BEMAC is proud to present the great Indian tabla maestro, Abhijit Banerjee, live in concert with renowned local artists Saikat Bhattacharya (sitar) and Joseph Nand (harmonium) on Saturday, 17 March at QMC (Queensland Multicultural Centre) in Kangaroo Point.
Considered among the top class of players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Having crafted a unique style and creative approach, which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world, Abhijit is known for his musical sensitivity, skill and depth.
Recognising his talent and natural inclination towards music, his father steered him to the tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life, bringing out the complete musician in him. Apart from his contributions to Indian music, Abhijit has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer. He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh.
Saikat Bhattacharya has been playing the sitar for over 24 years. His tuition started in India in the early nineties under supervision of his first guru Pandit Manilal Nag of Calcutta. Playing the sitar has been his passion and devotion, and he has performed extensively in both India and Australia.
Joseph Abhay Nand is a stalwart participant in the Brisbane Indian classical community. Originally from Fiji, he learnt harmonium from Ustad Mohammed Hussein from Pakistan and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri from India. An accomplished tabla player and vocalist too, he has been a regular accompanist for vocal, tabla solo and Kathak dance performances at Sangeet Mela each year since its inception in 2014.
An experienced educator, Abhijit Banerjee will also be presenting tabla workshops for all levels from beginners to advanced on Sunday 18 March. Contact Shen Flindell on 0415106428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
BEMAC is the home of multicultural arts in Queensland, and is the state’s only specialist arts organisation dedicated to the promotion, support and development of music and artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.