Dance) is one of the most dynamic Kathak artists of this generation.She studied in the traditional Guru-disciple tradition from her childhood,under legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das. She went on to become a Kathak soloist, and now runs her own dance school and company, Antara Asthaayi Dance. Antara’s panache and magnetism have dazzled audiences throughout the U.S. and India, performing at the International Kathak Festival (Chicago), Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisc.), Disney’s REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles), the National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), and in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Rajib Karmakar (Sitar) is a Los Angeles-based performance artist, composer and educator. Rajib has been performed in many countries including India, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland for the Ministry of Spain (Spain), Ottawa Council for Arts (Canada), Boom Festival (Portugal), Festival of India(USA and Canada), NAMM (Los Angeles), Cal Performances (USA), National Arts Center(Ottawa), Straz Center (Tampa), Castello Di Romeo (Italy), Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles) and many more. He has played and has been featured in various movies and T.V. shows for Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, Universal, A&E Network, and others and also has been an artist in residence for various colleges and universities all over the world. Rajib’s versatility and ability has allowed him to adapt his skills and knowledge to his various world music projects with his own creation “Mayur Tantri” -the world’s first double-necked sitar. Rajib received his MFA in Music from the California Institute of the Arts and currently, he is the Artistic Director of Los Angeles International Music and Arts Academy.
Sandeep Das (Tabla) is one of the leading Tabla virtuosos in the world today. Having established himself as India’s top Tabla maestro, he has also built a prolific international reputation. He is one of the unique Indian classical musicians who has collaborated and performed with and composed for major symphony orchestras, string quartets, and jazz musicians with regularly featured concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and the Concertgebouw, to name a few. He has performed at prestigious events such as 150 years celebration of the UNO at the General Assembly Hall in NYC, the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai, the opening ceremony of the 1st Asia Expo in Kunming, China, World Economic Forum, and for visiting dignitaries like the Queen of England, Queen of Thailand, the Pope and various other visiting country heads. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) for “Sing Me Home” won the 2017 Grammy Award for the Best World Music album. He has had two previous Grammy nominations in 2005 and 2009.