On the occasion of the 36th Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh 2008, the Department of Culture, together with Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, is organising a 4-day music festival, from 27th to 30th November, at the Nizam College grounds. Young and upcoming artistes will share the dais with some senior ones. Performers include sarangi player Sabir Khan, Carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghunathan, Hindustani vocalists Pandit Jasraj, Ratan Mohan Sharma, Hemang Mehta and Sanjeev Abhyankar, sitarist Niladri Kumar, Bharatanatyam dancer Subha Visweswaran, violinist Dr. N Rajam, renowned Mohan veena player Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and tabla player Kumar Bose.
Today, the penultimate day, Pt. Kumar Bose will perform a solo tabla recital, the last recital of the day. Kumar Bose is one of the most famous tabla players of today and the standard torch bearer for the Benaras Tabla gharana, having trained under the great Benaras maestro, Pt Kishen Maharaj. His father Pt Biswanath Bose was a well known Benaras gharana tabla maestro. His mother Bharathi Bose was a student of Ustad Dabir Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Kumar Bose was initiated into tabla by his father. After his untimely death, Kumar trained under the great Benaras Maestro, Pt Kishen Maharaj, becoming his most famous disciple. Kumar Bose became well known, when, in the 70s, he started performing with Pt Ravi Shankar. Since then he has been a sought-after accompanist of all leading musicians of our time, both instrumentalists and vocalists. He also performs solo on the tabla, and has several solo tabla albums to his credit. Duets of tabla by Kumar Bose and his guru, Pt Kishen Maharaj, are also well received albums.
In memory of his late father Pandit Motiram, and brother Pandit Maniram, Pandit Jasraj, in association with the Department of Culture, organizes an annual music festival at the Nizam College grounds, where his father and brother taught music to several students. The festival has been on for the past 35 years.
Entry to the samaroh is free. Please contact the Department of Culture at 2324-2482 for further details.