Cisne For Arts is organising "Swar Yatra - A Journey With Music And Dance", a music and dance concert, on 29th December at the NIFT Auditorium, National Institute of Fashion Technology campus in Madhapur. The concert features Kartik Sheshadri on sitar, Hindustani vocal by Ravindra Parchure, and an Odissi ballet on Helen Keller by Chitra Krishnamurthy troupe.
Kartik Seshadri is a sitarist, composer and teacher. He was hailed as a child prodigy in India by critics and prominent musicians when he began performing full-length solo recitals at the age of six. His initial training in music began with Shri Shankar Rao of All India Radio who nurtured his precocious musical abilities. In 1974, Seshadri became a disciple of maestro Ravi Shankar and has since been receiving training in styles of the Senia, Beenkar and Dhrupad traditions. Currently, he is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, where he heads the Indian Music Department.
Seshadri performs extensively as a soloist in major venues throughout India and abroad. His concerts in India frequently include festivals such as the Sangeeth Nataka Academy, Dover Lane Music Conference, Sangeeth Research Academy (ITC Music Festival), Gunidas Sangeeth Sammelan, Madras Music Academy, Indian Fine Arts Society, and Saptak. In the United States and Canada, his recent solo engagements have included Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, World Music Institute, Asia Society, Vancouver Jazz Festival and Ravi Shankar's 75th birthday celebration.
Ravindra Parchure is a young artiste, groomed in the Gwalior-Agra gharana gayaki. Gifted with a melodious voice and soothing style, Ravindra evokes the mood of each raag effortlessly.
Ravindra Parchure was inducted into music at an early age under his father Shripad Parchure. He continued his musical education at the Madhav Music College, Ujjain, from where he graduated with a Sangeet Kovid in 1996. He went on to acquire a deeper understanding of "ragadari" under the tutelage of the late Appasaheb Phadke. He was trained in the finer nuances of the Gwalior gharana by the late Manohar Bhagwat, a well known vocal classical maestro from Gwalior.
While pursuing his M A in Music from Lalit Kala Kendra of Pune University, he came in contact with Pt. Arun Kashalkar of the Gwalior-Agra gharana and felt the true impact of the guru-shishya parampara. Living in the home of his guru, he freely imbibed the musical principles of Gwalior-Agra gharana gayaki.
Chitra Krishnamurthy is a professional Indian classical Odissi dance performer, and Director of Nrityalaya, School of Odissi Dance, in Washington DC. She has learned this art form from the most eminent gurus of Odissi - the late Padmashri Sanjukta Panigrahi and Padma Bhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, and has produced and directed innumerable shows that have been highly acclaimed. She has choreographed and directed many dance dramas such as Gita Govindam, Dasavatar, Sudama Charitram, Karna, Devi, and Mahatma Gandhi.
Chitra has performed solo repertoires widely in the USA and India. She has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, to perform during two of their exhibits - Puja 1996 and Devi 1999. She has several TV and newspaper interviews to her credit. In addition to being an eminent Odissi dancer, Chitra is also an established scientist and works as a Deputy Director, Minority Health Affairs office.
Entry is by invitations only. Please contact Krishna Atreya of Cisne For Arts at 96187-75384 for further details.